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Courses from the Department of Architecture


ARCH 121IA Introduction to Design
ARCH 151RA Design Fundamentals I
ARCH 152 Design Fundamentals II
ARCH 221 World Arch:Modern Contemporary
ARCH 223 Intro to Arch Theory
ARCH 231CS Issues in Sustainability
ARCH 241 Building Construction I
ARCH 243 Architectural Structures I
ARCH 244 Architectural Structures II
ARCH 253 Architectural Design I
ARCH 261 Architectural Graphics I
ARCH 262 Arch Graphics II
ARCH 289R Undergrad Rsch/Instruction
ARCH 290R Undergraduate Research
ARCH 291 Special Topics
ARCH 292 Independent Study
ARCH 294 Seminar
ARCH 313 Professional Practice
ARCH 322IA World Architecture I
ARCH 323IA World Architecture II
ARCH 331 Environmental Cntrl I
ARCH 332 Environmental Cntrl II
ARCH 340 Building Construction II
ARCH 354 Architectural Design II
ARCH 355 Architectural Design III
ARCH 363 Architectural Graphics III
ARCH 414 Architectural Study Abroad
ARCH 424 Contemp Arch Theory
ARCH 425 West Architectural History
ARCH 426 Identity of Contemp Places
ARCH 427 Non-West Architectural Hist
ARCH 428 Foreign Study History
ARCH 444 Comp Dsgn for Struct
ARCH 450 Comm Design Center
ARCH 451 Design for Community
ARCH 456 Architectural Design IV
ARCH 457 Architectural Design V
ARCH 458 Arch Design VI
ARCH 464 Intermed Computer Applications
ARCH 465 Adv Computer App I
ARCH 471 Directed Research/Creative Act
ARCH 472 Rsch/Creative Activity Instr
ARCH 490R Undergraduate Research
ARCH 491 Special Topics
ARCH 492 Independent Study
ARCH 494 Seminar
ARCH 498 Internship
ARCH 521 Arch Theory
ARCH 522 Historical Issues in Arch
ARCH 523 Issues in City Planning
ARCH 524 Design Competition
ARCH 525 Special Design Topic
ARCH 533 Adv Environmental Controls
ARCH 543 Adv Appl Dsgn/Const
ARCH 545 Advanced Structures
ARCH 551 Advanced Arch Studio
ARCH 552 Arch Research Methods
ARCH 553 Arch Studio-Theoretical Appl
ARCH 554 Urban Design Studio
ARCH 555 Urban Design Research
ARCH 556 Urban Design Theory
ARCH 557 Architectural Design Studio
ARCH 558 Comprehensive Design Studio
ARCH 564 Adv Arch Graphics
ARCH 565 Adv Computer Appl II
ARCH 589 Graduate Consultation
ARCH 590 Master's Thesis
ARCH 591 Special Topics
ARCH 592 Independent Study
ARCH 594 Seminar

ARCH 121IA Introduction to Design
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: For majors and non-majors.
-- Introduction to the design and creative process through global architecture and allied professions. Exploration of the history of design and the creative thinking that led to it. Emphasis on 20th and 21st century architecture with an introduction to sustainability issues. Individual projects where students apply and explore creative process are required.

ARCH 151RA Design Fundamentals I
Fall, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Consent of director. Restricted enrollment. Must be admitted into pre-environmental design program or be a landscape design major.
-- A study of the creative design process with emphasis on two-dimensional design, basic three dimensional design concepts and introduction to the essential tools for graphic communication. Development of students' self-critical skills.

ARCH 152 Design Fundamentals II
Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 151 or advanced placement based on approved portfolio; pre-environmental design and landscape design majors only.
-- A continuation of the study of the design process introduction to architectonic principles and architectural graphic skills and further understanding of the creative process. Continued development of student's ability to make critical and analytical judgments.

