The Bachelor of Interior Architecture Degree (B.I.Arch) is comprised of Professional Curriculum and General Education Requirements for a total of 225 credits:
- General Education and Group Requirements (69 credits)
- Architectural Design (70 credits)
- Architectural Subject Area (86 credits)
For further information on the Architectural Design and Subject Area Requirements, see the
Bachelor of Interior Architecture Curriculum Outline.
General Education and Group Requirements (69 credits)
University requirements include group requirements and general electives. They are intended to ensure each student receives an education rich in the liberal arts tradition. Undergraduate students should complete most of the General and Group requirements prior to entry into their first intermediate design studio.
Group Requirements (9 courses, 36 credits)
A minimum of 36 credits is required. Architecture majors must fulfill 12 credits in each of the three general education groups (refer to the Catalog for courses listed by group):
• Arts and Letters (A&L=>1)
• Social Science (SSC=>2)
• Science (SC=>3)
Coursework selected must comply with the following:
• Two groups must include at least two courses in one subject
• Each group must include courses in at least two subjects
• Out of the total 36, no more than three courses from one subject, no more than one course within the major">
The general requirements also include two courses in English Composition (most students take WR 121 and WR 122). It is possible to take a waiver exam or 'challenge' these courses. Some students will have AP (Advanced Placement) exam credits for English and other group-satisfying courses. AP credits are generally listed on the admission statement if you took the exams prior to the processing of your application.
Multicultural Requirement (2 courses, minimum 6 credits)
The multicultural requirement is intended to broaden your understanding of social issues. To satisfy the Multicultural Requirement, a student must take an approved course in TWO of the three categories: American Cultures (AC), Identity, Pluralism, and Tolerance (IP), and International Cultures (IC). It is possible to select courses that also satisfy group requirements, so these 8 credits are not included in the total number credits required stated above.
Upper Division General Electives (19 credits; 12 credits must be upper division outside ARCH/IARC)
B.I.Arch. majors must complete 12 credits of non-ARCH/IARC Upper Division level courses (numbered 300 and above) in residence. Service and performance courses and weekend seminars are not accepted. Any ARH courses taken beyond the ARH requirement can be applied toward the upper division requirements. Many upper division courses have prerequisites.
Subject Area Requirements (minimum 84 credits)
Architectural History Requirement (5 courses minimum)
All professional degree students in interior architecture must take five architectural history courses, including the three History of Interior Architecture courses (ARH 474, 475 and 476). ARH 314 or 315, Survey of Western Architecture, is also recommended.
General Theory (4 credits)
ARCH 204 Understanding Contemporary Interiors 4 credits
Design Media (10 credits)
ARCH 202 Design Skills 3 credits
ARCH 222 Introduction to Architecture Computing 4 credits
ARCH 423 Media for Design Development 3 credits
Design Arts (17 credits)
IARC 444 Furniture: Theory and Analysis 3 credits
IARC 445 Comprehensive Project Preparation 3 credits
IARC 447 Color Theory and Application 3 credits
ARCH 440 Human Context of Design 4 credits
ARCH 450 Spatial Composition 4 credits
Design Technology (21 credits)
IARC 471 Interior Construction Systems 3 credits
IARC 472 Interior Finishes and Design Application 3 credits
IARC 473 Working Drawings in Interior Architecture 4 credits
IARC 492 Electric Lighting 3 credits
ARCH 470 Building Construction 4 credits
ARCH 492 Environmental Control Systems II 4 credits
Professional Context (3 credits)
ARCH 417 Context of the Architecture Profession 4 credits
Subject Area Electives (remaining credits)
Graded Hour Requirements
The University of Oregon requires that all undergraduate students complete a minimum of 168 credits taken with a letter-grade option or as P* (P* = courses offered only Pass/No Pass). All undergraduate transfer students must complete at UO a minimum of 45 credits taken for a letter-grade.
Each major in the department is assigned a faculty advisor; and it is recommended that all students see their advisor at least once a year. It is the student’s responsibility to stay current with their progress. Your assigned faculty advisor can be found in DuckWeb. Students may pick a faculty advisor of their own choosing. A student needs to inform the department office of any changes they make in the assignment.
The group and degree requirements are monitored by the registrar’s office, and each student can access an Advising Transcript which shows their progress on DuckWeb. Students are responsible for reviewing their transcript and Degree Checks (produced by the Administrative Assistant for Curricula in the Arch office) for accuracy, and to stay current as to their progress in meeting the degree requirements.