Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (BSAS) curriculum combines a comprehensive design education with the broad perspective necessary for designers to become active and engaged global citizens.

BSAS Overview


BSAS students 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, with courses from all five of our Program Areas included in the sequence. Upon successful completion of the degree, students are prepared to enter a two-year NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture degree program, or to pursue a graduate degree or career in an allied discipline.

An unparalleled breadth of elective courses and minor fields are available to undergraduates at the University of Illinois, providing the foundation for deep inquiry. The design methods, technical expertise, and critical thinking skills that students gain in the BSAS degree are increasingly sought after in business, industry, and in the diverse settings of contemporary design practice.  This degree sets the stage for young designers to discover and produce creative visions for the built environments of tomorrow. To earn the BSAS degree, students must complete 120 credit hours.

STEM Classification and OPT Employment

Our BSAS degree is STEM-classified. International students with an F-1 visa are eligible to remain in the US for OPT (Optional Practical Training) employment for up to three years and two months after graduation, and those granted an H-1b visa can stay an additional six years (for a total of 9 years).

Typical Program of Study

This Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture document provides detailed information of class requirements, by year, for undergraduate students.

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