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Current Ohio State Students

Are you thinking of changing your major? Would you like to explore architecture, landscape architecture or city and regional planning? A Knowlton School advisor can help! To discuss your interests or map your time to degree, please attend one of our major change info sessions, listed below, schedule a “Major Change” appointment online, or fill out our online inquiry card.

No prior experience or skills are necessary to enroll in architecture or landscape architecture foundation courses or the city and regional planning major. We will teach you everything you need to know. Despite common myths, you do NOT need to be an artist or even know how to draw. You also don't need to a math whiz. You DO need to be curious, inquisitive and a hard worker.

Major Change Info Sessions

Ready to learn more? Attend a major change info sessions (for current Ohio State students). These sessions will include a brief overview presented by a staff member to outline the admission to major process, foundation coursework and time-to-degree projections. After the overview, one or more current students will give you a tour of the key spaces in Knowlton Hall and provide insight on the life of an architecture, landscape architecture or planning student. Plan for a total of 50 minutes.

Explore a Knowlton School major by enrolling in a foundation course:

Architecture/Landscape Architecture 2300

Outlines of the Built Environment. Required for Architecture or Landscape Architecture majors. Fulfills a Culture & Ideas GE. Open to all students. Offered AU, SP and SU. May be taken concurrently with Architecture/Landscape Architecture 2310.

Architecture/Landscape Architecture 2310

Introduction to Design. Required for Architecture  or Landscape Architecture majors. Culminates in the creation of a portfolio which is used as part of the major review process for the architecture or landscape architecture major. Open to all students. Offered AU, SP and SU. No prior experience or skill level is necessary. May be taken concurrently with Architecture/Landscape Architecture 2300.

City and Regional Planning 2110

First course in City and Regional Planning major. Open to all students. Offered AU, SP and SU.

Other courses

These courses are not prerequisites for admission to a Knowlton School major, but may be helpful as you explore.
Landscape Architecture 2367, GE Cultures & Ideas and GE Writing II
Landscape Architecture 2600, GE VPA
Architecture 2220, GE Social Science: Human, Natural and Economic Resources
City and Regional Planning 3500, GE Social Science: Organizations and Polities

Admissions Process

The admissions process for each major varies and is described below. The architecture and landscape architecture majors in particular are highly sequenced in terms of curriculum. From the point in time at which a student is admitted to the major sequence for architecture or landscape architecture, students should expect a minimum of three years to complete a degree in Architecture or Landscape Architecture. The primary review process takes place at the end of spring semester with a secondary review at the end of summer term. Students who are admitted to the major at either of these points begin the core sequence of major curriculum in autumn semester. Current OSU students who wish to change to the pre-architecture or pre-landscape architecture programs must be in good academic standing though a much stronger academic performance is necessary to be competitive in the review process. The information shared here is specific to enrolled Ohio State students in another major or who have declared a pre-architecture or pre-landscape architecture major.

CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING

Current Ohio State students with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above or who are in good academic standing can declare the City and Regional Planning at any time. CRPLAN 2110 is required as the first course to be taken after the major is declared. Students who have a cumulative GPA of less than a 2.00 should meet with an advisor to discuss options.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Students complete Landscape Architecture 2300 and 2310 prior to application. These courses are offered every semester, including summer, and may be taken concurrently. Admission to the major is based on a positive portfolio review as well as a review of a student's cumulative GPA and specific grades in foundation courses. Portfolios are created in Landscape Architecture 2310. To be competitive for admission to the major sequence, we recommend grades of a B+ or higher in 2300 and 2310 as well as a cumulative GPA above a 3.3. Major applications are reviewed at the end of spring semester and end of summer term.

ARCHITECTURE

Students complete Architecture 2300 and 2310 prior to application. These courses are offered every semester, including summer, and may be taken concurrently. Admission to the major is based on a positive portfolio review as well as a review of a student's cumulative GPA and specific grades in foundation courses. Portfolios are created in Architecture 2310. To be competitive for admission to the major sequence, we recommend grades of a B+ or higher in 2300 and 2310 as well as a cumulative GPA above a 3.3. Additionally, students should complete or be making progress toward completion of Math 1118 (Math 1131 or Math 1151 are also acceptable) and Physics 1200 as these courses are prerequisites for some major courses. Major applications are reviewed at the end of spring semester and end of summer term.

Admissions decisions for architecture and landscape architecture will be sent to a student's OSU email address only. Students are expected to confirm enrollment in the major by the date indicated in the admissions email. It is a student's responsibility to check email regularly and to respond accordingly.

Students will not be able to schedule Arch 2410 or 5610 OR Larch 2920, 2410 and 2420 via BuckeyeLink at the initial enrollment appointment unless the student has been officially admitted to the major. Students should review required course times and meeting patterns and add the courses to Schedule Planner. Once a student confirms enrollment, a staff member will change the major on the student's record, therefore allowing students to finish scheduling. All admitted students are guaranteed seats in major curriculum.