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


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

2014/2015 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 $204 per semester in addition to the university’s standard tuition.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Department of Architecture received $248,000 in differential tuition.  The funds were spent the following ways in the Department of Architecture: 

  1. Summer School
    Help our student's graduate sooner and lowering the total cost of a college degree. Offer more summer courses, which would allow our students to complete the courses required by our accreditation programs in less time.
  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. Sixteen student’s in the last year of the program with less than 20 hours to graduation took summer design studio, thus shortening the time to graduation by one semester. 
  1. Study Abroad
    Increase our international study experiences for our students.  We would be able to continue to support our current study abroad programs and expand the offerings to new locations around the world by offering five $1,000 scholarships per semester, total of $10,000 and also support infrastructure or operational programs, $5,000.
  2. Student Travel/Conventions
    Funded student travel to represent the Department at national conventions of our professional associations and programs. We sponsored 7 students to attend the 2015 AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington, DC and 10 students to attend the AIAS Forum in Nashville, TN. Total allocation was $9,000
  3. Renovations & Equipment 
    Augment IEEF funds to provide state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment to ensure that our graduating students remain competitive. We have purchased and installed new studio equipment with 56 units (table, chair and rolling lockers) valued at approximately $30,000.00. 
  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 $15,000 in travel, lodging, meals, and lecturer fees.

The funds generated from differential tuition are allowing our students to enhance their education through various activities. By offering additional required departmental courses in the summer, the time to graduate for students will decrease and were made possible with the funds from differential tuition. Each year the department Head meets with student representatives with recommendations for use of funds from the “Differential Tuition” fee for the next academic year.


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

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 

Current TAMU students can schedule an advising appointment online.