B. Arch.

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The Bachelor of Architecture degree is offered in a five-year curriculum, which focuses on the design laboratory. The studio sequence consists of four segments: a three-year basic core, a threer quarter topic studios an urban design studio and a two-quarter long culminating senior project. Lecture classes in Architecture Theory and History, Human Behavior, Professional Practice, Programming, Sustainability, Building Technology, Structures, Codes and Digital Media are closely coordinated with the studio sequence, and students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of these areas in their design projects.

Course work within the Department of Architecture is open only to those students who have been admitted to the Department and are designated Architecture majors.


The undergraduate program in the Department of Architecture is considered to be "impacted," that is, many more students apply than can be accommodated each year and a supplementary admissions process is required by the University and the Department; all candidates must meet regular University admission standards as well as additional standards required by the Department of Architecture. For further information about University requirements for "impacted" programs, please refer to the University website for freshmen and for transfer students.

As a result of state impaction requirements, applications are only accepted from October 1 through November 30 for the following academic year; only a small number of non-resident and foreign students are admitted to the B.Arch. program. In accordance with University policies for student affirmative action, women, minorities, and disabled persons are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications are available on-line here.


For freshman applicants, selection for positions in the B.Arch. program is determined by ranking the applicants by Eligibility Index, which is comprised of the student’s high school grade point average (exclusive of grades in Physical Education, Military Science, and Marching Band) and S.A.T scores.

Recent experience has shown that successful candidates for admission usually have a minimum Eligibility Index of 4100.

Students who have less than 18 quarter (or 12 semester) units of transferable college credits by the end of the fall quarter (or semester) during which they apply are considered freshman applicants.

Applicants are notified of the Department’s decision in March.


As of fall 2004 admissions, the University is only accepting upper division transfers. This also applies to Change of Major applicants.

Upper division transfers must complete 60 semester (90 quarter) units of transferable coursework, including 30 semester (45 quarter) units of courses equivalent to general education requirements, with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the spring quarter to be considered for the next fall quarter.

The 30 semester (45 quarter) units must include all of the lower division General Education requirements in the categories of the “Golden Four:” Oral Communication, English Composition, Critical Thinking, and Quantitative Reasoning; the “Golden Four” courses must be completed by the end of the Spring quarter in which the student applies to the program (e.g., by the end of Spring 2015 for entrance in Fall 2015).

Transfer applicants will be ranked by college grade point average of transferable courses. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required for admission. The same policies apply to on campus applicants who are requesting a change of major.

Students who are currently enrolled at Cal Poly must apply by submitting a Change of Major Petition to the College of Environmental Design Office of Student Affairs (Building 7, Room 106A). The petitions must be received between November 1st and November 30th of each year. Change of major applicants who are recommended for acceptance must remain in good standing (2.0 GPA) at Cal Poly.

Applicants are notified of the Department’s decision in March.

Students who are offered admissions to the program or are placed on a wait list for admission will be invited to submit an 8 1/2” by 11” bound portfolio of their work so that the Department can determine in which year of study each student should be placed.

If no portfolio is submitted, students will be placed in the first year design studio.

The portfolio plays a key role in determining advanced standing. In addition to succesful completion of the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

Prerequisites or their equivalents:

English 104
English 105
Math 106

Plus 3 equivalent (2 semesters) of Architectural Design Studio.

To be placed in third year, the student must have extensive architectural design and related coursework and have completed the following prerequisites or their equivalents:

Math 106
Physics 121
Physics 121L
English 104
English 105
Communications 204
Architecture 341 (Building Construction)
Architecture 361 (Architectural History)
Architecture 362 (Architectural History)
Architecture 363 (Architectural History)

Plus 6 quarters (4 semesters) of Architectural Design Studios.

CURRICULUM — Curriculum Requirements for the Bachelor of Architecture

The B. Arch., or Bachelor of Architecture, requires 225 quarter units for the degree.
The 225 quarter units include:

68 quarter units of General Education
157 quarter units within the Dept. of Arch (of these, 16 units are professional electives, which allows students to focus on Sustainability, Historic Preservation, Health Care Design, History/Theory, or Digital Media, if they choose to do so)

Please refer below to the curriculum sheet, which shows the distribution of required courses and units, and the flow chart, which shoes the place for each course in the curriculum and the number of units required each quarter.

Prior to graduation, all students are required to fulfill 500 hours of work. A minimum of 250 hours must be with a registered architect and the remaining 250 hours may be with a faculty-approved alternative. This work must be verified by National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Student Policies unders internship memo.









As of fall 2007, all undergraduate and graduate students entering College of Environmental Design majors are required to purchase a laptop computer and an exterior hard drive. Main courses will also require specialized software. Financial aid assistance for this computer purchase is available to students qualifying for Federal Student Aid (requested via the FAFSA application). Please contact the University's Office of Financial Aid (909 869 3700) for additional information.


Admissions: (909) 869-3210
Records: (909) 869-4900
Financial Aid: (909) 869-3700
Housing: (909) 869-3307
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