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Program Structure

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Sustainability has been designed as an upper level specialization for graduates of Ferris and community college Associate Degree programs in Architectural Technology.

As a 2+2 program, the first two years of the undergraduate experience begins with a foundation of technical and artistic skills leading to an AAS degree in Architectural Technology. Ferris’ Architectural Technology program has a long history of recognized success and provides the appropriate preparatory coursework for the upper-level degree; with a focus on the fundamentals of design, visual communication, technology, building systems and performance, and construction materials and detailing.

The second two years of the undergraduate experience leads to a BS degree in Architecture and Sustainability. The program focuses on the process of architectural problem solving within the context of human, social, and natural ecosystems through the application of the fundamentals learned in the first two years.

At both levels, the architectural curriculum is unique in its emphasis on sustainability and the practice of the profession. Courses and studios are structured to mirror the office environment. Course content and projects are designed to incorporate a set of practices and ways of thinking about the making of buildings for the sustainable development of the built environment. Taught by practitioners, the curriculum provides skills, knowledge, and aspirations necessary to allow students to become successful professionals.