BS in Architecture

What do you study as a Bachelor of Science in Architecture student, and how do I apply?

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning offers two undergraduate degrees. This answer discusses the Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Please visit our Bachelor of Science in Urban Technology knowledge base answer for information about the other degree.

The study of architecture provides students with an opportunity to explore the world around them, providing an introduction to designing the space and buildings within it. The unique modular curriculum reinforces analytical and conceptual problem-solving skills with interactive studios, lectures, and seminars. Taubman College first year students and sophomores should follow the suggested sample schedule. Explore more in the online undergraduate viewbook.

Prospective students interested in architecture can start by expressing interest via an online form to request additional information. In addition, Taubman College annually offers an architecture summer pre-college program for high school students called ArcStart.

Both first-year and new transfer applicants are required to submit the Common Application and a portfolio.

There are five different ways to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Architecture as a first-year applicant; refer to the B.S. Arch Admissions Options chart on the Taubman College website for details. To increase chances for admission to U-M, Taubman College recommends all architecture applicants apply to architecture with a dual degree with Stamps School of Art and Design, College of Engineering, or the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA).

First-year applicants who are able to show a demonstrated interest in architecture should apply directly to Taubman College. Demonstrated interest includes:

  • Taking visual art
  • CAD or drafting classes
  • Creating things from their imagination or things that they invented (e.g., graphic design, furniture, sewing, crafts, costumes, theater sets, etc.)
  • Experience with rendering software, digital technology (e.g., laser cutting, CNC machines, rapid prototyping, robotics, etc.) or woodshops
  • Attending an architecture magnet high school, summer program, after school program or working at an architecture firm

Cross-campus transfer students are required to complete a minimum of 55 credit hours during their first year and sophomore year before applying via the form on the Change of School or College webpage. Please review the cross-campus transfer information for required courses on the Taubman College website.

For further information, please visit the Taubman College website or contact Taubman College at

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