We offer two programs. A Bachelor of Science in Architecture, which is a four- year pre-professional degree, and a professional degree, a Master of Architecture. The Bachelor of Science of Architecture is similar to the other degrees offered at the four Schools of Architecture in the State of Ohio. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) does not accredit the degree of Bachelor of Science of Architecture. However, most schools claim their Bachelor of Science in Architecture is part of their accreditation process because it follows the four undergraduate plus two graduate years of study. This same model applies to BGSU which is in the final stage to receive initial accreditation by the beginning of 2018. If you have further questions, please email or call the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design at 419-372-ARCH.
We are a small program by design, with an emphasis on small classes and individual attention to our students both at the undergraduate and graduate level.
The student projects are closely aligned with the NAAB Student Performance Criteria (SPC) and range in diversity, size, place and focus. The goal is to better understand the needs of the client and the context of the build.
We encourage students to take any creative, hands-on classes along with as much math and science as possible. A Computer-Aided Design and/or manual drafting classes would also be a good idea in order to learn more about the field of architecture.
We don’t require a portfolio, however, you must pass several courses with a C or better. Some of these classes, for example, would be ARCH 1050, ARCH 2050, ARCH 2220, our two history courses (ARCH 2330 and ARCH 2340), CONS 2350, and ARCH 2360. Students must also complete GSW1120 (our general studies writing course), Physics 2010, and the required math course with a C or better. You can get the course descriptions for these from the main BGSU website under the Academics tab (i.e. "Course Descriptions & Schedule").
We have our own design shop which features: two laser cutters, two plotters, a spray-booth, and a foam-cutter, all available 7/24 hours. In addition, specialized classes have access to 3D printers and scanners and a fully-equipped woodshop.
The list of all required courses can be found on the check-sheet for the Bachelor of Science in Architecture
Each year around two-thirds of our graduating seniors apply to graduate schools around the country, including our BGSU Master in Architecture Program. For instance, our students have been accepted to the University of Michigan, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois, Harvard, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Pratt Institute, and Ohio State University, among others.
Our graduating seniors are well-prepared with a good architectural foundation based on both technical
and design skills, so typically enter architecture firms in various positions: assistant architect, CAD technician, project manager, model-maker, Building information modeling (BIM) specialist, to name a few.