Texas Tech University

Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Texas Tech University's Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree gives students the knowledge needed to gain career opportunities in architecture, the building industry, and related fields. Lower division coursework may be completed at El Paso Community College, our partner institution, or at another community college or university. Consult with our Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator to see how you can transfer into our Pre-Professional Architecture Program.

Students may transfer into our program with a maximum of 66 credit hours; however, a list of core courses (exceeding 66 credit hours) must be successfully completed to enter our program. Upper division courses, comprising the final two years of this degree, will be administered by Texas Tech University at El Paso. Students who successfully complete their Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree with a 3.0 or above are automatically accepted into Texas Tech University's two-year, professionally accredited Master of Architecture program in Lubbock.

Program Overview

  • 65 TTU credit hours + 66 (max) transfer credits = 131 total credit hours
  • Classes are delivered using one or a combination of formats including face-to-face instruction and interactive video conferences.
  • Prerequisite: Completion of an Associates degree with specific core courses completed with a minimum grade of C or better. If you are an El Paso Community College student, please consult the current Articulation Agreement. If you are transferring from another university or community college, please consult with our Admissions Coordinator, Morris Brown, to discuss articulation requirements. The Director of the Texas Tech University Architecture Program in El Paso, Dr. Robert Alexander González, must approve all final course transfers.
  • Enrollment: While students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, and completion time can vary by individual, some courses serve as prerequisites for future courses and many are taught sequentially. Consult the online catalog for prerequisite information. Full-time enrollment is highly recommended, and enrollment in design studio is required.
  • Calendar: Semester-based courses run with Texas Tech University's Academic Calendar. Please consult the calendar for university course start and end dates, add and drop deadlines, holidays, and exam periods.
  • Admissions: New students may only enroll in the summer for Fall enrollment. We do not accept new students into the program during the Spring semester. Please consult the Application Process tab above for further information.
  • Texas Tech University College of Architecture (Lubbock) website

Application Process

Applications are accepted once a year for admission into the fall semester. Please note that two applications are required for the bachelor of science in architecture degree administered at Texas Tech University College of Architecture El Paso. Submit one application to Texas Tech University Lubbock as well as an second application to Texas Tech University El Paso.

Successful acceptance of an application in either location does not guarantee acceptance into both locations. You must be accepted at both TTU Lubbock and TTU at El Paso in order to attend the architecture program at TTU at El Paso.

Application I - Submit to main campus in Lubbock. Apply to Texas Tech University Lubbock as an undergraduate transfer.

  1. The application fee is $75 for U.S. students and $125 for international applicants to Texas Tech University Lubbock.
  2. Submit official college transcripts and an official high school transcript to the registrar at Texas Tech Lubbock by May 15, 2012. DO NOT SEND TRANSCRIPTS TO THE TTU AT EL PASO ARCHITECTURE PROGRAM.
  3. The deadline for the application to the Lubbock campus is:

Application II – Submit to TTU at El Paso. Apply to Texas Tech University at El Paso. Send application packages to Texas Tech University, Architecture Program, Professor Morris Brown, Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator, 9050 Viscount, A625, El Paso, Texas, 79925.

  1. Submit a non-returnable portfolio. Portfolio Requirements: 8.5 × 11 inches in size and maximum of 20 pages. We will not review portfolios that do not meet these requirements. Please do not submit additional materials such as CDs, slides, or oversized components. Each project should be clearly labeled, including the course number, class name, and instructor associated with each project.
  2. Statement of Interest: Submit an essay expressing your interest in the field of architecture. Your essay should not exceed 1,200 words.
  3. Completion of an associates degree in architecture is required.
  4. The deadline for the submission to TTU at El Paso (portfolio and Statement of Interest) is: June 1, 2012.

When am I officially accepted into the architecture program at TTU at El Paso?

You are officially accepted when you receive an acceptance letter from the Texas Tech University Registrar's Office in Lubbock and an acceptance letter from the architecture program director at TTU at El Paso. You will be accepted as a third-year architecture student and will follow the TTU at El Paso architecture program's curriculum. Texas Tech University Lubbock will notify you of your application status by updating the Applications tab in your RaiderLink. You are responsible for checking this site for important information and updates.

If you receive an acceptance letter from TTU at Lubbock, but you are not accepted to the TTU at El Paso architecture program, you have the option of attending the College of Architecture in Lubbock. If so, you must undergo a portfolio review upon entrance into the College of Architecture to determine your placement in the program. This does not guarantee that you will be accepted as a third-year architecture student.

Additional Information:

Financial Aid: During the admissions process, we recommend that you apply for financial aid. If you are interested in the Work Study program, please mark this in your FAFSA form. Students will not be eligible for general university scholarships and College of Architecture scholarships until after acceptance. Upon admission, students are considered to be a student at Texas Tech University at El Paso, and will have access to the same resources available to students at TTU at Lubbock.

Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Status for the semester is based upon the number of credit hours in which a student is enrolled on the 12th class day in both fall and spring semesters, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in financial aid. Student status.

Advising: Once you are accepted into both campuses, you will attend a mandatory orientation session held at the TTU at El Paso campus. You will also be required to meet with your advisor before beginning classes.

ID Cards and Email Accounts: You will begin your ID processing during Orientation. Once you are issued a Texas Tech University email account, all university communication must be made using this email account.

Transfer Credits

If you would like to transfer course credits from another university or community college (including those not listed below), please contact Professor Morris Brown, undergraduate admissions coordinator, to discuss your options. Only core courses with a minimum grade of C or better will be accepted for the pre-professional program. A comprehensive review for acceptance is required. Please note that consultation with Professor Morris Brown is highly recommended to determine which courses can be transferred. All final transfer decisions will be determined by the director of the Texas Tech University architecture program.

Doña Ana Community College students: Texas Tech University has a history of working with DACC and we welcome its students. Transcripts of DACC students will be assessed on an individual basis until an updated Articulation Agreement is reached.

Texas Tech University

ARCH 1412 Architectural Design Studio I 4
ARCH 2501 Architectural Design Studio II 5
ARCH 2502 Architectural Design Studio III 5
ARCH 1311 Design, Environment, & Society 3
ARCH 1341 Architectural Freehand Drawing 3
ARCH 2342 Creative Process
ARCH 1353 Digital Media I
ARCH 2311 History of World Architecture 3
ARCH 2315 History of 18th, 19th, & 20th Century 3
ARCH 2351 Architectural Construction I 3
ENGL 1301 Essentials in College
ENGL 1302 Advanced College Rhetoric 3

Elective (2300 or 3358)

HIST 2300 History US to 1877 3
HIST 2301

History US since 1877

POLS 1301 American Government Org. 3
POLS 2302 American Public Policy

MATH 1321 Trigonometry (or MATH 1550 Pre Calculus) 3
PHIL 2310 Logic 3
NLS *** Any Natural Science w/ Lab 4
PHYS 1403 General Physics I w/ Lab

Total 70
El Paso Community College
ARCH 1403 Architectural Design Studio I 4
ARCH 1404 Architectural Design Studio II 4
ARCH 2470 Architectural Design Studio III 4
ARCH 1311 Introduction to Architecture 3
ARCH 2301 Arch Freehand Drawing I 3
ARCH 2302 Arch Freehand Drawing II 3
ARCH 1315 Computers in Architecture 3
ARCH 1301 History of Architecture I 3
ARCH 1302 History of Architecture II 3
ARCH 2312 Architectural Technology I 3
ENGL 1301 Expository English Composition 3
ENGL 1302 Research and Critical Writing 3
SPCH Elective (1315, 1318, or 1321) 3
HIST 1301 History of US to 1865 3
HIST 1302 History of US since 1865 3
GOVT 2305 American Government

GOVT 2306 State and Local Government 3
MATH 1314

Pre-Calculus I

MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus II 3
NLS *** Any Natural Science w/Lab 4
PHYS 1401 General Physics I w/ Lab

Total 68
Doña Ana Community College
ARCT 104 Intro to Architectural Drawing 4
ARCT 204 Architectural Design Studio I 5
ARCT 254 Architectural Design Studio II 5
ARCT 101 Introduction to Architecture 3
ARCT 210 Architectural Delineation I

ARCT 260 Architectural Delineation II

ARCT 170 Computers in Architecture

ARCT 111 Architectural History I

ARCT 211 Architectural History II

DRFT 151 Const Principle/Prnt Rdng 3
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 211G Writing in the Hum. & Soc. Sci. 3
COMM 253 or 265

HIST 201G History of US to 1877 3
HIST 202G History of US since 1877

GOVT 100G American Nat. Govt.

GOVT 320 Domestic Policy
MATH 175 or 190G Trigonometry
MATH 142G Pre-Calculus 3
NLS *** Any Natural Science w/Lab 4
PHYS 211/L
General Physics I

Total 70


Only courses with a minimum grade of C or better will be accepted for the Pre-Professional Program. A review for acceptance will be required. The review consists of GPA, portfolio and statement of intent.

You must be within three (3) hours of a completed Associates degree in Pre-Architecture to apply to the College of Architecture (TTU or El Paso) program 2011-2012 academic year. Any incomplete/coursework in progress at the time of application submittal must be reviewed by: the Director of the TTU CoA El Paso Program or the Director for TTU CoA External Programs in Lubbock prior to acceptance.

These 70 hours must be taken. While all credit hours presented on the transfer institution's transcripts will be evaluated, and equivalent college-level courses posted to the student's academic record, a maximum of 65 semester credit hours from two year colleges may be applied towards degree requirements.

Be aware that equivalent course numbers may change at Dona Ana Community College orTexas Tech University. Please make sure to check with an adviser with the El Paso or TTU campus prior to taking a core course.

*** Natural Lab Science (TTU) see university catalog for course options


Third Year

Fall - Building Systems credit hours
*ARCH 3501 Architectural Design Studio IV 5
ARCH 3373 Environmental Analysis - Site Planning 3
ARCH 3350 Architectural Construction II 3
ARCH 3341 Digital Media II 3
ARCH 3315 Hist. of World Arch III 3
Spring - Building Enclosure  
*ARCH 3502 Architectural Design Studio V 5
ARCH 2355 Architectural Environmental Systems 3
ARCH 3355 Architectural Construction III 3
*ARCH 3352 Building Information Technology 3
ARCH 3314 Contemporary Issues in Architecture 3
Year Total 34
***General Elective 3
Summer Total 3

Fourth Year

Fall - Urbanism credit hours
*/**ARCH 4601 Architectural Design Studio VI 6
**Architecture Elective 3
ARCH 4324 History and Theory of Historic Preservation 3
ARCH 4354 Integrative Building Modeling 3
ARCH 4000 Research in Architecture and Urban Studies 1
*ARCH 4602 Architectural Design Studio VII 6
ARCH 4341 Media Elective 3
***General Elective 3
Year Total 28
Hours required for graduation: 65

* Open only to architecture majors or to students with the dean's permission.
** Students who complete a TTU Study Abroad summer program can fulfill an Architecture Elective & ARCH 4601.
*** Online Texas Tech University courses must be taken to fulfill the General Elective.

Please consult the online catalog for complete course descriptions.

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College of Architecture at El Paso

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