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Bachelor of Science in Architecture

College of Architecture, Design & Construction Management

Full Time
Undergraduate Major
Bachelors
On Campus

Program Description

Building Expertise in the Built Environment

Wentworth's Bachelor of Science in Architecture is a 4-year, full-time, pre-professional program that leads to a 1-year NAAB accredited Master's program. The curriculum is divided into two parts: the first three semesters and the remaining five semesters.

In the first three semesters, you will get a broad introduction to the field of architecture, which serves as the foundation for all three concentrations. Lecture courses convey an overview of the discipline's history, theory, technology and practice; experiential studio courses focus on design fundamentals, graphic skills and a conceptual understanding of building tectonics. Wentworth's emphasis on both the art and the science of architecture is stressed throughout this introductory curriculum.

In the next five semesters, you will build on the skills and knowledge gained in the first three semesters, while engaging in more complex and varied studio topics, such as tectonics, site and environment, comprehensive design and community design. You will also study topics such as structures, environmental systems and professional practice. Our experienced faculty will encourage you to form connections between subjects and develop a well-synthesized approach to design.

Focus in on an Area of Particular Interest

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture program offers three areas of concentration – Adaptive Interventions, Emerging Technologies and Urbanism – that allow you to pursue a specific focus in their study of architecture. The core architectural education is similar across concentrations, and all achieve the same learning outcomes. All students are required to select a concentration at the end of their first semester in sophomore year.

Adaptive Interventions – Investigates architecture as a discipline with a primary focus on interventions into contingent existing conditions. Adaptive re-use, regenerative urbanism, sustainability, critical regionalism and related strategies are addressed at scales ranging from the individual building to the urban environment.

Emerging Technologies – Explores the material nature of architecture, the craft of building and the role of emerging technologies as they inform the design process. Emphasizes the broad architectural and cultural implications of technology and advances an ethos of research through making.

Urbanism – Focuses on the influence of the arts and humanities, ecology and landscape, economics and politics, and society on design at the urban scale. Challenges students to explore the representation of complex social, cultural and ecological systems as a form of research, offering the skills and insights necessary to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and provide leadership in reshaping our cities.

Program Curriculum

  • FIRST YEAR

    Foundation Courses

    Fall Semester (total credits 14)

    • ARCH1000, Studio 01
    • MATH1000, College Mathematics I
    • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

    Spring Semester (total credits 14)

    • ARCH1500, Studio 02
    • MATH1500, Precalculus
    • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • SECOND YEAR

      Urbanism Concentration

      Fall Semester (total credits 18)

      • ARCH2000, Studio 03
      • ARCH2100, History/Theory 01
      • ARCH2200, Technology 01
      • ARCH2222, IDP Registration
      • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

      Spring Semester

      • COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

      Summer Semester (total credits 18)

      • ARCH2500, Studio 04
      • ARCH2600, History/Theory 02
      • ARCH2700, Technology 02
      • PHYS1000, College Physics I

      Emerging Technologies Concentration

      Fall Semester (total credits 18)

      • ARCH2000, Studio 03
      • ARCH2100, History/Theory 01
      • ARCH2200, Technology 01
      • ARCH2222, IDP Registration
      • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

      Spring Semester

      • COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

      Summer Semester (total credits 18)

      • ARCH2525, Studio 04
      • ARCH2600, History/Theory 02
      • ARCH2700, Technology 02
      • PHYS1000, College Physics I

      Adaptive Interventions Concentration

      Fall Semester (total credits 18)

      • ARCH2000, Studio 03
      • ARCH2100, History/Theory 01
      • ARCH2200, Technology 01
      • ARCH2222, IDP Registration
      • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

      Spring Semester

      • COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

      Summer Semester (total credits 18)

      • ARCH2550, Studio 04
      • ARCH2600, History/Theory 02
      • ARCH2700, Technology 02
      • PHYS1000, College Physics I
    • THIRD YEAR

        Urbanism Concentration

        Fall Semester (total credits 17)

        • ARCH3000, Studio 05
        • ARCH3200, Technology 03
        • ARCH3400, Structures 01
        • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

        Spring Semester (total credits 17)

        • ARCH3500, Studio 06
        • ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
        • ARCH3900, Structures 02
        • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

        Summer Semester

        • COPP4500, Co-op Work Term II

        Emerging Technologies Concentration

        Fall Semester (total credits 17)

        • ARCH3025, Studio 05
        • ARCH3200, Technology 03
        • ARCH3400, Structures 01
        • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

        Spring Semester (total credits 17)

        • ARCH3525, Studio 06
        • ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
        • ARCH3900, Structures 02
        • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

        Summer Semester

        • COPP4500, Co-op Work Term II

        Adaptive Interventions Concentration

        Fall Semester (total credits 17)

        • ARCH3050, Studio 05
        • ARCH3200, Technology 03
        • ARCH3400, Structures 01
        • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

        Spring Semester (total credits 17)

        • ARCH3550, Studio 06
        • ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
        • ARCH3900, Structures 02
        • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

        Summer Semester

        • COPP4500, Co-op Work Term II
      • FOURTH YEAR

          Urbanism Concentration

          Fall Semester (total credits 18)

          • ARCH4000, Studio 07
          • ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
          • ELECTIVE, Architecture
          • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

          Spring Semester (total credits 18)

          • ARCH5500, Studio 08
          • ELECTIVE, Architecture
          • ELECTIVE, Architecture
          • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

          Emerging Technologies Concentration

          Fall Semester (total credits 18)

          • ARCH4025, Studio 07
          • ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
          • ELECTIVE, Architecture
          • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

          Spring Semester (total credits 18)

          • ARCH5500, Studio 08
          • ELECTIVE, Architecture
          • ELECTIVE, Architecture
          • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

          Adaptive Interventions Concentration

          Fall Semester (total credits 18)

          • ARCH4050, Studio 07
          • ARCH3700, Concentration Studies
          • ELECTIVE, Architecture
          • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

          Spring Semester (total credits 18)

          • ARCH5500, Studio 08
          • ELECTIVE, Architecture
          • ELECTIVE, Architecture
          • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *
        • ENGL/HSS Note:

          Day program students are required to complete at least: 

          • One course in Humanities 
          • One course in the Social Sciences 
          • The remaining courses may be from either Humanities or Social Sciences category

          Students with a three English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement.

          For more information about the English, Humanities, and Social Science requirements please refer to the Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate section of the catalog.

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