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Architectural Science

MAJOR IN ARCHITECTURAL SCIENCE

The major in Architectural Science (reference number 518) requires 83 semester hours. Architectural Science is a bridge between design theory and construction practice. Architectural Technologists perform a variety of important functions in many areas of the architectural and building construction fields, and are widely recognized by professionals in the construction industry. Graduates find employment as drafters, designers, construction planners, estimators, inspectors, technical sales representatives, and many other exciting areas.

 

Career Opportunities

Graduates obtain employment in a wide variety of organizations:

• Architectural firms

• Engineering firms

• Interior design firms

• Contractors

• Design-build construction firms

• Surveying firms

• Government agencies

• Construction product manufacturers

• Construction material suppliers

• Inspection and testing firms

• Specialty consultants

• Computer applications consultants

 

Program Description

The program in Architectural Science is designed to provide graduates with a practical architectural education combining an understanding of the philosophy of building design with an applied technical knowledge of construction systems and materials. Graduates are prepared with the knowledge and skills to assist in developing drawings and related documentation, constructing architectural models, developing architectural renderings, creating digital images and visualizations, preparing cost estimates and construction planning documentation, and making professional presentations.

Program instruction includes architectural drafting, construction methods and materials, design principles, environmental systems, building codes, structural principles, project management, sustainability, and professional presentations.

The major in Architectural Science (reference number 518) leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. A minor or second major is not required. Course requirements for the major are shown below. Students should consult with an advisor in planning their course schedules and career goals. The program is accredited by NAIT (National Association of Industrial Technology).

 

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS: ARCHITECTURAL SCIENCE

The courses listed below are the curriculum requirements for this degree. You can see detailed course descriptions by clicking the WKU Course Search link to the right. In the dropdown box, choose the appropriate subject area and click "Go".

 

Architectural Science Major Courses

AMS 120 - BASIC ELECTRICITY - 3 hours

AMS 140 - INTRODUCTION TO OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY - 1 hour

AMS 151 - ARCHITECTURAL GRAPHICS - 3 hours

AMS 163 - ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING - 3 hours

AMS 175 - UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE-AMS - 2 hours

AMS 251 - 3D MODELING AND IMAGING - 3 hours

AMS 261 - CONSTRUCTION METHODS AND MATERIALS - 3 hours

AMS 262 - CONSTRUCTION LABORATORY - 1 hour

AMS 263 - ARCHITECTURE DOCUMENTATION I - 3 hours

AMS 273 - ARCHITECTURAL DETAILING - 3 hours

AMS 282 - ARCHITECTURAL STRUCTURES - 3 hours

AMS 305 - BUILDING CODES - 3 hours

AMS 325 - SURVEY OF BUILDING SYSTEMS - 3 hours

AMS 363 - ARCHITECTURE DOCUMENTATION II - 3 hours

AMS 369 - ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIO I - 4 hours

AMS 371 - QUALITY ASSURANCE - 3 hours

AMS 390 - PROJECT MANAGEMENT - 3 hours

AMS 398 - INTERNSHIP I - 1 hour

AMS 430 - TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT / SUPERVISION / TEAM BUILDING - 3 hours

AMS 463 - ARCHITECTURE DOCUMENTATION III - 3 hours

AMS 469 - ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIO I - 4 hours

AMS 488 - COMPREHENSIVE DESIGN - 3 hours

AMS 490 - SENIOR RESEARCH - 3 hours

CE 303 - CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT - 3 hours

CE 304 - CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT LAB - 1 hour

Advisor Approved Architectural Science Electives: 9 hours

Advisor Approved Management Elective: 3 hours

ENG 306 BUSINESS WRITING or 307 TECHNICAL WRITING - 3 hours

 

General Education Courses (45 hours):

Category A

ENG 100 - INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING - 3 hours

ENG 300 - WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES - 3 hours

Foreign Lang. - 3 hours

Public Spk. - 3 hours

 

Category B

ENG 200 - INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE - 3 hours

AMS 180 - INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICES - 3 hours

B-II Elective - 3 hours

 

Category C

HIST 119 WESTERN CIVILIZATION TO 1648 or 120 WESTERN CIVILIZATION SINCE 1648 - 3 hours

ECON 202 - PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS (MICRO) - 3 hours

C Elective - 3 hours

 

Category D

MATH 117 - TRIGONOMETRY - 3 hours

PHYS 201 - COLLEGE PHYSICS I - 4 hours

D Elective - 3 hours

 

Category E

E Elective - 3 hours

 

Category F

SFTY 171 - SAFETY AND FIRST AID - 1 hour

F Elective - 1 hour

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 Last Modified 9/25/14