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Bachelor of Architecture

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Architecture is an interdisciplinary field. It requires a comprehensive general education and an understanding of history and culture, physical environments and building technology combined with skill in drawing, design, math, and computer modeling. Architects concern themselves with the structure, materials, function, safety, cost and environmental impact of their buildings. The scope of their work varies considerably: an architect may design an entire community, a building complex, an individual structure, or the smallest details of interior space.

Major Details

College: College of Architecture, Planning, & Landscape Architecture
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the College of Architecture, Planning, & Landscape Architecture requirement page more information.

Website: http://www.capla.arizona.edu
Math Required:

Substantial

    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Substantial
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: Yes
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ARC 101 Foundation Studio 1 6
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
MATH 112 College Algebra Concepts and Applications 3
MATH 111 Plane Trigonometry 2
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ARC 102 Foundation Studio 2 6
PHYS 181 Introductory Laboratory I 1
PHYS 102 Introductory Physics I 3
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
ARC 201 Design Studio 1 - Composition 6
ARC 221 Building Technology 1 3
ARC 241 Design Communications 1 3
ARC 297M 3
ARC 326 Site Planning 2
4th Semester
ARC 202 Design Studio 2 - Performance 6
ARC 222 Building Technology 2 3
ARC 223 Building Technology 3 3
ARC 227 Architectural Programming 3
ARC 231 History 1 3
5th Semester
ARC 301 Design Studio 3 - Land Ethics 6
ARC 321 Building Technology 4 3
ARC 341 Design Communications 2 3
ARC 232 History 2 3
Tier I General Education 3
6th Semester
ARC 302 Design Studio 4 - Tectonics 6
ARC 322 Building Technology 5 3
ARC 332 History 3 3
ARC 397M 3
Tier I General Education 3
7th Semester
ARC 401 Design Studio 5 - Techniques 6
ARC 421 Building Technology 6 3
ARC 441 Construction Documents 3
ARC 471S History and Theory 4 3
Tier I General Education 3
8th Semester
ARC 402 Design Studio 6 - Culture 6
ARC 422 Building Technology 7 3
ARC 459 Ethics and Practice 2
Upper Division Elective 1 3
Tier II General Education 3
9th Semester
ARC 451 Design Studio 7 - Research 6
ARC 498 Capstone 3
Upper Division Elective 2 3
Upper Division Elective 3 3
Tier II General Education 3
10th Semester
ARC 452 6
Upper Division Elective 4 3
Upper or Lower Division Elective 3
Upper or Lower Division Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of mathematics, design principles, theory, technology, and community dynamics gained in the five-year Architecture major forms a solid career foundation. Graduates in Architecture are well prepared to work with architecture firms, urban planning councils, historical preservation societies, and other organizations as planners, designers, consultants, administrators, and policy and communications specialists. Architecture graduates may also decide to pursue graduate studies in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, geography, or arid lands resource science.

Potential Career Areas

  • Design
  • Planning
  • Consulting
  • Development
  • Management
  • Communications
  • Historical preservation
  • Sustainability promotion
  • Research
  • Technology management
  • Outreach

Sample Employers

  • Architecture firms
  • Developers
  • Local and regional government agencies
  • Self-employment (consulting)
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • International aid organizations
  • Environmental/land use agencies
  • Urban planning councils
  • Research institutes
  • U.S. Armed forces

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Architect $25,000 - $79,000
Sustainability Specialist $33,800 - $64,000
Urban or Regional Planner $40,400 - $63,000
Logistics Analyst $43,500 - $70,800
Landscape Architect $36,900 - $62,100
Forensic Architect $39,000 - $105,000
Architectural Manager $77,400 - $119,300
Architectural Illustrator $35,000 - $100,000
Naval Architect $55,500 - $81,500
Resort Planner $30,000 - $80,000
Computer Aided Design Manager $50,000 - $80,000
Land Planner $51,000 - $86,000
Traffic Technician $26,400 - $41,400
Cost Estimator $34,100 - $57,900