Bachelor of Architecture

Franco Mellone BArch '19 Senior Project Presentation (George Proctor)
Franco Mellone BArch '19 Senior Project Presentation (George Proctor)


The Bachelor of Architecture degree is offered in a five-year curriculum, which focuses on the design laboratory. The studio sequence consists of four segments: a three-year basic core, three-semester topic studios, an urban design studio, and a two-semester long culminating senior project. Lecture classes in Architecture Theory and History, Human Behavior, Professional Practice, Programming, Sustainability, Building Technology, Structures, Codes and Digital Media are closely coordinated with the studio sequence, and students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of these areas in their design projects.

Course work within the Department of Architecture is open only to those students who have been admitted to the Department and are designated Architecture majors.

Undergraduate B.Arch Flow Chart for 2016-17


Admission to the undergraduate program is possible either as a first-time freshman or as a transfer student from a recognized college.

Undergraduate admissions are processed and managed by the University (not by the Department of Architecture).

The undergraduate program in the Department of Architecture is considered to be "impacted," that is, many more students apply than can be accommodated each year and a supplementary admissions process is required by the University and the Department; all candidates must meet regular University admission standards as well as additional standards required by the Department of Architecture.

For specific information, and application instructions, please refer to the Office of Admissions & Enrollment Planning.

For further information about University requirements for "impacted" majors, please refer to the Undergraduate Admissions for freshmen and for transfer student requirements:

Freshman Applicants

Generally, admission of undergraduate students from high school to the university is determined by a formula that combines the high school grade point average and ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) score. In general, students in approximately the upper third of the high school graduating class are eligible for admission.

Freshman applicants must meet the minimum California State University eligibility requirements to be considered for admission. If you meet the minimum CSU requirements, Cal Poly Pomona will consider your application using supplemental criteria that may vary depending on the academic major you have chosen.

For additional information visit Cal Poly Pomona's Freshman Requirements and Deadlines page.


Transfer Applicants

Admission of transfer students from community colleges is based on college grade point averages. As of fall 2004 admissions, the University is only accepting upper division transfers.

Upper division transfers must complete 60 semester (90 quarter) units of transferable coursework, including 30 semester (45 quarter) units of courses equivalent to general education requirements, with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the spring quarter to be considered for the next fall quarter.

For additional information on Transfer Admissions, please refer to:

Transfer students must have a 3.2 GPA or greater to gain admission into the architecture program. Not all students that have a GPA of 3.2 GPA or higher will be admitted as the number of students admitted each year is based on the number of spaces available. The admissions office selects students based on highest GPA and works down the list (from highest to lowest GPA) until all seats have been filled. 

Transfer students who are offered admissions to the program or are placed on a wait list for admission will be invited to submit an 8 1/2” by 11” bound portfolio of their work so that the Department can determine in which year of study each student should be placed. THE PORTFOLIO IS NOT USED TO DETERMINE ADMISSIONS, IT IS ONLY USED TO DETERMINE PLACEMENT (1ST, 2ND OR 3RD YEAR).

If no portfolio is submitted, students will be automatically placed in the first year design studio.

The portfolio plays a key role in determining advanced standing. In addition to succesful completion of the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

For 2nd Year placement students must show equivalent skills and design to those learned at CPP ARC and also have completed the following courses:

  • English 104
  • English 130
  • Math 106
  • 3 equivalent (2 semesters) of Architectural Design Studio (12 semester units)
  • 1 Digital Design Course (3 semester units) 

To be placed in Third Year, the student must have extensive architectural design (equivalent to the first two years at CPP ARC) and have completed the following prerequisites or their equivalents:

  • Math 106
  • Physics 121
  • Physics 121L
  • English 104
  • English 130
  • Communications 204
  • Architecture 341 (Building Construction I)
  • Architecture 361 (Architectural History I)
  • Architecture 362 (Architectural History II)
  • 6 quarters (4 semesters) of Architectural Design Studios. (27 quarter units total)
  • 2 Digital Design Courses (6 units total)

International Applicants

Known for its outstanding academic programs, Cal Poly Pomona offers excellent education for international students who wish to pursue a degree in the United States.

