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Undergraduate Catalog | 2006-2008
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Academic Policies and Procedures

Equipment and Supplies

Students are required to furnish their own drawing equipment and supplies. Instructors will provide information about necessary supplies at the beginning of each semester. The School of Architecture provides studio space for design and drawing courses, and certain technical and audiovisual equipment is available for loan to students for classroom use. Valid student identification is required. Students are liable for damage or loss of equipment on loan to them and for delay in its return.

Ownership of Student Work

All student work is the property of the School of Architecture. Work not retained is usually returned to the student after it has been reviewed.

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Standard of Work Required

To progress in the Bachelor of Architecture degree program and to qualify for graduation, a student must earn a grade of C or better in each of the following courses: (1) all design courses: Architecture 310K, 310L, 320K, 520L, 520M, 530T, 560R (three sections), 560T; (2) all construction courses: Architecture 415K, 415L, 435K, 435L, 335M; (3) all visual communication courses: Architecture 311K, 311L, 221K, 361T; (4) environmental controls courses: Architectural Interior Design 324K, Architecture 334L; and (5) the professional practice course, Architecture 362.

To progress in the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree program and to qualify for graduation, a student must earn a grade of C or better in each of the following courses: (1) all design courses: Architecture 310K, 310L, 320K, 520L, 520M; (2) all construction courses: Architecture 415K, 415L, 435K; (3) all visual communication courses: Architecture 311K, 311L, 221K; and (4) the environmental controls course: Architectural Interior Design 324K.

To progress in the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree program and to qualify for graduation, a student must earn a grade of C or better in all architectural interior design and architecture courses.

Employed Students

Before registering, students should consult the undergraduate dean's office about their plans for employment in addition to their scholastic work. Students should keep the dean's office informed of subsequent changes in the number of hours required by their employment. If a student is employed by the University, the number of hours of work required by the student's employment must comply with the quantity of work rule given in General Information.

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Graduation

All students must fulfill the general requirements for graduation given in chapter 1. Students in the School of Architecture must also fulfill the following requirements.

  1. The University requires that the student complete in residence at least sixty semester hours of the coursework counted toward the degree. In the School of Architecture, thirty of these sixty hours must be in the major or in a field closely related to the major as approved by the dean.
  2. A candidate for a degree must be registered at the University either in residence or in absentia the semester or summer session the degree is to be awarded and must file an application for the degree in the undergraduate dean's office. Students are encouraged to file the application at the beginning of the semester or summer session of graduation; they must file it by the deadline given in the official academic calendar.

The Degree Audit

The undergraduate dean's office prepares a degree audit for each currently enrolled student each semester. The degree audit lists the courses the student has taken, the degree requirements he or she has fulfilled, and the requirements that remain to be met. The student may also use the University's interactive degree audit system, IDA, at any time. IDA is available through http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/. It is the student's responsibility to know the requirements for the degree as stated in a catalog under which he or she is entitled to graduate and to register so as to fulfill those requirements.

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Degrees

Degrees Offered

Five undergraduate degree programs are offered by the School of Architecture. Each degree program satisfies the University's basic education requirements.

Bachelor of Architecture. The Bachelor of Architecture, the culmination of a five-year program of study, is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board as a first professional degree.

Bachelor of Architecture/Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering. This dual degree option, a six-year program of study, leads to the degrees of Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, accredited as first professional degrees in architecture and in engineering. Students in this program must fulfill admission and degree requirements of the School of Architecture and the College of Engineering and must follow the procedures of both divisions.

Bachelor of Architecture/Bachelor of Arts, Plan II. This dual degree option provides the opportunity for honors students to pursue a professional degree in architecture and the Bachelor of Arts, Plan II, simultaneously. Students in this program must fulfill admission and degree requirements of the School of Architecture and of the College of Liberal Arts and must follow the procedures of both divisions.

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies. The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies is the culmination of a four-year preprofessional program of study. This degree program prepares students for several opportunities, including pursuit of a professional Master of Architecture degree.

