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Architecture (ARC) Course Descriptions

Department of Architecture, College of Architecture


ARC 1413  Architecture and Culture [TCCN: ARCH 1305.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introduces architecture by exploring its sources within culture and the dynamic interrelationship between humans and the environment. Draws from diverse sources and cultures in the exploration of architectural order, including diverse global traditions, art, philosophy, literature, music, history, language, myth, ritual, oral and written traditions, and popular culture.

ARC 1513  Great Buildings and Cities of the World [TCCN: ARCH 1301.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introducing buildings and places that exemplify timeless architectural concepts and design strategies considered enduring contributions to the cultural heritage of the world. Examples from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas are presented within the context of diverse cultures and express a variety of different aesthetic, political, and religious values. The course draws from diverse sources from high culture and vernacular sources span from antiquity to the present.

ARC 2116  Design III
(0-12) 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as an Architecture major.
Architectural design with an emphasis on development of the design process, and a focus on architectural elements, spatial organization, and structure. Includes introduction to programming, building-site relationships, precedent, human factors, and digital media.

ARC 2126  Design IV
(0-12) 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 2116 and enrollment as an Architecture major.
Architectural design with emphasis on development of design processes, architectural elements, and concepts, and a focus on urban fabric, spatial organization, structure, and detail. Includes introduction to life safety concerns, building codes, accessibility standards, and zoning regulations. Continued investigation of digital media.

ARC 2223  Building Technology II
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as an Architecture or a Construction Science and Management major or permission of instructor.
Introduction to architectural structures and the principles and systems of structural materials. Course considers the spatial, structural, sustainability, and aesthetic qualities possible in the articulation of structure through architectural design. (Formerly titled “Structures I.”)

ARC 2413  History of Architecture: Prehistory through Medieval [TCCN: ARCH 1301.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introduction to the history of architecture, urbanism, and material culture from prehistory to the 15th century. Explores the varied ways in which architecture reflects and shapes social, religious, and political concerns in the Western and non-Western world. Concurrent enrollment in ARC 2116 is recommended for Architecture majors and IDE 2116 for Interior Design majors.

ARC 2423  History of Architecture: Renaissance through Nineteenth Century [TCCN: ARCH 1302.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introduction to the history of architecture, urbanism, and material culture from the 15th to the 20th century. Explores the varied ways in which architecture reflects and shapes social, religious, and political concerns in the Western and non-Western world. Concurrent enrollment in ARC 2126 is recommended for Architecture majors and IDE 2126 for Interior Design majors.

ARC 2513  Introduction to Digital Design Media
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as an Architecture or an Interior Design major or permission of instructor.
Introduction to 2-dimensional image processing, as well as 3-dimensional and 4-dimensional digital design media. Addresses design skills, principles, techniques, procedures, and knowledge of how digital media impacts the design process, profession, and design culture.

ARC 3113  Advanced Design Visualization
(0-6) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as an Architecture or an Interior Design major or permission of instructor.
Advanced exploration of graphic processes and techniques utilized in the design and construction of built environment for the representation, analysis, visualization, and/or presentation of the designed environment. (Formerly titled “Presentation Graphics.”)

ARC 3203  Housing Planning: Design and Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Survey of the evolution of housing design, planning and development that encompasses the design, location, organization, and financing of housing and community development programs and the capital and labor markets that impact such development at the local level.

ARC 3216  Architecture Studio I
(0-12) 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 2126, ARC 2223, ARC 2413, ARC 2423, completion of or concurrent enrollment in ARC 3233, and enrollment as an Architecture major.
Architectural design with emphasis on building technology and organization, materials and assemblies, and a focus on tectonics and structural principles. Includes detailed analysis of urban fabric, structure, and program. Space, enclosure, and structure are considered at multiple scales.

ARC 3226  Architecture Studio II
(0-12) 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 3216 and enrollment as an Architecture major.
Architectural design with a continued emphasis on building technology and organization, materials, and assemblies, and a focus on environmental conditions and the inter-relationship of building and environment. Architecture is studied as a coordinated response between building, environment and human factors. Site integration and tectonics are considered at multiple scales.

ARC 3233  Building Technology III
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as an Architecture or a Construction Science and Management major.
Continued introduction to architectural structures which considers the physical principles that govern classical statics and strength of materials. Graphical and mathematical design of structural systems. Consideration of the role of structural articulation and sustainability in the design of buildings. Completion of this course is required in order to take ARC 4246. (Formerly titled “Structures II.”)

ARC 3343  Building Technology IV
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as an Architecture, a Construction Science and Management or an Interior Design major, or permission of instructor.
Environmentally responsive design of buildings and the natural and artificial systems that support them, including heating, ventilation and cooling, water and waste, and solid waste management and their installation. (Formerly titled “Environmental Systems I.”)

