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Undergraduate degrees in architecture generally fall into two categories - professional degrees (usually five years in length) and pre-professional degrees (usually four years in length). The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies is a pre-professional program that requires approximately four years of study. This degree would need to be combined with a first-professional degree in architecture in order to pursue licensure. This program combines the study of architecture with arts and sciences and contains an optional emphasis in architectural history. It provides an excellent platform for future graduate studies in architecture and associated fields such as planning, real estate development, environmental law, theatre set design, or construction management.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled in another college or school at The University of Texas at Austin who wish to pursue a major offered by the School of Architecture must submit an internal transfer application.

In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Attend one internal transfer info session
  • Complete at least 24 hours in-residence (i.e. at UT Austin) by the end of a spring semester
  • Earn at least a 3.25 UT Austin GPA
  • Submit the UTSOA Internal Transfer application by the March 1st deadline
  • Write two essays (prompts included in the online application)
  • Include two recommendation letters from UT faculty
  • Meet the criteria to transfer from one division to another within the University

Emphasis is given to strong performance in university courses, especially courses relevant to the degree program to which the applicant is applying. Meeting these requirements is no guarantee for admission. View the School of Architecture internal transfer information page and FAQs to learn more.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare your major.

Required Courses

View the Architectural Studies degree plan to learn more about the required courses for the major. For additional information, read the course descriptions for the School of Architecture.


Students in the Architectural Studies program may also follow an architectural history track. This option requires students to take 18 of their 20 hours of electives in architectural history. Up to six hours of related UT coursework, approved by the program director, may be taken to fulfill the elective requirement.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


Architectural studies students are interested in solving actual and theoretical problems in art and science. They are fascinated in responding to and solving issues related to human needs, aspirations, and sensibilities.

Learn about the School of Architecture student organizations.


Through approaches that emphasize solving actual and theoretical problems, students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to link understanding to experience, theory to practice, and art to science in ways that respond to human needs, aspirations, and sensibilities. Architecture students complete their degrees with the knowledge, creativity, and critical thinking skills required not only to be proficient within the professional environment, but also to transform the lives of individuals and, consequently, society as a whole.