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Architectural Technology

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): Engineering Technology

Why Choose Architectural Technology?

The two-year Architectural Technology curriculum provides a comprehensive framework of technical abilities and conceptual knowledge that form the foundation of the architectural profession. Specifically, the curriculum is designed with an emphasis on visual communication, building materials, building systems and digital technology, combined with architectural, historical, and design principles.

Under the guidance of the faculty of professional, licensed architects, the program mission is to prepare students to:

  • Enter the employment market at an entry-level position in architecture or professions related to the built environment.
  • Continue education for a baccalaureate degree in professions related to the built environment.

Taught by practitioners, the Architectural Technology curriculum is unique in its emphasis on the practice of the profession. Studio classes provide students with experience in the areas of residential and commercial building materials, architectural CAD, BIM (Building Information Modeling), construction methods, building codes, presentation techniques, architectural history, and architectural design. The curriculum provides skills, knowledge, and the preparation necessary to allow students to become successful architectural technicians and success in further educational opportunities after graduation.

Upon completion of this associate degree, graduates may continue their education at Ferris and enroll in the upper division sequence leading to either the BS in Architecture and Sustainability, the BS in Facility Management, or the BS in Construction Management. (Further preparation may be required for entry into the Construction Management program.)

Career Opportunities

The ongoing expansion and specialization in technological applications of building systems and environmental issues, as well as the growth in architectural services, has greatly increased the need for skilled architectural technicians to function in a support role with architects and other professionals related to the built environment.

A beginning technician works closely with a team to produce design development drawings, construction documents and specifications. With experience, the architectural technician becomes involved in other phases of work such as project field observation, preparation of written specifications, building code analysis, CAD, BIM (Building Information Modeling), and presentation of designs.

There is no geographic limitation on employment opportunities, and advancement in the profession depends on the development of technical expertise.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the College of Engineering Technology is open to high school graduates who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. Among first-time students in our technical programs, the average high school GPA is 3.2, and the average ACT composite score is 21.

Students entering the Architectural Technology program must have a high school diploma with a minimum 2.75 GPA or equivalent, a minimum ACT composite of 19, a minimum ACT Math subscore of 19, and an ACT reading subscore of 17.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here:

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:

Graduation Requirements

The Architectural Technology program at Ferris leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

Architecture and Facility Management
Ferris State University
915 Campus Drive/SWN 314
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone 231-591-3100

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Architectural Courses

Architectural Graphics
Architectural Digital Graphics
Structure Material-System-Code
Interior Exterior Finishes-Sys
Sustainability in Arch: Intro
Architectural Documentation
Architectural Detailing
Statics and Structures
Design Principles
Architectural History 1
Architectural History 2
Mech-Elec Systems for Building
Must take 2 additional Architectural Elective courses from list below.  Consult advisor for recommended course/path.
Architectural Dsgn Principles
Systems Cost Estimating
BIM and Parametric Design
3D Design/Beg. Sculpture
Const Quantity Estimating
Soils and Foundations
Construction Administration

General Education Courses

The following courses are required as part of the University's General Education Requirements, but they also count toward degree requirements.
Basic Art
English 1
English 2
Introductory Physics 1
Introductory Sociology

General Education Elective Options

Choose one of the following.
Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals-Public Speaking

Minimum credit hours required


The above courses are designed for students pursuing the BS in Architecture and Sustainability Degree. For students pursuing the BS in Facility Management or the BS in Construction Management, modified curriculum may be developed to accommodate individual student needs.

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