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Architecture and Sustainability ARST

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Engineering Technology

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
General Education
ENGL 323 Proposal Writing 3
Cultural Enrichment Elective 3
ARCH 323 Structural Design 3
ARCH 341 Architectural Design 1 5
ARCH 342 Architectural Design 2 5
ARCH 361 Environmental Systems 1 3
ARCH 362 Environmental Systems 2 3
ARCH 421 Current Issues in Arch 3
ARCH 441 Architectural Design 3 5
ARCH 499 Architectural Design 4 5
FMAN 322 Project Management 3
FMAN 432 Principles of Interior Archit 3
PLSC 121 Amer Gov 1-People and Politics 3
PLSC 122 Amer Gov 2-Policy Making 3
PLSC 251 Public Administration 3
PLSC 411 Urban-Regional Planning 3
SOCY 341 Community Studies 3
SOCY 344 World Urban Sociology 3
Choose six credits from below:
ARCH 216 Professional Practice 2
ARCH 246 Twentieth Century Architecture 3
ARCH 270 Building Information Modeling 3
ARCH 285 House - An American Evolution 3
CONM 211 Const Quantity Estimating 3
CONM 212 Soils and Foundations 3
CONM 222 Construction Administration 3
Minimum credit hours for B.S. degree 65

Why Choose Architecture and Sustainability?

The two year Architecture and Sustainability curriculum grows from the AAS degree in Architectural Technology, which provides students with the foundation of technical knowledge critical in architectural education. The Bachelor of Science program adds to this foundation with studio courses in architectural design, community studies, environmental systems, and additional technical courses that shape a comprehensive undergraduate program in architecture.

The special emphasis of the program is the integration of sustainable building principles at all levels of the curriculum. Architectural materials and systems selection, site planning, community development and historic preservation are increasingly understood to play a vital role in the reduction of waste in terms of energy and natural resources. The program is designed to allow students to explore these emerging aspects of the profession of architecture. This critical evolution in architectural education will prepare students to take their place in the next generation of professionals.

Taught by practitioners, the curriculum provides skills, knowledge and aspirations necessary to allow students to become successful professionals and prepare students to:

  • Enter the employment market as intern architects
  • Continue education for a master's degree in architecture and eventual licensure as a registered architect.

  • Courses and studios in the program are structured to mirror the professional office environment, requiring students to be motivated and self-directed. Studios balance the practical and the theoretical aspects of architecture, design and planning to reflect the complex set of parameters that shape the architecture profession.

    A special focus of the program is the Small Town Studio (ARCH 441.) This unique program component allows students to engage directly with their community and explore the ways in which architecture and planning can expand on the cultural and economic potential of small towns in Michigan and nationally.

    Career Opportunities

    A recent study by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) suggests that the next generation of architects will need to be capable of integrating the practices of sustainability into established work methods. Specialized training in sustainability as it relates to building materials, design and planning, as well as the development of an organic relationship between buildings and their environment, will be a valuable credential in the decades ahead.

    There are no geographic limitations on employment opportunities, however, educational requirements for architectural licensure vary by state, so students should research these requirements, as well as the requirements for graduate education should they choose to pursue a master's degree.

    The average salary for an intern architect is $49,200. The average salary for architects with an average 10 years of experience and an architectural license is $88,000. (Source: American Institute of Architects, 2013.)

    Admission Requirements

    Admission to the program is competitive and open to Ferris State University AAS graduates, and transfer students at the third year with appropriate preparation. Students entering the Architecture and Sustainability program must have a minimum 2.75 GPA. In addition, they must present a portfolio that demonstrates competency in architectural graphics and construction documents.

    Along with the portfolio, applicants must submit a letter of intent expressing their preparation for and commitment to the study of architecture. Applications and portfolio should be submitted by February 1 prior to fall semester requested. For Portfolio Guidelines visit program website at www.ferris.edu/BSArch

    Graduation Requirements

    The Architecture and Sustainability program at Ferris leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

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    Architecture and Facility Management
    School of Built Environment
    Ferris State University
    915 Campus Drive, SWN 314
    Big Rapids, MI 49307
    Phone: 231-591-3100
    email: atfm@ferris.edu

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