ARCH 221 World Arch:Modern Contemporary
On Demand
-- This course will examine the historical development of architecture from the 19th century to the present. Within an historical context, the course will focus on the impact of cultural and philosophic trends, technological changes and innovations and the globalization of the digital revolution on our built environment. Students will be introduced to seminal theoretical approaches professed by architects and thinkers of the 20th and early 21st centuries.

ARCH 223 Intro to Arch Theory
On Demand
-- Introduction to theoretical approaches advocated by architects during the second half of the 20th century. Emphasis is placed on comparing modern and post-modern philosophies of European, Asian, and American architects and their impact on early 21st century architecture.

ARCH 231CS Issues in Sustainability
Offered Fall Semesters
-- Introduction to concepts and practices towards creating a more sustainable world - one in which the present generations are accountable for the needs of future generations and the natural environment. The course will explore current multi-disciplinary practices in "ecology design".

ARCH 241 Building Construction I
Offered Fall Semesters
-- Introduction to the materials of construction and an overview of building construction systems. Emphasis upon an understanding of materials and systems as a means to effective and creative design utilization.

ARCH 243 Architectural Structures I
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: PHSX 205, admission into environmental design program.
COREQUISITE: ARCH 261.
-- Introduction to structural design/analysis of horizontal and vertical members as applied to architectural works; basic statics, moment and shear of rigid bodies and architectural forms; strength concepts using stress and strain assessment; application of analytical and intuitive structural concepts in a design context; introduction to wood design project.

ARCH 244 Architectural Structures II
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 243.
-- Design of structural elements in wood, steel, masonry, and concrete. Lateral considerations and calculations including environmental and seismic loads. Understanding of building systems; diaphragms; connections; structural engineer-architect communications. Complete structural design/drawings for small commercial building-group project. Notebook computer required.

ARCH 253 Architectural Design I
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 152, ARCH 261. Admission into the environmental design program.
COREQUISITE: ARCH 262.
-- Small-scale infill design projects requiring integration of spatial, visual concepts, emphasizing relationship of architecture to its context with principles of order, constituents of form, light, structural awareness, nature of materials, architectural coherency. Includes inclusive orthographic graphics design drawing conventions.

ARCH 261 Architectural Graphics I
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Admission into the environmental design program.
COREQUISITE: ARCH 243
-- Basic techniques in architectural graphic expression. Course utilizes observation drawing studio supplemented by design drawing lecture/demonstrations sessions. Topics include freehand, multi-view, paraline, perspective and shade/shadow drawing. Hand and digital applications focus on image manipulation and desktop publishing. Notebook computer required.

ARCH 262 Arch Graphics II
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 261. Admission into the environmental design program.
COREQUISITE: ARCH 253
-- Basic techniques in architectural graphic expression. Course emphasizes observation drawing studio supplemented by design drawing lecture/demonstration sessions. Topics include freehand, perspective, and shade and shadow drawing techniques. Two and three-dimensional digital applications introduced. Notebook computer required.

ARCH 289R Undergrad Rsch/Instruction
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
-- Classroom instruction associated with directed undergraduate research/creative activity projects. May be repeated.

ARCH 290R Undergraduate Research
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
-- Directed undergraduate research/creative activity which may culminate in a written work or other creative project. Course will address responsible conduct of research. May be repeated.

ARCH 291 Special Topics
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: None required but some may be determined necessary by each offering department.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

ARCH 292 Independent Study
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- Directed study and research on an individual basis.

ARCH 294 Seminar
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Determined for each offering.
-- Topics offered at the lower division level which are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

ARCH 313 Professional Practice
Offered Spring Semesters
COREQUISITE: ARCH 355
-- Architecture as a social practice, emphasis includes developmental strategies: political, managerial, legal, economic, interdisciplinary relations, community relations and client relations. Topics include marketing, business planning, project management, delivery methods, technology, regulation, accessibility and trends of practice. Notebook computer required.

ARCH 322IA World Architecture I
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing for non-majors, WRIT 101W.
-- A survey of world architectural history from primitive developments to the Gothic.

