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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Architecture BS

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Admission Criteria

Current or transfer students wishing to pursue this major must meet Architecture Admission Criteria .

Course Requirements

Architecture Electives (3 credits)

A minimum of 3 credits of Architecture electives is required. The following is a possible sample, but not all-inclusive, list of possible electives offered by University at Buffalo Architecture on an intermittent basis. For additional course advisement, please contact School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education.

Non-Architecture Liberal Arts Electives (6 credits)

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) requires students to take a minimum of 44 non-architecture liberal arts credits. There are up to 17 credits built into the architecture BS core and the UB Curriculum that fulfill this requirement. Students can complete an additional 18 credits of non-ARC liberal arts credits through the pathways, leaving at least an additional 9 non-ARC liberal arts elective credits necessary to meet the requirements of this degree. The curricular plan below outlines this recommendation. 

Total Credits Required for Major: 102

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 128 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 128

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.


Students must complete calculus (MTH 121  or MTH 131 ) and physics (PHY 101 /AED 101 ) prior to the start of their second-year fall to remain on track with program completion. 


Academic Requirements

A minimum of 128 semester credit hours and minimum GPA of 2.500 in all major courses is required to graduate with the pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Grades lower than C- in any design studio and media course will not count toward University at Buffalo Architecture degree requirements.

Students are reviewed on their progress within the pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture by University at Buffalo Architecture on a semesterly basis. This review determines the student’s eligibility to continue onto the next level in the undergraduate preprofessional program. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500 in all required architecture curricular courses and a minimum cumulative UB GPA of 2.000 is required for satisfactory academic progress and progression through the undergraduate program. Grades lower than C- in any design studio and media course will not count toward the preprofessional Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree requirements, and a grade of F in any design studio may result in dismissal from University at Buffalo Architecture. 

Transfer Credit Policy

A minimum of 42 ARC-prefixed credit hours must be completed at the University at Buffalo to satisfy the University at Buffalo Architecture’s academic residency requirement.

Program Distinction

A student in this major is eligible for Program Distinction upon degree conferral if the criteria are met. Criteria are found under Academic Honors in the Policy and Procedure section of this Catalog. Program Distinction is noted on the official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 17

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 17

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 14

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits Required: 128

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

  • Understanding issues and methods of architectural design, representation and construction
  • Becoming culturally aware, technically competent and environmentally responsible
  • First year studio sequence: basic literacy in design principles and fundamentals using two- and three- dimensional media, and to become familiar with the tools, materials, techniques and values that enable an architectural design proposition
  • Second year studio sequence: the basic knowledge of historical precedents, site planning and analyzing context and expands the range of design methods
  • Third year studio sequence: students are introduced to a variety of performative criteria that govern the workings of buildings to understand how dynamic forces contribute to the constructional, functional and spatial formation of architecture
  • Fourth year fall semester studio: students synthesize the social needs of collective domesticity with the real world constraints of site, climate and program

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