Make visions concrete.

Open up advanced career possibilities.

Architectural Technologists assist architects by applying their knowledge and understanding of building techniques and materials to create architectural drawings that range from structural details to complete building plans. Using computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software and other software systems, they convert the designs into technical drawings and plans that specify dimensions, materials, and procedures.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

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    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Architectural Technology Bachelor Degree from Baker College

Architectural TechnologyBachelor of Sciences in Architectural Technology

Make visions concrete.

Open up advanced career possibilities.

Architectural Technologists assist architects by applying their knowledge and understanding of building techniques and materials to create architectural drawings that range from structural details to complete building plans. Using computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software and other software systems, they convert the designs into technical drawings and plans that specify dimensions, materials, and procedures.

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Career Facts

$49,630

Median salary for Drafters

1%

Estimated employment increase by 2022 for Drafters

$73,090

Median salary for Architects

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Overview

Baker’s Architectural Technology program is designed to develop your basic architectural knowledge and skills, and opens the door to a wide variety of work within the field. 

Designed with the input of an Advisory Board made up of working professionals and employers in the field, the Baker program is a primary step towards meeting the requirements for becoming a registered architect. Our curriculum emphasizes the systematic application of skills in key areas—building design implementation, computer-aided design, and building structure. It prepares you, through class work and internship experience, for an entry-level position in the architectural industry.

As a graduate, you’ll have opportunities for employment with architects, engineers, contractors, building manufacturers, real estate developers, or various government agencies.

Course Information
Architectural Technology Major133 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ACT 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the basic concepts of architectural residential drafting and design in addition to basic freehand sketching, perspectives, rendering, lettering, linework and dimensioning. Students will be exposed to preliminary design considerations and construction techniques related to residential architecture. The focus of the drawings will be on conceptual layouts, floor plans, foundation plans, roof-framing plans, and site plans.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 099 or IND 121 or 1 year high school drafting.
Architectural Drafting I4
ACT 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the students to the residential mechanical (HVAC, plumbing, and electrical) roofing, and siding systems, as well as additional refinement in the lettering, linework, and dimensioning techniques. The drawings created will be the continuation of the residential plans started in ACT101. The focus of the drawings will be on door and window schedules, exterior elevations, plumbing plans, electrical plans, climate control plans and site plans.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 101 or IND 221.
Architectural Drafting II4
ACT 103
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the use of the computer to draw plans for a single-family residence. A series of drawings will be required.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 101 or ACT 192A or IND 221.
Computer Aided Architectural Drawing I4
ACT 104
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4 Quarter Hours

Acquaints students with building materials as well as construction methods utilized in residential construction.

Building Materials and Construction4
ACT 105A
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2 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the basic concepts in surveying by measuring distances and angles of objects on or near the surface of the earth. Students will use traditional methods and new technology to execute applications of surveying including land property, building stakeout, topographic, and traverse and circular curve surveys.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 124.
Surveying2
ACT 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the structural properties of basic framing material (wood, steel, and concrete). Bending, deflection, shear, and moment diagrams will be developed by students as a method of study.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 124.
Structural Analysis4
ACT 202
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the basics of mechanical (HVAC, plumbing, fire protection), electrical (power, lighting, telephone, fire alarm, security, sound, etc.), and building operation (transportation, processing, automation) systems as they are related to the overall planning of a building. Emphasis will be on heating, cooling, ventilation, plumbing, fire protection, electrical, and operation requirements for space planning for various building types.

Mechanical Systems4
ACT 203
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the preparation of bid proposals, quantity take-offs, crew sites, daily outputs, and bid packages for general and subcontracted work.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 104, INF 113, ACT 192A or ACT 206.
Construction Cost/Estimating4
ACT 204A
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2 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the study of the business practices and the laws and regulations governing residential builders and maintenance and alteration contractors in Michigan. Topics include licensing, lien law, workman s compensation, MIOSHA, and contracts.

Builder License/Laws2
ACT 205
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores wood frame structures as they relate to multi-family, low-rise, office, or small commercial structures. Drawing projects will focus on completion of a set of working drawings.

Prerequisite(s):
Architectural majors: ACT 103. Interior Design majors: IND 215.
Computer Aided Architectural Drawing II4
ACT 206
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores low-rise frame commercial structures - featuring steel, masonry and concrete construction. Drawings will focus on one of the following: small office building, small retail store, restaurant, or school-institutional building. Students will complete a set of working drawings and material take-offs.

