College of Architecture

General Information

The College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) offers pre-professional programs in architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture 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.

Common First Year (d.ONE)

The Common First Year (d.ONE) engages and prepares students for exciting futures in all design fields within the College of Architecture.

The Common First Year curriculum offered by the College of Architecture, introduces students to design through courses in three areas: Technique (drawing and computer applications), Design Discipline (an introduction to the related design disciplines and design history), and Design Practice (design Thinking and design Making). In addition, students take University courses in math, English, communications, and a general education elective. dThink and dMake are sequential hands-on courses where students learn to work in teams to address problems and promote innovation. At the same time, they learn the foundational skills in composition, craft, presentation, and idea generation necessary for all design fields. 

At the end of the Common First Year, students have gained an understanding of the broad range of design and are eligible to apply to any of the design programs in the College—Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, and Industrial Design (pending program approval).

The Common First Year is available at UNO or UNL.  After completion of the Common First Year at UNO, students must transfer to UNL and apply to the second year of their desired program of study.


Architecture is a six-year course of study divided into a pre-professional year and a professional program of study. Students choosing to study architecture first enter the College as majors in pre-architecture. After completing a one year introductory design curriculum common to all undergraduates in the College of Architecture, students apply for admission into the architecture program’s professional program. The professional program in architecture consists of two components: the three-year bachelor of science in design (BSD-Architecture) and the subsequent two-year master of architecture (MArch).  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.

Interior Design

The interior design program includes the one year pre-interior design program and the subsequent  three 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 Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). After completing the prescribed pre-interior design program, students may apply for admission to the second year of study in the interior design program at UNL. Only the first segment, pre-interior design, is offered at UNO.

Landscape Architecture

The landscape architecture program is a four-year course of study that has been subdivided into a one-year pre-professional and a three-year professional degree. Only the first segment, pre-landscape architecture, is offered at UNO.   At the end of the pre-professional year, students may apply for admission to the second year of study in the landscape architecture program at UNL. This application review involves an evaluation of the students’ academic record and a portfolio of their work during the pre-professional studies.  Students receive a professional bachelor of landscape architecture (BLA) at the end of the fourth year. The landscape architecture program is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).

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

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

Community and Regional Planning

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 architecture, interior design and landscape architecture, the College has established the following general College requirements for undergraduate students.

New freshmen students must apply by May 1 (or by February 1 to be considered for scholarships) 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, Pre-Interior Design, and Pre-Landscape Architecture) 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,Pre-Interior Design and Pre-Landscape Architecture) 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-Architecture, Pre-Interior Design, and Pre-Landscape Architecture Admissions 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 knowledge of algebra or pre-calculus.
  • 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, Pre-Interior Design, and Pre-Landscape Architecture Students

The following scholastic standards have been established for students in the pre-architecture, pre-interior design, and pre-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, pre-interior design, and pre-landscape architecture 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 design, architecture, landscape architecture or interior design courses without the permission of the program director. 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 design, 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, pre-interior design, and pre-landscape architecture majors. Students must follow the prerequisites listed in the architecture course descriptions. For more information on pre-architecture, pre-interior design, and pre-landscape architecture, contact the College of Architecture program office at 402-472-4065.

English Courses

It is of vital importance that architects, interior designers, and landscape architects 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, interior design, or landscape architecture.

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


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. Please contact your advisor for the proper form.  Substitution forms must be reviewed by the college advisor 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 offers a minor in landscape architecture or product 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 on the Web for information on program flowcharts, second year portfolio review requirements and computer policy at or call us at 402-472-4065.