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Architecture

Marywood's School of Architecture is the first to open in northeast Pennsylvania.

Architects create the environments in which we live, work, play, shop and worship. The opportunities for graduates with degrees in architecture are expected to grow over the next several decades, especially for those with a concentration in environmental stewardship, a strong focus of our program.

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Program Admission and Matriculation Requirements

For entering freshmen, a minimum SAT score (Math and Critical Reading) of 1000 and a QPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) are generally required for admission to the undergraduate program in Architecture.

For freshmen entering the undergraduate program in Interior Architecture, a minimum SAT score (Math and Critical Reading) of 900 and a QPA of 2.80 (on a 4.00 scale) is generally required.

Design Portfolio: Applicants to any of the School of Architecture’s undergraduate programs may submit a Design Portfolio, but it is not specifically required unless otherwise mentioned. However, transfer students to any program in the School of Architecture must submit additional materials, including a portfolio

Transfer Students

Marywood students who wish to transfer into the Architecture degree tracks from other programs within Marywood must have a 3.00 overall QPA on a minimum of 12 credits. If a Marywood student is accepted, the student must complete a “Change of Primary Goal” form available from the Office of Academic Records.

Students from other accredited institutions who wish to transfer into the Architecture programs must have a 3.00 overall QPA on a minimum of 12 credits..

Students seeking transfer credit for architecture courses must submit a portfolio and/or other course materials and coursework.

Acceptable Academic Standing

A minimum QPA of 2.50 is required in any of these degree tracks for any student to be in good academic standing.

Degree Tracks: Architecture

The School of Architecture offers two degree tracks in Architecture for those entering as freshmen:

  • a four-year pre-professional Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture degree (B.E.D.A.) intended for students who will pursue a professional Master degree or enter into a related field
  • a five-year professional Bachelor of Architecture degree (B.ARCH.) intended for students who will pursue a career as a licensed architect or advanced study in the field of architecture.

The first four years of each of these degree programs include design studios and courses in the liberal arts, structures and building technology, architectural history and theory, and digital design courses, as well as electives. In the fifth year, students in the B.ARCH. degree track select from an offering of studios with varying content and focus, along with upper-level courses in the poetics of Architecture, sustainable design, and professional practice..

Because of the commonalities between the disciplines of architecture and interior architecture, students in Marywood’s interior architecture program share similar professional core courses with students in architecture during the first two years of their study, including the foundation design sequence and courses in digital media and the history of architecture.

All qualified students are accepted into the professional Bachelor of Architecture degree track. Students who wish to enter the pre-professional Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture degree may transfer from the B.ARCH prior to their fourth year.

Students in the Bachelor of Architecture professional degree track at Marywood are eligible for Advanced Standing in Marywood University School of Architecture’s post-professional Master of Architecture Program. For information on the Master of Architecture degree program, please consult the Graduate Catalog.

Accreditation

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program expects to achieve initial accreditation within six years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented.

In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.

Marywood University's School of Architecture is in candidacy for accreditation of the following NAAB-accredited degree program:

  • ARCH (162 credits)
    • Initial Candidacy Granted: 2012
    • Continuation of Candidacy Granted: 2014
    • Projected year of Initial Accreditation: 2016

Track 1: Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture (B.E.D.A.)

(Four-year professional degree)

First-year curriculum: 30 credits
Fall 1

ARCH 110 Foundation Design I 4
ARCH 112 Introduction to the Designed Environment and Design Thinking         3
RST 112 Modern Belief 3
ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric 3
UNIV 100 New Student Seminar: Living Responsibly in an Interdependent World 1
Total: 14 Credits

Spring 1

ARCH 120 Foundation Design II 4
ARCH 124 Digital Media I 3
ARCH 125 History and Theory of Architecture I 3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature 3
MATH 150 Architectural Mathematics 3
Total: 16 Credits

Second-year curriculum: 33 credits
Fall 2

ARCH 210 Design Studio III
6
ARCH 214 Digital Media II
3
ARCH 216 History and Theory of Architecture II
3
****LANG Foreign Language I
3
PHIL 113 Introduction to Philosophy 
3
Total: 18 credits

Spring 2

ARCH 220 Design Studio IV
6
ARCH 225 History and Theory of Architecture III 3
****LANG Foreign Language II
3
PHYS 140 Physics for Architects
3
Total: 15 credits

Third-year curriculum: 36 credits
Fall 3

ARCH 310 Design Studio V
6
ARCH 312 Structures I
3
ARCH 313 Building Assemblies 3
SOC 315 Studies in Urbanization
3
**PHIL XXX Philosophy Elective
3
Total: 18 credits

