2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Architecture, B.Arch

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School of Architecture
201 Slocum Hall
ph. (315)443-8242
e. ugarch@syr.edu


Daekwon Park, 201 Slocum Hall


Eliana Abu-Hamdi, Omar Ali, Amber Bartosh, Jean-François Bédard, Lori Brown, Lawrence Chua, Junho Chun, Gregory Corso, Erin Cuevas, Lawrence Davis, Ivi Diamantopoulou, Britt Eversole, Joseph Godlewski, Terrance Goode, Valerie Herrera, Roger Hubeli, Molly Hunker, Elizabeth Kamell, Joel Kerner, Elizabeth Krietemeyer, Julie Larsen, Mark Linder, Sinéad Mac Namara, Anna Mascorella, Kyle Miller, Jess Myers, Marcos Parga, Daekwon Park, Daniele Profeta, Edgar Rodriguez, Richard Rosa, Yutaka Sho, Michael Speaks, Timothy Stenson, Fei Wang, Nina Wilson, Jiong (Abingo) Wu

Program Description

The B.Arch is a 5-year professional degree in Architecture. Students in the B. Arch program take courses in architectural design, theory, technology, history and professional practice. Graduates of this program are prepared to enter into the Intern Development Program (IDP) required to become a licensed architect.

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree

Prerequisites for Admission into the B.Arch Program

All applicants to the B.Arch program must submit a portfolio to the School of Architecture for review.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop a holistic understanding of the dynamic between built and natural environments with the goals of mitigating climate change responsibly by leveraging ecological, advanced building performance, adaptation, and resilience principles in their work and advocacy activities
  2. Understand the role of the design process in shaping the built environment and develop the ability to make architectural design decisions that demonstrate the synthesis and thoughtful integration of human, technical, regulatory, and environmental demands and requirements
  3. Understand established and emerging systems, technologies, and regulatory requirements of building construction as well as their underlying principles; develop skills to effectively and creatively integrate them into architectural designs; and assess them against pertinent design and performance objectives and legal requirements
  4. Deepen students’ understanding of diverse human contexts and deepen student commitment to translating this understanding into healthy, safe, inclusive environments at multiple scales
  5. Ensure that students understand the histories and theories of architecture and urbanism from multiple perspectives, framed by diverse social, cultural, economic, and political conditions
  6. Develop skills and knowledge needed for the practice of architecture including its diverse career paths and opportunities, professional ethics, business processes, regulatory requirements, and principles for effective leadership and collaboration
  7. Ensure a positive and respectful environment that encourages optimism, respect, sharing, engagement, and innovation among its faculty, students, administration, and staff
  8. Develop skills to critically and meaningfully understand and engage, through research, design, and other forms of creative inquiry, the role and agency of architectural design for possible, probable, and preferable futures

B.Arch Degree Requirements

Students matriculating prior to Fall 2021 must meet the curriculum requirements as they appear in the online course catalog for the academic year in which they entered Syracuse University.  Please see your academic advisor if you have any questions/concerns.

Students matriculating in Fall 2021 or later, must meet the following curriculum requirements.

University Requirement

In addition to FYS 101, the Bachelor of Architecture requires completion of an IDEA course (chosen from a select list )-The IDEA course may count as an Arts & Science elective, open elective, or architecture elective; depending on the course chosen. Please see the undergraduate course catalog for a full listing of IDEA courses.

Writing Requirement- 6 credits

Introductory writing sequence required or the ENL equivalency.  

Academic Electives- 36 credit hours

At least 12 credits of the 36 credits in academic electives must be upper division courses (numbered 300+)

Humanities - 6 credit hours

Courses from the College of Arts & Sciences Humanities division. Approved courses;

Social Sciences - 6 credit hours

Courses from the College of Arts & Sciences Social Sciences division. Approved courses;

Natural Sciences and Mathematics - 3 credit hours

Courses from the College of Arts & Sciences Natural Sciences and Mathematics division. Approved courses;

Arts & Science Elective - 3 credit hours

Any course offered through College of Arts & Sciences .

Open Electives - 18 credit hours

Any course offered at the University with the exception of courses with the prefix PED.

Total: 157 credit hours


Architecture students may choose to pursue one of the many minors available on campus. Most minors consist of 18-credit programs and some must be taken in a particular sequence. Because of the limited number of non-architecture elective credits contained in the B.Arch program, careful planning is necessary for architecture students to complete a minor. Minors that are too closely related to the major will not be approved. Minors require a minimum of 18 credit hours, 12 of which must be in 300- to 400-level coursework.

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