Mar 03, 2024
The four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree serves both as a non-professional liberal arts degree, and as preparation for further graduate study in architecture and related fields. Students completing a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree may apply to professional Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture and Doctor of Architecture professional degree programs in order to fulfill their educational requirements toward professional registration in architecture.
Students pursuing the four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree program must successfully complete the following required courses and electives, in addition to the University Core Curriculum requirements.
MATH 136 - Precalculus or MATH 213 - Calculus I and Lab are required for all architecture majors and are a prerequisite for required courses in structures. Successful completion of one of these courses also fulfills the University’s Core requirement in mathematics. Students are encouraged to complete the highest level of mathematics that they place into, in recognition of the fact that some Roger Williams University minors and graduate study options at other institutions may require calculus. Students seeking to complete a Minor in Structural Engineering must complete MATH 213 - Calculus I and Lab.
Architecture majors are required to complete
Both BIO 104 and NATSC 103 count toward the Core Concentration and Minor in Sustainability Studies.
Students are required to complete the five-course Architectural Design Core Studio sequence, and one advanced architectural design studio. The Core consists of five sequential semesters addressing fundamental architectural design issues, and graphic and computer communications skills. An advanced architectural studio or a topical studio in urban issues completes the studio sequence.
The History/Theory sequence is a combination of required introductory and intermediate courses, and advanced elective options. Students may pursue advanced History/Theory electives from a menu of Architecture Electives options.
One of the Following Intermediate Level Course Options
Environment and Human Behavior
The Environment and Human Behavior sequence is a two-part structure of required intermediate level courses, and advanced elective options. Students may pursue advanced Environment and Human Behavior electives from a menu of Architecture Electives options.
The Technical Systems sequence is intended to make students aware of practical and theoretical aspects of the interrelationships between materials, building systems, and structures, an understanding of which is essential for both functional and imaginative design. Students may pursue advanced Technical Systems courses from a menu of Architecture Elective options.
Practice and Professional Development
Students may pursue Advanced Practice and Professional Development courses from a menu of Architecture Elective options.
Completion of one Architecture Elective is required for graduation. Architecture Electives complement required coursework, providing an enhanced knowledge base in areas of faculty expertise. Students are also eligible to register for graduate level Architecture Electives during their senior year.
Completion of two electives is required for graduation. Students are advised to apply one of these electives to expand the University Core Concentration into a minor. Students are free to choose from the University’s course offerings to satisfy this requirement.