Architecture BS

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About the program

Program Details

Undergraduate students in the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program learn architecture through core design studios alongside an extensive range of history, theory, and building technology courses. As a pre-professional degree, the BS degree introduces you to the many factors that shape built environments, including socio-cultural, ecological, environmental, material, technological, and historical forces. The BS degree is for students who are interested in a thorough sequence of coursework that focuses on architecture and design at the building scale and for building systems.  

Studio-based learning

Architecture education in our pre-professional degree program is structured around five semester-long design studios addressing core learning areas: material assemblies, site considerations, program considerations, urban design, and advanced design.  Alongside each studio students take a range of required and elective technology and history courses. This sequence of courses allows each student to develop visual literacy and design expertise; understand the role of history and precedent; learn best practices for integrating; spatial representation through analog and digital drawing in a deep and meaningful way.

Career possibilities
Learning Abroad

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, programs facilitated by the University of Minnesota's Learning Abroad Center may be cancelled or suspended. Please refer to the Learning Abroad Center website for updates, as they are closely monitoring the situation, and contact their personnel for more information about specific programs.

Studying abroad enriches your learning by exposing you to diverse cultures and built environments. Architecture students can customize a learning abroad experience anywhere in the world, or study globally with courses we’ve helped to shape or have pre-approved, such as in China, Denmark, Italy, and Japan. In addition to semester-long options, architecture faculty propose shorter, three-week offerings at the beginning of each summer. Find out more about your learning abroad options.

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