Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS)
The School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota exposes students to the socio-cultural, environmental, formal, and historical factors that shape the built environment. Students develop visual literacy by thinking through the design process in studios and workshops, by researching historical precedents, and by analyzing theoretical texts and the physical environment.
Our undergraduate programs foster a sense of stewardship for the local and global built environment by providing opportunities for students to engage with College of Design faculty and research centers, enroll in service learning courses, and study abroad.
The School of Architecture offers three undergraduate architecture degrees - BA, BDA and BS - and the professional Master of Architecture (M. Arch), which is required to become a licensed architect in the state of Minnesota, and throughout the U.S.
The BS is a traditional PRE-professional architecture degree. It offers studio-based design education and a rigorous program of technology courses. Students are eligible to apply to this program in the College of Design after completing all required first- and second-year courses. Admissions are highly competitive, with a portfolio requirement as part of the application process. Students in the BS program take 4, 6-credit design studios, a sequence of technology courses and 9 credits of upper-level electives. Graduates of the BS in Architecture program are well prepared to apply to the School of Architecture's 2-year Master of Architecture program, as well as programs at other schools, per their admissions requirements.
Degree Requirements and Sample 4-year Program
Applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing the first year of coursework in the BDA or BA degree programs (end of sophomore year for most students). A portfolio is required, and a GPA of 2.8 or above is preferred for admissions to the BS program. Note: Students moving from BA or BDA to BS in Architecture major must follow the College of Design transfer admission process. Transfer Admissions deadlines and application materials See Admission Supplement for portfolio criteria.