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Program Description

The four-year curriculum in architectural studies offers the beginning level of education for those who intend to pursue a career in the profession or a related field. A structured sequencing of courses is included which provides for a gradual interactive development of required knowledge and skills. This pre-professional preparation is combined with the core curriculum courses to provide a comprehensive scholarly foundation for advancement.

All courses are taught by professors. Graduate assistants are used only in support roles. Studio courses at the first-year level may have as many as 25 to 30 students in each section, while studio courses at the third- and fourth-year levels will generally have a range of 10 to 15 students in each section.

Graduates with a BSAS degree are prepared for entry-level positions in architecture and related fields at a limited level. Ultimately, most graduates will continue their education in a professional-level Master of Architecture program in order to satisfy education requirements for licensure.

You will find that the education you receive provides the base for a wide range of career opportunities. A recent study identified over 100 career options for architecture graduates.

Specialization in Construction Management

The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (BSAS) specialization in Construction Management and Operations is a four-year program that provides great educational opportunities for students who are interested in becoming construction management professionals. The major goal of the program is to prepare students with knowledge of construction management science and leadership in general business for future career success in one of the most rapidly growing fields in the United States.

The School of Architecture at SIU provides a wealth of resources to help students support their academic endeavors. Our facilities include teaching studios, a model shop, a resource library with sample room, as well as a full range of profession-related applications which help students develop critical and necessary digital application skills. The Construction Management and Operations Specialization in Architectural Studies is unique due to its well-recognized building design technical background, combined with a newly developed construction management curriculum. This combination provides students with a comprehensive knowledge foundation to a successful career.


  • A state-of-the-art computer graphics lab with access to digital fabrication devices
  • Wireless and high speed internet
  • Hands-on learning experiences

Career Opportunities in Construction Management and Operations
The rate of growth of construction industry in the past years is significant, and the need for well-trained construction professionals is high. Coupled with strengths in the architecture and management disciplines, a bachelor’s degree specialized in construction management and operations will have significant positive value for students who are pursuing construction management as their career. The potential job titles for the graduates are:

  • Project Engineer
  • Assistant Project Manager
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Estimator
  • Scheduler

Curricular Guides

There are two guides to the curriculum in architectural studies: The four-year curriculum for incoming freshmen and the three-year curriculum for transfer and change of major students. The three-year option is available for those students who have completed all or most of the Core Curriculum requirements.  There is also a guide to the curriculum in architectural studies with a specialization in construction management and operations.

Four-Year Curriculum Guide in Architectural Studies (Incoming Freshman)
Three-Year Curriculum Guide in Architectural Studies (Transfer Students)
Four-Year Curriculum Guide in Arch Studies with Construction Management + Operations Specialization

Contact Information

For more information about the program or to request information, contact:

Craig K. Anz, Interim Director, School of Architecture
SIU School of Architecture
413 Quigley Hall
Mailcode 4337
875 S. Normal Avenue
Carbondale, IL 62901-4303

Phone: 618-453-3734
Fax: 618-453-1129

Michelle Garrett, Academic Advisor - School of Architecture
SIU School Of Architecture
409 Quigley Hall
Mailcode 4337
875 S. Normal Avenue
Carbondale, IL 62901-4303

Phone: 618-453-1227
Fax: 618-453-1129


Architectural Studies students, like all SIU students, can take advantage of a wealth of resources designed to help students find success in school and in life. To help supplement students in their academic endeavors, our school facilities include teaching studios, a model shop, a resource library with sample room, as well as a full range of profession-related applications, which help students develop critical and necessary digital application skills. Take a tour!

Studio Culture Policy

The School of Architecture at SIU has established a Studio Culture Policy in an effort to preserve studios as productive work environments in which students cultivate the professional conduct expected in the practice of architecture. All students must adhere to these policies.


Students who are a part of the School of Architecture are eligible for a variety of scholarship opportunities through the University, the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, and the School of Architecture. Click here for more information.

Student Organizations

In addition to outstanding academics, SIU also fosters an environment, which aims to bring students together and provide opportunities for student leadership. The School of Architecture is home to a variety of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) and student chapters of professional organizations related to the field of architecture. Click here to learn more. 

Budgeting for an Architectural Education

Students will have additional expenses to complete some courses and are required to have a laptop computer by the second year of the program. In addition to tuition and fees, expenses include books, expendable supplies and individual equipment. Some field trips will be required and some will be optional. A reasonable estimate of additional expenses is $1000-$2000 per academic year.

Each student will be required to have a laptop computer that meets program specifications by the start of the 200-level courses in the major. The university currently has an agreement with Dell computers for educational discounts. For several reasons, students are encouraged to wait until they have completed the 100-level courses in the major before incurring this expense.

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