Current and future International Students in Cal Poly academic programs must contact the International Center for information regarding visas, guidelines for maintaining academic progress, and procedures for internships and post graduation work.

For additional information on Incoming International Students and requirements, please refer to:


Change of Majors

As of Fall 2004 admissions, the University is only accepting upper division requests to Change of Major applicants. Students who are currently enrolled at Cal Poly must apply by submitting a Change of Major Petition to the College of Environmental Design Office of Student Affairs (Building 7, Room 106A). The petitions must be received between November 1 and November 30 of each year. Change of major applicants requesting a change of major must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 to submit a request.


Selecting a 2nd Choice Major in the College of ENV

The Department of Architecture recommends Freshmen and Transfer applicants consider selecting one of the other degrees/majors of the College of ENV as a second choice on their Cal Poly Pomona Applications.

Architecture recommends Landscape Architecture as a strong second choice for applicants interested in Architecture.  The Department of Landscape Architecture is nationally ranked and a very well respected program.  The department offers a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) with the opportunity of advanced placement for transfer applicants with previous design education.  Landscape Architecture is a design-focused discipline that explores the formal and systematic relationships of ecology and culture through a range of design scales and urban design issues.  A degree in Landscape Architecture also provides a very strong foundation for graduate studies in Architecture. Students can complete a Master of Architecture in 3 years following a 4-year undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture.

Learn more about the bravely curious Landscape Architecture program at Cal Poly Pomona here:



For information regarding admissions to the B.Arch degree program, please contact:

Administrative Coordinator
Rocky Sanchez
(909) 869-2683



The BArch, or Bachelor of Architecture, requires 225 quarter units for the degree.
The 225 quarter units include:

68 quarter units of General Education
157 quarter units within the Dept. of Arch (of these, 16 units are professional electives, which allows students to focus on Sustainability, Historic Preservation, Health Care Design, History/Theory, or Digital Media, if they choose to do so)

Prior to graduation, all students are required to fulfill 500 hours of work. A minimum of 250 hours must be with a registered architect and the remaining 250 hours may be with a faculty-approved alternative. This work must be verified by National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). See Student Policies under internship memo.

Core Courses for Major

Required of all students. A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required in core courses, including sub-plan courses for the major, in order to receive a degree in the major.

ARC 299/299A –- Special Topics for Lower Division Students (2/2)
ARC 102/102L - Foundation Design 2 (1/3)
ARC 103/103L - Foundation Design 3 (1/3)
ARC 151 - Foundation Digital Design Tools 1 (1)
ARC 152 - Foundation Digital Design Tools 2 (1)
ARC 201/201L - Second Year Design 1 (2/3)
ARC 202/202L - Second Year Design 2 (2/3)
ARC 203/203L - Second Year Design 3 (2/3)
ARC 251 - Intermediate Design Tools 1 (1)
ARC 252 - Intermediate Design Tools 2 (1)
ARC 253 - Intermediate Design Tools 3 (1)
ARC 301/301L - Third Year Design 1 (2/3)
ARC 302/302L - Third Year Design 2 (2/3)
ARC 303/303L - Third Year Design 3 (2/3)
ARC 321/321A - Structures 1 (3/1)
ARC 322/322A - Structures 2 (3/1)
ARC 323/323A - Structures 3 (3/1)
ARC 331/331A - Environmental Controls 1 (3/1)
ARC 332/332A - Environmental Controls 2 (3/1)
ARC 341/341A - Building Construction 1 (3/1)
ARC 342/342A - Building Construction 2 (3/1)
ARC 361/361A - Ancient and Medieval Architecture (3/1)
ARC 362/362A - Renaissance and Baroque Architecture (3/1)
ARC 363/363A - Modern Architecture Since 1750 (3/1)
ARC 401/401L - Fourth Year Design 1 (2/3)
ARC 402/402L - Fourth Year Design 2 (2/3)
ARC 403/403L - Fourth Year Design 3 (2/3)
ARC 405/405L - Fifth Year Design 1 (2/3)
ARC 406/406L - Senior Project Research and Programming (2/3)
ARC 407/407L - Senior Project Design (2/3)
ARC 424/424A - Seismic Design in Architecture (3/1)
ARC 450 - Advanced Digital Design Tools 1 (2)
ARC 451 - Advanced Digital Design Tools 2 (2)
ARC 464/464A - American Architecture (3/1)
ARC 471/471A - Architectural Practice (3/1)
ARC 472/472A - Building Integration (3/1)
ARC 473 - The Architect and the Development Process (4)



