Architecture

Marywood's School of Architecture is the first to open in northeast Pennsylvania.

Architects create the environments in which we live, work, play, shop and worship. The opportunities for graduates with degrees in architecture are expected to grow over the next several decades, especially for those with a concentration in environmental stewardship, a strong focus of our program.

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Program Admission and Matriculation Requirements

For entering freshmen, a minimum SAT score (Math and Critical Reading) of 1000 and a QPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) are generally required for admission to the undergraduate program in Architecture.

Design Portfolio: Applicants to any of the School of Architecture’s undergraduate programs may submit a Design Portfolio, but it is not specifically required unless otherwise mentioned. However, transfer students to any program in the School of Architecture, along with all applicants to the professional or post-professional degree tracks, must submit additional materials, including a portfolio.

Transfer Students

Students who wish to transfer into the Architecture or Interior Architecture degree track from other programs within Marywood or from other accredited academic institutions must have a 3.00 overall QPA on a minimum of 12 credits. If a Marywood student is accepted, the student must complete a "Change of Major" form available from the Office of Academic Records.

Students holding associate degrees from accredited institutions and who wish to enter either the Architecture or Interior Architecture program must have a 3.00 overall QPA or a minimum of 12 credits in one of these two disciplines.

Acceptable Academic Standing

A minimum QPA of 2.50 is required in any of these degree tracks for any student to be in good academic standing.

Degree Tracks: Architecture

The School of Architecture offers three degree tracks in Architecture for those entering as freshmen:

  • a four-year, undergraduate, pre-professional Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture degree (B.E.D.A.)
  • a five-year professional Bachelor of Architecture degree (B.ARCH.)
  • and a six-year professional Master of Architecture degree (M.ARCH.)a post-professional degree


The first four years of each of these degree programs include design studios and courses in the liberal arts, structures and building technology, architectural history, and digital design courses, as well as electives. In the fifth year, students in the B.ARCH. degree track select from an offering of studios with varying content and focus, along with upper-level courses in the poetics of Architecture, sustainable design, and professional practice. In the post-professional sixth-year studio, students pursue individually-defined design explorations and courses dealing with adaptive use/transformational design and the politics of environmental design.

Application to Professional Degree Tracks in Architecture

Early in the spring semester of their fourth year, students must choose which degree track they wish to pursue. Individuals successfully completing the four-year pre-professional degree track may choose to graduate with the B.E.D.A. degree. Those graduating with this pre-professional degree are well prepared to work in an architecture office or to enter any number of allied professions.

Students electing to enter the B.ARCH. or the post-professional M.ARCH. degree track must submit a project portfolio of their studio design work from each of their previous semesters and have achieved a minimum overall cumulative QPA of 2.50. Students whose design portfolio and academic record demonstrate that they are prepared to meet the demands of advanced professional study will be admitted to one of these two degree tracks. Provisional acceptance to either of these tracks will require the submission of additional portfolio projects and satisfactory academic performance, including the completion of all academic requirements for the B.E.D.A. pre-professional degree. Entrance to either of the professional or post-professional tracks is determined by the School of Architecture’s Admissions Committee for Professional Programs. For further information on application procedures for the professional degree tracks, please contact the Dean’s Office.

Those admitted to the B.ARCH. professional degree track must satisfactorily complete an additional two semesters (30 credits), earning a total of 165 credits.

Qualified students who have received their B.ARCH. professional degree from Marywood University, may apply for the one-year post-professional M.ARCH. degree. This degree track typically requires one year and an additional 30 credits of study. Please see the latest Graduate Catalog for further information.

Track 1: Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture (B.E.D.A.)

(Four-year professional degree)

First-year curriculum: 33 credits
Fall 1

ARCH 110 Foundation Design I 4
ARCH 111 Introduction to the Designed Environment 1
ARCH 113 History of Architecture I
3
RST 112 Modern Belief 3
ENGL 160 Compostion and Rhetoric 3
UNIV 100 New Student Seminar: Living Responsibly in an Interdependent World 1
Total: 15 Credits

Spring 1

ARCH 120 Foundation Design II 4
ARCH 122 Design Thinking 2
ARCH 123 History of Architecture II
3
ARCH 124 Digital Media I
3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature 3
MATH 150 Architectural Mathematics 3
Total: 18 Credits

Second-year curriculum: 36 credits
Fall 2

ARCH 210 Design Studio III
6
ARCH 214 Digital Media II
3
*GE XXX General Elective
3
ENVS 109 Technology, Environment and Society
3
PHIL 113 Introduction to PhilosophyI
3
Total: 18 credits

Spring 2

ARCH 220 Design Studio IV
6
ARCH 224 Theories of Architecture 3
HIST 101 Global History of the Twentieth Century
3
ENGL XXX Literature Elective
3
PHYS 140 Physics for Architects
3
Total: 18 credits

Third-year curriculum: 36 credits
Fall 3

ARCH 310 Design Studio V
6
ARCH 312 Structures I
3
ARCH 313 Building Assemblies  
SOC 315 Theories in Urbanization
3
**PHIL XXX Philsophy Elective
3
Total: 18 credits

Spring 3

ARCH 320 Design Studio VI
6
ARCH 322 Structures II
3
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
HIST XXX History Elective
3
***FA XXX Fine Arts Elective 3
Total: 18 credits

Fourth-year curriculum: 30 credits
Fall 4

ARCH 410 Design Studio VII
6
ARCH 411 Environmental Systems I
3
ARCH/IARC Program Elective
3
****LANG XXX
Foreign Language I
3
Total: 15 Credits

