The Illinois School of Architecture (ISoA) Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (BSAS) curriculum combines a comprehensive design education with the broad perspective necessary to become active and engaged global citizens. You will learn to address and solve tomorrow’s complex problems at the intersection of the social, political, economic and environmental realms. Two- and three-dimensional design form the foundation of the four-year BSAS degree. Technology, history, and structures courses complete the curriculum, preparing you to enter a two-year NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture degree program, or to pursue a graduate degree or career in an allied discipline.
The breadth of elective courses and minor fields available to you across campus is unparalleled and provides the foundation for diverse enquiry. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus gives you access to over 150 undergraduate programs of study. If you can imagine a future that combines architecture with almost any other field of study the Illinois School of Architecture is the place you want to be. The design methods, technical expertise and critical thinking skills that you will acquire in the BSAS curriculum are increasingly sought after in business, industry, and of course in the diverse settings of contemporary design practice. The BSAS from Illinois sets the stage for you to discover and execute creative solutions that envision the built environments of tomorrow.
For a complete list of courses currently offered in the BSAS degree see: https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule
"It is hard to even describe the amount of personal and professional growth I have gained through the University of Illinois”
- Chris Isenhower, ISoA BSAS Class of 2016, M.Arch Candidate 2018
With 120 credit hours required for the degree, the curriculum is robust in its architectural content while providing you the opportunity to pursue a minor in another field or to focus your interests in a combination of other disciplines. The typical course of study allows 15 credit hours of elective coursework that can be taken in any discipline. In addition, the 24 credit hours of General Education requirements ensure that you have a breadth of knowledge that is more important than ever to contextualize and understand our rapidly changing global society.
A typical course of study is shown below. Please note that the ISoA BSAS is not an NAAB accredited program. Licensure as an architect in the U.S. requires an accredited NAAB degree. The ISoA offers an accredited 2-year Master of Architecture degree for those pursuing licensure.
Year One, Fall
- ARCH 171*: DESIGN 1 - Concepts and Theories of Architectural Design (3 hours)
- MATH 220 or 221: Calculus: (4 or 5 hours)
- FAA 101*: Arts at Illinois (1 hour)
- General Education (6-7 hours)
Year One, Spring
- ARCH 172: DESIGN II - Drawing and Modeling (3 hours)
- RHET 105: Writing and Research (4 hours)
- MATH 231 PHYS 101: Calculus II or Physics 101 or 211** (3 or 5 hours)
- General Education (6 hours)
TOTAL: 30-34 hours
Year Two, Fall
- ARCH 231*: PERF I - Anatomy of Buildings (4 hours)
- ARCH 273*: DESIGN III - Strategies of Architectural Design (3 hours)
- ARCH 210*: Introduction to the History of World Architecture (3 hours)
- UP 101*: Introduction to Urban Planning (3 hours)
- General Education (3 hours)
Year Two, Spring
- ARCH 232: PERF II - Structural Fundamentals (4 hours)
- ARCH 274**: DESIGN IV - Representation (3 hours)
- General Education (9 hours)
TOTAL: 33 hours
Year Three, Fall
- ARCH 321: Environment, Architecture, and Global Health (3 hours)
- ARCH 371: STUDIO 1 - Design and Urbanism (6 hours)
- ARCH 433: PERF III - Design of Steel and Reinforced Concrete Structures (4 hours)
- Electives: (3 hours)
Year Three, Spring
- ARCH 372: STUDIO II - Design and Human Experience (6 hours)
- ARCH 435: PERF V - Structural Systems and Construction Methods (4 hours)
TOTAL: 26 hours
Year Four, Fall
- ARCH 473: STUDIO III - Architectureal Design and Performance (6 hours)
- ARCH 41X: Architectural History Elective (3 hours)
- ARCH 434: PERF IV - Environmental Control Systems I (5 hours)
- Elective (6 hours)
Year Four, Spring
- ARCH 474: STUDIO IV - Architectural Design and Making (6 hours)
- Elective (6 hours)
TOTAL: 32 hours
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED: 120 hours
* Fall Semester Only **Spring Semester Only
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, Undergraduate Program
Students seeking to transfer into the architectural studies program should contact the School of Architecture Undergraduate Office for further information. Some students may be required to submit a portfolio of work with their application if they are seeking advanced placement in the architecture design sequence.
|Rhet 105:||Principles of Composition (COMP I)2||4 credits|
|Math 220 (5 cr.) or|
|Math 221 (4 cr):||Calculus I (QR I) 3||4-5 credits|
|General Education:||http://courses.illinois.edu/gened4||6 credits|
|Math 231 (3 cr.) or|
|PHYS 101 (5 cr.):||Calculus II or Physics, Mech & Heat (QR II)3||3-5 credits|
|General Education:||http://courses.illinois.edu/gened||12 credits|
A 5-semester sequence of architectural design is required for this 4-year degree program. Therefore, a student should plan to transfer upon the completion of the above freshman program unless the community college offers a sophomore program (including architectural design) which has been approved by the UIUC.
The Foreign Language requirement for graduation is satisfied by:
- Successfully completing a three semester college foreign language other than English;
- Successfully completion, in high school, of the third year of a language other than English;
- Demonstrating proficiency at the third semester level in a language proficiency examination approved by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the appropriate department.
Credit for college algebra and/or trigonometry completed in college as preparation for analytic geometry and calculus will not apply toward this degree.
Limited facilities necessitate a quota for the admission of transfer students. A minimum cumulative average of 3.2 for transferable courses is usually required to meet the competition for such admission.
At most institutions, a full year (2 semesters) of English composition must be completed to transfer as the equivalent of RHET 105 at UIUC.
The equivalents of these courses must be successfully prior to transfer.
The general education website: http://courses.illinois.edu/gened lists the general education requirements and all the courses which fulfill those requirements.
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