Architect Major and Undergraduate Degree Program Information

The most common undergraduate degree program in architecture is a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch), but there are also Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs in architecture that are non-professional in nature.

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Essential Information

Students interested in an undergraduate degree program in architecture may choose the 5-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) professional degree program. Graduates of this program typically are qualified to apply for their architectural license. Students may also enroll in a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program, which are 4-year programs that prepare students for additional graduate study in a related field.

Bachelor's Degrees in Architecture

Applicants to bachelor's degree programs in architecture should have strong aptitudes in the areas of mathematics, engineering, computer science, art or physics, and will need to submit high school transcripts, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

Learning will take place in a blend of classroom, laboratory or studio settings. Many programs collaborate with local architecture firms to create internship opportunities for students as well, and participating in an internship is often a graduation requirement. Essential architectural skills, including traditional drafting, drawing, materials science and building systems, are central to most programs. Students also learn to draw plans for the many structural systems of a building, such as heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing and communications.

Typical classes may include the following:

  • Drawing
  • Construction Science
  • Applied Physics
  • Building Policy
  • Urban Panning and Collaboration

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ( predicts the employment rate for architects (except landscape and naval architects) will grow 7% between 2014 and 2024, about the average. This growth is due in part to the aging Baby Boomer population and the need for additional healthcare facilities.

The median annual salary for architects (except landscape and naval) was $76,100 as of May 2015, according to the BLS. The lowest 10% of architects made a salary of $46,080 or less per year, while the top 10% made $125,520 or more annually (BLS).

Students interested in becoming architects will need a strong background in math, science and art to succeed in an architecture bachelor' degree program, regardless of whether their goal is to practice architecture professionally or move on to graduate studies. Instruction for these programs takes place in a classroom environment as well as through hands-on field work.

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