Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Architectural Science, Bachelor of Science (518)

Program Coordinator

Shahnaz Aly, shahnaz.aly@wku.edu, (270) 745-5849

Architectural Science is a bridge between design theory and construction practice. Architectural Technologists perform a variety of important functions in many areas of the architectural and building construction fields and are widely recognized by professionals in the construction industry. Graduates find employment as drafters, designers, construction planners, estimators, inspectors, technical sales representatives, and many other exciting areas.

Career Opportunities

Graduates obtain employment in a wide variety of organizations: architectural firms, engineering firms, interior design firms, contractors, design-build construction firms, surveying firms, government agencies, construction product manufacturers, construction material suppliers, inspection and testing firms, specialty consultants, and computer applications consultants.

Program Description

The program in Architectural Science is designed to provide graduates with a practical architectural education combining an understanding of the philosophy of building design with an applied technical knowledge of construction systems and materials. Graduates are prepared with the knowledge and skills to assist in developing drawings and related documentation, constructing architectural models, developing architectural renderings, creating digital images and visualizations, preparing cost estimates and construction planning documentation, and making professional presentations.

Program instruction includes architectural drafting, construction methods and materials, design principles, environmental systems, building systems, building codes, structural principles, project management, sustainability, and professional presentations.

Program Requirements (78 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

Program Courses
AS 151Architectural Graphics3
AS 163Architectural Drafting3
AS 2513D Modeling and Imaging3
CM 261Construction Methods and Materials3
CM 262Construction Laboratory1
AS 263Architecture Documentation I3
AS 273Architectural Detailing3
CM 282Building Structures3
AS 305Building Codes3
SEAS 325Survey of Building Systems3
AS 351Building Information Modeling3
AS 373Architecture Documentation II3
AS 369Architectural Design Studio I4
MFGE 390Project Management3
SEAS 398Internship I1
MFGE 430Technology Management / Supervision / Team Building3
AS 469Architectural Design Studio II4
AS 488Comprehensive Design3
AS 490Senior Research for Architectural Sciences3
CE 303Construction Management3
ENG 306Business Writing3
or ENG 307 Technical Writing
MGT 200Legal Environment of Business3
or MGT 210 Organization and Management
Select 14 hours of advisor-approved architectural science electives14
Visual Design I
Interior Design Studio I
Visual Design II
Materials and Finishes for Interior Design
Interior Design Studio II
Interior Design Studio III
Lighting and Environmental Controls
Digital Rendering for Interiors
Interior Design Studio V
Portfolio Design
Visual Design III
Principles of Surveying
Principles of Surveying Lab
Equipment & Methods
Construction Estimating and Bidding
Construction Scheduling
Total Hours78

A minor or second major is not required.

Additional Courses Required for the Major

MATH 117Trigonometry3
ECON 150Introduction to Economics3
or ECO 150C Introduction to Economics
or ECON 202 Principles of Economics (Micro)
or ECO 202C Principles of Economics (Micro)
or ECON 203 Principles of Economics (Macro)
or ECO 203C Principles of Economics (Macro)
or ECON 375 Moral Issues of Capitalism
or ECON 390 Economics, Law, and Public Choice
AS 180Introduction to Architecture3
Total Hours9

Finish in Four Plan

First Year
AS 1513AS 1633
AS 1803CM 2613
MATH 1173CM 2621
ENG 1003ENG 2003
HIST 101 or HIST 1023Colonnade - Arts & Humanities3
 Colonnade - Natural & Physical Science w/out lab3
 15 16
Second Year
AS 2513AS 2733
AS 2633AS 3513
AS 3053COMM 1453
ECON 2023SEAS 3253
CM 2823AS 3694
 15 16
Third Year
AS 3733MFGE 3903
CE 3033Architectural Science Elective3
Architectural Science Elective3ENG 3003
Colonnade - Social & Cultural3General Elective3
SEAS 3981Colonnade - Local to Global3
 13 15
Fourth Year
AS 4694Colonnade - Natural & Physical Science w/Lab3
AS 4883AS 4903
General Elective3Colonnade - Connections 3
MFGE 4303Management Elective3
Architectural Science Elective2ENG 306 or ENG 3073
 15 15
Total Hours 120