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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 Requirements

Current Ohio State students with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above are eligible to change to the pre-architecture or pre-landscape architecture major. Please note that admission to either major is a competitive process. GPAs of students who are admitted to the major are typically much higher than this.
Current Ohio State students who wish to change to the city and planning major must be in good university standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above) in order to declare the major. There is no pre-major. 

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 2000, Introduction to Landscape Architecture (1 credit)
Landscape Architecture 2367, GE Cultures & Ideas and/or 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. The Landscape Architecture program admits 28-32 students into the cohort each year. Each cohort begins in autumn semester. From this point, it will take three years to complete the LAAB-accredited Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. Ohio State's landscape architecture program is consistently ranked among the top in the nation by DesignIntelligence. (Grade and GPA requirements are specific to students moving into the major cohort (second year of the curriculum) in Autumn 2020.)

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. The Architecture program admits 80-84 students into the cohort each year. Each cohort begins in autumn semester. From this point, it will take three years to complete the pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture. (Grade and GPA requirements are specific to students moving into the major cohort (second year of the curriculum) in Autumn 2020.)

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.

Entering freshmen who plan to pursue a major in architecture, city and regional planning or landscape architecture should apply directly to The Ohio State University. Please find all details about the application process at Ohio State Undergraduate Admissions. Students do not need to submit any additional materials to the Knowlton School. A portfolio is not required. Please note that all three Knowlton undergraduate programs require four years to complete regardless of the amount of credit earned during high school.

We highly recommend applying to Architecture, Landscape and City Scholars on your Ohio State application. We recommend this community-based program as a starting point for any entering Knowlton student.

OHIO STATE ADMISSIONS

New first-year students who specify Architecture, Landscape Architecture or City and Regional Planning on their application to Ohio State are admitted directly into the major.

Many new freshmen are uncertain about which of the Knowlton School's majors is the best fit. Students are encouraged to explore each major option in their first year before making a decision. The first year courses allow for flexibility and provide students an opportunity to try out various majors. The foundation courses for Architecture and Landscape Architecture are shared between the disciplines.  

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REGIONAL CAMPUS INFORMATION

Students who begin their Ohio State career on a regional campus (Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark or the Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster) and who plan to pursue a major in architecture, landscape architecture or city and regional planning are able to complete their degree in four years by choosing to enroll for summer term between their first and second years. Some other students choose a five-year plan.

While Knowlton School’s major courses are not offered on regional campuses, the first year of the curriculum is flexible. On a regional campus, a student can complete most or all of their math and general education (GE) requirements by working with their regional campus advisor prior to changing to the Columbus campus.

OHIO STATE ACADEMY (COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS)

High school students who complete Ohio State courses through the College Credit Plus (CCP) program are eligible for some Knowlton-based courses but cannot enter major-specific courses. Major-specifc courses require that a student be admitted to Ohio State and enroll post-high school graduation. In addition, access to computing, software and technology resources necessary to complete major-specific course requirements is limited to students who have been admitted to Ohio State (post-high school) and are enrolled as a Knowlton major student.

Students who begin their Ohio State career on a regional campus (Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark or the Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster) and who plan to pursue a major in architecture, landscape architecture or city and regional planning are often able to complete their degree in four years. Some students choose a five year plan instead.

While Knowlton School’s major courses are not offered on regional campuses, the first year of the curriculum is flexible. On a regional campus, a student can complete most or all of their math, science and general education (GE) requirements by working with their regional campus advisor prior to changing to the Columbus campus.

Due to the sequence of major courses, architecture or landscape architecture students who plan to complete their degree in four years need to enroll in the summer term following their first year or petition for an early campus change.

Campus Change Requirements

In general, the university allows students to change to the Columbus campus once the student has earned a minimum of 30 hours (earned after high school graduation) and has at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.*

Students who intend to major in architecture or landscape architecture or city and regional planning should plan to campus change to Columbus for summer semester which begins in May. In summer, a student can enroll in the specific prerequisite courses for Architecture or Landscape Architecture, Arch/Larch 2300 and 2310, and then apply to the major. Students who perform well in Arch/Larch 2300 and 2310 and who are subsequently admitted to the major will continue seamlessly with the major curriculum in autumn semester of their second year.

Students who intend to major in city and regional planning should plan to campus change for autumn semester of their second year.

*Approval of a campus change does not guarantee admission to the architecture or landscape architecture majors. Students who wish to pursue architecture or landscape architecture should aim for cumulative GPAs of around 3.3 or above to be most competitive to move into the major curriculum.

Petition for Early Campus Change

The Knowlton School provides Architecture and Landscape Architecture students an option to petition for an early campus change. For instance, if a student begins on the regional campus in autumn semester, the student may petition to change to Columbus for spring semester. A petition for an early campus change will be approved if the student meets the following criteria:

  1. Earn at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA in the student’s first semester on the regional campus in full-time enrollment
  2. Complete Math 1148 (College Algebra) with a C- or higher, or math placement of M or L

The 3.3 GPA requirement ensures that a student can be competitive for the Knowlton major of their choice, and the Math requirement confirms that a student will have the opportunity to finish all required Math courses in their first year. The criteria for an early campus change does not necessarily guarantee that a student will meet eligibility requirements to move into the core sequence of architecture curriculum.

