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Architectural Science

Major in Architectural Science

Bachelor of Science Degree
Reference number: 518
Hours to complete degree: 83

The major in Architectural Science (reference number 518) requires 75 semester hours. 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.

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 codes, structural principles, project management, sustainability, and professional presentations.

The major in Architectural Science (reference number 518) leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. A minor or second major is not required. Course requirements for the major are shown below. Students should consult with an advisor in planning their course schedules and career goals. The program is accredited by NAIT (National Association of Industrial Technology).


Career Opportunities

Graduates obtain employment in a wide variety of organizations:


Specialty Average Salary
Architect $73,090
Architectural Manager $124,870
Landscape Architects $64,180


 Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook 2014-2015 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Summary of positions held by Alumni of Architectural & Manufacturing Sciences Department.



You can see detailed course descriptions by clicking the WKU Course Search link to the right. In the dropdown box, choose the appropriate subject area and click "Go". For curriculum information, please click on the AS Curriculum PDF above.






Department of Architectural & Manufacturing Sciences
Environmental Science & Technology (EST)
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. # 51066
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1066
Phone: (270) 745-3251
Fax:  (270) 745-5946
Program Coordinator: Dr. Neal Downing
Department Chair: Dr. Greg Arbuckle
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