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​Architecture is the art and science of designing buildings, and the design and method of construction.

Career Options

Career options​ for students who get a degree in architecture include: principal solutions architect, remote solutions architect, chief software architect, IT data architect, landscape architect architectural technologist, interior and spatial designer, building surveyor, urban planner, regional planner, production designer, and structural engineer.​

​​Student Voice

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William Woerz III William Woerz III

​​William Woerz III was a student at Norco College in 2001 when terrorists destroyed the Twin Towers in New York City. The attack compelled William to postpone his education and to enlist in the U.S. Army. He chose Topographic Surveyor as his Military Occupational Specialty so he could build on the drafting skills he had already acquired at Norco College. After an honorable discharge due to a back injury sustained during a 2003 tour in Iraq, William soon realized that he needed to finish his education if he was going to advance in his chosen career.

“Being the wise old owl and coming back to college proved to them deep down that as a parent, a returning student and a veteran, if I can do it, anybody can do it,” William said. William returned to Norco College and graduated with associate's degrees in Architecture, Humanities, Philosophy & Arts, and Social & Behavioral Sciences, all with great distinction.

Academic Programs in Architecture

The academic maps below will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize your education plan.

​School Trailhead for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
Suggested Initial Coursework​​
​​Program Flyer (Architectural Graphics​)​​​
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Additional Resources

​​​What can I do with this major? (Architecture)​​​
​​​​​​Riverside Community College District General Education (RCCD GE) Requirements (PLAN A)​​​​
​​​​California State University General Education (CSU GE) Requirements (PLAN B)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in the California State University (CSU) system
​​​​​​Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements (PLAN C)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in either the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system

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