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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Architecture Major (BS)

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Architecture Major- Bachelor of Science (BS)

Please see the UNLV School of Architecture web page at for information about department programs, faculty and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at

Please see advising information at the UNLV College of Fine Arts Advising Center at


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Learning Objectives

  1. Communicate effectively in written, spoken, visual and digital modes.
  2. Conduct and apply research in relevant precedents and historic traditions, including global and multicultural societies.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of formal ordering systems.
  4. Design sites, facilities and systems that respond to site and climate.
  5. Design sites, facilities and systems which reflect basic life safety and accessibility issues.
  6. Understand the basic principles of structural behavior and system selection and environmental control system design.
  7. Understand the relationship between human behavior, the natural environment, and the built environment.
  8. Understand the designer’s role in society and the means of carrying out that role through informed, responsible and ethical decision making.

University Graduation Requirements

Architecture Degree Requirements - Total: 120-123

General Education Requirements - Subtotal 37-42

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirements - Credits: 19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts:
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements
  • Social Science: 9 Credits
    • One course each from three different fields
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 10 Credits
    • Two courses from life and physical sciences category (at least one course of which must have a laboratory);
    • Analytical Thinking 3 credit course 

Multicultural and International

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to:

Total Credits: 120-123


1. AAE 282  , AAE 482  and Portfolio review are milestone courses for Architecture B.S.

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