ARCH 323IA World Architecture II
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing for non-majors, WRIT 101W.
-- A survey of world architectural history from the Renaissance to Industrial Revolution.

ARCH 331 Environmental Cntrl I
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: M 160.
-- Architectural and site responses to climate at a regional, community, and small building scale including passive solar energy and heat flow fundamentals. Analysis and design of the heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems used in architecture. Analysis and design of water supply and sanitation systems. Notebook computer required.

ARCH 332 Environmental Cntrl II
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: M 160.
-- Analysis and design of lighting systems, electrical systems, fire safety systems, and acoustical systems. Issues of visual and perceptual comfort and day lighting are developed. Notebook computer required.

ARCH 340 Building Construction II
F, S
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 241, ARCH 244 and ARCH 331 or permission of instructor.
COREQUISITE: ARCH 355
-- Development and integration of building materials and assemblies, construction costs and building systems into the construction documents, specifications and design of a small project. Building systems to be investigated include: structural environmental and enclosure, life safety and sustainability. Notebook computer required. Cross listed with ARCH 440.

ARCH 354 Architectural Design II
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 253.
COREQUISITE: ARCH 241, and ARCH 363.
-- Small-to medium-size projects extending the development of the design process to site and adjacency analysis, diagramming, fundamental relationship to landscape and context. Topics include hybrid uses of hand and digital graphic communication including 2D and 3D drawing, and modeling.

ARCH 355 Architectural Design III
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 354.
COREQUISITE: ARCH 313 and ARCH 340.
-- Further exploration of ecologically-sound design with emphasis on the integration of structures, building envelope service systems, and building materials, including design for life safety and accessibility. Building scale and program complexity increases, utilizing long-span structural systems. Notebook computer required.

ARCH 363 Architectural Graphics III
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 262.
COREQUISITE: ARCH 354.
-- Advanced principles of computer-aided design and hand applications in architectural practice, including three-dimensional computer-aided design, hand and digital delineation, and presentations. Topics provide foundation for graphic applications in ARCH 354 design studio. Notebook computer required.

ARCH 414 Architectural Study Abroad
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 355.
COREQUISITE: ARCH 428.
-- Structured study in foreign countries under the direction of an architecture faculty member to obtain an understanding of modern and historical architecture and the forces shaping them. Holistic study of urban environments combines design, urban design, architectural history, drawing, and pre-travel design and research. Itineraries include opportunities for additional destinations and independent travel. Notebook computer required.

ARCH 424 Contemp Arch Theory
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 322 and ARCH 323.
-- Critique and discussion of architectural projects built and ideology proposed in writings, drawings, and models since the turn of the century, including the simultaneous social and technical context, in order to examine the architectural issues of today.

ARCH 425 West Architectural History
On Demand
Max 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 322 and ARCH 323.
-- A study of events and influences that led to the development of western architectural styles, ideology, and forms of individual expression.

ARCH 426 Identity of Contemp Places
On Demand
Max 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 322 and ARCH 323.
-- A course in applied architectural history and theory. Lectures, discussions, and student projects investigate characteristics which convey a sense of place based on historical development, architectural styles, and urban design.

ARCH 427 Non-West Architectural Hist
On Demand
Max 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 322 and ARCH 323.
-- A study of events and influences that led to the development of non-western architectural styles, ideology, and forms of individual expression.

ARCH 428 Foreign Study History
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 322 and ARCH 323.
COREQUISITE: ARCH 414.
-- An on-site study in a foreign country of the social, cultural, and historic influences on architectural design. This course is only offered in conjunction with the foreign study program within the School of Architecture. Course shall include research and on-site visits documented in a written report.

ARCH 444 Comp Dsgn for Struct
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 243 and ARCH 263.
-- Introduction to spreadsheets and blackboard computational software; spreadsheet and blackboard developments for typical structural computations used in architecture; introduction to structural design/analysis software; and development of a library of computational software tools for the application of structural architectural design. Notebook computer required.