ARC 3353  Building Technology V
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as an Architecture, a Construction Science and Management or an Interior Design major.
Light and sound as building form determinants and the natural and artificial systems that support them, including illumination, electrical design, and acoustics and their installation. (Formerly titled “Environmental Systems II.”)

ARC 3433  Topics in Architecture and Thought
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as an Architecture or a Construction Science and Management major or permission of instructor.
Study of the relationship between the built environment and thought. Examines ideas and processes that give shape to built form. Readings are drawn from a multitude of sources including art, literature, philosophy, science, and architectural theories of different cultures and historical periods. Work includes a research and writing component. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. (Formerly ARC 1423.)

ARC 3533  History of Building Technology
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Survey of the history of building technology to the present time. (Formerly ARC 2433. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 3533 and ARC 2433.)

ARC 3613  History of Modern Architecture
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: WRC 1013 and WRC 1023.
Study of the social, aesthetic, theoretical, technical, cultural, and professional forces that form, shape, and communicate modern architecture. Completion of ARC 2413 and ARC 2423 is recommended for Architecture and Interior Design majors.

ARC 4113  Urban Project Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introduction to a range of physical planning topics including land use planning, growth management, infrastructure planning, and urban design. Planning mechanisms such as codes and urban design guidelines that help regulate development of the built environment will be emphasized. Planning at different scales including municipal, comprehensive plans, specific area plans, site plans, and state and regional plans.

ARC 4123  Introduction to Community and Regional Planning and Urban Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introduction to basic practices in community planning and urban design issues, including theoretical/historical bases; developing neighborhood plans/projects; indicators and evaluation of neighborhood sustainability; community patterns; institutional framework, site planning analysis; zoning ordinances; subdivision ordinances; community services, circulation; mixed-use, and community development programming. (Formerly titled "Community Planning and Urban Design.")

ARC 4143  Architecture Topics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ARC 2126 or consent of instructor.
A study of current trends and issues in architecture. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 9 semester credit hours will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

ARC 4153  Topics in International Architecture
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ARC 2126 or consent of instructor.
An examination of current international trends and issues in architecture and urbanism. May be repeated once for credit when topics vary.

ARC 4163  Visual Communication for Urban and Regional Planning
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Expressing planning data and geographic information in visual terms for land use planning projects. Application of related computer software.

ARC 4223  Topics in Design Computing
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ARC 2513 or consent of instructor.
Theory-based seminar course exploring critical, spatial and philosophical issues relative to the impact of digital technologies within the field of architecture. Involves some usage of 2-D and 3-D digital media.

ARC 4233  Computer Projects in Design
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ARC 2513 or consent of instructor.
Project-driven lecture/laboratory course exploring advanced issues associated with 3-D modeling, animation, photo-realistic visualization, and computer-aided manufacturing. Considers the role these processes play in architectural and interior design. (Same as IDE 4233. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 4233 and IDE 4233.)

ARC 4246  Architecture Systems Studio
(0-12) 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 3226, ARC 3233, ARC 3343, ARC 3353, and enrollment as an Architecture major.
Architectural design with focus on integration of building elements, components, and systems. Includes the design of structural, environmental, electrical, mechanical, and enclosure systems. Includes modules which examine the specific requirements of technical documentation, accessibility, vertical circulation, and building codes.

ARC 4256  Architectural Topics Studio
(0-12) 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 3226 and enrollment as an Architecture major.
Research-based exploration and application of advanced design theory relative to topics in architecture and urban design. (Formerly titled “Architecture Research Studio.”)

ARC 4333  Practicum
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ARC 3226, IDE 3246 or enrollment as a major in Real Estate Finance and Development, and consent of instructor.
Offers students majoring in architecture, interior design, and real estate finance and development participation in a variety of design, development, and construction concerns. Students work under supervision 15 to 20 hours a week in an approved internship to gain knowledge of their respective professional fields.

ARC 4423  History and Theory of Urban Form
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Concentrates on the origin of the contemporary city, its current condition, and emerging theories of urban design and planning.

ARC 4816  Study Abroad: Studio
(0-12) 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: ARC 3216 or permission of instructor.
An architecture or planning studio associated with a study abroad program.

ARC 4823  Study Abroad: History/Theory
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
A lecture/seminar course associated with a study abroad program; involves field trips.

ARC 4833  Study Abroad: Observational Drawing
(0-6) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
A drawing course associated with a study abroad program; involves field trips.

ARC 4953,6  Special Studies in Architecture
(0-6, 0-12) 3 or 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special studies may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 3 semester credit hours for ARC 4953 or 12 hours for ARC 4956, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.


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