Professional Electives

Select 16 units from below or from approved supplemental department list:

ARC 419 - Urbanism and Film (4)
ARC 425 - Advanced Structures (4)
ARC 426 - Advanced Structures (4)
ARC 428 - Robotic Architectural Environments (3)
ARC 431 - Sustainable Technology (4)
ARC 432 - Solar Design Applications in Architecture (4)
ARC 434 - Tools for Sustainability (4)
ARC 452 - Advanced Digital Design Media (4)
ARC 453 - Digitally Enhanced Construction and Fabrication (4)
ARC 454 - Interactive Media for Architects (4)
ARC 456 - Animation and Simulation Methods for Architects (4)
ARC 460 - Architecture and Historic Preservation (4)
ARC 461 - Indigenous Architecture (4)
ARC 463 - Architecture and Urbanism (4)
ARC 465 - Contemporary Architecture (4)
ARC 467 - California Architecture (4)
ARC 468 - Latin American Architecture (4)
ARC 469 - Topics in Southern California Architecture (4)
ARC 481 - Behavioral Factors in Architecture (4)
ARC 484 - Architecture and Society: A Community-Based Design Seminar (4)
ARC 485 - Design Issues in Housing (4)
ARC 486 - Institutional Environments (4)
ARC 499/499A/499L - Special Topics for Upper Division Students (1-4/1-4/1-4) 

Required Support Courses

The following major support courses should be used to satisfy the indicated GE requirements. If these courses are not used to satisfy GE, the total units to degree may be more than 246 units.

Advocacy and Argument (A2)

COM 204 (4)

Freshman English II (A3)

ENG 130 (4)

Trigonometry (B1)

MAT 106 (4)

College Physics/Laboratory (B2)

PHY 121/121L(3/1)


Interdisciplinary General Education

The Department of Architecture highly recommends that students starting in the program as freshmen take the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program coursework to partially meet their general education degree requirements. IGE coursework is as follows:

Consciousness and Community

IGE 120 (4)

Rationalism and Revelation

IGE 121 (4)

Authority and Faith

IGE 122 (4)

Culture and Contact

IGE 220 (4)

Reform and Revolution

IGE 221 (4)

Individualism and Collectivism

IGE 222 (4)

Promise and Crisis

IGE 223 (4)

Connections Seminar

IGE 224 (4)


General Education Requirements

Unless specific courses are stated under Support Courses, see the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

Area A, Communication and Critical Thinking (12 units)
1. Written Communication
2. Oral Communication
3. Critical Thinking

Area B. Mathematics and Natural Sciences (16 units)
1. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
2. Physical Science
3. Biological Science
4. Science and Technology Synthesis
5. Lab Activity

Area C. Humanities (16 units)
1. Fine and Performing Arts
2. Philosophy and Civilization
3. Literature and Foreign Languages
4. Humanities Synthesis

Area D. Social Sciences (20 units)
1. U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals (D1a, D1b)
2. History, Economics, and Political Science
3. Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic and Gender Studies
4. Social Science Synthesis

Area E. Lifelong Understanding and Self-development (4 units)