Jun 22, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Interior Architecture, B.S.

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Associate Professor Jessica Etheredge, Program Director


Interior Design is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. Design solutions are functional, aesthetically pleasing and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

The Interior Architecture degree program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The Interior Architecture program reserves the right to retain student work for upcoming accreditation site visits.


The Department of Interior Architecture and Design at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is committed to professional achievement through teaching, research, and service as well as the development of responsible design professionals who think critically, protect the health, safety and welfare of the public, and create design solutions responsive to varying cultures and contexts.

Continuation Standards

A grade of C (70%) or better in an interior architecture course is required for that course to be considered as successfully completed, and for that course to count as a prerequisite for subsequent courses in the interior architecture course sequence. A grade of D or F in an interior architecture course must be repeated in order to continue, prolonging the time it takes to complete the Interior Architecture program.

Eligibility to Apply to the Interior Architecture Degree Program

A student entering UTC who intends to pursue the B.S. in Interior Architecture must meet the prerequisites and go through the application process. To be eligible to apply to the program, students must earn a C or better in all interior architecture courses prior to review and must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of a 2.00. Prerequisites for application into the Interior Architecture degree program include IARC 1000  and IARC 1100 . Applications to the Interior Architecture degree program are distributed to eligible students during the Spring semester.

Interior Architecture Program Application and Review

The application is a formal assessment of the student’s ability to think critically, as well as to visualize and verbalize through graphics and writing.  The review is intended to provide students with an assessment of their potential for success in the Interior Architecture degree program of study early enough to allow them to make a program change should that be advisable. In addition to the formal application, the student’s overall academic record will be reviewed for quality and seriousness of purpose. A history of excessive absences, significant lack of participation, withdrawals, or incompletes will not be looked upon favorably.  Students who do not satisfactorily complete the review will be unable to enroll in 2000, 3000 and 4000 level courses in Interior Architecture except by special permission of the Professor and Program Director. Students will have only two opportunities to reapply for admission.

Interior Architecture students who are successfully admitted into the Interior Architecture degree program are required to obtain a laptop computer with specified program software to be used in the classroom setting.

Transfer Students

Students transferring from other Interior Design or Interior Architecture programs who intend to pursue the B.S. in Interior Architecture at UTC must submit a transfer recommendation form, take or have equivalent credit for IARC 1000  and IARC 1100  (C or better) and must successfully complete the application process into the UTC Interior Architecture degree program, except by special permission of the Program Director.

General Education

(seeGeneral Education  for list of approved courses)

Rhetoric and Writing: (6 hours)

  • Two approved courses in rhetoric and writing

Fine Arts and Humanities: (12 hours)

  •  Complete one approved course in each subcategory

Historical Understanding (3 hours)

Literature (3 hours)

Thought, Values and Beliefs (3 hours)

Visual and Performing Arts (3 hours)

Natural Sciences: (7-8 hours)

  • Two approved natural science courses, at least one including a laboratory component 

Behavioral and Social Sciences: (6 hours)

  • Two approved Behavioral and Social Sciences courses in two different disciplines

Mathematics: (3 hours)

  • One approved mathematics course

Statistics: (3 hours)

  • One approved statistics course

Non-Western Culture: (3 hours)

  • One approved non-western culture course

Additional Information and Notes

A minimum grade of C required in all IARC courses.

2.0 GPA in all required major and related courses (including specified General Education courses).

Minimum of 39 hours of 3000 and 4000 level courses.

Electives to complete 120 hours.

See Degree and Graduation Requirements  for additional requirements.

*Also satisfies requirement in the major

#Also satisfies general education requirement.

ClearPath for Advising

The ClearPath for Advising provides students with an opportunity to see program requirements defined in a semester-by-semester format. The ClearPath for Advising guides also provide students with important tips, pointers, and suggestions for staying on track with progress toward the degree.  Your ClearPath is available through the Advisement website.

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