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Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies Degree Requirements

Students who don’t intend to work towards licensure may prefer the four-year non-accredited pre-professional bachelor of science in architectural studies. This degree prepares students for careers in areas that relate to design and construction, while also providing flexibility and allowing broader exploration in their Drury coursework. Students who excel in the B.S.A.S. program may be candidates for subsequent architectural studies in graduate programs at other institutions.

Since the courses of study for both the M.Arch and B.S.A.S degrees are identical for the first seven semesters of either program, students may freely declare or change major paths at any point prior to applying for graduation. Students receiving the Drury B.S.A.S. degree will not be eligible to also receive the Drury M. Arch. Degree, since both are officially considered undergraduate degrees.


In order to earn the B.S.A.S. degree, students must:

  1. Earn a minimum total of 124 credit hours.
  2. Satisfy all Your Drury Fusion curriculum requirements.
  3. Complete, with a minimum grade of C-, all of the B.S.A.S. courses listed below.
  4. Complete one ARCH 405 or ARCH 406 section designated a Community Based Studio.
  5. Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of Free Electives with designations other than ARCH or MARC.
  6. Complete an approved international architecture program experience with a minimum duration of 5 weeks.

A minimum grade of C- must be achieved in each of the required courses listed below.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in these courses. 

Required (83 hrs.) 

ARTZ 111: Foundations of Studio and Design
3 credit hours

An introduction to design. Basic creative approaches and design expressions are explored through studio projects and class discussions. This course is the first in a sequence of studio courses for both art and architecture majors, but also serves non- majors. Offered fall semester.

ARTZ 123: Drawing
3 credit hours

Students will work in a variety of drawing media and techniques solving representational problems. This course includes an introduction to figure drawing.

MATH 213: Trigonometry and Vectors with Applications
3 credit hours

 It is strongly recommended that students have completed two years of high school algebra in order to be successful in this course. This course will cover trigonometry and vectors with an emphasis on applications in architecture and mechanics. Logarithms, logarithmic scales, and their applications will also be covered. At least one-third of class time will be spent on group projects which apply the course material.

PHYS 205: Physics for the Built World
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 213 or MATH 211 or MATH 109 and MATH 110. A brief introduction to Newtonian mechanics (motion, energy, momentum, force) and wave properties. Areas of application may include statics, heat transfer, light propagation, sound propagation, and simple fluid flow. Algebra and trigonometry based with an introduction to log scale and use of vector analysis. This is an integrated lab and lecture course emphasizing experiment, data collection and analysis, problem solving and cooperative learning. Not for science majors.

FUSE 320: Travel Journal
3 credit hours

In this internationally based course, specific study-abroad locations will be examined through disciplined observation, recording, and analysis of the diversity of practices, customs, histories, spatial organizations, and artistic production apparent in the particular study-abroad location. Students will employ written, graphic, and/or artistic methods appropriate to their major field(s) of study in order to observe and present responds to a given location and culture.

FUSE 350: Culture and Place
3 credit hours

In this internationally based course, students will develop foundational knowledge and understanding of how specific study-abroad locations are shaped by significant social, cultural, and historical forces and events. Particular emphasis will be given to examining how contemporary place-based qualities connect to broader historical contexts and cultural customs.

ARCH 112: Foundations of Architectural Design
5 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 111. This studio explores and develops conceptual strategies for basic formal and spatial design, emphasizing the role of ordering principles and of fundamental architectonic elements in the implementation of design intentions. Students also will be introduced to foundational processes for developing design projects through the application of formal analytical vocabulary, diagramming, drawing methods and conventions, and three- dimensional modeling. Offered spring semester. Course fee required.

ARCH 121: Introductory Architectural Representation
3 credit hours

This course provides students with an understanding of and ability to use representational media to visualize, document, investigate and present intentions and design solutions using graphic language of architectural communication. The course emphasizes the development of integrative 2-D and 3-D representational skills with a focus on hand drawing and physical modeling, while also introducing digital representational techniques and hybrid hand/digital processes. Offered spring semester.

ARCH 201: Architectural Design Fundamentals I
5 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 112. This studio develops students’ abilities to conceptualize and implement architectural ideas and respond to issues of environment, landscape, site, enclosure, program, and human experience. Emphasis will be placed on understandings of building as shelter, mediating between diverse human needs and the external world. Students will build upon content from previous studios, and will be introduced to the role of rigorous precedent analysis in the generation of architectural ideas. Offered fall semester. Course fee required.

