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Changing Majors or Finishing?

kbs996kbs996 0 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1 New Member
edited September 2016 in Parents Forum
I am in a very stressful predicament. So I transferred to a 4 year university this semester after two years of community college. I am majoring in computer science currently and I am still considered a sophomore because I am a couple credits below of being a junior. However, I am not enjoying this major. I keep hearing people say that once you start taking department related classes, you'll have a lot of fun because its related to what you're interested in. However, I am not enjoying my comp science classes.

I really wish I stuck to my original plan and majored in architecture because I love that. However this school I am attending doesn't offer that as an area of study. And I missed the deadlines to apply to any other school for spring semester. If I continued this current major I should finish fall of 2018. I don't hate this current major but I would much rather do architecture. Should I just finish? Or should I go to another school next fall and pursue an architecture degree? I would be willing to be in school longer for transferring late because this is my future we are talking about.
edited September 2016
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  • TwicerTwicer 166 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 168 Junior Member
    Are your parents open to paying for extra year(s) of college?
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 76562 replies665 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 77,227 Senior Member
    Main issue would be financial implications of each option (also, with architecture, a professional BArch program is a five year program, so an extra year of school costs compared to a four year program).

    Are there any other majors you prefer that would not require extra semesters or costs to graduate?
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  • happy1happy1 22484 replies2197 discussionsVerified Member Posts: 24,681 Senior Member
    I think (but I'm not 100% sure) that you need a Masters degree in the field to get accredited as an architect -- if that is the case that will add even more schooling on for you. In any event you should research this before making a change.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 76562 replies665 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 77,227 Senior Member
    happy1 wrote:
    I think (but I'm not 100% sure) that you need a Masters degree in the field to get accredited as an architect

    Not quite, but the professional NAAB-accredited BArch degree is a five year program. A non-NAAB-accredited BA/BS in architecture may allow completing a professional NAAB-accredited MArch degree is fewer than the usual three years for that degree. Some states allow alternative combinations of other education plus several years of experience to fulfill the education requirement for licensing.
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  • mathmommathmom 32030 replies158 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 32,188 Senior Member
    Undergrad degrees in architecture are usually at least five year programs. You'd want to do some real research as to how many extra years you'd have to put in because I suspect it would be hard to squeeze in all the studio courses required if you haven't started out with them. A Masters in Architecture can take 3 to 3.5 years depending on the school if you don't have an undergrad degree in architecture. You don't have to have a masters there are B. Arch programs accredit by the National Architecture Accrediting Board. You can get a list of the accredited schools here: http://www.naab.org/architecture-programs/ (click on the link). I'd call the B. Arch schools and see what you would have to do to transfer. It might make more sense to finish up your CS degree while taking design and art courses as electives. (Probably also physics.)
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