Prerequisite(s):
Architectural majors: ACT 103. Interior Design majors: IND 215.
Corequisite(s):
ACT 205.
Commercial Architectural Drawing I4
ACT 207
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues exploring low-rise reinforced concrete structures - featuring steel, masonry, and concrete construction. Drawings will focus on one of the following: small office building, small retail store, restaurant, or school-institutional building. Students will complete a set of working drawings, material take-offs, and specifications.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 206.
Commercial Architectural Drawing II4
ACT 211A
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4 Quarter Hours

Presents an opportunity to create a residential/commercial capstone building design project emphasizing the design process, project phasing, building technologies, and documentation, culminating in a formal presentation for program assessment. Students will amass, critically review, enhance, and organize representations of previous program course work into digital format, working toward creating physical hardcopy, digital and Web-based portfolios for professional jury presentation and assessment.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 207.
Architectural Design, Presentation and Portfolio4
AT 301
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the basic elements and principles of design, design technology, concepts of space, form, color, texture, and visual techniques necessary for design conceptualization creation and presentation. Fundamental aspects of architecture design methodology and techniques for conceptualization and presentation will also be introduced.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 207.
Fundamentals of Design4
AT 311A
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the history and philosophy of architecture in a context of related arts, crafts, and design settings, in significant periods of the western worlds - from Prehistoric and Ancient times, through the Middle Ages (including Byzantine and Islamic extension), up to the Gothic era.

Architectural History I4
AT 312
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the history and philosophy of architecture in a context of related arts, crafts, and design settings, in significant periods of the western worlds - from Renaissance and Baroque eras, through the 18th century and into the modern world.

Architectural History II4
AT 321
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the fundamental concepts/principles of mechanics and strength of materials in dealing with the state of rest of bodies under the action of forces. Applies the equilibrium conditions to the analysis of concrete structures formed by connected members, including reinforced beams, columns, floors, walls, and footings. The design process is studied in depth, utilizing AISC and ACI Standards. A brief review of trigonometry and algebra is to be included.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 201.
Structural Design I4
AT 322
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues the study of material strength, basic design, and calculations of structural systems utilizing lumber and structural steel. Includes the strength, stiffness, and stability of various materials. Discusses the stresses caused by bending moments, shear forces, vertical and horizontal loadings, and how to size load supporting structural members under those influences. The design process is studied in depth, utilizing AISC, AF and PA.

Prerequisite(s):
AT 321.
Structural Design II4
AT 401
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4 Quarter Hours

Begins the development of architectural design principles, theories, and processes, emphasizing the programming phase of project development and preliminary design creation. Students will learn the techniques and skills to research, develop, and create a simple project, including: plot plan, floor plan, main building sections, and elevations with enough detail to generate a conceptual estimate.

Prerequisite(s):
AT 301.
Architectural Design I4
AT 402
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues the development of architectural design principles, theories and processes, emphasizing the programming phase of project development and preliminary design creation. Students will learn the techniques and skills to research, develop, and create a moderate size project, including: plot plan, floor plan, main building sections, and elevations with enough detail to generate a conceptual estimate.

Prerequisite(s):
AT 401.
Architectural Design II4
AT 403
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues the development of architectural design principles, theories, and processes, emphasizing the programming phase of project development, leading to the creation of design development phase. Students will learn the techniques and skills to research, develop, and create a multiple floor project, including: plot plan, floor plan, main building sections, elevations, interior design, and MEP with enough detail to generate a preliminary estimate.

Prerequisite(s):
AT 402.
Architectural Design III4
AT 404
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6 Quarter Hours

Continues the development of architectural design principles, theories, and processes, emphasizing the programming phase of project development, in conjunction with site planning principles and construction documents. Critical construction details and CSI format based specification for the architectural portion will be developed to perform a detailed cost estimate in the next term. Performance based MEP drawing and specifications will also be required. 40 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
AT 403.
Architectural Design IV6
AT 405
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6 Quarter Hours

Continues the development of proficiency in construction document execution to complete the project started in Architectural Design IV. This is a capstone course to complete a portfolio of a project as a tool to gain employment in a professional office. The portfolio will demonstrate skills, knowledge, and competency of students having a thorough understanding of architectural project development and documentation. 40 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
AT 404.
Architectural Design V6
AT 411
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the International Building Code (IBC) to have in-depth knowledge of its required design intent, as well as the utilization of its application to specific buildings in terms of building planning, accessibility, fire protection, and life safety.

Prerequisite(s):
IND 301.
Advanced Code Analysis4
AT 421
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the various HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, electrical power, lighting, auxiliary, and building operation systems and design coordination issues among themselves as they relate to the preparation of construction documents of a light commercial building. Study includes: lighting, power distribution, HVAC, ventilation systems, controls, fire protection, plumbing, sewage systems, etc. Develops the in-depth knowledge of initial systems' costs and life-cycle consideration.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 202.
Building Systems (MEP)4
AT 431
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with a clear understanding of land utilization to best accommodate a building design. Students will learn the processes, theories, and methodology of fundamental civil engineering.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 207.
Site Planning and Development4
AT 441
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops a general awareness of project development and knowledge of professional practice, combined with exploring career alternatives, and the processes required to register as an architect. Students will learn professional ethics, proposal and contract development, permit approval processes, and interdisciplinary professional relationships.

