Joseph A. Betz, Architect

Joseph A. Betz, Architect

Professor & Chair
Architecture & Construction Management
 Lupton Hall 266
 Mon: 10:15-12:05 PM; Wed: 10:15-12:05 PM; Thurs: 10:00-10:50 AM


  • B.S., B.Arch., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; M.S.Arch., Columbia University
  • Registered Architect: New York (active), New Jersey (inactive), Connecticut (inactive)
  • National Certification: National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2000
  • Farmingdale State College Presidential CARES Award (Commendation And Recognition for Exceptional Service), 2016


I was born and the rest is history... see Curriculum Vitae, Narrative or Genealogy for details



Students can access course material by clicking on the highlighted courses listed below.

Degree Programs in the Department of Architecture & Construction Management

  • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Construction Management Engineering Technology

Common ABET Course learning goals and objectives
See course material above for individual instructor's outline, syllabus, grading policy, course material, assignments, etc.

  • ARC251 (new ARC255) - prerequisites: CON121 (new ARC131)
  • ARC253 (new ARC257) - prerequisites: ARC251 (new ARC255)
  • ARC350W - prerequisites: ARC362
  • ARC362 - prerequisites: none

Other Time Commitments - Spring 2016

  • CCTA (tenure) Committee, Chair: TBA
  • ACT Student Club: TBA (faculty club adviser)

Student Advisement Notes

  • Students must follow the course requirements as outlined in the College catalog for the year matriculated (requirements may change from year to year).  Please download the College catalog at and read all criteria for completing the degree.
  • Before being advised, please log on to DegreeWorks and use it as an integral part of your course selection process and degree status.
  • Students must follow all prerequisites.  Rare exceptions are made at the discretion of the faculty and the Dept. Chair in writing.
  • Faculty cannot make course substitutions, only the Dept. Chair can do so in writing.
  • Faculty cannot overload a course, the Dept. Secretary keeps a waiting list for courses.
  • Faculty cannot do transfer credit evaluations on the spot.  Transcripts need to be submitted for formal review along with credit by evaluation as outlined in the catalog; everything is in writing.
  • The Department has lists of approved technical electives in the curriculum.  It also has lists for recommended math and science electives.  There is no guess work, please see Dept. Secretary for these lists.
  • The College Catalog lists the General Education Requirements and electives.  You must select from this list (use the year you matriculated); no substitutions can be made.
  • If you are receiving Financial Aid, you cannot take any course outside of the requirements; the Dept. Chair will be notified and you will lose your aid money.
  • Make sure to maintain a 2.0 or above overall GPA and a grade of C or better in EGL 101, EGL 102 and your Writing Intensive Course in the Discipline (CON 401W or ARC 350W).
  • When I advise you in person or via e-mail, I'm not certifying the courses you have selected and there is no guarantee implied.  I'm only advising you based on the limited information I have and the guidelines set fourth above.  Ultimately you are responsible for meeting the requirements for graduation.
  • After all is said, there may not be much for me to do but I still enjoy meeting with students and can advise on career strategies to achieve your goals... a warm welcome to please come visit!

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