Architecture Degrees

Associate of Science Degree in Architecture

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. The degree exceeds 60 units as it is preparing students for the five year professional degree in Architecture.

The Architecture courses at West Valley cover the following areas of study: building design, graphics, history, practical/technical communication, codes, construction, and structural design. An increasing number of WVC courses leverage computer technology as an educational tool.

Students, upon completion of this degree, are prepared to transfer to a 4 or 5 years program in Architecture or Architectural Engineering. Career options after completion of a baccalaureate degree include:

  • Architect
  • Landscape Architect
  • Historic Preservation Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Construction Management
  • Specification Writing
  • Structural Engineering
  • Architectural Graphics

After completing an A.S. in Architecture, a student will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively and professionally in the architectural environment through proper use of verbal, written and graphic techniques.
  • Apply mathematical skills to solve technical problems associated with architectural drawings.
  • Develop architectural drawings including construction drawings, and presentation drawings.
  • Use computer graphics applications associated with architectural projects.
  • Select construction materials based upon their properties and methods of installation.
  • Apply principals of structural design.
  • Apply building codes, zoning codes, and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
  • Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving abilities in designing residential and commercial buildings.
  • Use standard dimensions for space planning and human occupancy using Architectural Graphic Standards.

Required Core Courses: 31 units

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ARCH 43 Styles in Architecture 2 units
ARCH 45 Architectural Building Codes 3 units
ARCH 48 Digital Tools for Architecture 2 units
ARCH 50 Construction Materials and Methods 3 units
ARCH 51 Architectural Graphics: Drawing and Sketching 3 units
ARCH 52 Architectural Graphics: Color Rendering 3 units
ARCH 53 Introduction to Architectural and Environmental Design 3 units
ARCH 56 Basic Architectural Design 3 units
ARCH 61 Architectural Design I 3 units
ARCH 62 Architectural Design II 3 units
ARCH 63 Architectural Design III 3 units

Elective Courses: 7 units

Students must take a minimum of 7 units from the following list:

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ARCH 46 History of Architecture 3 units
ARCH 47 History of Modern Architecture 3 units
ARCH 49 Introduction to Rhino 3 units
ARCH 57 Architectural Model Making 1 unit
ARCH 58 Introduction to Revit Architecture 3 units
ARCH 59 3D Studio Max: 3D Rendering 3 units
ARCH 60 Green Building and Sustainable Design 3 units
ARCH 64 Architectural Practice 3 units
ARCH 66 Advanced Revit Architecture 3 units
Total Major Units   38 units

To be awarded an A.S. Degree, a student must complete:

  1. All the major requirements.
  2. A grade of “C” or better must be earned for all required courses.
  3. All the required electives.
  4. Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements.
  1. This degree may require additional lower division requirements at CSU and UC campuses.
  2. Students MUST complete CSU GE or IGETC pattern.
  3. Students MUST complete Proficiency Requirements for AA degree:
  4. Reading for graduation
  5. Information Competency
  6. Cultural Diversity

Certificate of Science in Architecture

After completing a certificate in Architecture, a student will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively and professionally in the architectural environment through proper use of verbal, written and graphic techniques.
  • Apply mathematical skills to solve technical problems associated with architectural drawings.
  • Develop architectural drawings including construction drawings, and presentation drawings.
  • Use computer graphics applications associated with architectural projects.
  • Select construction materials based upon their properties and methods of installation.
  • Apply principals of structural design.
  • Apply building codes, zoning codes, and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
  • Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving abilities in designing residential and commercial buildings.
  • Use standard dimensions for space planning and human occupancy using Architectural Graphic Standards.
  • Identify professional, ethical and societal responsibilities including respect for diversity.

Required Core Courses: 40 units

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ARCH 45 Architectural Building Codes 3 units
ARCH 46 History of Architecture 3 units
ARCH 47 History of Modern Architecture 3 units
ARCH 50 Construction Materials and Methods 3 units
ARCH 51 Architectural Graphics: Drawing and Sketching 3 units
ARCH 52 Architectural Graphics: Color Rendering 3 units
ARCH 53 Intro to Architectural and Environmental Design 3 units
ARCH 56 Basic Architectural Design 3 units
ARCH 57 Architectural Model Making 1 unit
ARCH 58 Intro to Revit Architecture 3 units
ARCH 59 3D Studio Max: 3D Rendering 3 units
ARCH 61 Architectural Design I 3 units
ARCH 62 Architectural Design II 3 units
ARCH 66 Advanced Revit Architecture 3 units
Total Units   40 units

To be awarded a certificate, a student must:

  1. Complete all the major requirements.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” or better for all required courses.

