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Architectural Studies

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (B.S.) provides a foundation in architecture through intensive studio and technical courses as well as integrated courses and experiences with allied disciplines. The undergraduate degree is designed for those who anticipate continuing their professional educations through accredited graduate programs, or who may choose to work in architecturally related fields.

The primary mission of the architecture program is to provide a comprehensive education in design, history and theory, technology and practice. The architecture program is dedicated to the education of future architects who are intellectually aware and who critically understand social, political, and global conditions that influence our built environment.

The architecture program in the SDC offers a unique architectural education through both our undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our program is highly integrated, providing students with disciplinary as well as collaborative skills that are needed to succeed in the profession. Architecture students have many opportunities for off-campus experiences via study tours and foreign studies programs. Studio critiques and portfolio reviews held in Seattle offer additional exposure to industry professionals and the urban environment.

Schedule of Studies

Go to the WSU Catalog to view a sample schedule of studies for the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies program, including information about certification requirements and procedures. Access the Architecture Advising Guide (PDF). The sample plan is a suggested path to completion of the BS degree (120 credits). Students will meet with an advisor each semester to confirm academic schedule and monitor progress towards graduation. In all major courses required for the degree, a grade of C or better must be earned.

Beginning fall 2020, the terminology will change: students will be “admitted to a major” rather than “certified in a major.” Visit this post to review the revised admission to the major requirements or access Admission to Major Requirements (Effective Fall 2020) (PDF).

Articulation Agreements

Spokane Community College AAS-T Architectural Technology.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology  AAS-T Architectural Technology.

Clover Park Technical College AAS-T Architectural Engineering Design.


Contact Academic Program Manager Jaime Rice.

Career Opportunities

Architects can be individual designers in private practice, part of a corporate group, city planners, environmental systems designers or work in related disciplines such as planning, technology, project and community development, or within government agencies. A critical aspect of architectural education is to understand important environmental issues, such as energy, materials, density, and fabrication systems.

Employers value the knowledge that WSU students develop in these areas. Architects must be well versed in many disciplines and able to effectively communicate and work with a diversity of professionals. Architects must understand and respect the values that other disciplines bring to a project and learn to integrate multiple ideas through collaborative “design thinking.”

Both the undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture at the School of Design and Construction establish an educational experience that can be applied to a lifelong career that advances the betterment of our communities, cities and natural environment.

The M.Arch degree program at Washington State University’s School of Design and Construction is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Visit the M.Arch program page for requirements, application information, and more.