BS in Architectural Studies

The four-year pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies is a program primarily for those who want a foundation in the study of architecture. This undergraduate degree at WSU is not accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) but instead is designed for students who want to work in an architecturally related discipline such as planning, technology, project and community development, or within government agencies. This degree may also be used as a preparation for continued education in a professional degree program such as our graduate M.Arch program.

SDC courses taken during the freshman year reflect the desire to have a fully integrated foundation experience for all first year design students. Once students have completed this sequence they will be able to select the design discipline that they wish to apply for major certification in. Certification for all design disciplines will occur at the end of the first year prior to matriculating into second year.

The Global History of Design sequence (SDC 250 and SDC 350) rounds out the required core curriculum shared by all design majors.

Travel is integral to the architecture curriculum and contributes to a transformative education. To facilitate the travel experience for students in the SDC, travel is embedded into courses labeled as “study tours,” woven throughout other courses in the curriculum, and included as part of professional development activities. For more information visit the Travel page.

Community College Articulation Agreements
The SDC has a current articulation agreement with Spokane Community College (SCC) and Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LW). These agreements allow qualified students to begin at SCC or LW and transfer to WSU for completion of the BS in Architectural Studies program.

Spokane Community College: View the SCC – WSU Advising Checklist or contact an advisor at SCC Architectural Technology to learn more.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology: View the LW – WSU Advising Checklist or contact an advisor at Lake Washington Architectural Technology.

Please note, students transferring under an articulation agreement must apply as a transfer student to WSU in order to be formally accepted and certified into the major.

Major Certification
Students may apply for certification during the spring semester of the first year. Certification requirements include completion of a minimum of 24 semester hours and earning a C or better grade in the following courses: SDC 100, 120, and 140. Additional required courses are COM 102, ENGLISH 101, HISTORY 105, MATH 106 or higher, and one fine arts class (FINE ART 101, 201, or 202). Transfer equivalents may be approved by the program. While students must have a minimum cumulative WSU GPA of 2.5 to apply for certification, the process is competitive due to limited space in upper division courses. Students’ overall WSU GPA and major specific GPA from the courses listed above are considered.

Advising Guide 

BS to Accelerated M.Arch (Fall 2017)

  • All freshmen must take the math placement exam. Math 106 or higher is required for certification. Students who do not take Math 106 and 108 may need additional credits to meet the university minimum requirement of 120 credits.
  • One course from the following list must be taken to fulfill the university [QUAN] requirement for graduation: CPT S 111; ECON 335; MATH 171; MATH 202; PHIL 201; STAT 205 or 212.
  • Supportive electives can be 300-400-level courses from ARCH, CST M, DESIGN, I D, LND ARCH, or SDC, not used to fulfill major requirements.
  • A study abroad option is available in the fall semester of the fourth year with pre-approved programs in Ireland, Germany, Spain, or the Czech Republic.
  • Accelerated (graduate) coursework reserved for credit must be above and beyond minimum requirements for the undergraduate degree.

All students admitted into the second year will be required to purchase a laptop computer. SDC Computer Requirements (PDF)