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design program is grounded in study of the history of art, architecture, and interiors. It is designed to give students a sound theoretical base that allows them to integrate creative problem-solving skills with an understanding of the aesthetic, technological, and behavioral aspects of design.

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Sequence of Work

The student should complete the School of Architecture courses required for the degree in the order set forth in the plan for that degree, whether beginning work in the summer or in the fall. In arranging a program of work for any semester or summer session, the student should include any architecture or architectural interior design coursework recommended for the preceding semester or summer session that he or she did not complete.

It is entirely the student's responsibility to register for courses that will fulfill degree requirements, including the basic education requirements. Students are advised to seek assistance in curriculum planning from the undergraduate dean's office.

Applicability of Certain Courses

Correspondence and Extension Courses

In very special circumstances, a student in residence may be allowed to take coursework by extension or correspondence. Credit that the student in residence earns by extension or correspondence will not be counted toward the degree unless it was approved in advance by the undergraduate dean's office. No more than 30 percent of the semester hours required for any degree may be taken by correspondence.

Courses Taken on the Pass/Fail Basis

An undergraduate may count toward the degree up to five one-semester courses in elective subjects outside the major taken on the pass/fail basis. An undergraduate may also take examinations for credit only. Credit earned by examination is not counted toward the total of five courses that the student may take on this basis. If a student chooses to major in a subject in which he or she has taken a course pass/fail, the major department decides whether the course may be counted toward the student's major requirements. Complete rules on registration on the pass/fail basis are given in General Information.

Physical Activity Courses

Physical activity (PED) courses are offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. They may not be counted toward the number of hours required for a degree in the School of Architecture. However, they are counted among courses for which the student is enrolled, and the grades are included in the grade point average.

ROTC Courses

No more than six semester hours of air force science, military science, or naval science coursework may be counted toward any degree in the School of Architecture. These courses may be used only as lower-division electives (in degree programs that have such electives) and only by students who complete the third and fourth years of the ROTC program.

Admission Deficiencies

Students admitted to the University with deficiencies in high school units must remove them as specified in General Information. Course credit used to remove deficiencies may not be counted toward the student's degree.

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Bachelor of Architecture

Curriculum | Bachelor of Architecture

Courses
Semester
hours
Major Sequence Courses
  Design: Architecture 310K, 310L, 320K, 520L, 520M, 530T, 560R (taken three times), 560T;
Visual communication: Architecture 311K, 311L, 221K, 361T;
Professional practice: Architecture 362; Site design: Architecture 333;
Environmental controls: Architectural Interior Design 324K, Architecture 334L;
Construction: Architecture 415K, 415L, 435K, 435L, 335M;
History: Architecture 308, 318K, 318L, 328, 368R (taken twice)
104
  Community and Regional Planning 369K 3
Other Required Courses
  Rhetoric and Writing 306, English 316K 6
  Government 310L, 312L 6
  History 315K, 315L [1] 6
  Mathematics 408C 4
  Physics 302K, 302L, 102M, 102N 8
  Upper-division humanities elective in literature, foreign language, philosophy, or another field approved by the undergraduate dean's office 3
  Natural science elective 3
  Social science elective 3
  Electives approved by the undergraduate dean's office 12
  Open electives 9
TOTAL 167

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Electives. Thirty semester hours of electives are required for the completion of the BArch degree program. These electives consist of three hours of upper-division coursework in humanities, three hours in a social science, three hours in a natural science, and twelve approved elective hours generally taken outside the School of Architecture. In addition, nine semester hours of open electives must be completed outside the School of Architecture.

Many courses that fulfill the elective requirement have prerequisite courses that are not part of the BArch degree program. Before planning to use a course as an elective, the student should be sure that he or she has fulfilled the prerequisite.

