Taubman College

Bachelor of Science / Transfers

Prospective architecture students may enter the Undergraduate Architecture Program through the transfer admission process. Taubman College accepts applications from cross-campus and new transfer candidates. Cross-campus transfer applicants are current University of Michigan students enrolled in another college on campus. New transfer applicants attend an accredited community college, college, or university, other than the University of Michigan.

After completing two years of liberal arts prerequisite coursework, students apply to transfer into Taubman College (from either the University of Michigan or another school) during the winter term of sophomore year. If accepted, students begin the undergraduate Architecture Program junior year.

The undergraduate program culminates in a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), nonprofessional degree. Students must earn 120 credit hours and satisfactorily complete all the required courses before a degree is granted. Students typically earn 60-70 of those credits (or 90-105 quarter hours) during years 1 and 2 and 50-60 credits at Taubman College during years 3 and 4.

The required prerequisites include:

  • 1 English composition course (3-4 credits)
    Equivalent UM Courses: Eng 124, Eng 125, History 195, Great Books 191, Comp. Lit 122, RCore 100, Slavic 151, ClCiv 101, or LHSP 125
  • 1 calculus course (4 credits)
    Equivalent UM Course: Math 115
  • 2 physics courses with labs (8-10 credits)
    Equivalent UM Courses: Physics 135/136 and 235/236 or Physics 140/141 and 240/241
    UM students may elect Physics 121 which satisfies all physics lecture and lab requirements.
  • 2 introductory architecture studio drawing courses or studio art courses (6 credits)
    Equivalent UM Courses: Architecture 201, 202, 218

We highly recommend that students take as many of the courses as possible before beginning the program:

  • 2 courses in architectural history (6 credits)
    Equivalent UM Courses: Arch 313 (fall), Arch 323 (winter). Must have sophomore standing to enroll.
  • 1 digital media arts course (3 credits)
    Equivalent UM Courses: Arch 211
  • 2 Humanities courses (6 credits)
    Includes courses selected from any foreign language, Classical Studies, English (above 125), Art History, Musicology, Philosophy, Religion or any other LSA designated Humanities course.
  • 1 Natural Science course (3 credits)
    Includes courses selected from Astronomy, Biology, Biological Anthropology, Chemistry, Ecology, Geological Science, Math (above 115), Physiology, or any other LS&A designated Natural Science course. Students without high school credit for chemistry must elect chemistry.
  • 2 Social Science courses (6 credits)
    Includes courses selected from Communications, Cultural Anthropology, Economics, History, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or any other LSA designated Social Science course.

Please use the Prerequisite Courses Worksheet (PDF 295KB) to track the completion of transfer coursework. A maximum of seven technical credits are transferable (e.g. digital media, drafting, CAD, construction, HVAC, architecture technology, welding, technical writing, architectonics, building technology, codes, cost estimation, automotive repair, etc. Required and highly recommended courses cannot be taken pass/fail. Students must earn a C or better in all coursework taken outside the University of Michigan and a D or better for any courses taken at the University of Michigan in order for the pre-requisite to be fulfilled and the credit counted.

Once the required prerequisites courses have been completed, students will apply to transfer into the Architecture Program during the winter term (February 1st) of sophomore year.

Cross-Campus Transfer Students Only

Taubman College will accept transfer credit from any accredited community college, college, or university, if you wish to enroll in classes outside the University of Michigan. All recommended courses must be completed before graduation. Please see Taubman College transfer guides and the University of Michigan transfer guide for equivalent requirements from other accredited institutions. Taubman College does not accept online courses even if the course is listed on the University of Michigan transfer guide. If you are considering a transfer to Taubman College, we highly encourage you to contact the Architecture Admissions office to have an estimate of transfer credit completed.

Cross-campus transfers may be asked to begin their academic careers at Taubman College by enrolling in Architectural Design 302, which begins in late June and ends in late August. Arch 302 is a six credit hour intensive skill-building workshop; enrollment will be determined by the academic curriculum evaluation from years 1 and 2. Tuition associated with a six-credit class will be charged.

New Transfer Students Only

New transfer students should be prepared to take the architectural history prerequisite at Taubman College during their junior year in the architecture program, since many programs do not offer equivalent architectural history courses.

Taubman College transfer guides have been created to assist new transfer students with choosing transferable courses. Please note that Taubman College does not accept online courses, even if the course is listed on the transfer guide.

New transfer students are admitted for the summer half term (late June) only. All new transfer students begin their academic careers at Taubman College by enrolling in Architectural Design 302, which begins in late June and ends in late August. Arch 302 is a six credit hour intensive skill-building workshop and an opportunity for transfer students to begin their first semester strongly. Tuition associated with a six-credit class will be charged.

Find out more information about applying to Taubman College as a transfer applicant.

Undergraduate Architecture Admissions Contact

TaubmanCollegeStudentServices@umich.edu or 734-615-0431