College and Career Readiness - McHenry West High School

Architecture & Construction - Coursework and Careers

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Prepares you for careers that allow you to design, plan, manage, build and maintain structures such as buildings, homes and bridges or machinery.

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Career Pathways Career Choices Tips for Successful Planning
  • Design/Pre-Construction
  • Construction
  • Maintenance/Operations
  • Contractor
  • Architect
  • Electrician
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Carpenter
  • Plumber
  • Take placement testing at MCC in March/April of Junior year.
  • Take ACT/SAT in spring semester of junior year of high school.
  • Meet annually with high school guidance counselor or MCC academic advisor or call (815) 479-7565.


Suggested Coursework

Grade English/
Language Arts
Mathematics Science Social Science Career Related
  • English I
  • Honors English I
  • Algebra I
  • Honors Algebra I
  • Honors Geometry
  • Biology
  • Honors Biology
  • Issues of the 21st Century
  • AP Human Geography
  • World Language I
  • Intro to Business
  • Computer Literacy
  • Residential Construction & Repair
  • Metals
  • Graphics
  • Art & Design I & II
  • Drawing & Painting I & II
  • Ceramics & Sculpture I & II
  • Photography I
  • Photography II
  • Honors Intro to Engineering & Design
  • Intro to Computer Science
  • English II
  • Honors English II
  • Geometry
  • Honors Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Earth Science
  • Chemistry
  • Honors Chemistry
  • AP Physics I
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Foundations of Ancient Empires
  • Development of the Modern World
  • AP World History
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language II
  • Business Mgmt.
  • Independent Studio
  • Manufacturing Occupations I
  • Graphics Occupations I
  • Woods Occupations I
  • Honors Principles of Engineering
  • English III
  • Honors American Studies - English
  • AP Lang. & Comp.
  • Algebra II
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Honors Pre-Calculus
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • College Algebra with Trigonometry
  • Action Chemistry
  • Action Physics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Forensics
  • Physics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics II
  • US History
  • Honors American Studies - US History
  • AP US History
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language III
  • AP Studio
  • Manufacturing Occupations II
  • Graphics Occupations II
  • Woods Occupations II
  • Honors Engineering Design & Development
  • UWM Architecture 100
  • UWM Architecture 103
  • English IV + ½ Eng. Elective
  • Honors Cultural Studies - Eng.
  • AP Lit. & Comp.
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • Transition to College Math
  • AP Statistics
Any of the above
  • Govt. & Citizenship
  • AP Govt. & Comp. Govt.
  • Honors Cultural Studies - Govt.
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language IV
  • AP World Language
  • Seminar in Industrial Tech.


Career Planning

Type of Degree Degree Names
Certificate Career and Technical Education Certificates

Career and Technical Education Associate Degrees

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees are designed to prepare students for immediate employment.

Transfer Associate Degrees

Transfer degrees are designed to provide students with a strong general education foundation and prerequisite coursework for continued study at a four-year college or university.


Sample academic plans are provided for use by students who have decided on a major but not on an intended transfer school.


For students who have decided on a transfer school, transfer guides are provided, showing how courses apply to specific majors at many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities.

Bachelor's Architecture and Construction

There are a number of Illinois colleges and universities that offer programs related to architecture and construction. To see a full list, please refer to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) website.