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Bachelor of Science in Architecture

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BSc Arch) degree is a pre-professional program based on the Bachelor of Science degree at Athabasca University. The program consists of 120 credits but is designed to provide flexibility in delivery and duration

Courses in the BSc Arch have been organized into 6 streams or areas of study. These are:

  1. Technical (24 credits)
  2. History (12 credits)
  3. Theory (21 credits)
  4. Communications (12 credits)
  5. Professional Practice (15 credits)
  6. Design Studios (36 credits)

Environmental sustainability is a major focus of these courses and studios.

Students who have an approved diploma or credentials in architecture may apply for the Post Diploma route and will be awarded 30 credits towards the BSc Arch (PD). Students may receive additional credits pending review of course content completed throughout the diploma program.

The BSc Arch will prepare graduates for the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Architecture (PBDA) at Athabasca University or to apply to a Masters program in Architecture at other institutions. It will also enable employment in a variety of capacities in the design and/or construction industries.

The BSc Arch program has been designed to meet the 25 performance standards of the Procedures and Standards for Assessment of Nonaccredited Degrees or Diplomas specified by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB).

Students with a Recognized Degree

Students who hold a recognized first degree, outside of the field of Architecture, and who are interested on the BSc Arch program and/or courses, have two options:

  1. Register as a non-program student and take courses of interest to them.
  2. Enrol in the BSc Arch program at which time those students with an existing undergraduate degree will be admitted to the second undergraduate degree. These students' previous courses can be considered for credit up to 50 per cent of your AU degree requirements. The second degree must include 60 credits that were not part of the first degree, at least 30 of which must be completed at Athabasca. Preparatory (100) level courses cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of a second undergraduate degree.

Specific Architectural Program Regulations

Given the professional nature of the BSc Architecture program, some of the following regulations supersede some of the general policies governing academic studies at Athabasca University:

  1. Athabasca University will not grant transfer credit for science courses that were completed more than 10 years ago. Computer Science (COMP) and Computer Management Information Systems (CMIS) courses older than 5 years will be stale dated if students are not currently working in the field of Architecture.
  2. To be awarded a BSc Architecture degree, a minimum grade-point average of 2.3 is required in all Athabasca University courses used towards the degree.
  3. Upon graduation in the BSc Architecture degree students may subsequently complete the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Architecture in order to apply for the RAIC Professional Diploma in Architecture.

Transfer Credit

Note that all students from any program may be eligible for transfer credit from existing courses, diplomas and/or degree. In the Syllabus, students submit their credentials, transcripts and course outlines to the RAIC. In the General Interest route, students submit their credentials, transcripts and course outlines to Athabasca University.

Students seeking transfer credits upon admission should NOT register in courses which appear familiar to them.

Updated December 13 2018 by Student & Academic Services

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