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Architecture B.S.: New Students


Information for New Architecture B.S. Students



Required Registration for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017


Note: All students are required to complete the Physics and Calculus major requirement prior to entering Arch 4283: Studio III: Critical Programming. (taken during the fall of their third semester in the program)


  • Arch 3281: Studio I: Material Practices
  • Arch 3411W: Architectural History to 1750
  • Arch 4511: Materials and Methods I
  • Other major or liberal education requirement


  • Arch 3282: Studio II: Site
  • Arch 3412: Architectural History Since 1750
  • Arch 4561: Architecture and Ecology
  • Other major or liberal education requirement


Four-year Plan for Architecture B.S. Students




Equipment & Supplies Requirements

For classes that require specific equipment and supplies, you will receive a requirements list from the instructor in class.






The College of Design provides hardware and software information for architecture students.





Academic Advising

Students with last names starting A - K are advised by: Abby Burkhart,



Students with last names starting L - Z are advised by: Chris Schlichting,




Note: Advisers do not make their own appointments. To schedule an advising appointment, please call 612-626-3690 or stop by 107 Rapson Hall.






Study Abroad

We highly encourage students to consider spending a semester away in their junior or senior year or participating a shorter excursion during any summer, winter or spring break. Exposure to other cultures is a critical component of every architect student's education.


Students interested in a study abroad experience should work closely with their academic adviser and the U of M Learning Abroad Center to learn about their options and outline their course of study. Careful program and course planning will help you stay on track for timely graduation.





Student Groups

Consider joining a CDes or U of M student organization. Popular options for architecture students include:






Architecture is a demanding major. It requires a serious time commitment for success. Although we recognize that many students need to work to finance their undergraduate education, the architecture faculty strongly recommend that you work no more than 10 hours per week. Maintaining a high GPA is critical for acceptance to a graduate or professional program. (Note: a professional degree is required for licensure as an architect.)



Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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