Curriculum Requirements

ARC 101Architecture Design I6
ARC 102Architecture Design II6
ARC 110Visual Studies3
ARC 111Visual Representation I3
ARC 112Visual Representation II3
ARC 121Architecture and Culture1
ARC 122Architecture and Behavior1
ARC 203Architecture Design III6
ARC 204Architecture Design IV6
ARC 213Visual Representation III3
ARC 223Architecture and the Environment1
ARC 230Building Technology I: Materials and Methods3
ARC 231Building Technology II: The Elements of Structure3
ARC 267History of Architecture I: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance3
ARC 268History of Architecture II: Baroque through Contemporary3
ARC 301Architecture Design3
ARC 305Architecture Design V6
ARC 306Architecture Design VI6
ARC 362Environmental Building Systems I3
ARC 363Environmental Building Systems II3
ARC 407Architecture Design VII6
ARC 408Architecture Design VIII6
ARC 452Management of Professional Practice3
ARC 509Architecture Design IX6
ARC 510Architecture Design X6
Architecture Electives 221
ARC Professional Practice Elective3
Select one of the following ARC History Electives:3
Ancient Architecture
Early Christian, Byzantine, and Medieval Architecture
Colonial Architecture
19th and 20th Century Architecture
Architecture of South Florida
18th and 19th Century American Architecture and Architects
Modern Architecture
Selected Topics in World Architecture
Renaissance Architecture
History of Cities
Cinema and Architecture
General Education Requirements
Written Communication Skills:
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
WRS 106First-Year Writing II3
or ENG 106 Writing About Literature and Culture
Quantitative Skills:
MTH 130Introductory Calculus (Fulfills Quantitative Skills Requirement)3
Areas of Knowledge:
Arts & Humanities or STEM Cognate (9 credits fulfilled through the major)
People and Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate or Arts & Humanities Cognate (depending on which one is fulfilled through the major)9
Additional Requirements
PHY 103General Physics3
Non-Architecture Electives15
Total Credit Hours171

Curriculum Notes

  • The School reserves the right to retain all student projects done in for academic credit hour. 
  • MTH 130 AND WRS 105 are entry-level courses. 


The program requires four types of electives:

  • Architecture electives (7 courses): Investigations in areas of architectural interest beyond the core requirements
  • Professional practice elective (1 course) : Focused examination of a topic related to practice
  • Non-Architecture electives (5 courses): Explorations of general University offerings
  • Minor (4-5 courses) or 2 cognates (6 courses): Concentrated study in an area outside of architecture

A minor or its equivalent is required for all students who began the program prior to the Fall of 2013.  All others shall complete the cognate requirements.  Areas are selected in consultation with advisors.


 Policies and Procedures

Specific procedures and policies are detailed in the student handbook available from the Office of Academic Services.

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredit Hours
First Semester
ARC 101 Architecture Design I 6
ARC 111 Visual Representation I 3
ARC 121 Architecture and Culture 1
MTH 130 Introductory Calculus 3
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ARC 102 Architecture Design II 6
ARC 112 Visual Representation II 3
ARC 122 Architecture and Behavior 1
PHY 103 General Physics 3
WRS 106 First-Year Writing II 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
First Semester
ARC 203 Architecture Design III 6
ARC 223 Architecture and the Environment 1
ARC 230 Building Technology I: Materials and Methods 3
ARC 267 History of Architecture I: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance 3
ARC 213 Visual Representation III 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ARC 204 Architecture Design IV 6
ARC 231 Building Technology II: The Elements of Structure 3
ARC 268 History of Architecture II: Baroque through Contemporary 3
Cognate A 3
Cognate A 3
 Credit Hours18
Third Year
First Semester
ARC 305 Architecture Design V 6
ARC 362 Environmental Building Systems I 3
CAE 213 Behavior of Structural Systems I 3
Cognate A 3
Cognate B 3
 Credit Hours18
Second Semester
ARC 306 Architecture Design VI 6
ARC 363 Environmental Building Systems II 3
CAE 313 Behavior of Structural Systems II 3
Cognate B 3
Architecture History Elective 3
 Credit Hours18
Fourth and Fifth Years
ARC 407 Architecture Design VII 6
ARC 408 Architecture Design VIII 6
ARC 509 Architecture Design IX 6
ARC 510 Architecture Design X 6
ARC 452 Management of Professional Practice 3
Architecture Professional Practice Elective 3
Cognate B 3
Non- Architecture Electives 15
Architecture Electives 21
 Credit Hours69
 Total Credit Hours171


To prepare students for professional leadership and lifelong learning in architecture, urbanism, and related fields.

To advance knowledge and technology through research, and creative practice.

To deploy knowledge and technology through professional engagement, real-world applications, and community service.

To promote the goals of environmental responsibility, social equity, and economic sustainability.


  • To prepare students for professional leadership and lifelong learning in architecture, urbanism, and related fields. 
  • To preserve and develop knowledge for the profession through research and practice. 
  • To share knowledge locally and internationally through community service. 
  • To promote building and community design goals of environmental responsibility, social equity, and economic sustainability.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively use basic architectural and environmental principles in design.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to raise clear and precise questions, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions, and test alternative outcomes against relevant criteria and standards.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak and listen effectively.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use appropriate representational media, such as traditional graphic and digital technology skills, to convey essential formal elements at each stage of the programming and design process.