Bachelor of Architecture

Architecture Undergraduate Student


The Bachelor of Architecture program at KSU is a 5-year, NAAB accredited, first professional degree in architecture, leading to eligibility for licensure (Architectural Registration Exam).

The B.ARCH Program is centered on the ten-semester studio sequence that proceeds from the basic fundamentals of design and architecture, through the technical aspects of building and comprehensive design, to investigations of the urban condition. It culminates in the fifth year’s exploration of architecture as a form of design research. Reinforcing the studios are sequences in design communication, architecture culture, structure, environmental technology and professional practice. Collectively, they provide the more holistic understanding of the design process necessary for the production of functional and meaningful architecture. FAQ's

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  • Most graduates from the 5-year B.ARCH program pursue a career working in architectural offices, but professional training in architecture also opens doors for graduates to pursue additional and/or other careers in planning, graphic design, product design, interiors, film, education and construction.

    Current students can connect with potential employers here.

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  • A portfolio review and curriculum review evaluation are mandatory for all students seeking to enter the upper division (3rd through 5th year) of the BArch – Professional Program Curriculum. Students must successfully pass the lower division (2nd through 3rd year) spring semester Portfolio Review Evaluation Process (see 2021 Bachelor of Architecture Degree: Traditional and Accelerated Curriculum Flow Chart).

    There are three (3) components of the Portfolio Review Evaluation Process, and it is imperative that each applicant be successful in each of the following three components:

    1. You are in good academic standing at Kennesaw State University and have completed all Georgia Core courses required in the Curriculum Flow Chart with a minimum grade of 'C.'


    2. You have met all lower division BArch course requirements with a minimum course grade of 'C' and a minimum cumulative Curriculum GPA of 2.5.


    3. You have successfully submitted documentation and passed the Portfolio Review Evaluation Process with a cumulative minimum average score of 2.5.

      note: The minimum cumulative Curriculum GPA of 2.5 is considered "acceptable" and "satisfactory."

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  • Students pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture must complete all degree requirements, including general education, lower and upper division requirements specific to the major, other major- specific requirements, electives, and University-wide degree requirements. For a complete list of degree requirements, please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog.


  • Undergraduate

    • ARCH 1000 - Introduction to Architecture

      This course will explore theoretical and practical frameworks that inform architecture. Relevant theoretical and practical issues will be presented and discussed, allowing students to understand how fundamental parameters in design, including formal, spatial, and phenomenal factors, influence decision-making and inform critical thinking. Students shall be introduced to social and ethical stewardship that center on sustainability and socially-engaging designs. 

      Prerequisites: ARCH Majors and Minors Only 

      Credits: 2

    • ARCH 1001 - Architecture Studio I

      This course is the first design studio. Through exercises and projects, it introduces a variety of skills and fundamental principles in design for the beginning student in architecture including but not limited to the following: graphic observations, analysis, and representations, design process, architectural drawing and drafting, model building, and verbal communication.

      Prerequisites: ARCH Majors and Minors Only

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 1002 - Architecture Studio II

      This course builds and elaborates upon the skills and subjects introduced in Architecture Studio I by engaging design problems at scales larger than in the previous studio and by investigating more complex problems, including building language and elements. It culminates with a capstone design project that summarizes and measures the learning of the first year, and prepares students for the second year.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 1001 

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 1241 - Design Communication I

      This course offers lecture and practicum providing fundamentals of design communication through principles of drawing conventions and related techniques including orthographic projections, paraline drawings, and perspective construction systems to represent design ideas and built forms. This involves use of manual media, 2D image manipulation and 3D modeling using digital media. The intention of the course is to develop visual literacy through visual thinking and to develop skills to represent objects and simple buildings in both two and three-dimensions.

      Credits: 2

    • ARCH 2003 - Architecture Studio III

      This course builds on the design thinking skills developed during first year studios. This course initiates the application of research from site, context and case studies in the design process and emphasizes design concept development. Projects initiate the design of interior and exterior conditions, site design and the architectural design of structural systems.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 1002 

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 2004 - Architecture Studio IV

      This course continues the development and use of generative design concepts begun in Architecture Studio III with projects of increased size and scope. Building programming and basic building codes are introduced and emphasis is placed on the introductory design of materials and material systems. 

      Prerequisites: ARCH 2003 

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 2030 - Global Sustainability Strategies

      This is a study of International aspects of buildings related to social orientation by looking at design and construction around the world in the context of sustainability and the carbon footprint of how we live. Form factors are discussed and the issues of planning, design and construction explored. The Architect/Engineer/Construction Manager's perspectives will be completed by specific building examples. International differences in the role of buildings/structures within our physical fabric will be explored, yet common threads will be found which can be useful in a shrinking world and a more universal construction industry. This course is open to all majors and undeclared students.