Prerequisite(s):
AT 403, AT 411, AT 421.
Professional Office Practice4
IND 301
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies residential and commercial construction techniques and their applicable codes for accessibility, fire protection, and life safety.

Prerequisite(s):
ACT 102 or ACT 192A or IND 112A.
Building Codes and Construction4
ISE 401
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4 Quarter Hours

Allows bachelor's degree students in engineering or technology to gain experience in their major field while attending college. Students will complete a minimum of 120-hours of work experience. Requires work assignments related to academic and career goals with progressively greater responsibilities. Includes a written report describing the work experience and its educational benefits.

Prerequisite(s):
Junior or senior status, minimum GPA 2.50.
Industrial Cooperative Education4
MGT 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Investigates the developmental role of the modern manager. Areas covered in the course are planning, decision making, forecasting, goal-setting, motivation, communication, staffing, and utilizing problem-solving concepts through group simulation and case studies.

Management and Supervision4
MGT 250
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4 Quarter Hours

Teaches the fundamental concepts and theories of conflict resolution and negotiation as well as the application of these concepts and theories through exercises and case analysis.

Conflict Management4
MTH 124
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4 Quarter Hours

Analyzes trigonometric functions, their properties, solution of right and oblique triangles, radian measure, graphs, trigonometric equations, and applications.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 112.
Trigonometry4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
WRKTC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour minimum learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degrees), ENG 101 (Certificates), minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience4
General Education Requirements72 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
HIS 331A
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4 Quarter Hours

Investigates European politics, religion, and ideas from the Fall of Rome to the Napoleonic Wars, with emphasis on the barbarian kingdoms, the Reformation, religious and dynastic wars, scientific revolution, absolute monarchies, the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution.

European History I4
HIS 411
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4 Quarter Hours

Analyzes the patterns of political, social, religious, and economic development of emerging nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America with reference to theoretical perspectives such as globalization.

Emerging Nations4
HUM 401A
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the philosophical foundations for personal and professional ethics. Students identify and analyze ethical situations in modern society.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Philosophy of Ethics4
INF 113
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to beginning electronic spreadsheet terminology, concepts, and applications. Students will gain the ability to enter/edit, save/retrieve files, format, and print spreadsheets and reports. Students are also introduced to basic formula development.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Electronic Spreadsheets2
INF 121
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the basics of using the Microsoft Windows environment. The areas of exploration will include the Start Button, Task Bar, My Computer, Windows Explorer, Customizing Displays, Paint, and the use of shortcuts.

Introduction to Windows2
INF 141A
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint to develop computer-based presentations. Topics include creating slides, handouts, speaker's notes, and outlines as well as the use of PowerPoint Wizards and Templates.

Microsoft PowerPoint2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational functions.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra4
MTH 112
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines more advanced elements of algebra including rational functions, quadratic equations, radical expressions, complex numbers, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 111.
Intermediate Algebra4
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 231
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores selection, placement, and evaluation of personnel, work motivation, leadership, worker well-being, group organization, and processes in the workplace.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 101 or PSY 111.
Organizational Psychology4
SCI 215
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the principles of physics. Concepts explored include mechanical, fluid, electromagnetic, and thermal systems.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 124.
Integrated Physics4
SOC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines social organization, culture, and the relationship between society and the individual. The areas studied are social groups, roles and statuses, institutions, social stratification, socialization, social change, and social policy.

Sociology4
SOC 321
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the social construction of groups based on race, ethnicity and national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and able-bodiedness. Sociological (as well as psychological, historical, economic, and anthropological) perspectives are applied to concepts such as prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, racial and ethnic identity, racial formation, power and privilege, assimilation and pluralism, and tolerance. Emphasis is on increasing knowledge, personal awareness, and sensitivity.

Cultural Diversity4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
SPK 401A
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4 Quarter Hours

Practices individual formal presentations in a business context. The format includes a variety of speaking situations such as parliamentary procedure, briefings, sales, formal and informal discussions, and formal report presentations.

Prerequisite(s):
SPK 201.
Professional Speaking4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Workplace Communication4
WRI 301A
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4 Quarter Hours

Improves the student's ability to write for business and technical purposes. Emphasis is on writing formal reports including research of published technical information and presentation of a formal paper based on the student's major field. In addition, less formal aspects of business and technical communications are studied. Instruction, practice, and development of these skills may be implemented as work products of a Service Learning Project.

Prerequisite(s):
WRI 115.
Report Writing4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 205

Program Description

This program prepares graduates for entry-level positions in the architectural and construction industry. Graduates will typically find employment with architects, engineers, contractors, building manufacturers, real estate developers, and various government agencies. The emphasis of study is on the systematic application of skills in the areas of building design implementation, computer aided design, and structure.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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[Baker] really helps to develop the critical thinking that's necessary in this field.

Joshua Steere