BS in Architectural Studies with Emphasis in Architectural Studies

Missouri residents may benefit from the Reciprocity Agreement with the University of Kansas.  Out-of-State tuition can be waived for Missouri residents when enrolled in the M Arch program as a first professional architecture degree.  

Degree Program Description

The Architectural Studies emphasis is a four-year, professional baccalaureate program often referred to as a Pre-Architecture program. The architectural studies emphasis mission is to prepare students for success in entry-level jobs in the design and construction industry and also to prepare students for advanced study in architecture M Arch (Masters of Architecture) programs. See Opportunity for Employment, Careers in Architectural Studies, and Spotlight on Alumni. Students benefit from the enriched academic research environment and the emphasis on the thinking and making of physical environments that address the needs and aspirations of people. The program strives to blur the boundaries between architecture and interior design by stressing the inside experience of people in buildings.  Students interested in becoming a licensed architect continue their education by completing in other architectural programs. Alumni are admitted to many highly ranked graduate programs throughout the U.S. With coursework being part of a CIDA Accredited Interior Design Program, pre-architecture students may be eligible for the NCIDQ examination upon graduation. For more information see Careers in Interior Design with links to professional organizations and regulations.  See Architectural Studies web page for more highlights of program.

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Major Program Requirements


Students complete University of Missouri general education coursework that includes physics and calculus. Professional design coursework is in the following content areas: basic creative development, design planning and analysis, design communication, technical knowledge, history of art/architecture/interiors, business, and design theory.

Studio Description

It is the design studio setting where learning by doing is experienced and realized. The studio is a collaborative and cooperative learning environment emphasizing personal intellectual development as well as content learning. Course work includes studios and coursework centering on the synthesis of functional, technological, social, aesthetic and symbolic attributes architecture that support human needs and their aspirations. See Studio Description on the department website for more information.

Application for the Professional Program

After completing three required classes of Drafting (ARCHST 1200), Visual Design (ARCHST 1100), and Drawing (ART_DRAW 1050) during the first year, students apply for admission to the studio sequence. Applications are made at the end of the spring semester of the first year granting permission to enroll in Studio I. The application form is available at the department's web site.

Degree Requirements

Basic Creative Development9
ARCHST 1100Visual Design3
ARCHST 2315Introduction to Building Systems Laboratory1
ARCHST 2316Advanced Building Systems Lab2
ARCHST 3100Color and Light3
Design Planning and Analysis 25
ARCHST 2811Studio I4
ARCHST 3182Studio II4
ARCHST 4815Construction Documents and Building Information Modeling Studio4
ARCHST 4823Architectural Studio III4
ARCHST 4824Architectural Studio IV4
ARCHST 4860Programming for Thesis Design Studio1
ARCHST 4990Thesis Design Studio4
Design Communication12
ART_DRAW 1050Drawing: Materials and Methods3
ARCHST 1200Architectural Drafting and Working Drawings3
ARCHST 2230Design Communication I3
ARCHST 3230Advanced Design Communication Using BIM3
Technical Knowledge25
ARCHST 2220Introduction to CAD3
ARCHST 2310Building Systems3
ARCHST 2323Sustainable Building Design Fundamentals3
ARCHST 4320Materials, Methods and Products3
ARCHST 4323Sustainable Technologies and Systems3
ARCHST 4333Compliance and Specifications3
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3
PHYSCS 1210College Physics I4
History of Art, Architecture and Interiors9
ARCHST 4430Guiding Design with Historic Preservation3
ARCHST 4435History of the Designed Environment to 17503
ARCHST 4440Design Precedents: Architecture, Interiors and Furniture since the Industrial Revolution3
ARCHST 4710Design Business Practices3
Design Theory12
ARCHST 1600WFundamentals of Environmental Design - Writing Intensive3
ARCHST 2100Understanding Architecture and the American City3
ARCHST 2620People, Places and Design3
ARCHST 3600WEnvironmental Analysis - Writing Intensive3
Electives to total 125 credits minimum

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available. Also, view degree program requirements at the department's web site. 

First Year
American History or Government (also Soc/Beh Science)3ARCHST 1600W3
ARCHST 11003ARCHST 23151
ARCHST 12003ARCHST 26203
ARCHST 21003ART_DRAW 10503
ENGLSH 10003MATH 11003
GN_HES 11001HES Foundation3
 16 16
Second Year
ARCHST 22203ARCHST 22303
ARCHST 23103ARCHST 31003
ARCHST 23162ARCHST 23233
ARCHST 28114ARCHST 31824
ARCHST 44303MATH 1400 (MRP)3
 15 16
Third Year
ARCHST 32303ARCHST 43233
ARCHST 43203ARCHST 48244
ARCHST 48234ARCHST 48601
ARCHST 44353PHYSCS 12104
 16 15
Fourth Year
ARCHST 47103ARCHST 44403
Electives6ARCHST 48154
ARCHST 49904Electives8
HES Foundation3 
 16 15
Total Credits: 125

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Grade requirements

The University requires the following courses to have a grade of C- or above: English 1000, ArchSt 4323 Sustainable Technologies satisfying Math Reasoning Proficiency, ArchSt 1600 Fundamentals of Environmental Design and ArchSt 3600 Environmental Analysis meeting Writing Intensive requirements, and ArchSt 4815 Construction Documents and BIM satisfying the capstone experience. 

Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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