2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Architecture and Sustainability

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

Program Requirements

Architecture and Sustainability, BS Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Architecture and Sustainability?      

The two-year Architecture and Sustainability curriculum grows from the AAS degree in Architectural Technology providing 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, 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 skill, 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 how 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.

More Information

School of Built Environment
Architecture and Sustainability Program
915 Campus Drive, SWN 101
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-3100

Ferris State University
College of Engineering Technology
1009 Campus Drive, JOH 200
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2890

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