Architecture (Associate of Arts Degree)
Curriculum U224A4
(Updated May 5, 2007)

Architects are involved in all aspects of building design, including appearance, economy, function, structure, environ-mental planning, sustainability and responding to the needs of those who will use the building. They design, prepare drawings, build models, analyze costs, specify building materials and administer construction contracts. Architecture, as a profession, is a business, a science and an art.

Triton College’s architectural curriculum offers courses required in the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program in architecture. All requirements for two years of the four-year programs at the three Illinois universities offering degrees in architecture (UIC, UIUC and SIUC) can be satisfied at Triton College.

UIUC’s minimum grade point average for transfer into their B.S. program in architectural studies is around 3.0 2 on a 4.0 scale. Some universities will also require a prospective transfer student to submit a portfolio of studio work to place the student in their design sequence, to determine the amount of credit to be awarded for architecture courses from Triton College and, in some cases, for admission to their architectural program. Architectural schools differ slightly in their requirements and students should work closely with Triton’s architectural coordinator to determine specific transfer course requirements.

The degree program listed below will enable the student to receive an Associate of Arts Degree (AA) at Triton College in Architecture. It will also enable the student to transfer to either the University of Illinois at Chicago , Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, or the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to complete a B.A. or a B.S. in Architectural Studies.

Semester One
Course Number Course name Credit Hours
ARC 109 Architectural Drafting Fundamentals (no prerequisite) 2

ARC 187

Architectural Drawing and Models (no prerequisite)

HIS 121  History of Western Civilization I  3
RHT 101 Freshman Rhetoric and Composition I 3
MAT 131 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I (you need to take the Triton math placement test to determine what math course to take) 5

Semester Two
Course Number Course name Credit Hours

ARC 110

Wood and Masonry Construction Technology (prerequisite: ARC109 or concurrent enrollment) 

ARC 171 Architectural Design I (prerequisite: ARC187) 3
RHT 102 Freshman Rhetoric and Composition II 3
HIS 122  History of Western Civilization II 3
ART 111 Ancient to Medieval Art 3

Semester Three
Course Number Course name Credit Hours
ARC 172 Architectural Design II (prerequisite: ARC171)  5
ARC 210 Introduction to the History of Architecture (prerequisite: RHT 101) 3
ARC 120 Steel Construction Technology (prerequisite: ARC110) 5
ART 112 Renaissance to Modern Art 3

Semester Four
Course Number Course name Credit Hours
SPE 101  Principles of Effective Speaking 3
ANT 101 Introduction to Antropology 3
PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology  3
PHY 101 General Physics (Mechanics, heat & Sound)  5

Total Credits required for graduation: 66

NOTES: Students planning to transfer to UIUC, UIC or SIUC should also take the following course: ARC 189 Architectural CADD (3 hrs)

Students planning to transfer to SIUC should also take the following course: MAT 133 Advanced Calculus (3 hrs)

Portfolio review is required for all transfer students to UIC and SIUC to determine what design course they should be placed in.