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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 undertake architectural projects similar to 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 create tangible products that achieve a high quality of graphic and physical craft.

The architect is a professional who bridges and blends a diverse body of knowledge into significant projects related to the built environment. The degree program offers courses in technology, history, theory, and practice to complement architectural design studio courses that integrate diverse fields of interest to achieve this goal.


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 Catalog 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

2019—2020 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 $767 per semester in addition to the university’s standard tuition.

During the 2018—2019 academic year, the Department of Architecture received $304,000 in differential tuition funds, which the department spent in the following areas:

  1. Summer School
    To enable students' matriculation to graduation and lower the total cost of a college degree, the department increased its summer course offerings.
    1. Our first-year summer module allowed 20 change-of-major transfers to enter our design sequence in their second year, saving students one year-to-completion in the program.
    2. ARCH 406, the final studio course for ENDS majors, was made available to 16 students in their final year in the program with fewer than 20 hours until graduation, enabling them to graduate a semester early or to make up hours needed to graduate on time.
  2. Study Abroad
    In an effort to raise the quality of international study experiences for our students, we dedicated expenditures to infrastructure and pedagogical support for our international programs that allow for enhanced experiences beyond the scripted activities.
  3. Student Travel / Conventions
    To increase the national reputation of our undergraduate program, we funded the travel expenses of students representing the department at the national conventions of our professional associations and programs. We sponsored 11 students to attend the 2019 AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., and 9 students to attend the AIAS Form in Seattle, WA. Total allocation of funds was approximately $10,000.
  4. Renovations & Equipment
    To keep our undergraduate studios on the cutting edge of pedagogical research, we used differential tuition funds to purchase new studio furniture for our new downtown studios in Bryan, TX. Funds were also used to rent and build-out the space, creating a more collaborative, inventive atmosphere where faculty and students experiment with new methods of delivering architectural education. Total allocation of funds exceeded $45,000.
  5. Recruitment for Undergraduate Program
    Funds were used to attract and retain high-quality undergraduate students from high schools and community colleges by offering more competitive scholarship packages. Early enrollment program, summer and two years—$1,000 per semester, or four (4) scholarships at $1,000 startup.
  6. Lecture Series
    Funds were used to expand our existing lecture series to include world experts on a variety of relevant topics. Funds were also used for special invitations to studio series. We supported up to $13,000 in travel, lodging, meals, and lecturer fees.
  7. The funds generated from differential tuition allow our students to enhance their education through various activities. Through both formal and informal meetings with the departmental student advisory group, students give feedback on initiatives for differential fund allocation while also making recommendations for its future use.



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

Weiling He, Associate Professor
Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Programs, Architecture 
Phone: 979.845.7849

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

Jacob Salinas
Academic Advisor I
College of Architecture, Office of Student Services 
Langford Architecture Building, A219
Phone:  979.845.1144

Current TAMU students can schedule an advising appointment online.