A.A.S. Degree in Architectural Technology - Degree Requirements

This information is provided for your convenience only; for definitive course sequence information students should refer to the college catalog and to their academic advisor.

The Associate in Applied Science degree program in Architectural Technology prepares graduates to enter the workforce as architectural team members. While other other opportunities exist, the largest job opportunities are positions as interns / CAD operators for architectural firms. Graduates' skills will prepare them to produce working drawings in a variety of settings, such as engineering firms or manufacturers. If graduates have field experience in a building trade, all program outcomes are directly transferable to entry-level positions in construction management and supervision. A broad cross-section of course content is covered in the program: this familiarizes students with many aspects of the architectural profession, the work of building professionals and the construction process.

Many students who enter this degree program plan to transfer to an upper division institute. Because these opportunities exist, second year students who intend to transfer should select their courses in careful consultation with their academic advisor. Portfolio production will be required.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have high school equivalency diplomas (GEDs). If students are not high school graduates, they may be eligible for admission to the College's 24 Credit Hour Program. If students are home schooled, they may be eligible for admission.

Maintenance of a C average or better in courses in the major is also required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of building materials and methods.
  • graphically communicate architectural forms and building assemblies, both two and three dimensionally.
  • demonstrate fluency using AutoCAD software to produce architectural drawings.
  • demonstrate an ability to visualize and manipulate three dimensional spaces.
  • demonstrate an appreciation for basic forms of architectural problem solving and aesthetic appreciation.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the need for architectural projects to coordinate with related professions (e.g. various forms of engineering).
  • demonstrate an understanding of fundamental structural principles.
  • demonstrate an understanding of basic life safety issues in buildings and an ability to apply regulatory requirements to building projects.
  • utilize research from electronic and other sources (e.g. Sweet's catalog or manufacturers' literature) in architectural projects.
  • identify basic methods of sustainable building practices and environmental impacts of architectural choices.
  • demonstrate an understanding of historical and social context of the development of western architecture.

Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester

ENG 101 Freshman English 1
3
MAT 107 Technical Math 1
3
CAD 101 Introduction to CAD
3
ARC 101 Architectural graphics
3
ARC 105 Building Materials and Methods 1
2
ARC 111 Architectural Design 1
3
 
Total Credits
17

Second Semester

ENG 102 Freshman English 2
3
ARC 211 Computer Aided Drafting 2
2
ARC205 Advanced Architectural Graphics
3
ARC 201 Building Materials and Methods
4
ARC 216 Architectural Design 2
3
PES 100 Architecture to the 18th Century
3
 
Total Credits
18

Third Semester

______
Social Science Elective
3
PHY 111 Applied Physics 1
3
ARC 211 Architectural Design 3
3
ARC 205 Working Drawings 1
3
ARC 201 Digital Portfolio
1
ARC 216 Architecture from the 19th Century
3
PES 100 Concepts of Physical Wellness
1
 
Total Credits
17

Fourth Semester

______ Social Science Elective
3
ARC 220 Mechanical and Electrical Equipment
3
ARC 206 Working Drawings 2
4
ARC 212 Architectural Design 4
4
ARC 221 Strength of Materials
3
PES ___ Physical Education
1
 
Total Credits
18