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Undergraduate Curriculum and Courses

Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture (BEDA)

The courses below, along with the studio series, constitute the required architecture coursework for the BEDA:


The four years of the BEDA curriculum are divided into:

  • The First Year Experience (a common first year curriculum shared by all majors in the College of Design)
  • The Second Year Concentrated Architectural Studies
  • The Third Year Concentrated Architectural Studies
  • The Fourth Year (study abroad, “swing” studios in other majors; design/build studio; and elective seminars).

BEDA – 4-Year Degree Plan

BEDA – Degree Requirements (choose “Design”, then choose “Environmental Design in Architecture”)


  • ARC 211 Natural Systems and Architecture
  • ARC 232 Structures and Materials
  • ARC 241 Introduction to World Architecture
  • ARC 242 History of Western Architecture
  • ARC 251 Digital Representation
  • ARC 331 Architectural Structures I (Preq. ARC 232)
  • ARC 332 Architectural Structures II (Preq. ARC 331)
  • ARC 414 Environmental Controls Systems (Preq. ARC 211)*
  • ARC 432 Architectural Construction Systems (Preq. ARC 232)
  • ARC 441 History of Contemporary Architecture (Preq. ARC 242)*
First Year experience project
Work from the First Year Experience Studio

Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) Fifth-Year Program


Students entering the B.Arch. program must have completed a four-year pre-architecture degree, such as the Bachelor of Environmental Design. It is expected that they will have fulfilled a curriculum similar to the BEDA at NC State. Any required courses that are missing must be taken as pre-requisites, and will be in addition to the 30 hours of the B.Arch.

Fall Semester

  • ARC 501 Professional Architecture Studio I – 6 credits
  • ARC 581 Project Preparation Seminar – 3 credits
  • Architecture or College of Design Electives* – 6 credits

Total: 15 credits

Spring Semester Credits

  • ARC 502 Professional Architecture Studio II – 6 credits
  • ARC 561 Professional Practice Seminar – 3 credits
  • Architecture or College of Design Electives* – 6 credits

Total: 15 credits

*Students may transfer into the B.Arch. degree up to 6 credits of graduate-level architecture electives, as along the credit hours have not been applied to a previous degree.

B.Arch. 1-Year Degree Plan

B.Arch. – Degree Requirements (choose “Design,” then choose “Architecture”)

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