Spring 3

ARCH 320 Design Studio VI
6
ARCH 322 Structures II
3
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
HIST XXX History Elective
3
***FA XXX Fine Arts Elective 3
Total: 18 credits

Fourth-year curriculum: 33 credits
Fall 4

ARCH 410 Design Studio VII
6
ARCH 411 Environmental Systems I
3
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
HIST XXX History Elective
3
Total: 18 Credits

Spring 4

ARCH 420 Design Studio VIII 
6
ARCH 421 Environmental Systems II
3
RST XXX Religion Elective
3
ENGL XXX English Elective (Level 300+)
Total: 15 Credits

Total credits: 132

**Choose from: PHIL 215 (Critical Thinking); PHIL 315 (Ethics); or PHIL 325 (Philosophy of Art)

***Choose from: ART 218 (Art in the Modern Era); FA 100 (Music, Art, and the Contemporary World); FA 102 (Sound and Symbol in the Arts)

****Third-year students electing the Study Abroad Option at the ISI in Florence, Italy in the spring semester of their third year must take ITAL 101 (Italian Language: The Florence Experience) at the ISI and ITAL 102 at Marywood when they return; Fourth-year students electing the Study Abroad Option at the ISI in Florence, Italy in the fall semester of their fourth year must take ITAL 101 (Italian Language: The Florence Experience) at the ISI and ITAL 102 at Marywood when they return.

Track 2: Bachelor of Architecture (B.ARCH.)

(Five-year professional degree)

First-year curriculum: 30 credits
Fall 1

ARCH 110 Foundation Design I
4
ARCH 112 Introduction to the Designed Environment and Design Thinking
3
RST 112 Modern Belief
3
ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
3
UNIV 100 New Student Seminar: Living Responsibly in an Interdependent World
1
Total: 14 Credits

Spring 1

ARCH 120 Foundation Design II
4
ARCH 124 Digital Media I 3
ARCH 125 History and Theory of Architecture I 3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature
3
MATH 150 Architectural Mathematics
3
Total: 16 Credits

Second-year curriculum: 33 credits
Fall 2

ARCH 210 Design Studio III
6
ARCH 214 Digital Media II
3
ARCH 216 History and Theory of Architecture II
3
****LANG Foreign Language I 3
PHIL 113 Introduction to Philosophy
3
Total: 18 credits

Spring 2

ARCH 220 Design Studio IV
6
ARCH 225 History and Theory of Architecture III 3
ENGL XXX Literature Elective
3
PHYS 140 Physics for Architects
3
Total: 15 credits

Third-year curriculum: 36 credits
Fall 3

ARCH 310 Design Studio V
6
ARCH 312 Structures I
3
ARCH 313 Building Assemblies 3
SOC 315 Studies in Urbanization
3
**PHIL XXX Philosophy Elective
3
Total: 18 credits

Spring 3

ARCH 320 Design Studio VI
6
ARCH 322 Structures II
3
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
HIST XXX History Elective
3
***FA Fine Arts
3
Total: 18 credits

Fourth-year curriculum: 33 credits
Fall 4

ARCH 410 Design Studio VII
6
ARCH 411 Environmental Systems I
3
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
HIST XXX History Elective
3
Total: 18 Credits

Spring 4

ARCH 420 Design Studio VIII (Comprehensive Studio)
6
ARCH 421 Environmental Systems II
3
ENGL XXX English Elective (Level 300+)
3
RST XXX Religion Elective
3
Total: 15 Credits

Fifth-year curriculum: 30 credits
Fall 5

ARCH 450 Design Studio IX
6
ARCH 451 Art & Craft of Building
3
ARCH 452 LEED Accreditation 3
ARCH 453 History and Theories of Urban Form
3
Total: 15 Credits

Spring 5

ARCH 460 Design Studio X
6
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
ARCH 462 Professional Practice
3
GE XXX General Elective
3
Total: 15 Credits

Total Credits: 162

**Choose from: PHIL 215 (Critical Thinking); PHIL 315 (Ethics); or PHIL 325 (Philosophy of Art)

***Choose from ART 218 (Art in the Modern Era); FA 100 (Music, Art and the Contemporary World); FA 102 (Sound and Symbol in the Arts)

****Third-year Architecture students electing the Study Abroad Option at the ISI in Florence, Italy in the spring semester of their third year must take ITAL 101 (Italian Language: The Florence Experience) at the ISI and ITAL 102 at Marywood when they return; Fourth-year students electing the Study Abroad Option at the ISI in Florence, Italy in the fall semester of their fourth year must take ITAL 101 (Italian Language: The Florence Experience) at the ISI and ITAL 102 at Marywood when they return.


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