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Freshman students are given a department folder and assigned a faculty advisor during his/her  first quarter as an ARCE.  Students are required to see his/her advisor every quarter until their second year, which means the student has passed ARCE 223 and 227. A hold is placed on the student’s registration until he/she has met with and had his/her department folder signed off by the advisor. After obtaining third year status (ARCE standards), students are no longer required to meet with his/her advisors, but do continue to seek advice and guidance.

Find Your Advisor

To find out who your advisor is, locate your department folder in the ARCE main office, top drawer of the large filing cabinet. Return your folder to the department 'in box' located on the receptionist desk.


The ARCE flowchart summarizes the courses required for graduation as well as highlights a recommended course sequence for successful graduation.  Most courses have pre-requisites so course sequencing is imperative. See the Cal Poly Catalog for pre-requisites for each course.

The most current flowchart is the 2021-22 ARCE Flowchart, which can be found here.

All other flowcharts can be found on Cal Poly's website.

Curriculum Sheets

Students admitted before 2009 were evaluated for graduation using curriculum sheets. Students are strongly advised to use curriculum sheets to keep track of course credits. An official curriculum sheet will be processed by the Evaluations Office after students apply to graduate.

Students admitted in 2009 and later will be evaluated using the Degree Progress Audit or Report (DPR), which can be found on the my.calpoly.edu portal page. A DPR shows the classes a student has taken, when he/she took them, what grade he/she got, AND what requirements the class fulfills.

The link to our curriculum sheets is here

C- Grading Policy

All ARCE majors must obtain a grade of C- or better in an ARCE course that is a prerequisite for another ARCE course. For instance, an ARCE student earning a D+ in ARCE 211 will not be allowed to enroll in ARCE 212.


Interdisciplinary Minor

Under College of Architecture and Environmental Design, there are currently three interdisciplinary minors:

  • Integrated Project Delivery Minor
  • Real Property Development Minor
  • Sustainable Environments Minor

The link to each of these catalogs is here.

Architectural Engineering Minor

The minor is designed for students wishing to pursue a
more in-depth education in structures. The coursework
exposes students to analytical, design, and construction
issues relevant to the structural design process. Students
select a sequence of courses that focus on either structural
design or structural analysis. The program is tailored for
students majoring in architecture, construction
management, and civil engineering. Enrollment is limited
and acceptance into the program is dependent upon the
student’s performance in structures-related courses. Contact
the department for additional information.

The link to the ARCE Minor catalog is here.

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