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 2111 - Architecture Culture I: Early Civilizations & Medieval

      The Architecture Culture sequence is designed as a historical survey of Architectural history and theory. Its aim is to develop an understanding of how architecture manifests the socio-cultural conditions of an era by examining the relationship between architecture and other cultural discourses such as philosophy, aesthetics, science, religion, politics and technology. It also examines how architecture, as a cultural artifact, transforms through time in response to alterations in its surrounding cultural context. This course introduces early architectural traditions and the formulation of European traditions through the Gothic.

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 2211 - Architecture Structures I - Introduction to Structures

      This course is an introduction to architectural structures with an emphasis on statics and strength of materials concepts. Focus is on force systems, shear and moment diagrams and determination of section properties.

      Prerequisites: Grade of C or higher in (PHYS 1111 and PHYS 1111L) or (PHYS 2211 and PHYS 2211L)

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 2242 - Design Communication II

      This course offers lecture and practicum and is seen as a continuation of Design Communication I. It introduces techniques and conventions of graphic communication as an aid for architectural design. This course advances levels of visualization and representation of architectural building and related design ideas. Techniques include hand drawings, digital rendering, and 3D computer modeling. The goal is to link traditional techniques and digital modeling to various studio works both at process level and final presentation level. A variety of representation techniques are introduced to highlight design vocabulary through a series of projects ranging from page layout to building. Both small-scale objects and moderate-scale structures/buildings can be used as base information to represent concepts of design and techniques of representation.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 1241 or permission of the instructor.

      Credits: 2

    • ARCH 2311 - Environmental Tech I -Systems Selection and Materials

      This course offers lecture and practicum. It introduces selection criteria of materials and their properties relative to structural and enclosure systems. Emphasis is placed on wood, steel, masonry, and concrete structural systems. Enclosure Systems are explored in relation to various applications of existing and new materials and finishes that building systems entail within the context of sustainability.

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 3011 - Architecture Studio V

      This studio emphasizes the importance of conceptual architectural thinking, materiality, and natural daylighting and introduces integration of building technologies within the architectural design process. The majority of the semester focuses on a medium sized, mixed-use project located on a suburban/exurban site.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 2004 and acceptance into the upper division upon portfolio review.

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 3012 - Architecture Studio VI

      This course is a continuation of ARCH 3011 and the integration of building technologies. Students design a medium to large-scale project within a dense urban setting with a focus on the contemporary workplace. Emphasis is placed on site context and systems and materials research in support of design intent. The first half of the semester is devoted to project design and the latter half is spent examining construction tectonics through large-scale physical models.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 3011 

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 3112 - Architecture Culture II - The Renaissance through 1850

      This course examines the rise of renaissance architecture and architectural theory and traces the spread of their influence across Europe into the enlightenment. The architectural impact of colonial expansion is studied as European architecture interacts with or displaces the local traditions of colonized areas in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 3113 - Architecture Culture III: 1850 through 1945

      This course explores the innate relationship between the making of architecture and architectural theory as the events of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries unfold. Nineteenth century historicism in Europe and the United States is introduced and followed by an examination of the changing relationship to history that precedes the turn of the twentieth century. This course then begins an investigation of the diverse regional and conceptual approaches to modernity, covered up to the International Style Exhibition.

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 3211 - Architecture Structures II: Concrete and Lateral Loads

      This course is a continuation of ARCH 2211 with emphasis on gravity loads and basic design of wood structural components including beams, columns, and trusses. Engineered wood products, glue-laminated, and connections are also covered.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 2211

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 3212 - Architecture Structures III: Steel and Wood

      This course is a continuation of ARCH 3211 with the design of steel structural members, connections and statically determinate structural steel systems. Approximate analysis of rigid frames is introduced and the student learns to use pre-packaged computer programs to input data and evaluate results.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 3211

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 3313 - Environmental Technology II: Human Comfort and Building Systems

      This course offers lecture instruction that is focused on the fundamental connection between human comfort and active / passive design mechanisms. Topics include building context / orientation and form, envelope characteristics and materials, and human comfort within interior environments. Additionally, energy conservation and major mechanical systems are examined in relation to building typology and sustainability.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 2311 

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 3314 - Environmental Technology III: Lighting, Electrical and Acoustics

      This course is the culmination of the environmental technology sequence. Lectures elaborate upon prior coursework and place focus upon natural and artificial lighting, electrical systems, and building acoustical design. Students will continue to explore the connection between building form and environmental design strategies to develop and enhance interior atmospheres.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 3313 

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 3398 - Internship

      This course is an internship course designed to provide real world experience options supported by the department.

