PRE-ARCHITECTURE

Program Options

The art major with a pre-architecture design emphasis is for students who want to focus on imaginative work and developing concepts. It includes:

The engineering science major with a pre-architecture emphasis is for students interested in more technical and mechanical aspects of architecture. It includes:

Advice for High School Students

Today’s architecture programs are less purely technical than in the past, says Professor Tom Leslie, a guest lecturer at Dordt College who teaches architecture and serves as the director of graduate education at Iowa State University.

“We still spend a great deal of time on structure, environment, materials, code compliance, etc.," he said. "We try to do this more from a designer’s perspective, with less math than in previous generations and with more on basic concepts and integration.”

Leslie says architecture students still need basic trigonometry and plenty of algebra and graphing, but not at the advanced levels expected in the past, adding, “The discipline of a good math course, obviously, is helpful no matter what.”