(Effective Fall 2020)

The Architecture major provides students with the knowledge and skills that lead to employment and advancement in the field of architecture. The course work enables the graduate to work in architectural or building construction related jobs or continue toward an advanced degree in a related field. The architectural technician will be involved in work requiring a knowledge of computer applications, including computer-aided drafting, construction materials, mechanical and structural systems, estimating, site and building design fundamentals, presentation methods, building codes, sustainability, and specifications.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities with a wide range of employers exist nationwide. Potential employers include architects, engineers, contractors, environmental organizations, building materials manufacturers, and government agencies. Potential job titles include LEED specialist, sustainable housing specialist, solar project manager, green building analyst/consultant, building science/sustainability researcher, sustainable designer, architectural project team member, sustainability professional, design/build professional, sustainable HVAC technology leader, facility manager and building commissioning specialist. Graduate school opportunities exist, with students entering Masters of Architecture programs or related graduate programs.

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

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate technical expertise and problem-solving ability through the use of effective data analysis, appropriate tools and digital media, and standard mathematical computations (Critical Thinking).
  • interpret architectural drawings and related documents, and communicate ideas and solutions using appropriate architectural vocabulary (Critical Thinking).
  • describe the stages of the architectural design process, and the phases of a typical building project (Design).
  • develop design solutions for small and medium sized projects which demonstrate a knowledge of architectural history, building materials and building systems (Design).
  • present architectural designs and concepts using various means as appropriate (Representation).
  • analyze the aesthetic, economic and environmental impacts of various building materials, building systems, and methods of construction (Building Systems).
  • demonstrate an understanding of the choices that promote occupant health and well-being (Sustainability).
  • integrate the various applications of construction materials, systems, and methods used in the building industry (Integration).
  • describe the career options and job titles of those who work within architecture and related disciplines, the importance of working in teams, and the relationships between the various stakeholders (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
ACH Specified Architectural Elective 3   M ACH
PHS103 Physics Survey 3 3 S REQ
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4 3 3 S REQ


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