Bachelor of Science in Architecture

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (B.S. Arch) offers a rigorous and distinguished architectural education profile for our students around technology in all areas – design, history, theory, and communication. It is defined by a knowledge of how to think about and apply technology in architecture. Our program offers flexibility in the design studio sequence to allow coordinated interdisciplinary work with other schools at Georgia Tech. We build our academic foundation on studio classes, history and theory, and a deliberate blend of technology and design. We offer incubator workshops to all our students, from Freshmen through Seniors, which allow them to follow their intellectual passions and hone in-demand skills. Our students graduate with a broad-based undergraduate education grounded in design, science, and technology.

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture program prepares students for graduate-level studies in architecture, for graduate study in related fields, or a variety of careers related to architecture, the building industry, or government service.

Grade Requirements

Students must pass all architecture undergraduate studios with a grade of C or above in order to move forward to the next studio in the sequence.   ARCH 2011, ARCH 2012. Each sequence of design studio courses must be started in the fall semester.

A maximum of 9 credit hours may be taken on a pass/fail basis. Only courses taken as free electives within the undergraduate curriculum are eligible for pass/fail credit. See Institute regulations regarding pass/fail courses.

Students who complete both the Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) and Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) in the Georgia Tech School of Architecture may apply up to 6 credit hours of graduate coursework toward both degrees. In order to qualify for this option, the student must complete the undergraduate degree with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher and enter the Masters program in the following fall term.

Wellness
APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1552Integral Calculus4
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1301Introduction to Computing3
or CS 1315 Introduction to Media Computation
Core C - Humanities
Any HUM 16
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
PHYS 2211Introductory Physics I 24
Lab Science4
MATH 1551Differential Calculus2
MATH 1553Introduction to Linear Algebra2
Core E - Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
The United States to 1877
The United States since 1877
American Government in Comparative Perspective
Government of the United States
American Constitutional Issues
Any SS9
Core F - Courses Related to Major
ARCH 1016Foundation Studio 14
ARCH 1017Architecture Design Studio 15
ARCH 1020Media + Modeling 13
ARCH 1060Introduction to Design and the Built Environment3
ARCH 2111History of Architecture I3
Major Requirements
ARCH 2016Architecture Design Studio 2 35
ARCH 2017Architecture Design Studio 3 35
ARCH 2020Media + Modeling 23
ARCH 2112History of Architecture II3
ARCH 2211Construction Technology and Design Integration I3
ARCH 3016Architecture Design Studio 4 35
ARCH 3017Architecture Design Studio 5 35
ARCH 3231Environmental Systems and Design Integration I3
ARCH 4015Structures 13
ARCH 4016Architecture Design Studio 6 35
ARCH 4017Architecture Design Studio 7 36
ARCH 4803Special Topics (Design Strategies)3
Free Electives
Free Electives12
Total Credit Hours124

Pass-fail only allowed for Free Electives.

International Plan

The International Plan (IP) in the School of Architecture is a challenging and coherent academic program for undergraduate students who will develop an introductory level of global competence within the study of architecture. The International Plan is an intensive degree-long program designed to prepare students with the ability to:

  1. assimilate comfortably in a constantly evolving international context within the profession of architecture,
  2. value how architecture is practiced in different global contexts,
  3. function effectively in a multi-national academic and work environment, and
  4. understand the complexity of the global economy and the importance of developing a sensibility to international relations.

While many students gain some exposure to these aspects of today's world through the patchwork of traditional international opportunities such as study abroad and international internships, IP is designed to develop a deeper level of competency in these areas within the study of architecture.

The requirements of IP are:

  1. Proficiency in a Foreign Language
  2. Globally Focused Courses
  3. International Experience, and
  4. A Capstone Course

IP students in the School or Architecture can fulfill the International Experience requirement of the International Plan by participation in a university-approved international program with the approval of the School of Architecture.

Undergraduate students in the School of Architecture must hold a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application to be eligible for the International Plan . Students must complete each architectural design studio with a grade of C or above in order to move forward in the sequence and maintain eligibility for IP. ARCH 2011, ARCH 2012 Each sequence of design studio courses must be started in the fall semester.  Students will not be allowed to study abroad until they have completed the first four foundational studios. 

For more information on IP, visit www.arch.gatech.edu/international-education.