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2019-2020 Transfer Advising Guides [Archived Catalog]

Architecture - AA to BS - The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) 2019-2020

Lower Division Requirements at the Alamo Colleges District for an AA degree

The courses in this section meet the requirements for an Associate of Arts degree. The Graduation section in any catalog of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District lists additional Degree/Certificate Requirements.

Semester I

Semester II

Semester III

Semester IV

Semester V

Semester VI

Applicable Transfer Credit Hours

This Transfer Advising Guide provides 69 college-level hours, of which 64 will transfer and apply as EDUC 13001 SCH of ARCH 1304 and 1 SCH of ARCH 1308 will transfer but will NOT be applicable towards the UTSA baccalaureate degree in Architecture.

Note: UTSA accepts a maximum of 66 college-level hours in transfer towards a baccalaureate degree.

Note: For the Alamo Colleges District this transfer advising guide is degree complete and field of study complete, but is NOT core complete.

Milestone Course(s)

*** denotes Milestone Course(s).

A milestone course is a course that is critical for success in this program as determined by the Faculty of the Alamo Colleges District.

Gateway Course(s)

### denotes Gateway Course(s)

Students pursuing this degree at UTSA must successfully complete each of the Gateway Courses with a grade of “C” or better in no more than two attempts.  A student who is unable to successfully complete these courses within two attempts, including dropping a course with a grade of “W” or taking an equivalent course at another institution (including any colleges of the Alamo Colleges District), will not be allowed to select this major at UTSA.

Field of Study Curriculum for Architecture

§ denotes THECB Field of Study Curriculum Course

The field of study curriculum for Architecture consists of 36 lower-division semester credit hours.  The courses provide students the foundation and fundamental concepts in the field of Architecture.  Students will obtain knowledge and skills necessary to further their education at the university level.

Special Admission Requirements for UTSA Architecture

Students who wish to transfer from another institution into either of the two undergraduate degree programs (Architecture or Interior Design) in the Department of Architecture are required to submit an application package that includes their cumulative grade point average, and a letter of interest.

Transfer students with less than 12 transferable semester credit hours must:

  • Meet all UTSA undergraduate admission requirements,
  • Have a minimum transfer grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, and
  • Go through a portfolio review.

Transfer students with 12 or more transferable semester credit hours must:

  • Have a minimum transfer GPA of 3.0, and
  • Go through a portfolio review.

Students with architecture or interior design coursework are required to submit a portfolio of studio work (bound, maximum size 8.5 inches by 11 inches) that will be used for studio placement. Students wishing to apply for transfer course substitutions will be required to submit course syllabi for those courses for Departmental review. Application packages and portfolios should be sent directly to the Department of Architecture. Transfer applicants placed into the first year will be required to complete the Foundation Year Program and apply for either the Architecture or Interior Design major as described below.

Freshmen and Transfer students who do not meet the above requirements, but meet UTSA’s general admission requirements will be part of “Architecture, Construction and Planning Studies” where students will be able to work towards meeting the prerequisites needed to declare Architecture or Interior Design as their major.

UTSA: The CACP International Studies / Signature Experience Requirement

All undergraduate students in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (CACP) are required to participate in an approved International Studies / Signature Experience opportunity as a condition of graduation. The CACP International Studies / Signature Experience requirement is intended to expose students to educational opportunities that go beyond the traditional academic experience. Participation in International Studies is the specified means to satisfy the requirement for architecture and interior design students within the College. Please see curricula listings for B.S. in Architecture and B.S. in Interior Design in the catalog for respective required courses and studios taught only in international locations. Construction Science and Management majors satisfy the requirement by completing a required internship for their degree program. There is typically a Sophomore Convocation during the first semester of the sophomore year during which logistics are discussed, program costs and payment processes and financial aid are presented, and planning started for this international studies requirement. Students are advised to consult the College website or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Studies for up-to-date International Studies and Signature Experience opportunities, applications, semester assignment, approval processes and forms.

Additional UTSA Advising Notes

Things to do and remember upon Admission to UTSA:

  • Make an appointment with the academic advisor of the major, once accepted to UTSA, in order to clarify department, college and university policies and procedures, to review course sequencing and to help with identifying resources for academic success. A current listing of academic advising centers can be found at
  • Refer to the official source of information on specific courses within the UTSA requirements for this degree plan from the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog or visit the web site at
  • Information on Gateway Courses can be found at
  • Pay close attention to course sequencing and availability at UTSA as it will affect the time it takes to complete the degree program.

Using this Transfer Advising Guide with UTSA

This Transfer Advising Guide represents UTSA’s degree plan and is subject to change at the university’s discretion. It is intended for advising purposes only so students know exactly which courses they can take at any of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District and have the courses count towards degree requirements when they transfer to UTSA. It is highly recommended that students meet with their assigned academic advisor to review all graduation and transfer requirements listed in the Transfer Advising Guide.

The ultimate goal is to provide students with accurate information for transfer pathways while minimizing loss of credits in transfer. Students are encouraged to review UTSA’s requirements frequently.

Course numbers in italics are UTSA’s course numbers.

This Transfer Advising Guide is based upon The University of Texas at San Antonio’s 2018-2020 catalog and is subject to change.

The Alamo Colleges District Advising

Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor about courses and other educational concerns if they plan to pursue a two-year degree program, transfer to another college or university, or simply take a few selected courses. In addition to course and degree requirements, policies and procedures are subject to change; stay informed by meeting with an academic advisor regularly.

Many students who plan to transfer to a university are advised to fulfill the lower-division requirements for the university. With appropriate planning, your Alamo Colleges District team can help make the transfer experience a seamless process. It is the responsibility of all students to ensure that they take courses at the Alamo Colleges District that will be accepted by the senior institutions they wish to attend.

For more information contact your Alamo Colleges District team.

Release Date:

Released on August 9, 2019