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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:

  • 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
  • Attend ONE of the information sessions offered during the fall semester
  • Turn in a completed application by the March 1st deadline

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 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.


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.

A small sample of directly related careers

Urban Planning
Real Estate Broker
Construction Manager

Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.