Architecture (Course 4)

Department of Architecture

Bachelor of Science in Architecture

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement [one subject can be satisfied by a subject in the Departmental Program]; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement [one subject can be satisfied by 4.440[J] in the Departmental Program] 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [can be satisfied by 4.411[J], an option within the Departmental Program] 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Required SubjectsUnits
4.021Design Studio: How to Design9-12
or 4.02A Design Studio: How to Design Intensive
4.022Design Studio: Introduction to Design Techniques and Technologies12
4.023Architecture Design Studio I (CI-M)24
4.024Architecture Design Studio II24
4.302Foundations in Art, Design, and Spatial Practices (CI-M)12
4.401Environmental Technologies in Buildings12
4.440[J]Introduction to Structural Design12
4.500Design Computation: Art, Objects and Space12
4.501Tiny Fab: Advancements in Rapid Design and Fabrication of Small Homes12
or 4.502 Advanced Visualization: Architecture in Motion Graphics
4.603Understanding Modern Architecture12
Select one of the following:12
A Global History of Architecture
Building Islam
Early Modern Architecture and Art
Restricted Electives
Select one of the following:24
Architecture Design Studio III
Two subjects from the Restricted Electives list 1
Units in Major177-180
Unrestricted Electives48-51
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(36)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree192

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.


The list of Restricted Electives includes subjects that are also listed under Required Subjects. However, in situations where students choose only one subject in a designated group as a Required Subject, it is acceptable to use the subjects not chosen as Restricted Electives.

Restricted Electives

Art, Culture and Technology

4.307Art, Architecture, and Urbanism in Dialogue12
4.322Introduction to Three-Dimensional Art Work12
4.341Introduction to Photography and Related Media12
4.354Introduction to Video and Related Media12
4.368Studio Seminar in Art and the Public Sphere12

Building Technology

4.411[J]D-Lab Schools: Building Technology Laboratory12
4.432Modeling Urban Energy Flows for Sustainable Cities and Neighborhoods12
4.451Computational Structural Design and Optimization12


4.501Tiny Fab: Advancements in Rapid Design and Fabrication of Small Homes *12
4.502Advanced Visualization: Architecture in Motion Graphics12
4.520Visual Computing12

History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture, Art and Design

4.601Introduction to Art History12
4.602Modern Art and Mass Culture12
4.605A Global History of Architecture *12
4.614Building Islam *12
4.635Early Modern Architecture and Art *12
4.636Topics in European Medieval Architecture and Art12
4.651Art Since 194012
4.657Design: The History of Making Things12

Denotes a subject that is also listed under Required Subjects. In situations where students choose only one subject in a designated group as a Required Subject, it is acceptable  to use the subjects not chosen as Restricted Electives.