ARCH 450 Comm Design Center
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 355.
-- The CDC assists public and non-profit groups by providing planning, programming, and conceptual design ideas. Emphasis and scope of projects are determined by the community needs. Projects are intended to complement and promote the professional practice of architecture in the State of Montana.

ARCH 451 Design for Community
On Demand
Max 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 355.
-- Students will be engaged in architecturally-related activities with government and non-profit agencies. This will enable students to be involved in a service learning academic experience.

ARCH 456 Architectural Design IV
Fall, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 355.
-- Senior capstone course. Architectural design integrating building, landscape, and urban context using multi-story projects of medium scale and complexity with particular focus on mixed-use. Integrated topics include programming, structural and mechanical integration, ecologically-sound design, building envelope systems and building codes. Field trip required.

ARCH 457 Architectural Design V
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 356.
-- Advanced architectural design projects integrating site analysis, programming, building systems, and contemporary design theory. Emphasis placed on the inclusive synthesis of conceptual processes, analysis, preliminary design investigation, and design development. Notebook computer required.

ARCH 458 Arch Design VI
On Demand
Max 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 355.
-- A continuation of the holistic design synthesis encountered in ARCH 457 with emphasis on development of student's emerging design values and theoretical perspective. Field trip possible. Notebook computer required.

ARCH 464 Intermed Computer Applications
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 263 or ARCH 363.
-- The investigation of two-dimensional computer-aided design and drawing as applied to architectural practice. Lectures and projects will explore the use of two-dimensional CAD programs to create design drawings and construction documents.

ARCH 465 Adv Computer App I
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 464, or consent of instructor.
-- The investigation and application of advanced two-dimensional and three-dimensional computer-aided design, modeling, and presentation techniques for architectural practice. Lectures and projects may include topics of three-dimensional modeling, animation, delineation, or CNC milling. Notebook computer required.

ARCH 471 Directed Research/Creative Act
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
COREQUISITE: ARCH 472
-- Directed research/creative activity which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or design project. May be repeated.

ARCH 472 Rsch/Creative Activity Instr
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
COREQUISITE: ARCH 471.
-- Classroom instruction associated with directed research/creative activity projects.

ARCH 490R Undergraduate Research
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
Max 12 cr.
COREQUISITE: ARCH 489.
-- Directed undergraduate research/creative activity which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research. May be repeated.

ARCH 491 Special Topics
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

ARCH 492 Independent Study
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor, and approval of department head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

ARCH 494 Seminar
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
Max 4 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing and as determined for each offering.
-- Topics offered at the upper division level which are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

ARCH 498 Internship
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 313, ARCH 340, ARCH 355 and all other architectural courses through the third year.
-- Students arrange for employment in an architectural office for a continuous period of twenty-four weeks. Students will participate in a structured work/study professional practice experience and are required to present the content of this experience upon their return to campus. Specific course requirements determined by credit loads.

ARCH 521 Arch Theory
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
Max 9 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or seniors by petition.
-- Specific architectural, urban, planning and preservation theories, their application and context within contemporary practice will be investigated through the study of essays, drawings, models and built projects. May be repeated.

ARCH 522 Historical Issues in Arch
On Demand
Max 9 cr.
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 322, ARCH 323. Graduate standing or seniors by petition.
-- Close examination of historic periods and individuals. Emphasis upon in-depth studies of particular personalities and the social, cultural, artistic and scientific developments that influenced the progress of architecture, urban design and city planning. May be repeated.

ARCH 523 Issues in City Planning
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or seniors by petition.
-- Problems and issues, processes and regulations in planning, urban design, and historic preservation. Field trip possible.

ARCH 524 Design Competition
On Demand\
Max 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 355 or consent of instructor. Admission to graduate program or seniors by petition.
-- Students will work under the direction of a faculty member in the research, design, development and presentation of a project in response to a design competition.

