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The Architecture Program at West Valley College is primarily transfer oriented. It prepares students to enter 4- and 5-year architecture programs at the university level. Most students transfer to U.C. Berkeley, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Pomona, the University of Southern California, and to a variety of public and private institutions, nationwide.

The program is academically challenging. The West Valley architecture courses, by necessity, must match the content and intellectual rigor of those at the universities with which it has transfer agreements. In addition to architecture courses, students typically have substantial general education requirements to fulfill and must complete requisite math and science courses, usually including calculus and physics.

While it is generally possible to enter the field of Architecture directly with either a Certificate or A.S. Degree from West Valley, the transfer orientation of our program and the nature of internship within the Architecture profession limit that option.

The Architecture courses at West Valley cover four areas of study: design, graphics, history, and practice/technical communication. In most instances, these courses are foundational rather than comprehensive, since students need two or more additional years of study in these areas before they receive a Bachelor's or Master's degree, because technology is becoming increasingly important in architecture, both professionally and academically, an increasing number of WVC courses leverage computer technology as an educational tool.

New Articulation of West Valley College’s Architecture Courses with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Architecture Courses

--- Major Courses ---

  1. West Valley’s  ARCH 043, 046, and 047 to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s ARCH 217, 218, and 219.
  2. West Valley’s ARCH 048, 051, 052, and 056 articulates with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s ARCH 131, 132, and 133.
  3. West Valley’s ARCH 061 and 050 with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s ARCH 251 and 241.
  4. West Valley’s ARCH 062 and 045 with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s ARCH 252 and 242.
  5. West Valley’s ARCH 063 and 060 with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s ARCH 253 and 207.

--- Support Courses ---

  1. West Valley’s ARCH 053 with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s EDES 101.
  2. West Valley’s MATH 3A with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s MATH 141.
  3. West Valley’s MATH 3B with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s MATH 182.
  4. West Valley’s PHYS 2A and PHYS 2B with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s PHYS 121 and PHYS 122.
  5. West Valley’s PHYS 4A and PHYS 4C with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s PHYS 141 and PHYS 132.
  6. West Valley’s PHYS 4A and PHYS 4C with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s PHYS 141 and PHYS 132.

Career Paths


Associate of Science in Architecture
Learning Outcomes

After completing an A.S. degree in Architecture, a student will be able to:
Associate of Science in Architecture
Major Requirements (40 Units)
Course Number Title Units
Arch 045 Architectural Building Codes 3
Arch 050 Construction Materials & Methods 3
Arch 051 Architectural Graphics: Drawing & Sketching 3
Arch 052 Architectural Graphics: Color Rendering 3
Arch 053 Introduction to Architectural & Environmental Design 3
Arch 056 Basic Architectural Design 3
Arch 057 Architectural Model Making 1
Arch 058 Introduction to Revit Architecture 3
Arch 059 3D Studio Max: 3D Rendering 3
Arch 060 Green Building & Sustainable Design 3
Arch 061 Architectural Design I 3
Arch 062 Architectural Design II 3
Arch 063 Architectural Design III 3
Arch 066 Advanced Revit Architecture 3
Required Electives (20 Units): Select from below
Course Number Title Units
Arch 040 Fundamentals of Historic Preservation 2
Arch 041 Science of Materials in Historic Preservation 3
Arch 042 Architectural Restoration & Rehabilitation 3
Arch 043 Styles in Architecture 2
Arch 046 History of Architecture 3
Arch 047 History of Modern Architecture 3
Arch 072 History of Landscape Architecture 3
Arch 084 Sustainability in Landscape Architecture 3
Math 003A Calculus and Analytic Geometry 5
Math 003B Calculus and Analytic Geometry 5
Phys 004A Engineering Physics-Mechanics 5
Phys 004C Engineering Physics-Light, Heat and Waves 5
Total Number of Units 60

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Certificate in Architecture
Learning Outcomes

After completing a certificate in Architecture, a student will be able to:
Certificate in Architecture
Major Requirements (40 Units)
Course Number Title Units
Arch 045 Architectural Building Codes 3
Arch 046 History of Architecture 3
Arch 047 History of Modern Architecture 3
Arch 050 Construction Materials & Methods 3
Arch 051 Architectural Graphics: Drawing & Sketching 3
Arch 052 Architectural Graphics: Color Rendering 3
Arch 053 Introduction to Architectural & Environmental Design 3
Arch 056 Basic Architectural Design 3
Arch 057 Architectural Model Making 1
Arch 058 Introduction to Revit Architecture 3
Arch 059 3D Studio Max: 3D Rendering 3
Arch 061 Architectural Design I 3
Arch 062 Architectural Design II 3
Arch 066 Advanced Revit Architecture 3
Total Number of Units 40

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last published: 2/2/16