Education


There are several types of degrees and degree programs (the accredited programs are sometimes referred to as "professional degrees").

Pre-professional architecture degrees refer to architecturally-focused four-year degrees that are not professional degree programs. These degrees have such titles as BS in Architecture, BS in Architectural Studies, BA in Architecture, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Architectural Studies, etc.; the amount of architecture work in the program varies and will determine the length of time required to complete further professional architecture studies.

The following degrees are recognized by the Board as "related to architecture":

  • Architectural Design
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Architectural Studies
  • Architectural Technology
  • Building Science
  • City and Regional Planning
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Urban and Regional Design

Examination

The examination aspect of licensure is satisfied by successfully completing both the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and the California Supplemental Examination (CSE). Detailed information is available about each examination in their respective section of this website.