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4-Year Baccalaureate Majors

Majors by Area of Interest


ARCHITECTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN

Architectural Engineering* (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major emphasizes the application of scientific and engineering principles to the planning, design, and construction of buildings and building systems. The goal of the program is to provide engineering graduates with the best education available for careers in the building professions. Graduates will have the ability to practice as registered professional engineers in a variety of areas, both public and private, related to the planning, design, construction, and operation of buildings and to assume a place of leadership in society. Four options are available in the ten-semester major: Construction, which emphasizes building construction engineering and construction management; Lighting/Electrical, which emphasizes the design of lighting and electrical systems for buildings; Mechanical, which emphasizes the design of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems in buildings; and Structural, which emphasizes the analysis and design of building structural systems.
(College of Engineering)

* Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone, 410-347-7700; www.abet.org.

College of Engineering

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Architecture* (Start and Finish: University Park)

The five-year professional program leads to the bachelor of architecture degree and contains intensive academic studies in architectural and related subjects.

The major provides for the education of architects at the professional and preprofessional levels. This program prepares those who seek careers as practicing architects. It is also professional preparation for those entering related design fields. Graduates holding a bachelor of architecture first professional degree are eligible, after appropriate internship experience, for admission to the professional state licensing examination and subsequent registration as architects.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

*The Department of Architecture is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the Bachelor of Architecture degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

College of Arts & Architecture

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Landscape Architecture (Started and Finish: University Park)

The five-year Landscape Architecture program leads to a professionally accredited bachelor of landscape architecture degree.

Landscape architecture is the art of design, planning, or management of the land and of the natural and built elements upon it. As an academic discipline, it embodies creative, cultural, philosophical, and scientific knowledge bases. As a professional discipline, the practice of landscape architecture includes site design, urban design, master planning, community planning, regional planning, resource conservation, and stewardship.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

College of Arts & Architecture

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Landscape Contracting (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Landscape contracting involves constructing, establishing, and maintaining landscapes from small residential projects to large commercial and industrial projects, as well as producing plans for small-scale residential and commercial sites. Students develop skills in construction, site design, plant material usage, plant establishment, and landscape maintenance. Students are also educated in areas such as graphics, surveying, soils, turfgrass management, weed and pest management, and business operations.
(College of Agricultural Sciences)

College of Agricultural Sciences

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