Foundational Studies (Lower Division)


Florida Atlantic University’s School of Architecture offers lower division Foundational Studies courses on the Boca Raton campus. These courses are required for admission the Bachelor’s of Architecture program at FAU. Students will be able to complete their general education along with their Architecture courses on one campus. Please be aware that after completion of these courses and acceptance into the School of Architecture, all upper division Architecture courses will be taught on the Downtown Fort Lauderdale campus. This is a limited access program, the entry points are at Design 1 and Design 5 or higher. In order to enter into Design 1 potential students must complete the School of Architecture Lower Division Application in addition to the university application.

Please note, the program will take five (5) years from when the student begins Design 1.

Dual Enrollment Option

The Pre-Architecture courses on the Boca Raton campus have limited availability. If there is no space available in the FAU architecture program at the lower division, students have the option to dual enroll at a local community college. Please consult the College Advisor, Todd Hedrick ( for further information about required courses.

NOTE: Please be aware that if the design sequence is started at one of these institutions, then it has to be completed there. Students are not allowed to transfer any Pre-Architecture courses from another institution in order to complete the Pre-Architecture program at FAU.

Recommended Plan of Study

For Further clarification of coursework or if you have any questions as a Freshmen/Sophomore Lower Division student, please contact the Academic Advisor, Todd Hedrick at (

For more information please review the Frequently Asked Questions and the university catalog.