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Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture

The Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design offers a Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture, enabling students to become effective design leaders and innovators.

Design is the focus of undergraduate studies and provides students with access to resources involving research, building and community components. Students gain hands-on experience in studio courses with guidance from experienced faculty.

Degree Plan

The program for the Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture degree is a four-year program focusing on the design of architectural interiors with particular focus on sustainability, materiality, color theory, lighting, and the social and cultural aspects of habitable space. The program offers 132 semester hours and includes 77 semester hours of Interior Architecture and Architecture courses, 38 of which are advanced hours (3000-level or higher). The degree includes the University’s required core curriculum and 7 semester hours of elective courses. Because of the mutual and overlapping bonds of Architecture, Industrial Design, and Interior Architecture, the programs share a common first semester curriculum, and Interior Architecture and Architecture share studios through the Foundation Level.

A list of the Approved Electives is available. In addition to this list, Interior Architecture students may fulfill the Approved Elective requirements with Interior Architecture elective courses. See your assigned academic advisor for details.

Foundation Level


ARCH 1200: Introduction to Architecture, Industrial Design, and Interior Architecture
ARCH 1500: Architecture Design Studio I
ENGL 1303: First Year Writing I*
MATH 1310: College Algebra*
HIST 1377: The U.S. to 1877*


ARCH 1359: Design Since 1945*
ARCH 1501: Architecture Design Studio II
ENGL 1304: First Year Writing II*
MATH 1330: Precalculus*
HIST 1378: The U.S. Since 1877*


ARCH 2500: Architecture Design Studio III
ARCH 2350: Survey of Architectural History I*
ARCH 2327: Technology 1
PHYS 1301: Introductory General Physics I*
Language, Philosophy, and Culture Core Course*

Intermediate Level


INAR 2501: Interior Architecture Design Studio IV
ARCH 2328: Technology 2
ARCH 2351: Survey of Architectural History II*
Approved Elective
PHYS 1302: Introductory General Physics II*


INAR 3500: Interior Architecture Design Studio V
INAR 3300: History of Interior Architecture
INAR 3360: Human Factors
ARCH 2230: Programming
POLS 1336: U.S. and Texas Constitution and Politics*

Professional Level


INAR 3501: Interior Architecture Design Studio VI
INAR 3310: Materials & Methods
Interior Architecture Elective
POLS 1337: U.S. Government: Congress, President, and Courts*
Approved Elective


INAR 4500: Interior Architecture Design Studio VII
INAR 4393: Interior Architecture Thesis Preparation
Social and Behavioral Sciences Core Course*
Elective (4 hours)


INAR 4501: Interior Architecture Design Studio VIII
Approved Integrative Course
Approved Integrative Course
ARCH 4360: Practice of Interior Architecture

*University Core Curriculum Courses