Bachelor of Architecture Curriculum & Courses

In the B Arch, you'll learn to design innovative spaces and places that endure.

At CAPLA, we consider architecture to be the intertwining of sensible, technical, historical, intellectual and aesthetic activities—as a research-based creative practice. Your education here will be informed by place and materials and expressive of the ethos of our time. And unlike four-year undergraduate architectural programs, the University of Arizona's five-year B Arch degree allows you to pursue professional registration without further academic study.
 

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Curricular Milestones

The Bachelor of Architecture is an accredited professional program in three phases, each separated by a milestone in which a portfolio of each candidate’s work is assessed for advancement:

Foundation

In the Foundation Phase, the freshman year is devoted to basic design and representational skills (both handcraft and digital), an introduction to history and theory of the built environment and physical principles of buildings.

Core

The 2.5-year professional Core Phase emphasizes individual skills and knowledge in five major areas: studio, history and theory, design communications, building technology and practice.

Research + Application

In the 1.5-year Research + Applications Phase, students develop a research trajectory, take options studios to develop collaboration and complex design skills and ultimately demonstrate their individual visions in a year-long capstone project.

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Curriculum

The five-year Bachelor of Architecture requires 165 units for graduation.

Review the Bachelor of Architecture curriculum by semester and year or view or download the B Arch program overview and curriculum:

FOUNDATION PHASE

FALL 1

Course # Course Title Units
ARC 101 A/B Foundation Studio 1A / Studio 1B 2/2
ARC 131 A/B Thinking About Architecture A / B 1/1
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
MATH 108 Modeling with Algebraic and Trigonometric Functions 4
  TOTAL 13

SPRING 1

Course # Course Title Units
ARC 102 Foundation Studio 2 4
ARC 121 Physical Principles of the Built Environment 2
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
  General Education Tier 1* 3
  General Education Tier 1* 3
  TOTAL 15

^ Required coursework for continuation into Core Phase. ^

Milestone 1

CORE PHASE

FALL 2

Course # Course Title Units
ARC 201 Design Studio 1** 6
ARC 221 Building Construction 1 3
ARC 231 History and Theory of Architecture 1 3
ARC 241 Techne 1 3
  TOTAL 15

SPRING 2

Course # Course Title Units
ARC 202 Design Studio 2** 6
ARC 222 Building Technologies 1 3
ARC 242 Techne 2 3
ARC 232 History and Theory of Architecture 2 3
  General Education Tier 1* 3
  TOTAL 18

FALL 3

Course # Course Title Units
ARC 301 Design Studio 3** 6
ARC 321 Building Technologies 2 3
ARC 341 Techne 3 3
ARC 326 Practice 1 2
ARC 333 History and Theory of Architecture 3 3
  TOTAL 17

SPRING 3

Course # Course Title Units
ARC 302 Design Studio 4** 6
ARC 322 Building Construction 2 3
ARC 336 Practice 2 3
ARC 435 Critical Inquiry and Expression 3
  General Education Tier 1* 3
  TOTAL18  

FALL 4

Course # Course Title Units
ARC 401 Design Studio 5** 6
ARC 421 Building Technologies 3 3
ARC 441 Practice 3 3
  General Education Tier 1* 3
  TOTAL 15

^ Required coursework for continuation into Research + Application Phase. ^

Milestone 2

RESEARCH + APPLICATION PHASE

SPRING 4

Course # Course Title Units
ARC 410E Options Design Studio** 6
  Practical Application Elective (P3) 3
  Practical Application Elective (P3) 3
  General Education Tier 1* 3
  General Education Tier 2* 3
  TOTAL 18

FALL 5

Course # Course Title Units
ARC 410F Options Design Studio 2** 6
ARC 497 Project Inquiry** 3
  Practical Application Elective (P3) 3
  General Education Tier 2* 3
  Upper-Division Elective (300-499) 3
  TOTAL 18

SPRING 5

Course # Course Title Units
ARC 498 Capstone Studio 6
  Practical Application Elective (P3) 3
  Upper-Division Elective (300-499) 3
  Upper-Division Elective (300-499) 3
  General Education Tier 2* 3
  TOTAL 18

* UA General Education (Tier 1 TRADS, NATS and INDVS and Tier 2 IND-VS, NATS and Humanities) requires one course to have a "diversity" emphasis focus.
** Courses require a grade of C or higher to proceed to the next course.

Second-semester second language proficiency required for degree completion.


Student Work

CAPLA students create a wide variety of outstanding work during their time at the University of Arizona. Here are just a few examples:


Courses

The undergraduate courses listed here align with the degree curriculum above, and are subject to change. For more information, contact an academic advisor. View Architecture electives in the University of Arizona Course Catalog.

