Minor in Architecture
Note: Applications to the Architecture minor are currently on hold. If you are interested in applying to the minor in the future, please email staff advisor.
The Department of Architecture offers an undergraduate minor in architecture that is open to students in all majors at UC Berkeley except architecture. The purpose of the minor in architecture is to introduce students to the conceptual, technical, and design aspects of architecture. See below for instructions on how to declare a minor in architecture. For your minor to be added to your transcript, you must file the CED minor completion form one semester prior to your final semester at Cal.
Students may also minor in a variety of other environmental design-related fields. Jump to more information about other minors for undergraduates at CED.
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- A letter grade of C- or higher is required in ENV DES 1 to declare the minor. To declare, download and complete the Request to Add Minor Form from the Forms and Documents page on the CED website. Submit the petition to the Staff Adviser listed above.
- Each course used to fulfill minor requirements must be completed with a letter grade of C- or higher.
- Students must earn a 2.0 GPA in the upper division requirements for the minor.
- Any course used in fulfillment of minor requirements may also be used to fulfill major and upper division CED non-major requirements.
- Courses used to fulfill a breadth requirement may also be used to satisfy minor requirements.
- Students may apply the non-CED version of a CED cross-listed course towards the minor.
- Students may use up to two courses taken abroad to fulfill upper division minor requirements, with faculty approval of the individual courses.
- Lower Division Requirements
- ENV DES 1 (3) Introduction to Environmental Design (a letter grade of C- or higher is required to declare the minor).
- ARCH DES 11A (4) Introduction to Visual Representation and Design
- ARCH DES 11B (5) Introduction to Design
- Upper Division Requirements
A total of five courses must be completed as outlined below; all must be completed with a letter grade of C- or higher.
ARCH 100A (6) Fundamentals of Architectural Design
ARCH 110AC (4) Social and Cultural Factors in Design or ARCH 130 (4) Design Theories and Methods
ARCH 140 (4) Building Environments or ARCH 150 (4) Structures or ARCH 160 (4) Construction and Materials
ARCH 170A (4) Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism or ARCH 170B (4) Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism
One additional upper division Architecture course (at least 2 units, letter grade only)
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History and Theory of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
The minor in History and Theory of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning introduces students to conceptual issues of landscape architecture. Open to all majors at UC Berkeley except landscape architecture. Learn More
Environmental Design and Urbanism in Developing Countries
The undergraduate minor in Environmental Design and Urbanism in Developing Countries serves students majoring in humanities, social sciences, and a variety of professional fields. The minor is intended to expose students to basic problems, cultural contexts, policy alternatives, and design solutions in the Third World. Students must take five courses in this minor to satisfy the requirements, with a minimum of 16 units. The minor is open to all majors at UC Berkeley. Learn More
Geospatial Information Science and Technology (College of Natural Resources)
The Minor in Geospatial Information Science and Technology is approved in 2 departments at UC Berkeley. Environmental Science, Policy and Management and the Department of City and Regional Planning. This program serves students in multiple disciplines including geography, environmental science, policy and management, city and regional planning, landscape architecture and environmental planning, civil and environmental engineering, public policy, and environmental public health. The Minor is open to all majors at UC Berkeley. Learn More
History of the Built Environment
The undergraduate minor in the History of the Built Environment is designed to give students an awareness of the history of the built environment through a series of courses in history, architectural history, and cultural landscape. It is offered to all majors. The college’s purpose in offering minors is twofold: to provide a secondary focus to a student’s degree and to bring these additional courses together into a coherent pattern. This minor requires consultation with a faculty adviser in order to best meet this end. Learn More
Social and Cultural Factors in Environmental Design
The Social and Cultural Factors in Environmental Design minor emphasizes the political, cultural, social, and economic issues of concern to architects, landscape architects, and city planners. It is open to all majors. Learn More
Sustainable design implies making decisions at various scales of the built environment (buildings, communities, land use patterns, urban support systems) in ways that support environmental quality, social equity, and economic vitality. The undergraduate minor in sustainable design is jointly offered by the Department of Architecture and the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, but also includes interdisciplinary courses across campus. The minor is open to all majors at UC Berkeley. Learn More
Minors Outside CED
CED students may pursue minors in any of the other undergraduate schools and colleges at UC Berkeley. Some examples of minors outside CED are Disability Studies in the College of Letters and Science, Energy Engineering and Structural Engineering in the College of Engineering and Global Poverty and Practice in the College of Letters and Science.