Program Information

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree program is a pre-professional program that combines critical thinking with active making. Students learn the fundamentals of design, how to apply them to the design of buildings, neighborhoods and cities, and how to graphically communicate a design solution.

The College of Architecture and Planning Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BSArch) degree program is a four-year, pre-professional program primarily preparing top graduates to enter accredited professional Master of Architecture programs. It also prepares students for many careers related to architecture and for graduate programs in disciplines such as landscape architecture, interior architecture, urban and regional planning, historic preservation, and urban design.

BSArch students fulfill the majority of their general studies courses in their first two years of study before entering our studio-based curriculum in their final two years.

Students in the BSArch program benefit from close contact with graduate architecture students and with architects and other design, construction, and real estate professionals in downtown Denver and the metro region. 

Our Bachelor of Science in Architecture is a STEM designated program, officially approved by the Colorado Board of Higher Education (CIP code: 04.0902). The STEM designation allows our Bachelor of Science in Architecture students to apply for the Department of Homeland Security’s optional practical training (OPT) extension program for F-1 students with STEM degrees. Upon completion of a STEM-designated degree, students may extend their stay in the United States an additional 24 months.

Information Sessions and Events

student model

Virtual information sessions for an overview of the BS in Architecture program, the application process, a building tour, and the chance to get all your questions answered about CU Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning.

Student Work Gallery

Village 23 section rendering

Village 23

Student Researchers:

Juan Carlos Baños, Jessica Hillman & Marqus Perez
BS Arch Studio IV Fall 2016
The Narrows rendering of interior space

The Narrows​

Student Researchers:

Cameron Hemenway
BS Arch Studio IV Fall 2016
Meditation through water model elevation

Meditation Through Water

Student Researchers:

Hector Saldivar
BS Arch Studio IV Fall 2016
Rendering of Light Well elevation

Light Well

Student Researchers:

Juliana McDonald
BS Arch Studio IV Fall 2016
Bridging the gap rending of site and model

Bridging the Gap

Student Researchers:

Sokol Binakaj, Benjamin Elmer &Nick Hopkins
BS Arch Studio V Fall 2016
Tears of the Fallen sketch

Tears of the Fallen

Student Researchers:

Timothy Doherty
BS Arch Studio IV Fall 2016

Questions about the BS in Architecture?