Academics

Bachelor of Environmental Design 

Architecture is the imaginative blend of art and science in the design of environments for people. The degree program fosters creativity and problem-solving skills, provides extensive knowledge of architectural history and theory, and cultivates knowledge and capability in building and design technology. The four year Bachelor of Environmental Design (B.E.D) degree prepares students for professional Master of Architecture graduate programs and challenging careers in industries supporting the built environment. 

Students pursuing the pre-professional B.E.D. degree enroll in design studio courses that tackle architectural projects similar to those faced by professional architects. Studio projects emphasize the technical and expressive content of design, the processes by which students research, synthesize, and document their design ideas, and the creation of tangible products that achieve high quality of graphic and physical craft.

The studio courses are complemented by courses in technology, history, theory, and practice. Architectural design integrates diverse fields of interest, and the architect is best thought of as a professional who bridges and blends a diverse body of knowledge into significant projects related to the built environment.

Admission Information

Information about admission to Texas A&M University and the Department of Architecture can be found on the Texas A&M University Office of Admissions website

Curriculum

Students must complete all degree plan requirements of their catalog. All students are placed in the current Texas A&M catalog when they enter the Department of Architecture. Students can request to be moved forward into a newer catalog by contacting their academic adviser. 

The official TAMU Undergraduate Catalogs can be viewed online.

Upper Level

All Environmental Design degree students are admitted to the program with lower-level classification (ENDL). Enrollment in junior and senior level courses is limited to those who have been admitted to upper-level studies.The criteria for admittance to upper-level studies are outlined in the College of Architecture Enrollment Management Policy (Texas A&M University catalog) and on the application form. Upon admittance, students earn upper-level (ENDS) classification. 

Degree Plans

Differential Tuition Report

2016/2017 Academic Year

Differential tuition for the College of Architecture was approved by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in May 2011 and went into effect in the fall 2011 semester.  Each student majoring in an undergraduate program in the College of Architecture is charged an additional $770 per semester in addition to the university’s standard tuition.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, the Department of Architecture received $269,000 in differential tuition.  The funds were spent the following ways in the Department of Architecture: 

  1. Summer School
    To enable student’s matriculation to graduation and lower the total cost of a college degree the department has increased summer course offerings.
    1. First year summer module allowed 20 transfer for change of majors to enter design sequence in the second year saving one year to completion in the program.
    2. Arch 406, the final studio for ENDS majors was made available to sixteen students in the last year of the program with less than 20 hours to graduation, enabling them to graduate a semester early or to make up hours that enables them to graduate on time.
  1. Study Abroad
    In an effort to raise the quality of international study experiences for our students, we dedicated expenditures for infrastructure and pedagogical support of our international programs that allow for enhanced experiences beyond the scripted activities, along with ten $1,000 scholarships.
  2. Student Travel/Conventions
    To increase the national reputation of our undergraduate program we funded student travel to represent the Department at national conventions of our professional associations and programs. We sponsored 12 students to attend the 2017 AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington, DC and 8 students to attend the AIAS Forum in Boston. Total allocation was $9,000
  3. Renovations & Equipment 
    To keep our undergraduate studios on the cutting edge of pedagogical research we used differential tuition to help purchase new studio furniture that creates a more collaborative inventive atmosphere.  We outfitted one studio space to experiment with ways architectural education can develop as an educational paradigm. The total funds allocated was over $50,000.00. 
  4. Recruitment Undergraduate Students into the Program
    Funds were used to attract and retain the highest quality undergraduate students from high school or community colleges by offering more competitive scholarship packages. (Early enrollment program, summer and two years--$1000 per semester or Four (4) scholarships @ $1000 start up.)
  5. Lecture Series
    Funds have been used to expand our existing lecture series to include world experts on a variety of relevant topics. Lecture series or special invitations to studio series.  We have supported up to $18,000 in travel, lodging, meals, and lecturer fees.

The funds generated from differential tuition allow our students to enhance their education through various activities. Students through both formal and informal meetings with the departmental student advisory group give feedback on initiatives for differential fund allocation while also making recommendations for its future use.

Contacts

All curricular inquiries regarding the Bachelor of Environmental Design program should be directed to:

Shelley Holliday
Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs, Architecture 
Phone: (979) 845-7885
Email: sholliday@tamu.edu

All inquiries regarding application or admission to the Bachelor of Environmental Design program should be directed to: 

Michelle Ruiz
Academic Advisor 
College of Architecture, Office of Student Services 
Langford A219 
Phone: (979) 845-2639 
Email: mruiz@arch.tamu.edu

Current TAMU students can schedule an advising appointment online.