Bachelor of Science in Architecture
College of Technology
Architecture at BGSU is a pre-professional program for students with an interest in architecture or a related field, such as computer-aided design, urban design and/or historic preservation. The focus of the program is on enhancing students’ problem-solving abilities and helping them develop their critical thinking skills. The major includes the term “environmental design” in its name to emphasize the integration of architecture with the environment on a technical level, as well as in the broader relationship of a building or structure to its site and the larger communities it serves.
Graduates of BGSU’s program in architecture and environmental design earn the bachelor of science in architecture degree and must subsequently obtain a master of architecture degree from an accredited institution to become a licensed professional architect. This graduate-level study is not currently available at BGSU and generally takes two to three years to complete. Approximately 75% of BGSU’s architecture graduates pursue a master of architecture or related professional degree; other graduates are immediately employable in an architectural firm or similar setting, but not as licensed architects.
Coursework in the field of architecture and environmental design emphasizes a blend of creativity and technical skill. Rigorous design studio classes are complemented by courses in architectural drawing and model building, computer-aided design, architectural history, construction, and visual communication. Architecture students also complete coursework in business, science and math, along with more traditional liberal arts classes. These classes are complemented by elective courses in art and several technical areas. This diverse blend of classes differentiates BGSU’s program from many others of its kind.
Students should have a combined interest in both art and science. Students who major in architecture are very creative, and also competent and comfortable with computer technology. High school classes in art, such as drawing or sculpture, are good preparation for studying architecture. Courses in technical drawing are also helpful but not necessary, and should not take the place of rigorous college-preparatory math, English, science, social studies and foreign language. Students considering architecture should also have a solid background in math and physics.
Recent graduates of BGSU’s program have been accepted to graduate programs nationwide, including:
Other graduates are employed in a variety of positions in the design and construction industry. In addition to architecture, fields of employment include construction management, computer-aided design, historic preservation and urban design.
BGSU’s program in architecture and environmental design has several distinct advantages over those at other colleges and universities. Admission to the major is not competitive, and there is no portfolio requirement. All students who are admitted to Bowling Green State University are accepted into the major. The atmosphere in studio classes is collaborative rather than competitive, and students have the opportunity to work in teams and critique each other’s work in a manner that helps each individual build a unique portfolio.
Architecture students also learn from personable faculty members who have real-world experience and a commitment to ensuring their students’ success. Students can enroll in design studio classes as early as first semester of their freshman year.
In addition, the architecture program has a cooperative education component that requires each student to complete two semester-long, full-time, paid, cooperative education work experiences. The co-op program provides students with valuable work experience and opportunities to develop a strong portfolio before graduation. Students are also able to join the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). This student organization sponsors activities that contribute to the personal and professional development of its members.
For the past several summers, architecture students have had the opportunity to participate in a summer study trip in Europe. The program is an affiliate member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).
Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent for preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts, and art classes such as sculpture, drawing and painting, are excellent preparation for studying architecture.
BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at www.bgsu.edu.
Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.
NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Architecture and Environmental Design, please check the undergraduate catalog online at www.bgsu.edu/catalog/TEC/TEC17.html.