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Office of the University Registrar

2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog


College: Design, Construction and Planning
Degree: Bachelor of Design, a preprofessional degree
Hours for the degree: 120
Minor: No
Combined-Degree Program: No

The successful completion of the undergraduate curriculum in architecture results in the Bachelor of Design (Architecture), a preprofessional degree and the first step toward professional registration as an architect. The professional program in architecture leads to the Master of Architecture. Students without a baccalaureate degree are required to take undergraduate and graduate courses for the professional architecture program.

Bachelors of Design graduates are employed in private practice, corporate offices and government agencies. Internship is required as a part of the licensure process.

In addition to the courses offered on the Gainesville campus, the school operates a year-round program in Vicenza, Italy, for fourth-year students who are selected to spend a fall or spring semester abroad. Supplemental fees are required for participation in this program. Summer institutes are conducted on Nantucket Island for the study of architectural preservation and in the Caribbean Basin for the study of Caribbean culture and its conservation. A study abroad program is also available during the summer semester in Hong Kong. Information is available in the school office.

National Architectural Accrediting Board

Most states require architects to hold an accredited degree. Two types of degrees accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) are the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. Both degrees are structured for registration and licensure. The four-year preprofessional degree is not accredited by the NAAB. The preprofessional degree is useful to those who want a foundation in the field of architecture as preparation for continued education in a professional degree program or for employment in fields related to architecture.

Critical Tracking Requirements

Semester 1:

  • Complete ARC 1301
  • 2.5 UF GPA required

Semester 2:

  • Complete ARC 1701 and ARC 1302

Semester 3:

  • Complete ARC 1702, ARC 2201, ARC 2303, ARC 2180;
  • Complete MAC 1147 (or MAC 1140 and MAC 1114) or PHY 2004

Semester 4:

  • Complete ARC 2304 and ARC 2461
  • Compete MAC 1147 (or MAC 1140 and MAC 1114) and PHY 2004
  • Complete pin-up requirement

Semester 5:

  • Complete ARC 3320, ARC 3503 and ARC 3743

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which will be bold.

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
ARC 1301 Architectural Design 14
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE–S) *3
Physical or Biological Science (GE–B, P) *3
Composition (GE–C) *3
Mathematics (GE–M) *3
Total 16
Semester 2Credits
ARC 1302 Architectural Design 24
ARC 1701 Architectural History 1 (GE–H, I) 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE–S) *3
Total 13
Strongly Recommended SummerCredits
MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry + (GE–M) or
MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra and MAC 1114 Trigonometry (GE–M)
Total 4-5

* First-year students should take 13 credits in the fall and spring semesters, include all ARC courses, and then take the remaining two General Education courses in the summer session. If students choose to take the minimum 13 hours in the sophomore year, all course work required for pin-up must be completed by entry to the junior year.

Semester 3 Credits
ARC 2303 Architectural Design 35
ARC 2201 Theory of Architecture 1 (GE–H)3
ARC 2180 Introduction to Digital Architecture3
ARC 1702 Architectural History 2 (GE–H, I)3
Total 14
Semester 4Credits
ARC 2304 Architectural Design 45
ARC 2461 Materials and Methods of Construction 13
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Total 13-12
Strongly Recommended SummerCredits
PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1 or
PHY 2053 Physics 1 (GE–P) +
Total 3

+ The School of Architecture requires students to complete MAC 1147 and PHY 2004 before Semester 5. Due to the rigorous nature of design studio, students are strongly encouraged to complete these particular courses during the summer semesters.

NOTE: This program is limited access. At the end of semester 4, students will be selected according to a competitive ranking of all applicants by overall GPA, architectural GPA and faculty evaluation of design quality in the annual pin-up exhibits.

Semester 5 Credits
ARC 3320 Architectural Design 56
ARC 3503 Architectural Structures 13
ARC 3743 Architectural History 33
Electives **3
Total 15
Semester 6Credits
ARC 3321 Architectural Design 66
ARC 3610 Environmental Technology 13
ARC 3181 Advanced Topics in Digital Architecture or Elective **3
Elective **3
Total 15
Semester 7Credits
ARC 4322 Architectural Design 76
ARC 4620 Environmental Technology 23
ARC 4220 Architectural Theory 23
Elective **3
Total 15
Semester 8Credits
ARC 4323 Architectural Design 86
ARC 3463 Materials and Methods of Construction 23
Electives **6
Total 15

The department requires 60 credit hours, including electives, taken at the 3000 level or above. Elective foreign language courses below the 3000 level need adviser approval.

** Electives: any 3000-level or higher academic course, any 1000-level or higher foreign language course of which the student is not a native speaker taken at an SUS institution, or any course sequence toward a minor.