Department of Architecture Undergraduate Academic Advising

Each major in the Department of Architecture is assigned a faculty advisor, and it is recommended that all students see their advisor at least once a year. It is the student’s responsibility to stay current with their progress.

Progress Reports

The group and degree requirements are monitored by the registrar’s office, and each student can access an advising transcript, which shows their progress. It is the student’s responsibility to review their degree audit and degree checks (produced by the administrative assistant for curricula in the architecture office) for accuracy, and track their progress toward meeting degree requirements.


Degree Requirements

BArch Requirements: 231 Credits


General Education and Group Requirements

University requirements include group requirements and general electives. They are intended to ensure each student receives an education rich in the liberal arts tradition. Undergraduate students should complete most of the general education and group requirements prior to entry into their first intermediate design studio.


Group Requirements

BArch Requirement: 36 Credits, 9 Courses

Architecture majors must fulfill 12 credits in each of the three general education groups (refer to the Catalog for courses listed by group):

Coursework selected must comply with the following:

  • Two groups must include at least two courses in one subject
  • Each group must include courses in at least two subjects
  • Out of the total 36 credits, no more than three courses from one subject, no more than one course within the major

English Composition

BArch Requirement: 8 Credits

The general requirements also include two courses in English composition (most students take WR 121 and WR 122). It is possible to take a waiver exam or "challenge" these courses. Some students will have advanced placement (AP) exam credits for English and other group-satisfying courses. AP credits are generally listed on the admission statement if you took the exams prior to the processing of your application.


Multicultural Requirement

BArch Requirement: Up to 8 additional credits if not met in other courses

The multicultural requirement is intended to broaden your understanding of social issues. To satisfy the multicultural requirement, a student must take an approved course in two of the three categories:

It is possible to select courses that also satisfy group requirements, so these eight credits are not included in the total number credits required stated above.


General Electives

BArch Requirement: 43 Credits (16 credits must be upper division outside ARCH/IARC)

Bachelor of Architecture majors must complete 16 credits of upper-division (numbered 300 and above), writing-intensive courses outside the architecture subject area. Service and performance courses and weekend seminars are not accepted. Any ARH courses taken beyond the ARH requirement can be applied toward the upper division requirements. Many upper division courses have prerequisites. Students may apply ARH coursework only after satisfying the history of architecture sequence A, B or C requirement.


General Education courses satisfying Bachelor of Architecture degree requirements:

The following courses are required for a Bachelor of Architecture degree and may also satisfy general education requirements.

Physics Requirement (PHYS 201, PHYS 202)
Architecture majors must have a working knowledge of general physics and computational models for mechanics, thermodynamics, sound and light. General physics (PHYS 201, 202) is a strictly enforced prerequisite for enrollment in ARCH 461 Structural Behavior. The third term of PHYS 203 General Physics is not required.

Math Requirement (MATH 111, MATH 112)
MATH 111 College Algebra and MATH 112 Elementary Functions are prerequisites for PHYS 201 General Physics I and PHYS 202 General Physics II at the University of Oregon. These cover virtually all mathematical modeling and theory in the architectural technology coursework and are the prerequisites for ARCH 461 Structural Behavior. Ultimately the burden is on each student to fulfill the math requirement prior to registering for PHYS 201 General Physics I. Your placement is determined by the SAT math and/or the placement exams. The placement exams are offered at the University Testing Center.


Required Graded Credits

The University of Oregon requires that all undergraduate students complete a minimum of 168 credits taken with a letter-grade option or as P* (courses offered only Pass/No Pass). The University of Oregon requires a minimum of 45 credits taken for a letter grade, which must be completed in residence.


Residence Requirements

Undergraduate students are generally in residence for five years. Bachelor of Architecture students may enter the respective program with transfer credits from another accredited undergraduate degree program. Transfer students must complete the minimum residence requirements.