Program Description

The Architectural major allows students to pursue an architectural education at a university level. It is designed for high-achieving students who seek a degree in a 5-year professional or 4-year non-professional degree university level undergraduate program in Architecture, Interiors Architecture, Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture in CSU, UC, and private schools. Curriculum in this major encompass the first two years of architectural curriculum following standards outlined by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) in architectural design, visual communications, materials and processes of construction, professional practice and history/theory. 

Courses focus on exploration and understanding of architecture’s cultural, environmental, and formal relevance to both individuals and society as a whole. Architecture students are trained to think creatively, abstractly, and to develop design concepts for critical inquiry and design. Students apply current design principles and processes of architectural design that produce design solutions. Architecture students effectively convey their creative architectural design projects, research and essays realized through physical, digital and verbal presentation forms. These completed works are then studied and developed into portfolios of individual student accomplishment for transfer.

This major is primarily intended to prepare students to transfer and earn a 4- or 5-year bachelor’s degree in Architecture.

PLEASE NOTE: The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary. When selecting courses for transfer purposes, students should consult with Counseling Services to determine the particular transfer requirements (specifically Math and Physics) required by public and private transfer institutions.

Program Outcomes

  1. Apply creative and abstract thought to develop design concepts based on historical awareness and critical inquiry.
  2. Execute architectural design and research solutions employing current design principles and processes of architectural design and research.
  3. Convey creative architectural design projects, research and essays through physical, digital and verbal presentation forms.

Requirements for the AA Degree

To qualify for this degree, you must meet these requirements:

  • Minimum of 60 AA units
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Complete the traditional AA or IGETC or CSU GE
  • Complete this area of emphasis

Area of Emphasis Required Courses

Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. All courses must be numbered 001-099. You must complete all 37 units in the discipline listed below:

  • ARCH 010A - Architectural Design Fundamentals (3)
  • ARCH 010B - Design Fundamentals (3)
  • ARCH 011-  Introduction to Architecture (2)
  • ARCH 012A - Visual Communications I (3)
  • ARCH 012B - Visual Communications II (Digital Media) (3)
  • ARCH 013 - Architectural Portfolio Preparation (3)
  • ARCH 014 - Materials and Processes of Construction (2)
  • ARCH 020A - Architectural Design (6)
  • ARCH 020B - Architectural Design (6)
  • ARCH 024A - History of Architecture (3)
  • ARCH 024B - History of Architecture (3)

General Education Requirements

To be eligible for an AA degree, you must complete general education requirements in addition to the area of emphasis course requirements. You choose to follow one of the following three GE Patterns:

Which GE Pattern you choose to follow is based on your transfer plans. Speak with your counselor or visit the Transfer Center to find out more about which GE Pattern to follow. 

Catalog Year
This information reflects the information from the 2020-2021 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.