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COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE

The College of Architecture offers undergraduate degree programs in three majors within the design and construction of the built environment. Degree programs include a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture, a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Science and Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design.

Admission Criteria for Freshman and Freshman-Transfer Students

Available openings within the College of Architecture are limited and, therefore, entry is competitive. Successful applicants entering the College from high school and freshman-transfer students (who have attempted less than 30 semester credit hours of college-level coursework) will be directly admitted, as a pre-major (pre-ARC for B.S. in Architecture, pre-CSM for B.S. in Construction Science and Management, or pre-IDE for B.S. in Interior Design), into the Foundation Year Program. The 28-semester-credit-hour Foundation Year Program (FYP) is designed to provide a broad exposure to the professions of the built environment and provide a strong foundation for future study in each of the College’s three academic majors.

An applicant for a College of Architecture major will be admitted to the respective pre-major by holistic review by the College of Architecture. The holistic review will consider applicants’ SAT or ACT scores, high school grade point average, high school rank, and any college-level work. The priority deadline is March 1; applications will be accepted until all spaces are filled or by July 1, whichever occurs first.

Students admitted to the University as pre-Architecture majors, pre-Construction Science and Management majors, and pre-Interior Design majors must follow the current policy and will be considered for admission to the applicable College of Architecture major only after completing the FYP and applying for admission via a Gateway Application to their chosen major (see below).

Admission to a Major

Students must successfully complete the FYP (28 semester credit hours) in order to be eligible to apply for the Gateway review process and subsequent admission into a major in the College of Architecture. Students who have completed the FYP must submit a Gateway Application (an application to a major in the College of Architecture) by the first Monday in May for review and consideration for admission into one of the College of Architecture majors for the following Fall semester. Applications are available on the College Web site. Gateway reviews are conducted at the conclusion of each Spring semester (once annually), for entry in the subsequent Fall semester. Students not accepted into any one of the three majors within the College of Architecture will be exited from the College (see Academic Standing and Exiting the College of Architecture).

Admission Criteria for Transfer Students

Transfer applicants from outside UTSA (who have attempted 30 or more semester credit hours of college-level coursework) who wish to transfer to one of the three academic majors with advanced standing must comply with the FYP and application requirements indicated above and must apply to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Studies by the first Monday in May for review and consideration for advanced standing. External transfer applicants who have completed architecture coursework elsewhere must submit application packages that include their cumulative grade point average, a letter of interest, and a portfolio of studio work for students transferring into Architecture and Interior Design.

Transfer students who have attempted 30 or more semester credit hours of college-level coursework, have met University transfer admission criteria, and have applied for a College of Architecture major must meet the following requirements:

  1. An applicant must submit a Gateway Application (i.e., an application to a major in the College of Architecture) by the first Monday in May for review and consideration for admission into one of the College of Architecture majors or pre-majors for the following Fall semester. Transfer students will not be considered for admission into College of Architecture majors or pre-majors for Spring and Summer semesters. Transfer students admitted to the University for Spring or Summer semesters may apply for a change of major to a College of Architecture major or pre-major for a subsequent Fall semester (see below). Gateway applications are available on the College Web site.

  2. An applicant for admission into the Architecture or Interior Design majors who has completed architecture coursework elsewhere must include his or her cumulative grade point average, a letter of interest, and a portfolio of studio work in the application package. The portfolio should be sent directly to the College of Architecture.

  3. An applicant who has completed the equivalent of the Foundation Year and Gateway requirements elsewhere will be reviewed for admission into a College of Architecture academic major of Architecture, Construction Science and Management, or Interior Design by holistic review by the College and appropriate department or program. Transfer students who have completed the equivalent of the Foundation Year and Gateway requirements will not be considered for admission into a College of Architecture pre-major.

  4. An applicant who has not completed the equivalent of the Foundation Year and Gateway requirements elsewhere will be reviewed for admission into a College of Architecture pre-major by holistic review by the College and appropriate department or program. Transfer students who have not completed the equivalent of the Foundation Year and Gateway requirements will not be considered for admission into a College of Architecture academic major.

Transfer students admitted as pre-Architecture majors, pre-Construction Science and Management majors, or pre-Interior Design majors must follow the policies described above and may be considered for the corresponding College of Architecture academic major after completing the Foundation Year and Gateway requirements.

Change of Major

Change of Major applications are only considered for Fall semester entry. Students currently enrolled in UTSA who wish to transfer to one of the three College of Architecture academic majors must submit a Change of Major application to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Studies by the first Monday in May. Application decisions will be made in June. Admission to the three academic programs is limited. Change of major students without coursework in one of the degree programs must include their GPA and a letter of interest in their application package.

Approved changes of major to a College of Architecture academic major or pre-major will be effective only at the beginning of Fall semesters. Requirements for Change of Major to a College of Architecture Major for UTSA students are as follow: (1) a UTSA student wishing to change their major to a College of Architecture major or pre-major must submit a Change of Major application to the College of Architecture by the first Monday of May to be effective the following Fall semester, and (2) the student must receive approval from the College of Architecture to change a major to one of the College of Architecture majors or pre-majors.

Academic Standing and Exiting the College of Architecture

College of Architecture major (B.S. degrees in Architecture, Construction Science and Management, and Interior Design); and pre-major (pre-ARC, pre-CSM, and pre-IDE) students must maintain good academic standing in the College. This requires that the student: (1) meets all University regulations related to good academic standing, to include a UTSA grade point average of at least 2.0, and (2) complete courses offered in the College of Architecture with a grade “C-” or better.

Students who do not meet University good standing will be placed on academic probation. Students on University academic probation have one subsequent semester (Fall, Spring or Summer) to achieve good academic standing in the University.

Students who do not meet requirements for good academic standing in the University at the end of one subsequent enrolled semester or have not been admitted to a major in Architecture, Construction Science and Management, or Interior Design will be exited from the College of Architecture and classified as undeclared (UND). However, students who have failed any of the Foundation Year courses are permitted to retake them once and reapply for admission to a major in the next year. All College of Architecture majors must be in good academic standing in the College in order to receive a bachelor’s degree offered by the College of Architecture. Exited students may not return to the College for an undergraduate degree but they may pursue other majors in the University if they meet UTSA requirements for good academic standing. Under urgent and unusual circumstances, exited students may appeal their exit from the College. All appeals can be made to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Studies. The deadline for appeal is no later than four weeks into the semester immediately following their exit. See the College of Architecture Undergraduate Advising Center for required forms.

Signature Experience Requirement

Every undergraduate degree program in the College of Architecture requires an approved signature experience course for graduation. College-approved signature experiences may include international studies, design-build/community outreach, and/or approved internships/practicums. Students are advised to consult the College Web site or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Studies for current signature experience opportunities, application and approval processes and forms.

Foundation Year Program

Foundation Year Program (28 semester credit hours)

  1. Mathematics, science, and writing Core Curriculum courses (13 semester credit hours):

    MAT  1093  Precalculus

    PHY  1603, 1611  Algebra-based Physics I and Laboratory
    or
    PHY  1903, 1911  Engineering Physics I and Laboratory

    WRC  1013  Freshman Composition I
    WRC  1023  Freshman Composition II

  2. College of Architecture courses common to all degree programs (15 semester credit hours):

    COA  1113  Introduction to the Built Environment
    COA  1133  Building Technology I
    COA  1213  Design I
    COA  1223  Design II
    COA  1313  Design Visualization

Degree Programs



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