(Effective Fall 2020)

The Architecture and Sustainable Design major emphasizes 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, and the generation and conservation of energy. In addition, students receive training in building science fundamentals related to the measurement of building performance and are introduced to historic preservation and the renovation and reuse of existing buildings. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge to design buildings that make positive contributions to their communities.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities with a wide range of employers exist nationwide. Potential employers include architects, engineers, contractors, home builders, environmental organizations, building materials manufacturers, and government agencies. Potential job titles include drafter/technician, designer, architectural project team member, sustainability professional, design/build professional, LEED specialist, CAD Manager, teacher, facility manager, and Project Manager.

Recommended High School Subjects

Two years of algebra and trigonometry, one year of physics, four years of oral and written communications courses, and one year of computer skills. Students are encouraged to gain exposure to architectural and construction related trade skills in courses such as CAD/drafting, art/drawing, design, carpentry, HVAC, and electrical, but these courses are not required for admission to the program.

Remediation Strategies

Success in college-level coursework requires minimum levels of proficiency in math, reading, and English. Therefore, all new students must meet placement requirements to demonstrate their skills in these three areas.
Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting).

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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 and professional communication 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).
  • describe the stages of the architectural design process, the phases of a typical building project, and apply concepts of architectural history, theory, sustainability, and building technology to solve complex design problems (Design).
  • employ two and three-dimensional representation techniques to express intentions at the various stages of a project (Representation).
  • demonstrate an 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).
  • develop architectural solutions which integrate various aspects of 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 Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
ACH101 Introduction to Architecture 1 1 M REQ
ACH111 Architectural Graphics 3 1 6 M REQ
ACH119 Building Materials I 3 2 3 M REQ
ACH135 Architectural Computer Aided Drafting 3 2 3 M REQ
ACH112 Architectural History 3 2 3 M REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ACH141 Building Codes & Accessibility 2 1.50 1.50 M REQ
ACH139 Construction Documents - Residential 3 1 6 M REQ
ACH129 Building Materials II 3 2 3 M REQ
ACH211 Architectural Graphics II 3 2 3 M REQ
ACH181 Architectural Design Studio I 3 1 6 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ACH239 Construction Documents - Commercial 3 1 6 M REQ
ACH243 Structural Principles 3 3 M REQ
ACH261 Architectural Design Studio II 3 2 3 M REQ
ACH262 Sustainability: Building and Living Green 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
2 3 M REQ
SPC Speech Elective 3   S SPC
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ACH264 Computers and Estimating 3 2 3 M REQ
ACH240 Environmental Systems 3 2 3 M REQ
ACH281 Architectural Design Studio III 4 2 6 M REQ
ASD Specified Architecture and Sustainable Design Elective 3   M ASD
PHS103 Physics Survey 3 3 S REQ
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BSD420 Renewable Energy Technologies 3 2 3 M REQ
BSD332 Architectural Design Studio IV 5 2 9 M REQ
BSD340 Detailing and Applications 3 2 3 M REQ
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BSD352 Architectural Design Studio V 5 2 9 M REQ
BSD322 Sustainable Community Planning and Design 3 2 3 M REQ
ACH272 History of Modern Architecture 3 3 M REQ
MTH172 Introduction to Geometry 3 2.50 1.50 S REQ
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 3 S REQ
SCI Science Elective 3   S SCI
SCL Science Elective with lab 4   S SCL
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BSD410 Historic Preservation 3 3 M REQ
BSD432 Architectural Design Studio VI 5 2 9 M REQ
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3   S CDP
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3   S SSP
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BSD450 Sustainable Rating Systems 3 3 M REQ
BSD497 Capstone Studio 5 2 9 M REQ
BSD460 Professional Practice of Architecture 1 1 M REQ
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA