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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning is an internationally renowned, culturally diverse, and intellectually dynamic community of students, scholars, researchers, and teacher practitioners.

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Students enter the Bachelor of Science in Architecture program through one of three pathways:

Learn more about each pathway by following the links below.
Pathway Who Applies

High School Seniors / Portfolio Required - Deadline February 1

External Transfers Students currently studying at an accredited college or university that is not U-M Ann Arbor / Portfolio Required.
Application deadline is February 1, portfolio deadline is March 1.
Cross Campus Transfers Students currently studying at a U-M Ann Arbor school/college that is not Taubman College (LSA, Art & Design, etc.) / Portfolio Required
Application deadline is February 1, portfolio deadline is March 1.


Taubman College students are immersed in a curriculum that reinforces analytical and conceptual problem solvings with interactive studios, lectures, and seminars. The 121 credit-hour (required credits as of Summer 2021) undergraduate architecture and liberal arts curriculum culminates in a pre-professional Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Architecture. 

The B.S. degree prepares students for future work in a myriad of areas. After graduating, some students choose to pursue graduate studies in a professional Master of Architecture program in order to prepare for architectural licensure. Some pursue graduate study in related fields, including landscape architecture, engineering, art, construction, urban planning, urban design, or historic preservation, while others pursue graduate degrees in business or law, applying their design knowledge to these fields. Others find opportunities with architecture firms or in other related design occupations or use their degree as a springboard for creative work in unrelated fields.

Taubman College is one of the 19 schools and colleges within the University of Michigan. Our unique features include:

  • a state-of-the-art digital fabrication laboratory;
  • a design studio measuring over 32,000 square feet;
  • extensive travel abroad opportunities;
  • a committed, energetic, award-winning faculty with a wide range of research and design interests;
  • a robust series of guest lectures and conferences;
  • a globally diverse student body; and
  • a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

Students interested in learning more about the program should fill out the prospective student form or schedule a visit.

The Student Experience


Taubman College launched a new curriculum for incoming Bachelor of Science in Architecture students. The key changes center on several areas of study and will provide our students with an education that seeks to couple current learning styles with an inventive faculty who bring broad design interests. The changes will tie into our long-standing liberal arts tradition (years 1 and 2) and more focused architectural curriculum (years 3 and 4).

Pre-Architecture Sequence: The pre-architecture sequence will transition into a set of nine project-based modules. Each module will be taught over seven weeks (half semester). Students are required to take any six modules in any sequence during the first two years. Widely spanning in content from the digital to analog, and from 2D to 3D, each module will deliver an introductory exercise. Capacities will be built through aggregation, not sequential accumulation. Modules will assemble students with varying levels of experience, encouraging peer-to-peer learning, dialogue, and mentorship.

Fourth Year Dual Path: In the fourth year, acknowledging a growing diversity in the student body, the new curriculum offers two paths to the B.S. degree – one emphasizing a professional direction which will likely abbreviate the duration of one’s Master of Architecture education and one emphasizing research or interdisciplinary thinking. These two tracks are not mutually exclusive, as students may opt to take some combination of the two.

Degree Requirements

In the first two years, students engage in the study of the liberal arts in addition to architecture, giving them a broad educational experience and allowing them to develop the critical tools and knowledge essential to the study of contemporary architecture. During the last two years, students focus on architecture core courses such as design, representation, construction, structures, environmental sciences, and architectural history and theory. Taubman College students understand the complexity of the design process, have knowledge of the techniques and technology of building, and possess the intellectual and aesthetic skills necessary for a creative synthesis of that information into meaningful and expressive design solutions.

Students who entered the college earlier should refer to the college bulletin from the year they entered. In order to qualify for the Bachelor of Science degree, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 121 credit hours, of which a minimum of 50 credit hours, including a minimum of 45 credit hours in architecture courses, must be earned while the student is enrolled in Taubman College
  • Complete all required courses and recommended courses as listed under "Sample Schedule".
  • Earn a passing grade (D or better) in each required architecture course, in each required pre-professional course (art, English, mathematics, and physics), and in each course used to fulfill liberal arts distribution requirements (humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences) taken at the University of Michigan. Students transferring from other schools must earn a C or better in all coursework in order for the credit to transfer.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) for all required architecture courses.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) for all courses taken while enrolled in Taubman College.

All students expecting to receive the B.S. degree are required to apply to graduate on Wolverine Access. This should be done at least three months in advance of the expected date of graduation. Students who meet this deadline will have their names published in the Commencement Program. Faculty advisors and administrators can assist students in planning their course schedules, but the student is ultimately responsible for meeting all program and degree requirements. If degree requirements are not completed for the commencement period to which the student has applied on Wolverine Access, a student must apply again on Wolverine Access to be considered for graduation at a subsequent commencement date.

*Sample schedules for all programs available at BS Arch Sample Schedule

Academic Minors

Students in the architecture program have the option of electing one or more academic minors offered by departments across campus. Minors are intended to recognize the completion of a coherent sequence of courses in a particular academic area. They also serve as recognition, via the transcript notation, of the completion of a more in-depth course sequence.

Students are also welcome to complete any other student-initiated major or minor with other departments or schools on campus. The student must work directly with both departments to satisfy all requirements for both programs, allowing them to earn a minor or second area of concentration (major).

To initiate a minor, a student must meet with an advisor in the minor discipline and together with that advisor determine the necessary minor courses. The certification that the appropriate courses have been completed will be communicated from the department offering the minor to the Taubman College registrar. The student will be responsible for making sure this paperwork arrives at the appropriate offices.


Taubman College Career and Professional Development offers a variety of programs, services and resources to assist students and alumni in exploring careers, securing positions and continuing skill development and management.

For additional information on career opportunities, visit our career and professional development page.


Contact Admissions at TaubmanCollegeAdmissions@umich.edu

Admissions Material

View the Undergraduate Viewbook.

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