BS in Architectural Studies

Courses taken during the freshman year reflect the desire to have a fully integrated foundation experience (SDC 100, 120, 140) for all first year design students. The Global History of Design sequence (SDC 250 and SDC 350) and Professional Practice course (SDC 473) round 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.

Major Certification (effective Fall 2018)

Students may qualify for guaranteed certification, or apply for certification during the spring semester of the first year as follows:

Guaranteed Certification: Students who have completed SDC 100, 120, 140 with a C or better grade; HISTORY 105; PSYCH 105 or SOC 101; COM 102; ENGLISH 101; and one fine arts course (FINE ART 101, 201, or 202) with a GPA of 3.2 or higher, and who have an overall GPA of at least 3.2 in any courses taken that are required in the major (without repeating any required courses), are guaranteed certification into the Architectural Studies major.

Traditional Certification: Students who do not meet the criteria for guaranteed certification may apply at the end of the spring semester of the first year for traditional certification. Traditional certification requirements include completion of a minimum of 24 semester hours and earning a C or better grade in SDC 100, 120, and 140. Additional required courses are HISTORY 105; PSYCH 105 or SOC 101; COM 102; ENGLISH 101; and one fine arts course (FINE ART 101, 201, or 202). Transfer equivalents may be approved by the program. A minimum 2.5 WSU cumulative GPA is required to apply for certification. Students’ overall WSU GPA and major specific GPA from the courses listed above are considered in the application process.

Community College Articulation Agreements
Current articulation agreements are in place with Spokane Community College (SCC), Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LW), and Clover Park Technical College (CP). These agreements allow qualified students to begin at SCC, LW, or CP and transfer to WSU for completion of the BS in Architectural Studies.

Spokane Community College: View the SCC-WSU Advising Guide and contact SCC Architectural Technology.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology: View the LW – WSU Advising Guide (currently being updated) and contact Lake Washington Architectural Technology.

Clover Park Technical College: View the Clover Park-WSU Advising Guide and contact Clover Park Architectural Engineering Design.

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.

Schedule of Studies

The plan below is a suggested path to completion of the architectural studies degree (120 credits). Students will meet with an advisor each semester to confirm academic schedule and monitor progress towards graduation. Students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies. All course descriptions are available in the WSU Catalog.

Architecture advising sheet 2019-2020 (PDF)

First Year
First Term Hours
COM 102 [COMM] 3
SDC 100 3
SDC 120 3
Second Term Hours
FINE ART 101, 201, or 202 [ARTS] 3
Humanities [HUM] 3
Math pre-requisite (as needed) 3
PSYCH 105 or SOC 101 [SSCI] 3
SDC 140 3
Second Year
First Term Hours
ARCH 201 5
ARCH 210 3
CST M 201 3
SDC 250 3
Math [QUAN]1 3
Second Term Hours
ARCH 203 5
ARCH 209 3
ARCH 215 3
CST M 202 3
SDC 350 [M] 3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First Term Hours
ARCH 301 5
ARCH 309 [M] 3
ARCH 351 3
CST M 332 3
Diversity [DIVR] 3
Second Term Hours
ARCH 303 5
ARCH 352 3
CST M 333 3
Fourth Year
First Term Hours
ARCH 401 6
ARCH 4632 3
Supportive Elective3 3
Second Term Hours
ARCH 403 [CAPS] 6
Biological Science [BSCI] 3 or 4
Supportive Elective3 3
ARCH 5312 0 or 3
ARCH 5402 0 or 3


1 All freshmen must take the math placement exam. Completion of MATH 108 with a grade of C or better, a minimum ALEKS math placement score 75%, or passing MATH 140, 171, 202, or 206 is required for PHYSICS 101 [PSCI]. One course must be taken to fulfill the university [QUAN] requirement for graduation. Students who do not take MATH pre-requisites may need additional credits to meet the University minimum of 120 credits.
2 ARCH 463 is required for students intending to enter the M.Arch program. Students not intending to enter the M.Arch program may take ARCH 463 or an additional supportive elective in its place. ARCH 531, 540 may be taken and reserved for graduate credit towards the accelerated M. Arch program if a grade of B or better is earned. Courses must be in addition to the requirements for undergraduate degree, and students must have a 3.0 GPA over the last 60 hours of undergraduate work to be eligible. Separate application required.
3 Supportive Electives: At least 6 hours of any 300-400-level courses from ARCH, CST_M, I_D, DESIGN, LND_ARCH, or SDC not used to fulfill major requirements.

Accelerated M.Arch

Qualified students (those in their fall semester of the fourth year of the WSU Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above) interested in pursuing the accelerated 1-year program must make application by December 1. Follow the “Path to the Accelerated M.Arch” and work closely with your advisor to stay on track. 

Study Abroad

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. Contact a study abroad advisor for more information.

All students admitted into the second year will be required to have a laptop computer: SDC Computer Requirements (PDF). Students may purchase their own or utilize the laptop rental service offered by CougTech.