BS in Architecture

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from UIC, students need to complete university, college, and school degree requirements. The School of Architecture degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies. In addition to college and University GPA requirements, students must maintain a C average in studio each year.

Summary of Requirements
Core Courses97
Distribution Requirements24
Additional Electives2-3
DLG 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar (Required of new freshmen only) a1
Total Hours124
a

New freshmen are required to complete DLG 120 for one hour. These students will complete 2 hours of electives for the BS in Architecture. All other students complete 3 hours of electives for the BS in Architecture.

Core Courses

The core courses in the curriculum provide a foundation in the discipline of architecture through the study of the visual and verbal languages of architectural form and the materials and techniques of architectural production. Courses in math and the natural sciences, art and architectural history, humanities, and the social sciences as well as the profession of architecture enable students to make rational decisions about career options relative to their personal strengths and weaknesses.

Required Courses
ARCH 105Architectural Studio 15
ARCH 106Architectural Studio 25
ARCH 151Architecture at Chicago1
ARCH 205Architectural Studio 35
ARCH 206Architectural Studio 45
ARCH 251Architectural Analysis3
ARCH 252Modern Architecture3
ARCH 359Architectural Technology 14
ARCH 360Architectural Technology 24
ARCH 365Architectural Studio 56
ARCH 366Architectural Studio 66
ARCH 371Architectural Theory 13
ARCH 372Architectural Theory 23
ARCH 470Structures I: Statics3
ARCH 471Structures II: Strength of Materials3
ARCH 414Contemporary Practices3
ARCH 465Advanced Topic Studio 16
ARCH 466Advanced Topic Studio 26
MATH 180Calculus I a4
PHYS 105Introductory Physics I - Lecture a4
PHYS 106Introductory Physics I - Laboratory a1
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
AH 110World History of Art and the Built Environment I b4
AH 111World History of Art and the Built Environment II b4
Total Hours97
a

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

b

This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.

Distribution Requirements

Required Courses
Understanding the Past Course a3
Understanding the Individual and Society course a3
Exploring World Cultures Course a3
Understanding U.S. Society course a3
Two College Electives6
Liberal Arts courses6
Total Hours24
a

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.

Additional Electives

Electives
Free Electives a3-4
Total Hours3-4
a

New freshmen are required to complete DLG 120 for one hour. These students will complete 3 hours of electives for the BS in Architecture. All other students complete 4 hours of electives for the BS in Architecture.

UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar

Required Course
DLG 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar (Required of new freshmen only)1
Total Hours1

Sample Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
Fall SemesterHours
ARCH 105 Architectural Studio 1 5
ARCH 151 Architecture at Chicago 1
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
Exploring World Cultures course 3
LAS Elective (choose any Liberal Arts and Sciences course) 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ARCH 106 Architectural Studio 2 5
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
DLG 120 UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar (Required of new freshmen only) 1
Understanding the Past course 3
Understanding U.S. Society course 3
 Hours14-15
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
ARCH 205 Architectural Studio 3 5
ARCH 251 Architectural Analysis 3
Understanding the Individual and Society course 3
AH 110 World History of Art and the Built Environment I 4
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ARCH 206 Architectural Studio 4 5
ARCH 252 Modern Architecture 3
PHYS 105 Introductory Physics I - Lecture 4
PHYS 106 Introductory Physics I - Laboratory 1
AH 111 World History of Art and the Built Environment II 4
 Hours17
Junior Year
Fall Semester
ARCH 365 Architectural Studio 5 6
ARCH 359 Architectural Technology 1 4
ARCH 371 Architectural Theory 1 3
MATH 180 Calculus I 4
 Hours17
Spring Semester
ARCH 366 Architectural Studio 6 6
ARCH 360 Architectural Technology 2 4
ARCH 372 Architectural Theory 2 3
College Elective 3
 Hours16
Senior Year
Fall Semester
ARCH 465 Advanced Topic Studio 1 6
ARCH 414 Contemporary Practices 3
ARCH 470 Structures I: Statics 3
LAS Elective (choose any Liberal Arts and Sciences course) 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ARCH 466 Advanced Topic Studio 2 6
ARCH 471 Structures II: Strength of Materials 3
College Elective 3
Elective (choose any course offered at UIC) 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours124