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 (HSEs). 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. (See pages 7-13 for more details on the admission process for all applicants.)

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

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Graphically communicate architectural forms and building assemblies, both two and three dimensionally
  • Demonstrate fluency using digital graphics software packages to produce construction drawings and other architectural representations
  • Solve architectural problems through the development of an aesthetic approach and the manipulation of form and space
  • Demonstrate an understanding of building materials and methods
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the coordination within a building project between architecture and related professions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic life safety and regulatory requirements in building project
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental structural principles
  • Utilize research from web based and other sources in architectural projects
  • Identify basic methods of sustainable building practices and their environmental impacts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and social context of western architecture

Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester

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

Second Semester

ENG 102 Freshman English 2
CAD 102 Computer Aided Drafting 2
ARC 102 Advanced Architecture Graphics
ARC 106 Building Materials & Methods 2
ARC 112 Architectural Design 2 3
ARC 215 Architecture to the 18th Century 3
Total Credits

Third Semester

Social Science Elective
ARC 211 Architectural Design 3
ARC 205 Working Drawings 1
ARC 201 Digital Portfolio
ARC 216 Architecture from the 19th Century
Total Credits

Fourth Semester

______ Social Science Elective
ARC 220 Mechanical and Electrical Equipment
ARC 206 Working Drawings 2
ARC 212 Architectural Design 4
PHY 111 Architectural Physics 3
Total Credits