Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Architecture


The undergraduate architecture program is for students who want to learn to design individual and complex groups of buildings, deepen their knowledge of architectural history, and explore the built environment all through the lens of the urban landscape that is New York City. This full-time course of study leads to the Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch – first professional degree) in five years.

A student may elect to obtain the B.S. in Architectural Studies after four years of study with consultation and guidance from advisors and faculty. An individual who obtains the 4-year B.S. in Architectural Studies degree is not eligible to obtain a B. Arch degree from City College.

First Year

Fall Term 1

Spring Term 2

Second Year

Fall Term 3

Spring Term 4

Requirements for entry into third year.

A minimum of a 2.33 overall GPA and a minimum of a 2.33 GPA in all architecture courses, and a Pass in Portfolio Review are required for entry into the Third Year.

Third Year

Fall Term 5

Spring Term 6

Fourth Year

Fall Term 7

Spring Term 8

A student may choose after successful completion of the fourth year to receive a B.S. degree in Architecture. A student receiving a B.S. degree in Architecture may not receive a B. Arch (5th year) degree. The student must have maintained a 2.33 G.P.A overall and a 2.33 G.P.A in all architecture courses.

Fifth Year

Fall Term 9

Spring Term 10

General Education/Pathways Core:

Fixed Core/12 Credits: ENGL21001/02 Writing for the Humanities/Writing for the Social Sciences, Mathematics 19500, Life and Physical Sciences – EAS 10600
Flexible Core/18 Credits: World & Global Issues – Literature & History, Creative Expression, Individual & Society, Scientific World (Physics 21900)
Additional CCNY requirements/12 credits: Philosophy 10200; Speech 11100


Prior to fourth year, at least two of the four elective courses are to be completed within the undergraduate offerings of the Spitzer School of Architecture and a maximum of two courses are to be completed within advanced undergraduate offerings of CCNY. An additional 17 elective credits (not courses) must be completed within the undergraduate offerings of the Spitzer School of Architecture prior to graduation.

Concentration in Architectural History

The Department of Architecture offers a concentration in architectural history. This is comprised of 15 elective credits drawn from architectural history electives in addition to the four architectural history courses required for the B Arch degree, Survey of World Architecture 1 through Survey of World Architecture 4. For further information and course advisement, contact Professor Marta Gutman, Coordinator of Architectural History and Theory.


General, Optional, and Professional Studies
There are a total of 160 required credits for the B Arch program. In 2013, CCNY instituted a robust general studies program to ensure a comprehensive education for its students. This is referred to as “Pathways/General Education Requirements” or “Common Core.” B Arch courses are distributed among general studies course (48 credits) meeting the NAAB’s 45-credit optional studies minimum, elective courses (22 credits) meeting the 10-credit optional studies minimum, and professional courses (90 credits). The total number of credits required (160) meets the 150-credit minimum. The chart below shows the distribution of general, optional, and professional studies in the B Arch program.
General Studies
• CCNY requires undergraduates to complete general studies under its Pathways program, which has three components: fixed core, flexible core, and additional requirements.
• 2 open elective courses
• 48 credits
Optional Studies at Spitzer School
• 2 Spitzer School elective courses
• 17 credits of electives
• 22 credits
Professional Studies at Spitzer School
• Required professional courses
• 90 credits

STEM Designation

Both the BS and B Arch programs are listed within the U.S. government’s official STEM fields list and are therefore eligible for the STEM OPT extension for F-1 students.  See the STEM OPT Hub for more information.