The four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture program is a comprehensive pre-professional education in architecture within the broader context of liberal arts study provided by the University. Consisting of an eight-semester studio sequence in architecture and urbanism supported by coursework in technology and theory, the program provides an intensive introduction to the discipline of architecture.
Architecture at UIC provides students with the design skills, critical and creative thinking, and analytical abilities that enable them to follow a variety of career opportunities. While many graduates continue their architecture education in a professional Master of Architecture degree program, others pursue work or graduate study in fields such as law, graphic design, real estate management, urban design and planning, and business.
Co-Op Program: The School of Architecture's Cooperative Work Study Program provides upper level undergraduate students with employment opportunities in which they gain valuable professional experience and explore potential job opportunities in architecture and related disciplines.
Participation is available to Illinois residents enrolled in the fourth year of the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree program. Students work a maximum of 16 hours per week, with longer hours permitted during vacation/holiday periods or upon discussion with program coordinator; this limitation ensures that co-op work does not interfere with academic studies. Applications are accepted on a semester-by-semester basis. Acceptance will be based on demonstrated academic achievement (minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale), faculty recommendation, and current co-op employer needs. Co-op participants are ambassadors of the School of Architecture to the professional community and are held to professional ethics and standards.