Architectural Technology Bachelor's Degrees

Bachelor's degree programs in architectural technology don't prepare students to work as architects, but they do prepare them for careers in civil engineering technology or architectural drafting. Read on for further information about this degree program, and learn about common course topics, online availability and career opportunities.

What Courses Will I Take to Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Architectural Technology?

Upon enrolling in an architectural technology bachelor's degree program, you can expect to study architectural design, construction technology, graphics and building systems. You'll also take courses in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), architectural drawing and building materials. Some other topics of study may include:

  • Structural principles
  • Sustainable materials
  • Architecture and the environment
  • Optimizing building performance
  • History of architecture

If you haven't already earned an associate's degree that has provided transferable credits, you'll need to meet general education requirements to earn your bachelor's degree. Some bachelor's degree programs in architectural technology include an internship.

Common CoursesHistory of architecture, sustainable materials, computer aided drafting, building materials
Program FormatOnline or on campus
Career OptionsArchitectural drafter, civil engineering technician

Is This Degree Available Online?

There are architectural technology bachelor's degree programs available online. These programs allow you to complete required coursework at a time and location that is convenient to you. Using Blackboard or some other virtual classroom software, you'll be able to access lectures and assignments. You'll interact with instructors and peers using e-mail or online discussion forums. Keep in mind that you may have to perform an internship at an approved location in order to complete the program.

What Can I Do with This Degree?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most states require architects to hold a degree from a National Architectural Accrediting Board-accredited program. Most students meet state requirements by enrolling in a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree program. A bachelor's degree in architectural technology won't be sufficient for you to become an architect. You might choose to pursue a master's degree in architecture to meet state requirements, or you may use your degree in architectural technology to become an architectural drafter or civil engineering technician.

The BLS anticipates architectural drafting employment opportunities to grow by seven percent between 2016 and 2026 ( In 2018, the median annual wage for this field was $55,550. Civil engineering technician jobs are expected to increase by 9% between 2016 and 2026. The BLS also notes that the average salary for civil engineering technicians in 2018 was $52,580.