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Architecture Program Description


A.S. Architecture

Certificate of Achievement

Architectural Technology Program Disclosure

Certificate of Proficiency

Green Buildings: Environmental Design, Energy Management and Performance Based Construction

Program Description

This program offers students study and job-related experience in architectural drafting, construction techniques, design, rendering, and energy systems as well as opportunities to develop skills necessary for employment in the professional field of architecture. Transfer programs are articulated with California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, the University of California at Berkeley, and New School of Architecture and Design.

Career Opportunities

  • Architecture
  • Drafting
  • Inspection
  • Planning
  • Construction Administration

Some Career Opportunities may require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the associate degree may be required to fulfill some career opportunities or for preparation for transfer to a university program.


  • Participation in architecturally-related events such as the Design Village Competition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Architecture has been honored by Los Rios Community College District as one of its "Programs of Distinction."
  • Special studies in environmental sustainability and energy conscious design. Participation in the Leading Edge Energy Design Competition, the United States Green Building Council Energy Competition, and SMUD's Tiny House Competition.
  • Liaison with professional organizations such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specification Institute (CSI), and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

The Architectural Transfer Program attempts to satisfy the academic background and skills necessary for a student to transfer with an advanced standing to an accredited four- or five-year program. Because programs vary considerably, a student should consult a counselor.

The course work may include the required transfer general education courses and the core courses listed below:

Architecture 300, 310, 320, 321, 322, 329, 330, 332, 334
Construction Management Technology 310
Architectural Design Technology 310
Mathematics 400, 401
Physics 411 (UC Berkeley)
Physics 350, 360 (CSU)

A student needs to acknowledge that selection for admission to accredited Schools of Architecture is highly competitive. It is recommended that students keep a portfolio of all architectural coursework completed at CRC to present for evaluation by university program advisors. Some universities require portfolios prior to granting transfer credit or gaining admission.

Note to Transfer Students:
If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the bachelor’s degree.

For information about the student learning outcomes for this program, see