The University of Colorado Denver is introducing a new pre-professional, bachelor’s  degree to its undergraduate offerings. Upon approval from the Board of Regents, students can enroll  in the Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch)  beginning January 2013. The four-year degree completes the scope of architecture programs now offered in CU Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning, allowing for the first-time students at the Denver campus to earn the bachelor’s in architecture.  Until recently, the College of Architecture and Planning at the Denver Campus offered only master’s and doctorate degrees with undergraduates earning their bachelor’s on the Boulder Campus with a degree in environmental design.

“The introduction of the bachelor’s of science in architecture allows students truly interested in architecture and planning to not only earn an undergraduate degree but to seamlessly continue their advanced degree studies all on the same campus,” said Roderick Nairn, PhD, provost at the University of Colorado Denver.

Comprehensive internal and external reviews of programs on both campuses recommended that CU Denver provide an undergraduate, pre-professional degree in architecture while CU-Boulder aligns its environmental design program with the campus’ existing strengths in environmental sciences and engineering.

“We see a clear need for an undergraduate, pre-professional architecture program in Denver to support both students and the architecture community,” said Mark Gelernter, dean of CU Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning. “Architects in the 21st century will work increasingly in urban centers, and learning design in a city fast rising to national and international prominence will give these students a competitive edge.”

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 23.1 percent increase in workforce demand for architects between 2010 and 2020. This program enables graduates to pursue careers as architects, architectural designers, urban designers, interior designers, and other fields connected to the design and construction industries. Graduates also will be able to enter accredited professional graduate programs throughout the country as well as at CU Denver in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, historic preservation and urban design.

The University of Colorado Board of Regents must still approve the program. That decision is expected this fall. The separation of the Denver and Boulder programs is a multi-year process that begins in July.

The College of Architecture and Planning is one of 13 schools and colleges at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. The University offers more than 130 degrees and serves more than 28,000 students in Metro Denver and online. For additional news and information, please visit the online newsroom.

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