Ranked among the world’s best, our preprofessional degree provides you with a solid grounding in the broad concepts and specific skills you need to excel in the industry. The curriculum prepares you to study professional architecture at the graduate level before going on to practice as a licensed architect.
At Ball State, students know their professors, and their professors know them. You will work closely with nationally recognized faculty who excel not only in the classroom but in their professions. Get to know them.
Requirements for this Major
As an architecture student, the core of what you’ll study includes:
- design communications
- architectural history
- environmental systems
- building technology
You can also choose from a variety of related electives in architecture and other disciplines.
The program culminates with an architectural design capstone project.
You may pursue this 120-credit, preprofessional degree as either a bachelor of science (BS) or a bachelor of arts (BA). The BA requires two years (or the equivalent) of study in a foreign language. For detailed information on each class, see our Undergraduate Course Catalog.
Additional Program Requirements
- WPP 392 Writing Proficiency Exam is required in the junior year. Take prerequisites of ENG 103 Rhetoric and Writing and ENG 104 Composing Research in the freshman and sophomore years.
- ARCH 229 History of Architecture 1 will count for 3 hours in the University Core Curriculum (UCC) Tier2 Fine Arts, Design, and Humanities. ARCH 401 Architectural Design will count as a Tier 3 Core Capstone Course.
- Students may register for ARCH 455 Internship (0 credits) with approval of the internship coordinator. ARCH 455 can count toward meeting the master of architecture (MArch) professional degree internship requirement.
- Second year students: ARCH 405 Architectural Design (3 credits) between your second and third year and ARCH 406 Architectural Design (3 credits) between your third and fourth year substitute for ARCH 402 Architectural Design in the fourth year. Third year students: ARCH 405 (3 credits) first summer and ARCH 406 (3 credits) second summer between your third and fourth year substitute for ARCH 402 in the fourth year.
Careers in Architecture
With a degree from Ball State’s Department of Architecture, you’ll get a high return on your investment. And we offer plenty of career-related resources to get you there. Explore career paths.
Paying for Your Education
On top of the dozens of university scholarships you may apply for, the College of Architecture and Planning and Department of Architecture offer several to their own students. Find a scholarship.
Ready to Apply?
You must first apply and be accepted to the College of Architecture and Planning First-Year Program, which provides all incoming CAP students—regardless of major—with a broad and solid foundation in the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning.