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COVID-19-Related Degree Requirement Changes

For information on how Architectural Design degree requirements have been affected by the pandemic, see the "COVID-19 Policies tab" in this section of this bulletin. For University-wide policy changes related to the pandemic, see the "COVID-19 and Academic Continuity" section of this bulletin.


Architectural Design (AD)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Architectural Design leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. The subplan "Architectural Design" appears on the transcript and on the diploma.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Architectural Design

The mission of the undergraduate program in Architectural Design is to develop students' ability to integrate engineering and architecture in ways that blend innovative architectural design with cutting-edge engineering technologies. Courses in the program combine hands-on architectural design studios with a wide variety of other courses. Students can choose from a broad mix of elective courses concerning energy conservation, sustainability, building systems, and structures, as well as design foundation and fine arts courses. In addition to preparing students for advanced studies in architecture and construction management, the program's math and science requirements prepare students well for graduate work in other fields such as civil and environmental engineering, law, and business.

Requirements

Units
Mathematics and Science (36 units minimum) 1
Mathematics
MATH 19Calculus3
MATH 20Calculus3
MATH 21Calculus4
Or 10 units AP Calculus or MATH 41 & MATH 42
CME 100Vector Calculus for Engineers (Recommended)5
One course in Statistics (required)3-5
Science
PHYSICS 41Mechanics (or PHYSICS 41E (requires Physics diagnostic test or application))4/5
Recommended:
Energy and the Environment
Fundamentals of Renewable Power
Air Pollution and Global Warming: History, Science, and Solutions
Environmental Science and Technology
Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics
Electricity and Magnetism
Or from School of Engineering approved list
Technology in Society
One course required; course chosen must be on the SoE Approved Courses list at <ughb.stanford.edu> the year taken.3-5
Engineering Fundamentals
Two courses minimum, see Basic Requirement 36-8
ENGR 14Intro to Solid Mechanics3
AD Depth Core 2
CEE 31Accessing Architecture Through Drawing5
or CEE 31Q Accessing Architecture Through Drawing
CEE 100Managing Sustainable Building Projects (or CEE 32B, CEE 32D, CEE 102W, or CEE 136)4
CEE 1203
CEE 130Architectural Design: 3-D Modeling, Methodology, and Process5
CEE 137BAdvanced Architecture Studio6
ARTHIST 3Introduction to World Architecture5
Depth Options12
See Note 2 for course options
Depth Electives
Elective units must be such that courses in ENGR Fundamentals, Core, Depth Options, and Depth Electives total at least 63 units. One of the following must be taken:
Psychology of Architecture
Light, Color, and Space
Responsive Structures
Place: Making Space Now
American Architecture
Architectural Design Lecture Series Course
How Buildings are Made -- Materiality and Construction Methods
Painting: Architecture in the Environment
Design Portfolio Methods
Total Units70-80

For additional information and sample programs see the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

Architectural Design Honors Program

The AD honors program offers eligible students the opportunity to engage in guided original research, or project design, over the course of an academic year. For interested students the following outlines the process:

  1. The student must submit a letter applying for the honors option endorsed by the student's primary adviser and honors adviser and submitted to the student services office in CEE. Applications must be received in the fourth quarter prior to graduation. It is strongly suggested that students meet with the Architectural Design Program Director well in advance of submitting an application.
  2. The student must maintain a GPA of at least 3.5.
  3. The student must complete an honors thesis or project. The timing and deadlines are to be decided by the program or honors adviser. At least one member of the evaluation committee must be a member of the Academic Council in the School of Engineering.
  4. The student must present the work in an appropriate forum, e.g., in the same session as honors theses are presented in the department of the advisor. All honors programs require some public presentation of the thesis or project.
  5. A pdf of the thesis, including the signature page signed by both readers, should be submitted to the student services officer. Students will be sent email instructions on how to archive a permanent electronic copy in Terman Engineering library.

COVID-19 Policy Changes to Degree Requirements

On this page: Winter QuarterSpring QuarterDoctoral Programs (if applicable)

For a complete overview of academic policy changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, see the "COVID-19 and Academic Continuity" section of this bulletin.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Stanford University made a number of emergency changes to policies and procedures that impacted Winter and Spring quarters 2019-20. Those changes, as they relate to degree programs, are compiled on this page. These changes reflect the disruption that students and instructors experienced when the University transitioned to online learning on March 9, 2020, in addition to the disruption to the Stanford community caused by the pandemic itself.

Winter Quarter 2019-20

The Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy (C-USP) and the Committee on Graduate Studies (C-GS) approved an exception for Winter Quarter 2019-20 to permit students to request late class withdrawals and/or changes to class grading basis to CR/NC (for those classes that had CR/NC as an option).

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Grading Requirements

The School of Engineering did not make any changes to Architectural Design undergraduate degree grade requirements for classes taken in Winter Quarter 2019-20.

Other Requirements

If a student has difficulty completing an undergraduate degree requirement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, (e.g., a study abroad requirement, a laboratory research requirement), the student should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to identify academic options to fulfill degree requirements.

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Spring Quarter 2019-20

The Faculty Senate approved a policy requiring that all undergraduate and graduate classes in Spring Quarter 2019-20 be offered only on the 'S/NC' (Satisfactory/No Credit) grading basis.

The School of Engineering lifted its grading basis requirements for Spring Quarter 2019-20 and allows individual departments to determine whether courses with an ‘S’ grade may count towards its degrees.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Grading Requirements

The School of Engineering counts any Spring Quarter 2019-20 class in which the student received a final grade of ‘S’ towards Architectural Design undergraduate degree requirements that otherwise require a letter grade. 

Students graduating in Spring 2020 may reduce their required units by 4 in either Math/Science or in Depth. However the reduction in units must come form elective classes in one or the other of these sections.

Other Requirements

If a student has difficulty completing an undergraduate degree requirement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, (e.g., a study abroad requirement, a laboratory research requirement), the student should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to identify academic options to fulfill degree requirements.

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