Associate of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture

The Landscape Architecture Program at West Valley College is primarily a blend of art and science. Landscape Architecture focuses on natural systems and cultural processes in the planning, design, and management of sustainable landscapes for this and future generations. Students of Landscape Architecture are capable of solving complex environmental problems and are able to communicate effective solutions.

The Program in Landscape Architecture at West Valley College emphasizes a process-oriented approach to problem solving while encouraging sensitivity toward community values and ecological principles. Students will develop creative ability and technical skills through a range of exercises and projects relating to recreation and open space planning, plant selection, park design, landscape reclamation and preservation, resource management, and urban planning and design, as well as learning applications for residential, commercial, and institutional landscape environments.

The program is recognized by the California State Board of Landscape Architects. Students are prepared for rewarding professional careers or transfers to advanced university programs. Graduates are employed in a wide range of important environmental and design-related roles.

Upon completion of this AS Degree, students may qualify for the following career paths as well as pursue a professional license:

  • Landscape Architects
  • Resource Managers
  • Designers
  • Landscape Contractors
  • Draftspersons
  • Landscape Industry Representatives
  • Planners

After completing an A.S. degree in Landscape Architecture, a student will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively and professionally in the architectural environment through proper use of verbal, written and graphic techniques.
  • Apply mathematical skills to solve technical problems associated with architectural drawings.
  • Develop landscape architectural drawings and presentation drawings.
  • Use computer graphics applications associated with landscape architectural projects.
  • Select landscape construction materials based upon their properties and methods of installation.
  • Apply building codes, zoning codes, and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
  • Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving abilities in landscape design for residential, commercial, and public sites
  • Use standard dimensions for space planning and human occupancy using Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards.
  • Identify different types of landscape plants during the four seasons.
  • Demonstrate creative abilities in landscape plant composition.
  • Identify professional, ethical and societal responsibilities including respect for diversity.

Required Core Courses: 37 units

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ARCH 50 Construction Materials and Methods 3 units
ARCH 51 Architectural Graphics: Drawing and Sketching 3 units
ARCH 53 Intro to Architectural and Environmental Design 3 units
ARCH 56 Basic Architectural Design 3 units
ARCH 57 Architectural Model Making 1 unit
ARCH 58 Intro to Revit Architecture 3 units
ARCH 61 Architectural Design I 3 units
ARCH 62 Architectural Design II 3 units
ARCH 72 History of Landscape Architecture 3 units
ARCH 76 Landscape Construction Technology 3 units
ARCH 81 Landscape Plants: Summer and Autumn 3 units
ARCH 82 Landscape Plants: Winter and Spring 3 units
ARCH 84 Sustainability in Landscape Architecture 3 units

Elective Courses: 13 units

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ARCH 40 Fundamentals of Historic Preservation 2 units
ARCH 43 Styles in Architecture 2 units
ARCH 45 Architectural Building Codes 3 units
ARCH 46 History of Architecture 3 units
ARCH 47 History of Modern Architecture 3 units
ARCH 52 Architectural Graphics: Color Rendering 3 units
Total Certificate Units   50 units

To be awarded an A.S. Degree, a student must:

  1. Complete all the major requirements.
  2. Complete required electives.
  3. Earn a grade of “C” or better for all required courses.
  4. Complete additional units to meet the college graduation requirements.

Note: The student should choose those general education requirements, which may apply both toward graduation requirements of the college and toward the bachelor’s degree requirements at the four-year institution to which he/she plans to transfer.

Certificate of Achievement in Landscape Architecture

After completing a certificate in Landscape Architecture, a student will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively and professionally in the architectural environment through proper use of verbal, written and graphic techniques.
  • Apply mathematical skills to solve technical problems associated with architectural drawings.
  • Develop landscape architectural drawings and presentation drawings.
  • Use computer graphics applications associated with landscape architectural projects.
  • Select landscape construction materials based upon their properties and methods of installation.
  • Apply building codes, zoning codes, and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
  • Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving abilities in landscape design for residential, commercial, and public sites
  • Use standard dimensions for space planning and human occupancy using Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards.
  • Identify professional, ethical and societal responsibilities including respect for diversity.

Required Core Courses: 19 units

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ARCH 51 Architectural Graphics: Drawing and Sketching 3 units
ARCH 57 Architectural Model Making 1 unit
ARCH 58 Intro to Revit Architecture 3 units
ARCH 61 Architectural Design I 3 units
ARCH 62 Architectural Design II 3 units
ARCH 72 History of Landscape Architecture 3 units
ARCH 76 Landscape Construction Technology 3 units
ARCH 81 Landscape Plants: Summer and Autumn 3 units
Total Certificate Units   19 units
Last Updated 9/25/19