Undergraduate Degree Programs

The College of Architecture offers course work leading to two undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Science in Architecture and the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. The requirements for both degrees are the same through the junior year. Students choose which degree program they wish to pursue. Further information about the particular requirements and curricular structures of the undergraduate degree programs is listed below.

Students in the College of Architecture select, in consultation with their advisers, a course of study that satisfies the formal degree requirements, addresses their interests, and best meets their overall goals.

Students begin with a design studio and take required courses in the College of Arts & Sciences in addition to electives across the university.

For the Bachelor of Science degree, students continue to study architecture in depth through the senior year. For those in the Bachelor of Arts program, the fourth year offers the flexibility of studying outside of architecture or pursuing other electives.

Continuing for Graduate Study Years

Students receiving the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree can apply to two-year Master of Architecture programs. Students receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in architecture usually apply to three-year Master of Architecture programs. Please visit the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design Bulletin for more information.

College of Architecture Requirements

Students must fulfill the following degree requirements:  

Academic Requirements

  1. Writing: Every student must demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing the English language and must begin to develop mature skills in framing and revising arguments by completing course work as determined by the Department of English, with a grade of C- or better. Transfer students must fulfill the writing requirement by taking ​an approved writing course or by review of a writing portfolio. For more information, visit the College Writing Program website.
  2. Math 131 Calculus I (Natural Sciences/Math) with a C- or better
  3. Physics 191U Physics I — Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors Only (Natural Sciences/Math) with a C- or better
  4. Humanities (3 units): Humanities courses examine the human condition as it has been documented and expressed in both past and contemporary times. This area includes courses from literature (both in English and other languages), Classics, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, as well as some courses in the creative arts such as Dance, Drama, Music and Writing. Courses designated "Arch HUM" fulfill the humanities requirement.
  5. Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 units): These courses use qualitative and quantitative observation to explore the social environment, relationships with society and forms of human behavior. This area includes courses from Anthropology, Economics, Education, International and Area Studies, Political Science and Psychological & Brain Sciences as well as courses from other areas, including interdisciplinary studies. Courses designated "Arch SSC" fulfill the social and behavioral sciences requirement.
  6. Art History (Art-Arch 113 History of Western Art, Architecture & Design) with a C- or better; may be taken pass/fail
  7. Art History (Art-Arch 215 Introduction to Modern Art, Architecture and Design) with a C- or better; may not be taken pass/fail

Architecture Degree Requirements: Students in the Classes of 2021 and 2022

Major Required Courses: Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Drawing3
Practices: Art + Architecture + Design I1
Practices: Art+ Architecture + Design II1
ARCH 111Introduction to Design Processes I3
ARCH 112Introduction to Design Processes II3
ARCH 211BIntroduction to Design Processes III4.5
ARCH 212BIntroduction to Design Processes IV4.5
ARCH 311Architectural Design I6
ARCH 312Architectural Design II6
ARCH 411Architectural Design III6
ARCH 412Architectural Design IV6
ARCH 3280Architectural History I: Antiquity to Baroque3
ARCH 3284Architectural History II: Architecture Since 18803
ARCH 438Environmental Systems I3
ARCH 445Building Systems3
ARCH 447AStructures I3
ARCH 448AStructures II3
History/theory research and writing elective3
Sam Fox Commons or architecture, art, or design electives6
Electives*30
Total Units101

Major Required Courses: Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

Drawing3
Practices: Art + Architecture + Design I1
Practices: Art + Architecture + Design II1
ARCH 111Introduction to Design Processes I3
ARCH 112Introduction to Design Processes II3
ARCH 211BIntroduction to Design Processes III4.5
ARCH 212BIntroduction to Design Processes IV4.5
ARCH 311Architectural Design I6
ARCH 312Architectural Design II6
ARCH 3280Architectural History I: Antiquity to Baroque3
ARCH 3284Architectural History II: Architecture Since 18803
ARCH 445Building Systems3
ARCH 499Senior Capstone in Architecture3
History/theory research and writing elective3
Sam Fox Commons or architecture, art, or design electives6
Electives*48
Total Units101

Architecture Degree Requirements: Students in the Class of 2023 and 2024

Major Required Courses: Bachelor of Science in Architecture

ARCH 183Practices in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design1
Practices in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design II1
ARCH 111BIntroduction to Design Processes I4.5
ARCH 112BIntroduction to Design Processes II4.5
Introduction to Design Processes III6
Introduction to Design Processes IV6
ARCH 311Architectural Design I6
ARCH 312Architectural Design II6
ARCH 411Architectural Design III6
ARCH 412Architectural Design IV6
ARCH 3280Architectural History I: Antiquity to Baroque3
ARCH 3284Architectural History II: Architecture Since 18803
ARCH 438Environmental Systems I3
ARCH 445Building Systems3
ARCH 447AStructures I3
ARCH 448AStructures II3
History/theory research and writing elective3
Architecture electives at 300 level or above6
Electives*27
Total Units101

Major Required Courses: Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

ARCH 183Practices in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design1
Practices in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design II1
ARCH 111BIntroduction to Design Processes I4.5
ARCH 112BIntroduction to Design Processes II4.5
Introduction to Design Processes III6
Introduction to Design Processes IV6
ARCH 311Architectural Design I6
ARCH 312Architectural Design II6
ARCH 3280Architectural History I: Antiquity to Baroque3
ARCH 3284Architectural History II: Architecture Since 18803
ARCH 445Building Systems3
ARCH 499Senior Capstone in Architecture3
History/theory research and writing elective3
Architecture electives at 300 level or above6
Electives*45
Total Units101

Additional Requirements

If a student plans to enter the architectural design sequence ARCH 311ARCH 312 in the fall of the junior year, the student must complete 60 units of academic work by the end of the sophomore year.

Each undergraduate student must successfully complete 122 units and at least 30 units in advanced courses (numbered 300, 400 or 500). The 30 units in advanced courses may include the minimum number of advanced units required by the major areas of concentration. Courses required for the major (refer to the College of Architecture Requirements) must be passed with a grade of C- or better.

Each student must spend at least three semesters in full-time residence (at least 12 units per semester) at Washington University. Unless excused by the director of the College of Architecture, the student must earn the last 30 units at Washington University. The director of the College of Architecture may waive the full-time residence requirement for students who are employed full-time and who have completed at least two years of college.

Regulations

A. Students may take one non-required course on a pass/fail basis each semester.

B. Students may enroll for credit in only one supervised performance course during any semester. Students may earn a maximum of 9 units toward the degree in supervised performance and/or in group or individual performance courses, internships, and independent studies combined.

Combined Studies

Washington University offers students the option to study across disciplines and to take advantage of the wide range of courses available. Students may choose to major in architecture and minor in another subject in architecture or to major in architecture and choose a minor or second major in an area from a different undergraduate school.