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Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)

Undergraduate Architecture Curriculum

All incoming undergraduate students enter as pre-architecture majors and complete the Core Design Program before applying for admission to the professional Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) degree program.

2020-2021 Curriculum Sheet for BArch (PDF)

See the number of required credits, list of courses and a suggested five-year plan with courses broken into semesters and years.

Current students:

See also 2019-2020 Five-Year Plan

See also 2018-2019 Five-Year Plan

See also 2017-2018 Five-Year Plan

See also 2016-2017 Five-Year Plan

Electives List for BArch (PDF)

Explore elective choices for communications, humanities, social sciences and upper-level electives.  Also included are general education elective guidelines as well as information about other important requirements.

Recommended High School Preparation

Beyond meeting the minimum high school course requirements for admission to Iowa State University and the College of Design, students who plan to enter the professional Bachelor of Architecture degree program are encouraged, but not required, to take:

  • 1 semester of trigonometry
  • 1 semester of analytic geometry
  • 1 year of physics
  • 1 year of studio art classes
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