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BS Degree - Code #1452

Matthew DiRado, Program Coordinator
Email Address: diradoma@alfredstate.edu

Our four-year Bachelor of Science in architectural technology program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive architectural education. While the two-year AAS degree in architectural technology offers a broad range of skills this four year program continues the course of study, by combining a wholistic perspective of the built environment with an applied technical knowledge of construction systems and materials acquired throughout a four-year studio sequence.

All architecture degree programs share course work across the first two years, while the BS and BArch have some shared course work in the third and fourth years. This alignment demands the AAS and BS in architectural technology are required to meet the same NAAB "Student Criteria” and “Program Criteria” that apply to the BArch program. The BArch program is the only fully-accredited undergraduate first professional architecture degree program in the SUNY system.

Advantages

Broad exposure gives students the ability to be conversant with and/or seek employment within the architectural field, and also in related professions that engage the built environment.

The degree may be accepted for credit toward professional licensure in New York State.

Alfred State offers multiple study abroad options through our signature 10-week semester study abroad program (offered in conjunction with Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy) and other programs offered in conjunction with SUNY partners. To learn more, see www.alfredstate.edu/study-abroad.

All students in both the architecture and interior design programs are required to purchase a computer before the beginning of the second year in addition to other equipment. Typically the costs of these purchases can be covered using financial aid. Please consult a financial aid counselor for further details. Laptop specifications are available at alfredstate.edu/required-laptops.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Comprehend architecture as being accountable to humanity's need for safe, affordable shelter, for dignified ways of living and for offering corresponding symbolic meaning - and the ability to produce designs infused by this understanding.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the evolution of architectural ideas (and associated principles, strategies, and devices) throughout history and of how these were marshaled by architects in the service of certain intended purposes, as well as the ability to apply such ideas in the student's own designs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of strategies for infusing design generally, and structural expression particularly, with poetic dimensions that help to transform environments - that would otherwise be merely good functionally and of sound construction - into inspiring and uplifting places.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of sustainability, construction technology, and integrated project delivery.
  • Demonstrate the ability to take on/participate constructively in urban renewal/social innovation projects that seek to serve the common good.
  • Info management (computer and research skills appropriate to degree level and type).
  • Written and oral communication (appropriate to degree level and type).
  • Critical thinking (problem solving, reasoning skills appropriate to degree level and type).

Continuing Education Opportunities

Graduates wishing to continue their education may choose to apply to master's programs in architecture or related disciplines. The lengths of such programs vary and depend on institutional requirements.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Architect (after successfully meeting state requirements)
  • Construction manager
  • Building inspector
  • 3-D modeler/animator
  • Computer illustrator
  • Detailer
  • Specification writer
  • Estimator
  • Model builder

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 89 percent – 89 percent are employed.

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Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined reading/writing and math SAT score of 1080 or a composite ACT score of 21.

Recommended: Pre-calculus, Physics

Transfer Students

Prior to studio placement within the architectural technology BS program, applicants from schools or programs with which Alfred State College does not have an active an articulation agreement, must submit a comprehensive academic portfolio for review. This portfolio will include examples of student work, course syllabi, assignments, and grade reports and will evaluated along with the student’s overall grade point average and studio course grades.

Students applying for transfer from schools with which Alfred State College has an existing and active articulation agreement (Erie CC, Finger Lakes CC, Dutchess CC, Onondaga CC, Orange County CC) may submit a condensed design portfolio. 

Alfred State College uses SlideRoom to collect portfolio details, which will guide all students—new or transfer— through the process of assembling the correct materials for the portfolio.

Graduation Requirements

Successfully complete all courses in the prescribed eight-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Alfred State offers multiple study abroad options through our signature 10-week semester study abroad program (offered in conjunction with Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy) and other programs offered in conjunction with SUNY partners in France, Estonia, and Benin. To learn more, see www.alfredstate.edu/study-abroad.

General Notes:

A typical day consists of two, one-hour lectures and a two-hour studio in the freshman and sophomore years. At the junior and senior levels, three-hour studios are required.

Entry level of student into math and composition/literature sequences is a function of student’s high school preparation and mathematics and English placement examinations.

Math through Technical Calculus I must be completed. Students who start at a higher level of math must meet SUNY general education and campus liberal arts and sciences course credit requirements for graduation.

Minimum combined GPA of 3.0 is required in Alfred State studio courses (ARCH 1184, ARCH 2394, ARCH 3104, and ARCH 4304) or comparable courses at another institution to guarantee admission into ARCH 5306 - Design Studio 3. A portfolio review is required of all continuing or transfer students not meeting this requirement.

If entry-level math requirement is met, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 or 4 credits, otherwise take free elective.

Students must complete at least one course from seven of the 10 SUNY General Education silos.

Minimum grade of “C” is required for ARCH 5306, ARCH 6306, ARCH 7306, and ARCH 8306.

Architectural Technology - BS Degree

TYPICAL EIGHT-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

ARCH 1184 Design Fundamentals 1 4
FNAT 2333 Survey of Design 3
FNAT 1303 Architectural History I 3
MATH 1034 College Algebra of Functions 4
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
      17

Second

ARCH 2394 Design Fundamentals 2 4
ARCH 2014 Computer Visualization 4

 

xxx3

Gen Ed/LAS Elective (Hist of West Civ) 3
MATH 2043 College Trigonometry 3
PHYS 1024 General Physics I 4
      18

Third

ARCH 3104 Design Studio 1 4
ARCH 3014 Construction Technology 1 4
ARCH 3003 Environmental Controls 1 3

 

xxx3

Gen Ed/LAS Elective (Social Science) 3
MATH 1063 Technical Calculus I 3
      17

Fourth

ARCH 4304 Design Studio 2 4
ARCH 4014 Construction Technology 2 4
CIVL 4103 Structures I 3
ARCH 4013 Municipal Codes & Regulations 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
      17

 

Fifth

ARCH 5306 Design Studio 3 6

 

xxx3

Gen Ed/LAS Elective (Foreign Language)

3

FNAT 5303 Architectural History II 3
  xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective - Upper Level 3
      15

Sixth

ARCH 6306 Design Studio 4 6
   xxx4 Gen Ed/LAS Elective 4
   xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective (Humanities) 3
CIVL 5213 Foundations and Concrete 3
      16

Seventh

ARCH 7306 Design Studio 5 6
ARCH 7003 Environmental Controls 2 3

 

xxx3

Gen Ed/LAS Elective 3
 

xxx3

Gen Ed/LAS Elective - Upper Level 3
 

xxx3

Gen Ed/LAS Elective - Upper Level 3
      18

Eighth

ARCH 8306 Design Studio 6 6
ARCH 8003 Professional Practice 3
  xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective 3
  xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective (Am. Hist. or Other World Civ) 3
      15

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student's ability to participate in an internship and/or to receive licensure.