Wayne State College

About the Pre-Architecture Program

Do you dream of constructing beautiful buildings or extravagant houses? Do you want to put your building planning skills to use for the good of the community? At Wayne State, you can begin your career in pre-architecture studying math, science, and art, the foundation for architecture. Then you’ll transfer to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where you’ll continue in more specialized courses in architecture. An architecture degree can take you several places – careers in construction, engineering, urban planning, interior design are all possible. Wayne State is the perfect place to build fundamental architecture skills before continuing at UNL to earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture.

Sample Program of Study

pre architecture program fact sheet



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Fast Facts

Transfer details: You’ll spend one and a half years at WSC, then transfer to UNL to receive your B.A. or B.S.

Hours required:
Pre-transfer requirements (to be completed at WSC): 35
Architectural studies at UNL: 34
To graduate from UNL: 120

School: Science, Health, and Criminal Justice

Department: Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Learn more about the architecture program at UNL

Scholarships and Aid

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid to help you on your path to an architecture degree.

What Can You Do With an Architecture Degree?

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world in the pre-architecture program.

pre architecture program skills

Skills Learned

  • Advanced drawing
  • General physics and lab techniques
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • Introductory drafting and solid modeling
  • College-level calculus
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Creative communication and expression
  • Craftsmanship
  • Presentation and public speaking
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Time management and organization

pre architecture program careers

Possible Careers

  • Architect
  • Community planner
  • Interior designer
  • Landscape architect
  • Structural engineer
  • Surveyor
  • Town planner
  • Building inspector
  • Urban designer
  • Product designer

architecture degree employers


  • Architect firms
  • Engineering firms
  • Construction companies
  • Infrastructure companies
  • Landscaping companies
  • Nurseries
  • Urban design firms
  • Businesses and organizations
  • Planning and development companies

Pre-Architecture Program Faculty

Our faculty are accomplished. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the pre-architecture program.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education in the pre-architecture program by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

WSC Service Learning


Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

pre architecture program opportunities


  • Projects, trips, and more – Conduct honors projects or your own research and attend national and regional conventions to present your work.
  • Art shows and trips – Show your work and have it critiqued, visit art galleries, and participate in art events on campus. 
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
pre architecture internships


Internships are not required for pre-architecture studies at Wayne State College, as these are typically completed in professional school for degree completion. However, Career Services is available to help you find job opportunities if you are looking for field-related work experience.

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