First Professional Degree
Leading to licensure in California
Program Description and Requirements
The Bachelor of Architecture is a 5-year, first professional degree requiring 150 semester credit hours. This program is for high school graduates and community college transfer students who wish to obtain a first professional degree in architecture.
Program Learning Outcomes, Skills and Competencies
Direct Licensure Path (DLP)™ curriculum is aligned with national architect licensing exams. The School does not grant licensure or offer licensing exams. Students are not required to sit for each exam. Testing is optional upon graduation for students who meet State of California’s 5-yr degree and work-experience equivalent requirements under the supervision of a licensed architect. Work experience is optional and is not required as part of the degree but is encouraged. Students must accrue 1,920 hours of work in order to qualify to sit for the exam summer upon graduation.
Students graduating from this program will be able to design buildings and sites with understanding and execution of: building codes, contract documents, engineering systems, environmental factors, professional practice, selection of materials, critical thinking, and creative skills. All these are vital skills required for the practice of architecture.