Architectural Sciences and Technology

Overview of Architectural Sciences and Technology

Associate of Science in Architecture Technology, Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Sciences and Technology, Master of Science in Art Culture and Technology, a Master of Science in Building Design or a Doctorate in Building Performance and Diagnostics are types of undergraduate and graduate degrees you can earn when you enroll in Architectural Sciences and Technology programs. Before you start working as an architect you may be required to take and pass the Architect Registration Examination. Additionally, as an architect you may help create building designs, manage construction projects, including staff and project funds. You may work with electrical designs, plumbing, communication systems and interior designs. Expect to work both indoors and outdoors.

Curriculum for Architectural Sciences and Technology

The curriculums for Architectural Sciences and Technology college and university programs vary by school. However, there are common core courses associated with the degree programs. Some of these core courses include:

  • Architectural Design
  • Materials in Building
  • Graphics and Digital Communications
  • Technical Language of Architecture
  • Building Envelope Performance
  • Sustainable Design
  • Building Preservation Values
  • Materials and Methods of Construction
  • Physics
  • Statics and Strength of Materials
  • Environmental Systems
  • Construction Management

How to Enroll in Architectural Sciences and Technology Programs

You generally need a high school diploma and to earn high scores on college entrance examinations (e.g. SAT, ACT) to get admitted to accredited Architectural Sciences and Technology college and university programs. If you enroll in graduate level programs you may have to complete a residency before you earn your degree. Depending on the college or university you enroll in, you also might have to maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA). Check with the admissions counselors at the postsecondary schools you want to attend to find out whether or not you also have to submit essays and portfolio work to enroll in the programs.

Benefits of Completing Architectural Sciences and Technology Programs

Critical thinking, project management and time management skills are benefits you gain when you complete college Architectural Sciences and Technology programs. Additional benefits you receive are critical consciousness and awareness, visual perspective and design theory skills and knowledge. As a graduate student you may also gain teaching experience as some colleges and universities require you to complete at least one semester to earn advanced degrees.

Job Opportunities in Architectural Sciences and Technology Students

Competition for architect jobs is expected to be keen over the next decade, particularly at more established architectural firms. Jobs in the field are expected to grow by nearly 16 percent from 2008 through 2018 according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). You can increase your chances of landing quality jobs if you gain experience working with environmentally friendly or “green” designs. The median annual salaries architects earned as of May 2008 were $70,320.

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