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Associate in Applied Science in Architectural Technology

Division of Engineering Technologies and Computer Sciences – Curriculum Code: 2301

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

 

Why major in Architectural Technology?

This program prepares students for employment in the architectural profession. Instruction is offered in the architectural design studio where students have the opportunity to express their ideas via conceptual and real-life architectural projects. Jobs in the field are typically found in architectural consulting firms and in the architectural departments of corporations and state and federal agencies. Job titles range from construction site inspector to CAD operator.

If I major in Architectural Technology, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

Yes. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for transfer to an accredited architectural program in order to work toward a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree. Student transferability and placement in an upper-division college or university will depend on the individual student’s academic performance and portfolio of work accumulated throughout the two-year course of study of Architectural Technology. Several area colleges and universities offer architecture programs including nearby New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). With a five-year B.Arch. Degree from an accredited institution and a three-year work experience, you become eligible to sit for the architect’s license exam.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may be required to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 17 credits each semester, you can complete the program in two years. Part-time students can complete the program in three or four years.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-4400.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Develop an architectural design that demonstrates mastery of incorporating space and form concepts;
  • Explain and implement the fundamental principles of architectural history and of building construction and materials;
  • Employ computer-aided design (CAD) to prepare graphical depictions of design solutions that are presentable to an audience; and
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing using appropriate technical vocabulary to present to a range of audiences.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

(22 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)

ENG 101 (3 credits)
ENG 102 or ENG 105 (one 3-credit course)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills (7 credits)

MTH 113 (4 credits) and MTH 114 (3 credits)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108 or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)

Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)

 

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(28 credits)

ARC 101 Architectural Design I (4 credits)
ARC 102 Architectural Design II (4 credits)
ARC 111 History of Architecture I (3 credits)
ARC 112 History of Architecture II (3 credits)
ARC 131 Construction Methods I (3 credits)
ARC 132 Construction Methods II (3 credits)
ARC 201 Architectural Design III (4 credits)
ARC 202 Architectural Design IV (4 credits)

 

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(18 credits)

CSC 112 Computer Programming for Engineering and Technology (3 credits)
ENR 103 Engineering Graphics (2 credits)
ENR 105 Applied Computer-Aided Design (2 credits)
ENR 205 Advanced CAD (3 credits)
PHY 101 College Physics I (4 credits)
PHY 102 College Physics II (4 credits)

Total Credits Required for Degree: 68

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES:

 

First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
ARC 101 Architectural Design I (4 credits)
ARC 111 History of Architecture I (3 credits)
ENR 103 Engineering Graphics (2 credits)
MTH 113 College Algebra with Trigonometry (4 credits)

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Composition II OR ENG 105 Technical Writing (3 credits)
ARC 102 Architectural Design II (4 credits)
ARC 112 History of Architecture II (3 credits)
ENR 105 Applied Computer-Aided Design (2 credits)
MTH 114 Unified Calculus I (3 credits)

Summer Session
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
ARC 131 Construction Methods I (3 credits)
ARC 201 Architectural Design III (4 credits)
CSC 112 Computer Programming for Engineering and Technology (3 credits)
PHY 101 College Physics I (4 credits)

Fourth Semester
ARC 132 Construction Methods II (3 credits)
ARC 202 Architectural Design IV (4 credits)
ENR 205 Advanced CAD (3 credits)
PHY 102 College Physics II (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)

 

NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.