Architectural engineering students are interested in how buildings are designed, how they stand up against the forces of nature, and how they are built and maintained. Students are also concerned with how buildings function as a coordinated set of structural, electrical, communication, and mechanical systems. Architectural engineers are also interested in how these systems support a building’s mission and its occupants’ needs in a sustainable manner. They are creative problem solvers addressing national and international challenges of energy needs, sustainable new and reconditioned building systems, urban development, and community planning.

Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the University of Alabama’s Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (BSArchE), program is to have graduates who, within a few years of graduation, are in demand and lead fulfilling professional careers, in their chosen area of professional practice, through their demonstrated abilities to:

  1. Apply foundational knowledge of mathematics, science, humanities, and social sciences; and
  2. Synthesize technical knowledge of engineering analysis and design to identify, formulate, and solve problems; and
  3. Employ their professional practice skills.

Student Outcomes

Students, upon completion of the BSArchE, program, will be able to:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that met specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to require and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

 All students are strongly encouraged to prepare for and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination prior to graduation.

Architectural Engineering Curriculum

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 121 or ENGR 1111ENGR 1711
MATH 125 or 1454MATH 126 or 1464
ENGR 103 or 1233PH 105 or 1254
EN 1013EN 1023
CH 100, 101, or 1174History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective. 1,43
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 2602CE 2623
AEM 2013AEM 2503
MATH 227 or 2474AEM 2643
GES 2553MATH 2383
Approved natural science (N) elective24PH 106 or 1264
 16 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 3313CE 3404
CE 3663CE 4343
AEM 3113ECE 3503
ECE 3203ME 2163
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective1,43History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective1,43
 15 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Senior (plan of study) elective33CE 4034
CE 4333CE 4623
ME 4073Senior Plan of Study Elective36
ARH 252 or 2533Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective1,43
COM 123 or 1243 
 15 16
Total Hours: 124

The College of Engineering requires a grade of "C-" or better be earned in all courses that are a pre-requisite to classes used to fulfill degree requirements. If a grade lower than "C-" is received in a course that is a pre-requisite, that course must be repeated and a grade of "C-" or higher must be earned before enrolling in the subsequent course.

All architectural engineering students are strongly encouraged to prepare for and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination prior to graduation. A graduate of the program who has passed the FE exam would then be an engineer intern under Model Law as maintained by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (ncees.org). It is recommended that the FE be taken the semester prior to graduation.

Related department policies and updates of catalog information are posted on the department website.

Architectural engineers work in a wide spectrum of careers centered on building systems. Architectural engineering graduates can serve as designers of structural, lighting, HVAC, and building energy systems. They work as construction and constructability experts, urban and city planners, project managers, and green building leaders. They are highly involved in the complicated and creative arena of bringing older, historic, and large office and governmental buildings back into productive use.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center