Architecture Courses

ARCH 40 – Fundamentals of Historic Preservation

2 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is a study of historic preservation theories and philosophies, various definitions for different types of preservation planning: Preservation, Restoration, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction. It includes the study of the recommendations and guidelines of the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the treatment of historic properties. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 41 – Science of Materials in Historic Preservation

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is a study of traditional and modern materials, including use and properties, the diagnosis of the causes of deterioration, preservation, and restoration methods. This course also covers the mechanical stress effects on rigid materials, the study of corrosive chemicals on porous materials, the atmospheric pollution effects, the settlement of masonries, and the vibrations on the structures as well as the effects of road traffic on the buildings. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 42 – Architectural Restoration and Rehabilitation

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisites: ARCH 40, ARCH 41, ARCH 58

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is a study of different restoration philosophies and procedures. Course topics include: acquiring research skills for the collection of historic documents from various archives; investigating historic building; preparing field measurements; drawing plans, elevations, and sections of the historic building; following zoning and building code restrictions and requirements for restoration and rehabilitation of an existing historic building when subject to a new use of occupancy; reporting the diagnosis of deterioration causes; and presenting the final restoration and rehabilitation proposal with specifications. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 43 – Styles in Architecture

2 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a study of styles in architecture from pre-history to present. This course covers cultural, political, and social influences in architectural styles; a general overview of different architectural styles including each style’s date of origination, its life period, main characteristics, and features; differences between similar styles, and eclecticisms. This course covers also the architectural styles of the American house. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 45 – Architectural Building Codes

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers the building permit process and definition of building codes as described in the International Building Code. The course emphasizes use and occupancy, special use and occupancy, building heights and areas, type of construction, fire-resistive construction, interior finishes, fire-protection systems, means of degress, accessibility, interior environment, energy efficiency, exterior walls, roof assemblies, structural provisions, building materials and systems, and existing structures. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 46 – History of Architecture

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a study of the world history of architecture from pre-history to the 1945. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 47 – History of Modern Architecture

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a study of modern world architectural history from 1945 to the present. The influences of the industrial revolution and the old world in contemporary architecture are also discussed. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 48 – Digital Tools for Architecture

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MATH 902 and/or MATH 902P

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course explores traditional and contemporary methods of graphic presentations as a means of communication in architectural design. The course emphasizes a variety of presentation techniques including color renderings, delineation of elevation, section, plan views and articulation of image and transfer methodologies. Media include computer-generated images, vellum based renderings, and architectural model building. Emphasis is also placed on preparation of student portfolio and presentation skills, in preparation for student interviews upon entering the profession. Students should be familiar with Photoshop, InDesign or similar programs before enrolling in this course. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 50 – Construction Materials & Methods

3 units lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is a study of various building materials, their methods of installation, and provides an overview of the structural concepts of building design. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 51 – Architectural Graphics: Drawing & Sketching

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MATH 103 or MATH 103R

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a study of the basic techniques of drafting and sketching as it relates to architectural graphic communication. Students have opportunities to develop visual literacy, freehand sketching techniques, and an understanding of perspective. This course also covers natural and man-made forms and basic architectural rendering. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 52 – Architectural Graphics: Color Rendering

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MATH 103 or MATH 103R

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a study of three-dimensional representations using various color media as it relates to architectural and environmental graphic communication. Students have opportunities to develop visual color literacy, three-dimensional drawing techniques, and an understanding of color rendering. This course covers natural and human-made forms and advanced architectural color rendering. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 53 – Introduction Architectural and Environmental Design

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is an overview of the environmental design field and introduces the design process as a basis for architectural decision making. Other topics include the professional fields of architecture, engineering, city planning, landscape architecture, allied professions, and construction. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 56 – Basic Architectural Design

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a study of the architectural design principles and methodologies. Students apply these principles to studio problems of increasing complexity. Various representation techniques are utilized, including sketching, manual drafting, computer graphics, and architectural model making. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 57 – Architectural Model Making

1 unit: lecture 0.5 units; lab 0.5 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

TThis course covers all aspects of materials, tools, and skills required to build architectural models. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 58 – Introduction to Revit Architecture

3 unit: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MATH 902, MATH 902P

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is an introduction to Autodesk: Revit Architecture - software specifically designed for use by architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and civil engineering professionals. This course emphasizes the construction of 3D models. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 59 – 3D Studio Max: 3D Rendering

