The undergraduate program in architecture leads to the preprofessional Bachelor of Science in Architecture. The program is designed to provide a broad but rigorous design-studio-based educational experience that is a prerequisite to graduate studies in architecture and subsequently fundamental to the professional practice of providing architectural services. Students’ creative and innovative design activities are guided by an understanding of the complexity of factors relating to human interaction with the designed and natural environments and an awareness of the fact that architectural design decisions have consequences that impact global habitability, cultural evolution, environmental change, and the sustainability of human societies.
To effectively address challenges of the 21st century, architects collaborate with various design professionals on complex design and planning issues related to the built environment where interconnections of science, art, and technology are self-evident. The program’s curriculum reflects this interdisciplinary and interprofessional realm and transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries by drawing from related curricula. Design studio and technology courses systematically incorporate concern for the social, economic, political, and physical components of design-research problem-solving processes.