Introduces fundamentals of design and architecture through drawing, modeling, and digital methods with an introduction to history + theory of the built environment.

Typically offered: Fall, Spring
Units: 2

Introduces fundamentals of design and architecture through drawing, modeling, and digital methods with an introduction to history + theory of the built environment.

Typically offered: Fall, Spring
Units: 2

An introduction to the physical principles used in the design of the built environment, including thermodynamics, structural efficiency, and biophysical design.

Typically offered: Spring, Summer
Units: 3

This course provides the first-half overview of the role of architecture in the design of the built environment using examples of notable buildings and structures.

Typically offered: Fall, Spring
Units: 1

This course provides the second-half overview of the role of architecture in the design of the built environment using examples of notable buildings and structures

Typically offered: Fall, Spring
Units: 1

Explores the design of buildings and sites, from concept to form and space. Investigates domestic and public domains and implications of habitation and civic life.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 4

Explores generative and poetic design processes that reveal the meaning of place through material, spatial, structural, and environmental connections.

Typically offered: Spring
Units: 6

This first of six required courses in the Technology Stream focuses on application of physical principles in the design and performance of buildings and sites.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 3

This course introduces fundamentals of structural and environmental forces and flows in building design for environmentally adaptive systems.

Typically offered: Spring
Units: 3

Considers the creation, use and interpretation of ancient and medieval architecture from a variety of perspectives, including environmental, functional, material, structural, formal, socio-political, and cultural.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 3

Explores cultural, social, technological, and ideological influences on the built environments of global cultures, from the earliest habitations through the Renaissance.

Typically offered: Spring
Units: 3

This course investigates analog and digital techniques for the development of architectural ideas in fabrication and representation.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 3

This course teaches intermediate fabrication and design skills, related to wood, ceramics, and plastics, with a focus on digital fabrication.

Typically offered: Spring
Units: 3

Investigates the integration of buildings and place through the intersection of physical and cultural landscapes, including environmentally-responsive questions and resolutions.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 6

Investigates multi-family housing and design for urban contexts. Multi-use programs are developed from social, conceptual, typological, and technical perspectives.

Typically offered: Spring
Units: 6

This course focuses on elements of building technology: principles of structural behavior; force and vector analysis; static
equilibrium, and environmentally adaptive architectural design.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 3

This fourth of six required courses in the Technology Stream focuses on the fundamental integration of environmentally adaptive systems in small-scale buildings.

Typically offered: Spring
Units: 4

Introduces site analysis and site design principles relating to the physical, biological, cultural and regulatory attributes of a site.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 3

The study of modern, postmodern, and contemporary architecture through examination of works and theories and their impact on the discipline of architecture.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 3

Introduces students to contracts, office practices, and ethical issues facing the profession, with focus on pre-design and programming methodologies, including problem seeking and goal identification.

Typically offered: Spring
Units: 3

Develops a comprehensive building for an urban site, addressing complex contextual and performative criteria with the integration of urban design, space, construction, and building systems.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 6

his course applies the fundamental skills and knowledge acquired in the CORE phase of the degree to ambiguous or complex situations involving collaboration, research, or actual practice settings. Coming immediately after Milestone 2, these studios initiate the RESEARCH+APPLICATION phase of the degree. This studio may belong to a Phase 3 (P3) research cluster, may include actual project work for a client, or may involve study abroad opportunities.

Typically offered: Spring
Units: 6

This course applies the fundamental skills and knowledge acquired in the CORE phase of the degree to ambiguous or complex situations involving collaboration, research, or actual practice settings. Coming immediately after Milestone 2, these studios initiate the RESEARCH+APPLICATION phase of the degree. This studio may belong to a Phase 3 (P3) research cluster, may include actual project work for a client, or may involve study abroad opportunities.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 6

This final required course in the Technology Stream focuses on the comprehensive integration of advanced, large-scale environmentally-adaptive and structural building systems.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 3

Bridges the Core and Research + Application Path stages of the curriculum, inviting students to position their work theoretically and historically and to postulate a career trajectory.

Typically offered: Spring
Units: 3

Introduces students to the technical drawings and supporting documentation needed to convey design intent to the various parties involved in realizing built work.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 3

Research into issues relevant to the discipline and of interest to the student, with programming, site analysis, and other preparatory work for ARC 498.

Typically offered: Fall
Units: 3

Development of an architectural project that embodies a student's architectural position, situated historically and addressing contemporary issues.

Typically offered: Spring
Units: 6


Ready to design innovative spaces and places that endure?

Learn more about the Bachelor of Architecture by contacting Luis Zozaya, recruitment and outreach coordinator, or review the admissions process and begin your application now:

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