Effective Fall 2022

The five-year professional Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) is intended for those who wish to pursue a career as a practicing architect. The program focuses on four main areas: building fundamentals, design, technology, and sustainability. The B. Arch. offers students an in-depth engagement in the fields of architecture and sustainability, augmented by the broader Penn College mission of applied technical innovation and hands-on learning. This major promotes a healthier, more energy efficient way to build, which reduces negative environmental impacts and slows the depletion of natural resources. Students study sustainable approaches to materials, construction, site design, building design, community planning, and the generation and conservation of energy. In addition, students receive training in building science fundamentals and are introduced to historic preservation and the renovation and reuse of existing buildings. Graduates should be equipped with the knowledge to design buildings that make positive contributions to their communities.

Special Equipment Needs

Laptop Computer Required

  • 64-bit Windows 10 or higher (recommended).
  • Multi-core Intel Core i7 or i9 CPU running at 2.5 GHZ or higher (recommended).
  • 32+ GB RAM (required).
  • 1+ TB M.2 NVMe Drive (recommended).
  • Dedicated 8+ GB graphics card (required).
  • Video Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 (could be higher, but will impact Lumion® performance).
  • Laptop must include a webcam and microphone (required).
  • Laptop must include a wireless network card (required).
  • Broadband Internet connection when working off campus.
  • Additional plug-ins for software may be required (Information Technology Services Service Desk available for assistance).
  • Multi-year support plan including accidental damage protection (recommended).
  • The specifications above are based on requirements for Revit ® 2022 “Performance” system recommendations and Lumion® 12 system requirements. Please review those sites to ensure your laptop meets the requirements.
  • *Apple computers and Chromebooks are prohibited.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

Transfer Procedures

In addition to the transfer standards established by the College, students seeking transfer credit from another institution for architecture program courses may be asked to submit examples of coursework to the architecture department head. Determination by the department head as to whether transfer credit is given will be based on alignment of the transfer course with Penn College course content and established NAAB Program and Student Criteria.

Program Goals

In addition to meeting the goals established for the Architecture associate degree, a graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate critical thinking, professional communication, and enhanced research skills in solving architectural problems, including the ability to interpret and develop architectural documents, and to locate, evaluate, and use needed information effectively (Critical Thinking).
  • make distinctions between the stages of the architectural design process, the phases of a typical building project, and apply concepts of architectural history, theory, research methodologies, sustainability, and building technology to solve complex design problems (Design). 
  • master two- and three-dimensional representation techniques to express intentions at the various stages of a project (Representation).
  • demonstrate an advanced understanding of various building systems and technologies related to building materials, structures, environmental controls, methods of construction, and sustainability, to solve architectural problems and support a healthy environment (Building Systems).
  • make sustainable decisions for buildings and communities based on assessments of energy usage, resource efficiency, and lifestyle choices that address industry sustainability standards and promote occupant health and well-being (Sustainability).
  • produce innovative and comprehensive architectural solutions which integrate various aspects of theory, structural design, aesthetics, building materials, building systems, construction practices, and sustainability (Integration).
  • demonstrate familiarity with the legal, ethical, financial, and social responsibilities of the various stakeholders who work within architecture and related disciplines (Professional Practice).


First SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.50 1.50 SREQ
ACH101Introduction to Architecture 11 MREQ
ACH111Architectural Graphics 31 6 MREQ
ACH112Architectural History 32 3 MREQ
ACH119Building Materials I 32 3 MREQ
ACH135Architectural Computer-Aided Drafting 32 3 MREQ
MTH181College Algebra & Trigonometry I 32.50 1.50 SREQ
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ACH129Building Materials II 32 3 MREQ
ACH139Construction Documents - Residential 31 6 MREQ
ACH141Building Codes & Accessibility 21.50 1.50 MREQ
ACH181Architectural Design Studio I 31 6 MREQ
ACH211Architectural Graphics II 32 3 MREQ
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ACH239Construction Documents - Commercial 31 6 MREQ
ACH243Structural Principles 33 MREQ
ACH261Architectural Design Studio II 32 3 MREQ
ACH262Sustainability: Building & Living Green 3Writing Enriched Requirement2 3 MREQ
ACH264Computers & Estimating 32 3 MREQ
SPCSpeech Elective 3 SSPC
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ACH240Environmental Systems 32 3 MREQ
ACH253Structural Applications 32 3 MREQ
ACH281Architectural Design Studio III 42 6 MREQ
ARCSpecified Architecture Elective 3 MARC
PHS103Physics Survey 33 SREQ
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 43 3 SREQ
Fifth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BSD332Architectural Design Studio IV 52 9 MREQ
BSD340Detailing & Applications 32 3 MREQ
BSD410Historic Preservation 33 MREQ
ENL121English Composition II 33 SREQ
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 33 SREQ
Sixth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ACH272History of Modern Architecture 33 MREQ
BSD322Sustainable Community Planning & Design 32 3 MREQ
BSD352Architectural Design Studio V 52 9 MREQ
MTH172Introduction to Geometry 32.50 1.50 SREQ
MTH183College Algebra & Trigonometry II 32.50 1.50 SREQ
CDPCore Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective 3 SCDP
Seventh SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BSD420Renewable Energy Technologies 32 3 MREQ
BSD432Architectural Design Studio VI 52 9 MREQ
BSD442Architectural Theory 33 MREQ
SSPCore Social Science Perspective 3 SSSP
Eighth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BSD450Sustainable Rating Systems 33 MREQ
BSD452Architectural Design Studio VII 52 9 MREQ
OEAOpen Elective 3 SOEA
OEEExploration Elective 3 SOEE
Ninth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BSD472Architectural Thesis Studio I 63 9 MREQ
OEAOpen Elective 3 SOEA
SCIScience Elective 3 SSCI
SCLScience Elective with lab 4 SSCL
Tenth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BSD482Professional Practice 33 MREQ
BSD492Architectural Thesis Studio II 63 9 MREQ
OEEExploration Elective 3 SOEE

Students taking PHS 103 during their fourth semester must take a 4-credit science elective with a lab in the ninth semester. Those students who complete PHS 114 during their fourth semester may take a 3- credit science elective during their ninth semester. In order to meet core educational requirements, science elective credits must be a minimum of 7.


The Bachelor of Architecture program is pursuing eligibility of accreditation with The National Architectural Accrediting Board.