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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.

Degree Requirements


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.
ARCH 113 Architectural Design Core Studio I  
ARCH 114 Architectural Design Core Studio II  
ARCH 213 Architectural Design Core Studio III  
ARCH 214 Architectural Design Core Studio IV  
ARCH 313 Architectural Design Core Studio V  
ARCH 413 Advanced Architectural Design Studio  


Arch 416 Advanced Topical Design Studio: Urban  


AAH 121-122 History of Art and Architecture I-II  
ARCH 325 History of Modern Architecture  
ARCH 322 Theory of Architecture  

And one of the following Intermediate Level course options

ARCH 324 Evolution of Urban Form  
ARCH 327 History of American Architecture  
ARCH 328 Renaissance Architecture in Perspective  
ARCH 329 History of Landscape Architecture  
AAH 313 Arts and Architecture of Africa  
AAH 321 Arts and Architecture in the Classical World  
AAH 322 Arts and Architecture in the Medieval World  
AAH 323 Arts and Architecture in the Islamic World  
AAH 330 Topics in Art and Architectural History  
HP 341 Pre-Industrial America  
HP 342 Industrial America  

Environment and Human Behavior

ARCH 321 Site and Environment  

Technical Systems

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.
ARCH 335 Structure, Form and Order  
ARCH 231 Construction Materials and Assemblies I  
ARCH 333 Building Systems: Equipment for Buildings  

Practice and Professional Development

ARCH 101 Foundations of Architecture  
VARTS 101 Foundations of Drawing  
ARCH 287 Introduction to Computer Applications in Design  

Electives Requirement

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 outside of the major is required for graduation. Students are advised to apply one of these electives to expand the University Core Concentration into a minor.

Mathematics Requirement

MATH 136-Precalculus or MATH 213-Calculus I & 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.

Science Requirement

Architecture majors are required to complete PHYS 109-Physics I-Algebra Based and Lab or PHYS 201-Physics I-Calculus Based and Lab or ENGR 210, and either CORE 101 Science or BIO 104-Biology II or NATSC 103-Earth Systems Science and Lab. Both BIO 104 and NATSC 103 count toward the Core Concentration and Minor in Sustainability Studies.

Course Catalog

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

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Elective Offerings

Architecture Electives

ARCH 430 Special Topics in Architecture  
ARCH 461 Introduction to Landscape Architecture  
ARCH 477 Architecture in Context  
ARCH 478 Dutch Architecture: The Enduring 20th Century Legacy  
ARCH 484 Construction Estimating and Scheduling  
ARCH 487 Digital Modeling  
ARCH 488 Computer Applications for Professional Practice  

300 level or above Historic Preservation Courses
500 level or above Architecture Electives (with permission)


Students are free to choose from the University’s course offerings to satisfy this requirement. Pre-requisites for MATH 136 Precalculus (MATH 101 Principles of Algebra, Math 107 Intermediate Algebra, Math 117 College Algebra) and prerequisites for WTNG 102 Expository Writing, (WTNG 100 Introduction to Academic Writing) will not count as electives toward the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree.