Architecture

General Information

The College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) offers pre-professional programs in architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design along with graduate studies in community and regional planning through a number of courses at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Students interested in a comprehensive description of the College’s programs should refer to the undergraduate and graduate bulletins of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The College of Architecture consists of four academic programs: architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and community and regional planning.

The accredited professional degree in architecture at the University of Nebraska is a six-year course of study divided into two segments. The first segment is a two-year pre-professional program referred to as pre-architecture. Upon completion of this segment, a student applies for admittance to the four-year professional program of study. The professional program in architecture commences with the student’s junior year, awards the bachelor of science in design at the end of the senior year, and culminates with the first professional degree, the master of architecture degree, after an additional two years of study. The master of architecture degree is accredited by the National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB) and is the only accredited professional architecture program in the state of Nebraska. Only the first segment, pre-architecture, is offered at UNO.

The interior design program includes the two-year pre-interior design program and the subsequent two-year interior design program. Completion of the program results in the award of the bachelor of science in design. This interior design program of study is accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education and Research (FIDER) and is the only accredited program in the state of Nebraska. After completing the prescribed pre-interior design program, students may apply for admission to the third year of study in the interior design program at UNL. Only the first segment, pre-interior design, is offered at UNO.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha cooperates with the College of Architecture at UNL by providing a four-semester pre-professional transfer program in pre-interior design, pre-architecture and landscape architecture.

Only the first two years of study can be completed at UNO. Transfer and third year admissions assistance is provided to help in the transition to UNL, where students complete their studies.

The community and regional planning program offers the two-year professional Master of Community and Regional Planning degree which is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). A limited number of courses are available at UNO, all of which will apply toward the MCRP degree at UNL.

Admission and Academic Policies

General Requirements

The College of Architecture and its programs reserve the right to change the rules governing admission to, instruction in and graduation from the College or its various departments and programs.

In addition to the UNO admission requirements, the College of Architecture has established supplemental admission requirements for undergraduate students. In addition to the specific requirements for interior design and architecture, the College has established the following general College requirements for undergraduate students.

New freshmen students must apply by March 15 and:

  • graduate in the upper quartile of their high school class, or
  • have an Enhanced ACT composite score of 22, or
  • have a combined Enhanced SAT verbal and math total of at least 1030.
  • New international freshmen students must:
  • meet UNO entrance requirements for new foreign freshmen students, and
  • have an English proficiency test score of at least 80 or a minimum TOEFL score of 550.

New transfer students must:

  • have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (for Pre-Architecture) or 3.0 cumulative GPA (for Pre-Interior Design) and be in good academic standing.

NOTE: New transfer students must comply with new freshman student entrance requirements for ACT, SAT or high school quartile rather than cumulative grade point average if they have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study.

Students transferring from UNK and UNL are included in this new transfer student category.

New international transfer students must:

  • meet UNO entrance requirements for foreign transfer students, and
  • have an English proficiency test score of at least 80 or a minimum TOEFL score of 550
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA (for Pre-Architecture) or 3.0 GPA (for Pre-Interior Design) and be in good scholastic standing.

Students who transfer into the College of Architecture from other colleges at UNO must:

  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be in good scholastic standing.

Students who apply for readmission into the college of Architecture must:

  • have a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA and be in good scholastic standing.

Pre-Interior Design Admission Requirements

Prospective students interested in the interior design program are eligible for admission to the pre-interior design program if their high school records meet the following standards:

  • Four units in mathematics consisting of Algebra I, II, geometry and one additional unit that builds on a knowledge of algebra.
  • Four units of English, consisting of intensive reading and writing.
  • Three units of social sciences consisting of one unit of American and/or world history and one additional unit of history, American government and/or geography.
  • Three units of natural sciences consisting of two units from biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences. One of the units must include a laboratory.
  • Two units of foreign language.

Pre-Architecture and Landscape Architecture Admission Requirements

Prospective students interested in the architecture or landscape architecture option are eligible for admission to the pre-architecture or pre-landscape architecture program if their high school records meet the following standards:

  • Four units in mathematics consisting of Algebra I, II, geometry, one-half unit of trigonometry, and one additional unit that builds on a knowledge of algebra or precalculus.
  • Four units of English, consisting of intensive reading and writing.
  • Three units of social sciences consisting of one unit of American and/or world history and one additional unit of history, American government and/or geography.
  • Three units of natural sciences consisting of two units from biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences. One of the units must include a laboratory
  • Two units of foreign language.

Students with more than three pre-college deficiencies will not be admitted to the College of Architecture.

Scholastic Standards for Pre-Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Pre-Interior Design Students

The following scholastic standards have been established for students in the pre-architecture and pre-interior design, and landscape architecture programs:

  • First year students who receive a semester grade point average of less than 2.0 or with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation. The student will remain on probation until a semester is completed with both a semester and cumulative GPA at or above 2.0 or until the student is academically dismissed. After two consecutive semesters on academic probation, pre-architecture and pre-interior design students will be transferred out of the College of Architecture.
  • Second year students who receive a semester grade point average of less than 2.6 or with a cumulative GPA below 2.6 will be placed on academic probation. The student will remain on probation until a semester is completed with both a semester and cumulative GPA at or above 2.6. After two consecutive semesters on academic probation, pre-architecture and pre-interior design students will be transferred out of the College of Architecture.
  • Students who are placed on academic probation will not be allowed to take any new architecture, landscape architecture or interior design courses without the permission of the department chairperson. However, students may retake architecture, landscape architecture and interior design courses in which they received a “D” or “F”. Students may take any one architecture, landscape architecture or interior design course a maximum of three times. Students who register for new architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design courses while on probation will be administratively dropped from those courses.

Eligibility for College of Architecture Courses

All architecture courses are open only to pre-architecture, landscape architecture, and pre-interior design majors. Students must follow the prerequisites listed in the architecture course descriptions.

For more information on pre-architecture, landscape architecture, and pre-interior design, contact the College of Architecture department office at 402-472-4065.

English Courses

It is of vital importance that architects and interior designers be able to express themselves clearly and concisely. As a matter of routine, architects and interior designers are called upon to prepare reports, papers or specifications in which clarity and precision are essential. For this reason a student in the College of Architecture must demonstrate an acceptable skill in the use of effective English in daily oral and written work.

English as a Second Language 1090 and English as a Second Language 1100 may not be used to satisfy the freshman English composition requirement.

Math Courses

College algebra, college trigonometry and basic math courses cannot be applied to the bachelor of science in design degree for math requirements or open elective credit.

Military Science, Naval Science, Aerospace Studies and/or Physical Education

A maximum combination of military science, naval science, aerospace studies and/or physical education totaling six credit hours can be applied toward the bachelor of science in design degree as open elective credit.

Pass/No Pass Policy

A student may apply a maximum of 12 pass/no pass credit hours to the bachelor of science in design degree. However, pass/no pass credit shall be limited to electives in the ACE categories. Pass/no pass credit cannot be used to fulfill the professional elective requirements in architecture or interior design.

No student shall enroll in more than six pass/no pass credit hours during any one semester.

Incompletes

College of Architecture students will be allowed a maximum of two weeks to remove incompletes from courses that are prerequisites to classes in which they are currently enrolled.

Course Substitutions

Students wishing to modify their course requirements or elective requirements must petition the Professional Program Committee of the UNL architecture program by completing a substitution form. Substitution forms, available online at archweb.unl.edu, must be reviewed by the college adviser before being submitted to the Professional Program Committee. Students are advised to have substitutions approved by the Professional Program Committee before enrolling in a substitute course.

Minors and Area of Emphasis

The College of Architecture does not offer a minor in architecture, landscape architecture or interior design in conjunction with any bachelors degree. An area of emphasis in architecture, landscape architecture or interior design is not allowed in conjunction with any bachelor degree.

For more information…

Visit the UNL College of Architecture Student Guide on the Web for information on program flowcharts, third year portfolio review requirements and computer policy at archweb.unl.edu or call us at -402-472-4065.