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Bachelor of Science in Architecture

The four-year program in architecture leads to the pre-professional degree of Bachelor of Science in Architecture. The first two years of this program emphasize liberal arts studies and fundamentals in architectural design, theory, and history. The third and fourth years develop abilities in architectural design and building technologies, culminating in the Integrated Design Competition Studio where the totality of knowledge gained in the curriculum is brought to bear in the studio experience. The degree is also offered as an accelerated two-year, post-undergraduate program for students holding bachelor's degrees in other fields.

The Bachelor of Science degree requires a total of 127 credit hours, which includes 81 credit hours of architecture courses. To receive this degree, students must attain a 2.25 minimum GPA in architecture courses and 2.5 cumulative GPA. In the final year of the four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture program, students may apply for the professional Master of Architecture programs.

Course of Study

1st YEAR

Fall Semester 
AED 10001
Design Thinking I
AED 10101 Foundation Design Studio I 3
ENG 11011 College Writing I 3
Fine Arts
Fine Arts Kent Core
MATH 12011 Calculus with Precalculus I *
(*) without a sufficient background in algebra and trigonometry (determined by the university admission office), this course must be substituted with:
MATH 12001 Algebra-Trigonometry 5
HUM xxxxx Kent Core elective [diversity recommended] 3
US 10097 DKS First Year Experience

Spring Semester
AED 10002
Design Thinking II
AED 10102 Foundation Design Studio II 3
SOC xxxxx Kent Core elective [Economics I recommended] 3
MATH 12012 Calculus with Precalculus II *
(*) this course must be substituted (if MATH 11010 & TRIG 11022 where taken in the Fall) with:
MATH 12002 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I 5
HUM xxxxx Kent Core elective
ARCH 10111 History of Architecture I 3

2nd YEAR

Fall Semester
ARCH 20101 2nd Year Design Studio I 3
ARCH 20112 History of Architecture II 3
ARCH 20601 Computer Applications in Architecture I 2
PHY 13001 General College Physics I 
PHY 13021 General College Physics Lab I 1
ENG 21011 College Writing II 3

Spring Semester
ARCH 20102 2nd Year Design Studio II 3
ARCH 20301 Introduction to Building Structures 3
ARCH 20113 History of Architecture III 3
ARCH 20602 Computer Applications in Architecture II 1
PHY 13012 College Physics II 2
ARCH 20201 Beyond Western Architecture 3

Requirements for admission into 3rd Year:
  1. Complete all the above curriculum
  2. Min GPA of 2.25 in ARCH courses
  3. Min overall cumulative GPA of 2.5

3rd YEAR     

Fall Semester
ARCH 30001 Site Design (WIC - Writing Intensive Course) 1
ARCH 30101 3rd Year Design Studio I 5
ARCH 30301 Structural Systems I 3
ARCH 30401 Methods & Materials I 3
ARCH 30501 Environmental Technology I 3

Spring Semester
ARCH 30002 Urban Design 1
ARCH 30102 3rd Year Design Studio II 5
ARCH 4xxxx Arch. elective [concentration recommended] 
XXXX xxxxx Non Arch. Elective 3
XXXX xxxxx Non Arch. Elective 3
SOC xxxxx Kent Core elective [Economics II recommended] 3
  Study Abroad option in Florence, Italy  

4th YEAR

Fall Semester    
ARCH 40001 Sustainable Design (WIC – Writing Intensive Course) 1
ARCH 40101 4th Year Design Studio I 5
ARCH 4xxxx Arch. elective [concentration recommended] 3
ARCH 40402 Methods & Materials II 3
ARCH 40502 Environmental Technology II 3
XXX xxxxx Non Arch. Elective 2

Spring Semester
ARCH 40002 Systems Design 1
ARCH 40102 4th Year Design Studio II 5
ARCH 40302 Structural Systems II 3
ARCH 4xxxx Arch. elective [concentration recommended] 3
XXX xxxxx Kent Core electives [diversity recommended] 5


For students with baccalaureate degrees in other fields 

Please see the post-undergraduate admission requirements.

For High School Students

The best preparation is the traditional college preparatory sequence of courses. A strong background in mathematics and English (with emphasis on grammar and composition) is encouraged. A recommended program of studies for architecture includes three years of English, three years of mathematics (including trigonometry), three years of laboratory sciences (including physics), three years of social sciences, and one year of studio art with an emphasis on drawing and composition.

While Kent State University is an open admissions university which offers admission to Ohio students who are graduates of accredited high schools, admission to the College of Architecture and Environmental Design is highly selective. Of the students who apply each year to architecture, approximately 90 are enrolled in the fall semester as architecture majors.

Students not admitted to the program may qualify for admission to the College of Architecture and Environmental Design as a general major. These students may be admitted to the Summer Studio program which follows the first year. Requirements for admission to the Summer Studio program include a minimum of 24 credit hours and a minimum 2.75 gpa. Required courses include English I, Algebra and Trigonometry, Calculus , Art History I, and Architecture History I. Students who are accepted and who successfully complete First Year Design Studio I and II during the summer will proceed with the traditional second year curriculum.

High school applications are due by January 31.

All high school applications must-include the $40 application fee, official American College Test (ACT)/Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores and an official high school transcript which shows class rank and course work in ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades as well as the courses which are being taken or will be taken in the senior year. All completed applications received by the deadline will be reviewed. Applicants will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • High school grade point average
  • High school class rank
  • SAT and/or ACT scores

Admission requirements include a GPA of at least 3.0, high-school class rank should be in the upper 20%, an SAT score greater than 1180 and/or an ACT score at least 25 composite (with English > 25 and Math > 25).


Academic advising for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) undergraduate degree programs is provided by the Office of Advising and Academic Services (OAAS).  

Office of Advising and Academic Services
202C Taylor Hall

Office Hours: Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Call Advising: Monday through Friday
1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m

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