Writing requirement. In addition to Rhetoric and Writing 306 and English 316K, each student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component. One course must be upper-division. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule. Courses used to fulfill the writing requirement may also be counted toward other requirements for the degree. The Bachelor of Architecture degree program includes two architecture courses that normally contain a substantial writing component.

Foreign language requirement. In accordance with the University's basic education requirements, the student must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to that shown by the completion of two semesters of college coursework. College-level courses taken to establish proficiency may not be counted toward a degree.

For a student admitted to the University as a freshman, this requirement is fulfilled by the completion of the two high school units in a single foreign language that are required for admission; students admitted with a deficiency in foreign language must remove that deficiency as specified in General Information.

Professional residency program. A seven-month period of varied architectural experience with selected architectural firms is available to qualified second-semester fourth-year and first-semester fifth-year architecture students. The student must have completed at least one semester of advanced design before beginning the professional residency program and should have at least one semester of advanced design remaining toward a degree after completion of the residency program.

For information on requirements for participation in the residency program and on the courses for which participants register during the residency, consult the program's director or the undergraduate dean's office. Students must pay fees associated with the residency program.

A participant in the professional residency program may receive up to fifteen semester hours of credit.

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Suggested Arrangement of Courses | Bachelor of Architecture

Courses
Semester
hours
First Year — Fall Semester
  ARC 310K, Design I 3
  ARC 311K, Visual Communication I 3
  ARC 308, Architecture and Society 3
  M 408C, Differential and Integral Calculus 4
  RHE 306, Rhetoric and Writing 3
TOTAL

16
First Year — Spring Semester
  ARC 310L, Design II 3
  ARC 311L, Visual Communication II 3
  ARC 318K, History of Architecture, Survey I 3
  PHY 302K, General Physics—Technical Course: Mechanics, Heat, and Sound 3
  PHY 102M, Laboratory for Physics 302K 1
  Approved elective 3
TOTAL

16
Second Year — Fall Semester
  ARC 320K, Design III 3
  ARC 221K, Visual Communication III 2
  ARC 318L, History of Architecture, Survey II 3
  ARC 415K, Construction I 4
  PHY 302L, General Physics—Technical Course: Electricity and Magnetism, Light, Atomic and Nuclear Physics 3
  PHY 102N, Laboratory for Physics 302L 1
TOTAL

16
Second Year — Spring Semester
  ARC 520L, Design IV 5
  ARC 415L, Construction II 4
  ARC 328, History of Architecture, Survey III 3
  ARC 333, Site Design 3
  E 316K, Masterworks of Literature 3
TOTAL

18
Third Year — Fall Semester
  ARC 520M, Design V 5
  ARC 435K, Construction III 4
  ARI 324K, Environmental Controls I 3
  HIS 315K, The United States, 1492–1865 3
  Approved elective 3
TOTAL

18
Third Year — Spring Semester
  ARC 530T, Design VI 5
  ARC 334L, Environmental Controls II 3
  ARC 435L, Construction IV 4
  Approved elective 3
TOTAL

15
Fourth Year — Fall Semester
  ARC 560R, Advanced Design 5
  GOV 310L, American Government 3
  HIS 315L, The United States since 1865 3
  Upper-division humanities elective 3
  Natural science elective 3
TOTAL

17
Fourth Year — Spring Semester
  ARC 560T, Advanced Design 5
  ARC 361T, Technical Communication 3
  GOV 312L, Issues and Policies in American Government 3
  ARC 335M, Construction V 3
  CRP 369K, Principles of Physical Planning 3
TOTAL

17
Fifth Year — Fall Semester
  ARC 560R, Advanced Design 5
  ARC 368R, Topics in the History of Architecture 3
  Approved elective 3
  Open elective 3
  Open elective 3
TOTAL

17
Fifth Year — Spring Semester
  ARC 560R, Advanced Design 5
  ARC 362, Professional Practice 3
  ARC 368R, Topics in the History of Architecture 3
  Approved elective 3
  Open elective 3
TOTAL

17

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