• ARCH

    What is Architecture?

    The mission of the Architecture Department is to expand and extend the University’s mission into the realm of Architecture, preparing students for professional practice in the design, planning, development and stewardship of the built environment. The Architecture Program fosters invention, creativity and craft through hands-on exploration that is the foundation of technological innovation. Moreover, knowledge of cultural diversity, communication, history and criticism is seen as inseparable from the application of such innovation. This holistic process is “the making of architecture.”

    College of Architecture and Construction Management

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    Admission Requirements

    Students seeking entry to the lower division of the B.ARCH program as freshmen must first be accepted to KSU and in addition must have:

    • 3.0 GPA in 17 units of required high school course work
    • SAT
      • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Score: 500
      • Math Section Score: 570


    • ACT
      • English or Reading sub-score of 18
      • Math sub-score of 23

    Students seeking entry as a change of major must have :

    • Completed a full academic year of course work at KSU
    • Maintained a minimum 2.5 institutional GPA
    • Transfer students with course work from a NAAB accredited architecture program may submit a portfolio for advanced placement.

    Special General Education Requirements

    Area A2: Students must take MATH 1113 or higher.

    Area D1: Students must take MATH 1190 or higher.

    Area D2:  Students must take two four-hour laboratory sciences in Area D2. Students must choose from CHEM 1211/L, CHEM 1212/L, PHYS 1111/L*, PHYS 1112/L, PHYS 2211/L*, PHYS 2212/L, BIOL 1107/L, or BIOL 1108/L.

    *Students cannot take both PHYS 1111/L and PHYS 2211/L nor PHYS 1112/L and PHYS 2212/L.

    Degree Progression Requirements

    To progress into upper-division course work students must pass Portfolio Review. Requirements include: 

    • 2.5  minimum university adjusted GPA
    • Meet all ARCH core course requirements of the lower division with a “C” or higher
    • 2.5 minimum ARCH course GPA
    • Have completed all General Education Core Curriculum courses required in the program map with a grade of “C” or higher
    • Submit a portfolio of work for evaluation with a minimum score 2.5 or higher 

    Related Minors or Certificates Available

    Sample Classes

    • 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. 

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.