BS in Architectural Studies with Emphasis in Interior Design

Degree Program Description

The Interior Design emphasis is a four-year, professional baccalaureate program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). The interior design program's mission is to prepare students for success in entry-level interior design practice and advanced study.  Core competencies protect human health, safety, and welfare through the design of interior environments. Our educational philosophy is grounded in the values of creating sustainable and meaningful interior spaces to integrate aesthetic quality and compassion for the human condition. The NCIDQ definition clarifies the scope of the services and tasks of the profession. Curriculum incorporates signature characteristics of interior design such as furniture, fixtures, and equipment, color, and interior materiality. The program benefits from its enriched academic research environment with outstanding faculty. Emphasizing the thinking and making of spaces, our interior design program stresses the inside of buildings and those experiences that help to create peoples’ individual meaning in life. For more information on professional advancement and examples of opportunities see Careers in Interior Design with links to professional organizations and regulations. Also see post-graduate placements at Spotlight on Alumni. See Architectural Studies web page for highlights of program.

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Major Program Requirements


Students complete University of Missouri general education coursework and professional interior design coursework 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 of interior design that support human needs and their aspirations. See Studio Description on the department website for more information.

Application for Professional Program

After completing the 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 and submit work from these classes in their design portfolio. Applications are made at the end of the spring semester 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 Analysis25
ARCHST 2811Studio I4
ARCHST 3182Studio II4
ARCHST 4813Interiors Studio III4
ARCHST 4814Interiors Studio IV4
ARCHST 4815Construction Documents and Building Information Modeling Studio4
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 Knowledge18
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
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 equal 125 credit minimum total for the program

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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.

First Year
GN_HES 11001ARCHST 1600W3
ARCHST 11003ARCHST 23151
ARCHST 12003ARCHST 26203
ARCHST 21003ART_DRAW 10503
ENGLSH 10003MATH 11003
American History or Government (also Soc/Beh Sci)3Physical/Biological/Math Science3
 16 16
Second Year
ARCHST 22203ARCHST 22303
ARCHST 23103ARCHST 23233
ARCHST 23162ARCHST 31003
ARCHST 28114ARCHST 31824
ARCHST 44303HES Foundation3
 15 16
Third Year
ARCHST 32303ARCHST 43233
ARCHST 43203ARCHST 48144
ARCHST 44353ARCHST 48601
ARCHST 48134Electives4
 16 15
Fourth Year
ARCHST 47103ARCHST 44403
Electives3ARCHST 48154
ARCHST 49904Electives8
HES Foundation3 
 16 15
Total Credits: 125

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The University requires the following courses to have a grade of C- or above:  ENGLSH 1000, ARCHST 4323 Sustainable Technologies and Systems satisfying Math Reasoning Proficiency, ARCHST 1600W Fundamentals of Environmental Design - Writing Intensive and ARCHST 3600W Environmental Analysis - Writing Intensive  meeting Writing Intensive requirements, and ARCHST 4815 Construction Documents and Building Information Modeling Studio  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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