      Prerequisites: Department Approval

      Credits: Variable 1-12

    • ARCH 4013 - Architecture Studio VII: Integrative Design

      This course focuses on building structural systems and systems integration in relation to an architectural concept. Students will work on a program allowing them to study the impact of site and programmatic forces in relation to integrative principles as described by NAAB. The course builds upon and emphasizes synthesizing knowledge and skills acquired in concurrent and prior coursework.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 3012, ARCH 3314 and ARCH 3212 

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 4014 - Architecture Studio VIII: Urban Lab

      This course focuses on designing urban environments and aims to expand students' design skills to a larger scale than single buildings or single sites. Integrating experiential data to conventional analysis, the studio aims to teach creating humane, just, aesthetically pleasing and livable urban environments. 

      Prerequisites: ARCH 4013 and ARCH 4116 

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 4114 - Architecture Cultures IV: The Development of Architecture into the Twenty-First Century

      This course continues the investigation of architecture culture by examining the development of the diverse regional and conceptual approaches to modern Architecture from the international style to the present, including the development of contemporary theoretical positions in architecture. 

      Prerequisites: ARCH 3113 

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 4116 - Urban Planning and Design Theory

      This course examines historic and current trends of urban design, development and growth. Diverse socio-economic-political and spatial issues that shape and continuously transform the physical fabric of cities, metropolitan centers, and regions are the focus of this course. The course requires critical and applied assignments, through which the students explore and understand theoretical and applied underpinnings of wide-ranging and diverse urban forms and practices.

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 4117 - Thesis Prep

      The course prepares students to develop topics for their Thesis Proposal. Students must develop a clear design premise supported with research and a clear methodology to develop a robust thesis proposal for their thesis Project.

      Credits: 2

    • ARCH 4224 - Professional Practice I: Codes and Technical Documents

      This course offers lecture and practicum. It introduces Standard Building Code, N.F.P.A. 101 and A.D.A and / or International Building Code. Emphasis is placed on theory of building safety, code document organization and the application of codes to actual buildings. The learning of codes is further extended by applying the code knowledge to producing an actual set of technical [contract] documentation of an assigned architectural project.

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 4225 - Professional Practice II - Cost Control

      This course introduces methods commonly used concepts of building economics to create budgets for the construction cost of commercial building projects from conceptual discussions with the Owner and the early stage of development of the drawings and specifications. These methods are typically used by architects and general contractors for feasibility and value engineering and building economic studies. The focus of this course is to enable architectural students to effectively create realistic estimates of probable economic cost for their clients and thereby work as a team member with the Owner and General Contractor to establish and maintain a project budget throughout the process of project design and construction.

      Credits: 2

    • ARCH 4226 - Professional Practice III: Practice and Ethics

      This course introduces the study of professional ethics, laws governing the practice of architecture and contractual relationships. It seeks to develop a working knowledge of how the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Document Series influences the method and legality of architectural practice. It emphasizes office management, professional liability and insurance, the owner-architect agreement, the architect- consultant agreement, owner-contractor agreement, bidding procedures and conditions of the contract management. 

      Credits: 3

    • ARCH 4400 - Directed Study

      This course is designed to provide an independent study option for students to satisfy curriculum requirements.

      Prerequisites: Departmental Approval

      Credits: Variable 1-3

    • ARCH 4490 - Special Topics

      Special Topics in Architecture determined by the Department topics vary in credit hour and in focus

      Prerequisites: Departmental Approval

      Credits: Variable 1-4

    • ARCH 5015 - Focus Studio

      The Fifth-Year Focus Studios are intended to introduce the student to design research and its application, while adhering to creativity, critical thinking, processes of making, and constructability. The annual Focus Studio is an intrinsic part of the professional core of the Architecture Program and is designed to foster a strong relationship between the program, our students, and the profession as a whole. All qualified fifth year students have the option to select a studio critic who will broaden their area of interest in a subject-based studio.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 4014 

      Credits: 4

    • ARCH 5016 - Thesis Research

      Students pursue their thesis topic conceived in the Thesis-Prep course into a fully developed thesis proposal under the guidance of their thesis committee. Thesis Committee (two internal professors) must approve student Design Proposal. This course must be passed with a grade of an S (Satisfactory Progress) to move forward to Thesis Studio.

      Prerequisites: ARCH 4117 

      Credits: 1

    • ARCH 5017 - Thesis Studio

      Design solutions must demonstrate Ability to produce evidence to meet and exceed applicable NAAB criteria set by the Faculty. Thesis Coordinators uphold thesis procedures, standards and pedagogical mechanics keeping in view applicable NAAB student performance criteria [learning outcomes], values, principles and expectations of the Architecture Faculty in line with the vision and mission of the Arch Program and the University. Thesis Projects must follow the approved design proposal and be properly documented according to the approved thesis book layout, structure and table of contents. Thesis Project Book must be approved by student's Committee and Thesis Coordinator to be acceptable for publication. Thesis requirements will be considered incomplete without the submission of the Project Book according to the approved guidelines. 

      Prerequisites: ARCH 5015 and ARCH 5016 

      Credits: 4

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