2019-2020 Catalog (Current)

Architecture and Sustainability

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

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 important aspects of the profession of architecture. This critical evolution in architectural education prepares 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 regionally.

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.

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 design principles, architectural graphics, architectural design, 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 the program website.

General Education Requirements

For the University General Education requirements for a Bachelor degree click here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives.

Consult the Required Courses above or a program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

The Architecture and Sustainability program at Ferris leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. 

Students must

  • maintain a 2.00 cumulative FSU GPA
  • have 40 credits at the 300/400 level
  • have 30 credits of Ferris classes (FSU Residency requirement)
  • have a minimum 120 total credits to earn a bachelor degree
  • complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

Architecture and Facility Management Program Office
School of Built Environment

915 Campus Drive, Swan 101
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-3100


College of Engineering Technology
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2890

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Required Courses
Credit Hours

Major Courses

Structural Design
Architectural Design 1
Architectural Design 2
Environmental Systems 1
Environmental Systems 2
Current Issues in Arch
Architectural Design 3
Architectural Design 4
Project Management
Principles of Interior Archit

Major Architectural Electives

Choose six credits from the below options.
Twentieth Century Architecture
BIM and Parametric Design
House - An American Evolution
Site Design