ARCH 525 Special Design Topic
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
Max 9 cr.
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 355 and consent of instructor. Admission to graduate program or seniors by petition.
-- Students will work under the direction of a faculty member in the research, design, development and presentation of a design, research, or historic preservation project. May be repeated as topics vary.

ARCH 533 Adv Environmental Controls
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 331 and ARCH 332. Admission to the graduate program or seniors by petition.
-- Advanced architectural lighting design explored through experimental exercises, calculations, physical modeling and computer simulations. Includes an in-depth study of new lamps, luminaries, electrical lighting design and day lighting design.

ARCH 543 Adv Appl Dsgn/Const
On Demand
Max 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 241, consent of instructor, and graduate standing or seniors by petition.
-- Small scale projects industrial products, furniture, buildings, etc., will be designed and built by students as an exploration of the opportunities and limitations of materials, technology, economics, and construction methods.

ARCH 545 Advanced Structures
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 244 or ARCH 344 and graduate standing or seniors by petition.
-- Advanced structural topics, load path, performance design, structural system planning, connection design; computer software for structural analysis/design; structural restoration; complete design/analysis/structural issues for a medium sized multi-use building (class project). Notebook computer required.

ARCH 551 Advanced Arch Studio
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 456 and graduate standing.
-- Design projects which explore specific critical positions with regard to contemporary architectural, culminating in the development and communication of a conceptual strategy.

ARCH 552 Arch Research Methods
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or seniors by petition.
-- An examination of the types of inquiry used to conduct architectural research. Traditional and non-traditional research and methods in architecture and its related fields will be investigated through writing and other forms of inquiry.

ARCH 553 Arch Studio-Theoretical Appl
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- Graduate research and analysis of the formal manifestations of the specific theoretical positions advocated and illustrated through the design work of significant architectural practitioners. Notebook computer required.

ARCH 554 Urban Design Studio
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- Urban design projects that develop an understanding of public planning goals and constraints, urban infrastructure, formal urban fabric, historic preservation, and socio-cultural issues. Notebook computer required. Field trip required.

ARCH 555 Urban Design Research
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- Methods, models, and techniques for analyzing the city as an artifact of social, cultural, historical, economic and physical significance. Notebook computer required. Field trip required.

ARCH 556 Urban Design Theory
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- Graduate research and analysis of contemporary and historic design theory. Notebook computer required. Field trip required.

ARCH 557 Architectural Design Studio
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing and ARCH 456
-- Advanced architectural design projects integrating site analysis, programming, building systems, and contemporary design theory. Emphasis placed on the synthesis of conceptual processes, analysis, preliminary design investigation, and design development. Field Trip required.

ARCH 558 Comprehensive Design Studio
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Graduate Standing. ARCH 551, ARCH 552, and ARCH 557
-- Comprehensive architectural studio which integrated design thinking and investigative skills with site design, accessibility and life safety, sustainability and environmental, and structural systems in the design and presentation of a programmatically complex building.

ARCH 564 Adv Arch Graphics
F, Su
Max 6 credits.
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 262, admission to graduate program or seniors by petition.
-- Advanced architectural presentation strategies for exploring visual perception and design development through graphic exploration. May be taken more than once as topics vary.

ARCH 565 Adv Computer Appl II
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: ARCH 263 or ARCH 464.
-- Computer-aided design and theory for architecture. Lectures and projects may include topics of three-dimensional modeling, animation, delineation or CNC milling. Notebook computer required.

ARCH 589 Graduate Consultation
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Master's standing and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- This course may be used only by students who have completed all of their course work but who need additional faculty or staff time or help.

ARCH 590 Master's Thesis
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Master's standing.

ARCH 591 Special Topics
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or seniors by petition. Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Courses for which there is a particular one time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

ARCH 592 Independent Study
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Admission to graduate program.
-- Directed graduate research and study of architectural, urban design or historic preservation issues on an individual basis.

ARCH 594 Seminar
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or seniors by petition. Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Topics offered at the graduate level which are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

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