Spring 4

ARCH 420 Design Studio VIII (Comprehensive Studio)
6
ARCH 421 Environmental Systems II
3
****LANG XXX Foreign Language II
3
RST XXX Religious Studies Elective
3
Total: 15 Credits

Total credits: 135

*Recommended: ECON 100 (Basic Economics); ART 223 (Basic Ceramics); ART 226 (Basic Printmaking); ART 262 (Sculpture I); ART 315 A (Basic Photography)
**Choose from: PHIL 215 (Critical Thinking); PHIL 315 (Ethics); or PHIL 325 (Philosophy of Art)
***Choose from: ART 218 (Art in the Modern Era); FA 100 (Music, Art, and the Contemporary World); FA 102 (Sound and Symbol in the Arts)
****Third-year students electing the Study Abroad Option at the ISI in Florence, Italy in the spring semester of their third year must take ITAL 101 (Italian Language: The Florence Experience) at the ISI and ITAL 102 at Marywood when they return; Fourth-year students electing the Study Abroad Option at the ISI in Florence, Italy in the fall semester of their fourth year must take ITAL 101 (Italian Language: The Florence Experience) at the ISI and ITAL 102 at Marywood when they return.

Track 2: Bachelor of Architecture (B. ARCH.)

(Five-year professional degree)

First-year curriculum: 33 credits
Fall 1

ARCH 101 Foundation Design I
4
ARCH 111
Introduction to the Designed Environment
1
ARCH 113 History of Architecture I 3
RST 112 Modern Belief
3
ENGL 160 Writing Skills
3
UNIV 100 New Student Seminar: Living Responsibly in an Interdependent World
1
Total: 15 Credits

Spring 1

ARCH 120 Foundation Design II
4
ARCH 122 Design Thinking 2
ARCH 123 History of Architecture II
3
ARCH 124 Digital Media I 3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature
3
MATH 150 Architectural Mathematics
3
Total: 18 Credits

Second-year curriculum: 36 credits
Fall 2

ARCH 210 Design Studio III
6
ARCH 212 Digital Media II
3
*GE XXX General Elective 3
ENVS 109 Technology, Environment and Society
3
PHIL 113 Introduction to Philosophy
3
Total: 18 credits

Spring 2

ARCH 220 Design Studio IV
6
ARCH 224 Theories of Architecture 3
HIST 101 Global History of the Twentieth Century
3
ENGL XXX Literature Elective
3
PHYS 140 Physics for Architects
3
Total: 18 credits

Third-year curriculum: 36 credits
Fall 3

ARCH 310 Design Studio V
6
ARCH 312 Structures I
3
ARCH 313 Building Assemblies 3
SOC 315
Theories in Urbanization
3
**PHIL XXX Philsophy Elective
3
Total: 18 credits

Spring 3

ARCH 320 Design Studio VI
6
ARCH 322 Structures II
3
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
HIST XXX History Elective
3
***FA Fine Arts Elective
3
Total: 18 credits

Fourth-year curriculum: 30 credits
Fall 4

ARCH 410 Design Studio VII
6
ARCH 411 Environmental Systems I
3
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
****LANG XXX
Foreign Language II
3
Total: 15 Credits

Spring 4

ARCH 420 Design Studio VIII (Comprehensive Studio)
6
ARCH 421 Environmental Systems II
3
****LANG Foreign Language
3
RST XXX Religion Elective
3
Total: 15 Credits

Fifth-year curriculum: 30 credits
Fall 5

ARCH 450 Design Studio IX
6
ARCH 451 Art & Craft of Building
3
ARCH 452 LEED Accreditation 3
ARCH 453 History and Theories of Urban Form
3
Total: 15 Credits

Spring 5

ARCH 460 Design Studio XA
6
ARCH/IARC XXX Program Elective
3
ARCH 462 Professional Practice
3
GE XXX General Elective
3
Total: 15 Credits

Total Credits: 165

*Recommended: ECON 100 (Basic Economics); ART 223 (Basic Ceramics); ART 226 (Basic Printmaking); ART 262 (Sculpture I); ART 315 A (Basic Photography)
**Choose from: PHIL 215 (Critical Thinking); PHIL 315 (Ethics); or PHIL 325 (Philosophy of Art)
***Choose from ART 218 (Art in the Modern Era); FA 100 (Music, Art and the Contemporary World); FA 102 (Sound and Symbol in the Arts)
****Third-year Architecture students electing the Study Abroad Option at the ISI in Florence, Italy in the spring semester of their third year must take ITAL 101 (Italian Language: The Florence Experience) at the ISI and ITAL 102 at Marywood when they return; Fourth-year students electing the Study Abroad Option at the ISI in Florence, Italy in the fall semester of their fourth year must take ITAL 101 (Italian Language: The Florence Experience) at the ISI and ITAL 102 at Marywood when they return.

Track 3: Master of Architecture (M. ARCH.)

After completing the B.ARCH. professional degree track at Marywood, students may apply for the one-year post-professional M.ARCH. degree track. In addition to a comprehensive Design Thesis exploring a self-formulated architectural, urban design, or technical issue/proposition, students in this degree track study the importance of environmental law, policy, and management in the shaping of our future.

An M.ARCH. first professional degree for those holding four-year preprofessional degrees in Architecture from other accredited Architecture program is currently being explored.

For further information on the M.Arch. professional degree track, please see the latest Graduate Catalog.


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