The curriculum as described below is for students entering NJIT as freshmen in the fall of 2000 or after that date. Students entering before that date may have a different program and should consult the school to learn which curriculum applies.

Graduation is contingent upon the maintenance of a 2.0 average and the successful completion of the minimum credit requirement of prescribed courses within the select curriculum: the Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) requires 163 credits1. Students are required to maintain a 2.0 cumulative studio average to advance to the next studio level each succeeding year.

Credit distribution for the Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch)

Required Architecture credits99
Architecture Electives15
Free Electives3
General University Requirements46
Total Credits 1163

The minimum Credit requirement for graduation is the successful completion of 163 credits of prescribed courses within the curriculum; and the maintenance of a 2.0 (C) average. Students are also required to maintain a minimum 2.0 studio cumulative average to advance to each succeeding year of studio. Students must take one upper level studio designated as "comprehensive". 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
1st SemesterTerm Credits
ARCH 161 Intro Design and Digital Media 6
HUM 101 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I 3
MATH 113 Finite Mathematics and Calculus I 3
Physical Education 1
FRSH SEM Freshman Seminar 0
 Term Credits13
2nd Semester
ARCH 156 Modes of Design Communication II 3
ARCH 164 Introduction to Design II 5
HUM 102 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking II 3
MATH 105 Elementary Probability and Statistics 3
Physical Education 1
 Term Credits15
Second Year
1st Semester
ARCH 223 Construction I 3
ARCH 251 History of Architecture I 1 3
ARCH 263 Architecture Studio I 5
PHYS 102 General Physics 3
PHYS 102A General Physics Laboratory 1
Cultural History (lower-level) GUR Elective 3
 Term Credits18
2nd Semester
ARCH 227 Environmental Control Systems I 3
ARCH 229 Structures I 3
ARCH 252 History of Architecture II 3
ARCH 264 Architecture Studio II 5
PHYS 103 General Physics 3
PHYS 103A General Physics Laboratory 1
 Term Credits18
Third Year
1st Semester
ARCH 327 Environmental Control Systems II 3
ARCH 329 Structures II 3
ARCH 363 Architecture Studio III 5
ARCH 381 History of Architecture III 3
Social Science (lower-level) GUR Elective 3
 Term Credits17
2nd Semester
ARCH 323 Construction II 3
ARCH 364 Architecture Studio IV 5
ARCH 382 History of Architecture IV 1 3
CS 104 Computer Programming and Graphics Problems 3
Social Sciences (lower-level) GUR Elective 3
 Term Credits17
Fourth Year
1st Semester
ARCH 423 Construction III 3
ARCH 429 Structures III 3
ARCH 463 Option Studio 1 5
Design Elective 3
Open GUR Elective 3
 Term Credits17
2nd Semester
ARCH 464 Option Studio II 5
ARCH 472 Architectural Programming and Project Development 3
Design Elective 3
MGMT 390 Principles of Management 3
 Term Credits17
Fifth Year
1st Semester
ARCH 563 Comprehensive Studio I 2 5
ARCH 558 Professional Architectural Practice 3
Design Elective 3
Design Elective 3
HSS 4XX Capstone 3
 Term Credits17
2nd Semester
ARCH 561 Integrated Studio Seminar 3
ARCH 564 Comprehensive Studio II 5
Design Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Term Credits14
 Total Credits163

ARCH 251 History of Architecture I satisfies 3 credits of the English Composition and Cultural History GUR for B.Arch. majors; ARCH 382 History of Architecture IV satisfies the Open Elective in Humanities and Social Sciences GUR for B.Arch. majors.


 To be taken concurrently with comprehensive studio.


 ARCH 565 Comprehensive Studio Lab must be taken concurrently with upper level studio ARCH 563 Comprehensive Studio I or ARCH 564 Comprehensive Studio II.


Social Sciences (lower-level GUR)
Select six credits from the following:6
ECON 265Microeconomics3
or R220 101 Intro To Econo-Micro
ECON 266Macroeconomics3
or R220 102 Intro To Econ-Macro
EPS 202Society, Technology, and the Environment3
STS 258Technology, Society and Culture: A Global View3
R070 203Intro Phys Anth & Arch3
or R070 204 Intro Cultural Anthro
R790 201American Government3
or R790 202 America & The World
R830 101Principles Of Psychology I3
or R830 102 Prin Of Psychology
R920 201Intro Sociology I3
or R920 202 Sociology II
R202 201Intro Criminal Justice3
English Composition and Cultural History (lower-level) GUR 1
HUM 211The Pre-Modern World3
HUM 212The Modern World3
HIST 213The Twentieth-Century World3
Humanities and Social Sciences Electives (upper-level) GUR
Select one of the following:3
Literature course
History course
Philosophy course
R350 XXX
English Literature (STS approved) course
R352 XXX
American Literature (STS approved) course
R510 XXX
History (STS approved) course
R512 XXX
American History (STS approved) course
R730 XXX
Philosophy (STS approved) course
Natural Sciences GUR
Select at least seven credits, including a laboratory experience, from the following:7
Biology Courses
General Biology
General Biology
Basic Plant Science
Basic Plant Sci Lab
Environmental Issues
General Horticulture
Horticulture Lab
Human Sexuality
Environmental Microbiology
Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy & Physiology
Chemistry Courses
Fundamentals of Chemical Principles II
General Chemistry Laboratory
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Physics Courses
General Physics
General Physics Laboratory
General Physics
General Physics Laboratory
Physics I
Physics I Laboratory
Physics II
Physics II Laboratory
Introductory Astronomy and Cosmology
Astronomy and Cosmology Laboratory
The Earth in Space
The Earth in Space Laboratory
Geology Courses
Intro To The Earth
Planet Earth
Planet Earth Lab
Env Geology
Env Geology Lab
Open Elective in Humanities and Social Sciences (upper-level)
Select one of the following:3
English course
Social Sciences course
Theater course
Literature course
History course
Philosophy course
Science, Technology and Society course
Any 300-level Rutgers-Newark courses in humanities, social sciences, fine arts, or performing arts 2

Students may also take approved introductory courses at Rutgers-Newark.


Prefixes 070, 080, 081, 202, 220, 350, 352, 370, 420, 510, 560, 570, 700, 701, 790, 810, 861, 920, 940, 965, 988.

See the General University Requirements section for more information on electives.

This curriculum represents the maximum number of credits per semester for which a student is advised to register.  A full-time credit load is 12 credits.  First-year students are placed in a curriculum that positions them for success which may result in additional time needed to complete curriculum requirements. Continuing students should consult with their academic advisor to determine the appropriate credit load.