ARCH 202: Architectural Design Fundamentals II
5 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 201. This studio further develops students’ abilities to conceptualize and implement architectural ideas and respond to issues of environment, landscape, site, enclosure, program, and human experience. Emphasis will be placed on understandings of building as shelter, mediating between diverse human needs and the external world. Students will build upon content from previous studios, and will be introduced to basic requirements for accessibility and life safety. Offered spring semester. Course fee required.

ARCH 222: Introductory Architectural Representation II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 121. This course builds on the principles and skills taught in ARCH 121 and provides students will an understanding and ability to use digital design techniques and processes to develop and represent architectural projects. The course focuses on foundational 3D modeling software, simulation, digital fabrication methods, and hybrid hand/digital processes. Students will also be introduced to the basics of Building Information Modeling software. Offered spring semester.

ARCH 231: Building Systems
3 credit hours

This course deals with site analysis, and building form and elements responding to thermal comfort and daylight in sustainable ways. The basic principles of thermal (natural and mechanical) control systems, their integration with other building systems and their impact on the process of design will be stressed. Fire safety, egress and fire suppression systems also will be covered. Offered fall semester.

ARCH 234: Structures I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 213 or higher, PHYS 205, ARCH 231. Investigation of the basic principles of structural systems through the analysis of overall structural behavior with specific attention to statics and system modeling. Offered spring semester.

ARCH 251: History of Architecture, Urbanism and Art I
3 credit hours

Formal, theoretical, material, pragmatic and conceptual aspects of architecture, cities and art, examined in relation to their cultural contexts, from pre-history to circa 1400. Offered fall semester.

ARCH 252: History of Architecture, Urbanism and Art II
3 credit hours

Formal, theoretical, material, pragmatic and conceptual aspects of architecture, cities and art, examined in relation to their cultural contexts, from circa 1400 to the present. Offered spring semester.

ARCH 256: Design Theory and Methodology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 251, ARCH 252. An introduction to the range of theoretical issues and methodologies through which architecture and urbanism have been and can be conceptualized, designed, produced, explained and assessed. Emphasis is placed on the development of students’ abilities to understand, analyze, discuss, and write about architectural issues in a clear and rigorous way. Offered fall semester.

ARCH 303: Architectural Design Tectonics
5 credit hours

Perquisite: ARCH 202. This studio develops students’ abilities to conceptualize and implement building designs that bring together basic design principles, program, structural and envelope systems, climate response, and egress. Emphasis will be placed on the roles structure, materials and tectonics play in architectural design. Offered fall semester. Course fee required.

ARCH 304: Architectural Design in a Global Context
5 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 303. This studio emphasizes the role of architectural design in structuring sites with complex formal, historical, and cultural contexts. The required international architecture program experience will provide the basis for analytical and architectural-design projects in international contexts. Students will build upon content from previous studios, and will be introduced to the roles of contextual analysis and design in responding to complex urban and regional sites and issues. Offered spring semester.

ARCH 332: Building Systems II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 231. This course provides an understanding of how structural systems and material construction relate to building form and concept. The course provides information for basic size and placement of structural components and moves the basic ideas presented in Building Systems I forward into consideration of the building envelope. Students will begin exploration of the range of materials available for building enclosure. Offered fall semester.

ARCH 334: Structures II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 234. This course deals with the design and analysis of beams and columns for timber, structural steel, and reinforced concrete materials, and using current stress and strength design philosophies. The course will also introduce the design of reinforced-concrete foundations. Offered fall semester.

ARCH 356: History of Modern Architecture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 251ARCH 252 and ARCH 253 or ARCH 256.  
An introduction to the history of modern architecture from its intellectual and artistic origins in the nineteenth century through the present day. Special emphasis is placed on the consideration of modernism in architecture not just as a narrowly defined stylistic movement, but also as a broader cultural phenomenon through which architects engage a changing world.

ARCH 405: Architectural Design Investigations I
5 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 303. This studio develops students’ abilities to employ design process, representational skills, and technical knowledge to investigate complex design problems. Students will build upon content from previous studios, and will be introduced to advanced design-research and analysis strategies. Students will choose from a range of faculty-selected topics. Offered fall semester. Course fee required.

ARCH 406: Architectural Design Investigations II
5 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 405. This studio further develops students’ abilities to employ design process, representational skills, and technical knowledge to investigate complex design problems. Students will build upon content from previous studios, and will be introduced to advanced design-research and analysis strategies. Students will choose from a range of faculty-selected topics. Offered spring semester. Course fee required.