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ARCH 211 (2 credits)
Structural Systems

Historical development of structures. Includes the loads
and stability of structures. Identifies various stresses,
including tension, compression, sheer, and bending. Looks
at design requirements, characteristics, limitations, and
rules of thumb utilizing wood, steel, and concrete systems;
analyzes beams, columns, frames, trusses, and connection
components and details in structural design.

ARCH 216 (3 credits)
Site and Microclimate Design

Specifies site parameters and impact on building design from
site investigation to finished project. Reviews initial design
concerns, site vegetation, terrain, winds, waterways, solar
access, and seasonal effects. Building design issues are
landscaping, grading and drainage, site utilities, paving and
roadways, and site amenities.

ARCH 256 (2 credits)
Environmental Systems

Theory, history, design, and explanation of systems affecting
building environmental quality. Includes review of plumbing,
water, and sanitary systems; the options available in the
selection of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems;
and an energy overview (thermal control, heat load analysis,
utilization of solar alternatives, and understanding of indoor
air quality concerns). Electrical equipment requirements and
loads, artificial and natural lighting and illumination criteria
and fixtures are covered, as well as acoustical control
construction practices and vertical transportation impact
on building design.

ARCH 261 (2 credits)
Life Safety and Building Codes

Philosophy and approaches to life safety, including fire
protection systems and the impact of various types of
construction on life safety. Traces evolution of building
codes and analyzes the building code compliance of various
hypothetical case studies. Covers means of egress and
construction system assemblies. Reviews barrier-free
design requirements and implication on project design.

ARCH 266 (1 credit)
Architectural History and Theories of Design

Overview of architecture, from prehistoric to the 20th century
and beyond, including Ancient, Middle Ages, Renaissance,
Eastern, Colonial, and Modern. Stylistic characteristics of
historical architecture reviewed and analyzed with specific
concentration on American architecture. Includes history of
urban design and the current changing face of the building
environment, from city and suburb to farm.

ARCH 271 (4 credits)
Individual Design Studio

Utilization of material learned throughout the previous
three semesters. Students select commercial/institutional
building type and design the entire building, from initial
design concept to completion of construction documents.
Students are responsible for building programming, square
footage requirements, design concept, and integration of
site, architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical
considerations. Finished project includes a written building
program, construction drawings, outline specification, and
presentation graphics.

ARCH 276 (2 credits)
Group Design Studio

Project simulates a real-world approach to professional
practice by involving the design of a hypothetical renovation
and addition to an existing campus building. Small student
teams are responsible for delegating all project tasks and
monitoring project deadlines and completion dates. At
the end, a group effort includes initial design concept,
construction budget estimates, construction drawings,
outline specifications, and presentation graphics.

ARCH 320 (3 credits)
Understanding Greece: Art, Architecture History,
Mythology

A twelve-day guided tour of architectural sites in Greece.
The focus is on understanding the contribution of Greece to
Western architecture. Studying architecture exposes students
to the social, political, economic, and technological history of
Greece. Introductory lectures prepare students before the
course, which is offered at the end of the spring term.

ARCH 340 (3 credit)
Understanding Italy's History through Its Art and
Architecture

A ten-day guided tour of architectural sites in Italy. The focus
is on understanding the contribution of Italy to Renaissance
art and architecture. Studying art and architecture exposes
students to the social, political, economic, and technological
history of Italy. Introductory lectures prepare students
before the course, which is offered during the spring break
of the spring term.

ARCH 360 (3 credits)
Understanding Spain's History through Its Art and
Architecture

A ten-day guided tour of architectural and cultural sites
of Spain. The focus is on understanding the contribution
of Spain to world of art and architecture. Studying art
and architecture exposes students to the social, political,
religious, economic, and technological history of Spain.
Introductory lectures prepare students before the course,
which is offered during the spring break of the spring
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