A sample schedule for an early campus change student may look similar to this:

Year 1, Autumn Semester (regional campus)                                          

Survey, 1 credit hour (CH)                                                                  
Math 1148 (or other Math course based on placement), 4 CH  
English 1110.01 – Writing I GE, 3 CH                                                 
Social Science GE, 3 CH                                                                                   
Biological Science GE, 4 CH

Year 1, Spring Semester (Columbus campus)

Arch/Larch 2300, 3 CH
Arch/Larch 2310, 4 CH
Math 1118, 3 CH
Physics 1200, 5 CH (for Architecture majors), or take Physics 1200 in summer and choose another GE for spring; Physical Science GE course, 4 CH, or other GE course (for Landscape architecture majors)


 

TRANSFER ADMISSION

Transfer students who plan to pursue a major in architecture, city and regional planning or landscape architecture should apply directly to The Ohio State University. Visit the Undergraduate Admissions website for specific information about admissions criteria, application requirements and application deadlines. http://apply.osu.edu, http://undergrad.osu.edu

University Admissions will review coursework and GPA(s) from all previous post-secondary institutions attended. For the architecture and landscape architecture programs, a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher from all previous institutions is required to enter the pre-major program. (Students who do not meet the 2.5 GPA requirement will enter the university through University Exploration, but may still enroll in prerequisite courses and can still apply to one of Knowlton’s majors. http://exploration.osu.edu) Admission to the pre-major program is not a guarantee of future admission to the major. For the city and regional planning program, a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher from all previous institutions is required.

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Architecture or Landscape Architecture

Transfer students with an intended major of Architecture or Landscape Architecture enter as pre-majors. Students should expect a minimum of 3.5-4 years to complete an undergraduate degree in Architecture or Landscape Architecture, regardless of the number of credits earned at previous institutions.

Pre-major students will complete foundation coursework (ARCH/LARCH 2300 and ARCH/LARCH 2310) and then will submit an application to the major. The most competitive candidates typically earn a B+ or higher in each of the foundation couses and achieve a 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA at Ohio State. Additionally, students applying to the architecture major must demonstrate progress in Math and Physics requirements. Ideally, Math and Physics coursework will be complete prior to entering the major sequence. After completing foundation coursework, applications for the major are reviewed at the close of each spring semester and summer term. Students admitted to the major through one of these review periods begin the core sequence of major curriculum as a cohort in autumn semester. From the time of entry to the major sequence, either degree requires three years to complete.

Unlike the sequenced major curriculum, the foundation courses (ARCH/LARCH 2300 and ARCH/LARCH 2310) are offered every semester including summer. Admission to either major program is competitive. Architecture offers approximately 80 seats in its cohort each autumn and landscape architecture offers approximately 30 seats in its cohort each autumn. Remember, foundation courses need to be complete prior to applying to the cohort. Because of this, for many transfer students an entry date of spring semester or summer term is most efficient.

Admitted transfer students who were previously enrolled in an undergraduate architecture or landscape architecture major at a peer institution may petition to be considered for advanced placement into the major sequence. Petitions require submission of a personal statement, course syllabi, transcript, and portfolio. Please review our transfer petition for advanced placement guidelines.

City and Regional Planning

Transfer students with an intended major of City and Regional Planning will enter the major directly. Depending on progress in Math, Statistics and Economics, expect approximately three years to complete this accredited degree.

TRANSFER CREDIT

Please do NOT send official transcript to the Knowlton School. All official transcripts for the purposes of admission to Ohio State should be sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions according to the step-by-step directions listed online.

Transfer credit is not pre-evaluated prior to enrollment. If you are planning to transfer core coursework toward the major, it will need to be evaluated for equivalency to Ohio State courses and for consistency with our program’s curriculum. Please retain syllabi from your previous institution(s). Technical credit from two-year institutions will typically count toward general electives hours only. All Ohio institutions and many other schools utilize transferology.com.

Students requesting an evaluation of international transfer credit (credit from an institution outside of the United States of America) must submit certified translations of their materials to receive an evaluation. Certified translations must be hard copies with official stamps/seals on each page of the documents. Detailed syllabi including name and author of text, contact information of instructor and institution, and a list of course topics is required. Non-certified documents will not be accepted.

Important links for transfer students
http://registrar.osu.edu/transfer_credit/transferCreditPolicy.pdf
http://registrar.osu.edu/transfer_credit/index.asp
http://www.math.osu.edu/ugadvising
http://transferology.com

If you have already completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline with a GPA of 3.0 or above, please consider one of our graduate programs. http://knowlton.osu.edu/students/future-students