3 unit: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MATH 902, MATH 902P

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is study of Autodesk: 3D Studio Max Design software specifically designed for use by architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and civil engineering professionals. This course familiarizes both novice and experienced 3D artists with the process and capabilities of the 3D Studio Max Design tool set. The course focuses on the process of developing projects with 3D Studio Max Design. Students have the opportunity to learn how to use each tool to its maximum benefit, as well as why it is important to the overall process. This course emphasizes the creation of advanced rendering perspectives from a 3D model of a building project and its context. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 60 – Green Building and Sustainable Design

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This intermediate level architecture course is a study of green building and sustainable design requirements. Students have opportunities to learn about green building and sustainable design requirements through lectures and case studies. Additional topics include green design strategies: envelope, lighting, heating, cooling, energy production, water and waste. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 61 – Architectural Design I

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisites: ARCH 56 and 58

Advisory: MATH 103 or 103R

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is an intermediate level architectural design studio. Students have opportunities to study environmental and visual phenomena through architectural design exercises. The theories of building design and problem solving methodologies are introduced and used as a basis for the design process. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 62 – Architectural Design II

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: ARCH 58

Corequisite: ARCH 56 or ARCH 61

Advisory: MATH 103 or 103R

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is an intermediate-advanced level architectural design studio. Students have opportunities to study environmental and visual phenomena through architectural design exercises. Additional topics include the introduction to structure and materials, and their relationships to form, function, and design intent. Students have opportunities to design a complex building by performing case studies relating to the specific building type prior to undertaking the design project itself. Pass/No Pass Option

Architectural Design III

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is an advanced level architectural design studio. Students have opportunities to study environmental and visual phenomena through architectural design exercises. Additional topics include the introduction to structure and materials, and their relationships to form, function, and design intent. Students have opportunities to design a complex, multi-use, multi-story building by performing case studies relating to the specific building type prior to undertaking the design project itself. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 64 – Architectural Practice

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: ARCH 62 or ARCH 63

Advisory: MATH 103/103R

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is the most advanced level architectural design studio. Students have opportunities to study environmental and visual phenomena through architectural design exercises. Additional topics include architect’s duties and responsibilities, and the development of an architectural production set: construction documents, construction specifications, and cost estimation. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 66 – Advanced Revit Architecture

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: ARCH 58

Advisory: MATH 902

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is an advanced Autodesk: Revit Architecture software specifically designed for use by architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and civil engineering professionals. This course familiarizes both novice and experienced 3D artists with the process and capabilities of the Revit tool set. The course focuses on the process of developing projects with Revit. This course emphasizes the creation of a set of construction documents and advanced rendering perspectives from a 3D model of a building project and its context. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 72 - History of Landscape Architecture

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a study of world landscape architectural history from prehistory to present. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 76 – Landscape Construction Technology

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MATH 103 or MATH 103R

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is a study of the landscape architecture technical implementation with an emphasis on basic principles of site layout, grading and drainage, earthwork computations, irrigation systems, landscape construction materials, and details. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 81 – Landscape Plants: Summer and Autumn

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: BIO 42

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a study of ornamental trees, vines, and groundcovers during the summer and autumn seasons. Emphasis is placed on growth habits, cultural requirements, maintenance, suitability for landscape use, and the ecology of plant communities. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 82 – Landscape Plants: Winter and Spring

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: BIO 42

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a study of ornamental trees, vines, and groundcovers during the winter and spring seasons. Emphasis is placed on growth habits, cultural requirements, maintenance, suitability for landscape use, and the ecology of plant communities. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 83 – Plant Composition

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: ARCH 81

Corequisite: ARCH 82

Advisory: BIO 42

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a study of the design placement of ornamental trees, shrubs, vines, and groundcovers in the environmental landscape. Emphasis is on the aesthetic and functional relationship of plant combinations, forms, and the scale of plants to structures and outdoor spaces. Pass/No Pass Option

ARCH 84 – Sustainability in Landscape Architecture

3 units: lecture 3 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers the topic of sustainability in landscape architectural design studio. Students have opportunities to study sustainable environmental and visual phenomena through landscape architectural design exercises. Additional topics include Firescaping, green roof, plant restoration, habitat restoration, and Brownfield. Students have opportunities to apply sustainable design to a specific site. Pass/No Pass Option

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