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.
The objectives of The University of Alabama Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (BSArchE) program is to graduate students who are in demand by employers and graduate programs and who lead fulfilling professional careers through their abilities to:
- apply foundational knowledge of mathematics, science, humanities, and social sciences in the professional practice of architectural engineering
- synthesize technical knowledge of engineering analysis and design to identify, formulate, and solve architectural engineering problems
- demonstrate the professional practice skills needed to be successful in architectural engineering
The BSArchE student-learning outcomes are formulated into three categories:
- Solve problems in (1) mathematics through calculus and differential equations; (2) probability and statistics; and (3) at least two areas of natural science.
- Explain the importance of (1) humanities, literature, and fine arts; and (2) history and social behavior.
- Analyze and solve problems in engineering mechanics and materials.
- Select and conduct engineering experiments, and analyze and evaluate the resulting data.
- Apply relevant knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems, including problems in building structures; building mechanical and electrical systems; and construction engineering and management
- Explain the affect of historical and contemporary issues on engineering practice.
- Develop solutions to well-defined project management problems.
- Design a system or process in more than one area within the discipline to meet desired needs, including sustainability, and within other realistic constraints such as: environmental, economic, social, political, ethical, health and safety, and constructability.
- Explain key aspects of at least one traditional or emerging area of advanced specialization within the discipline.
Professional Practice Outcomes
- Analyze a situation involving multiple conflicting professional, legal, and ethical interests and determine an appropriate course of action.
- Organize and deliver effective written, verbal, and graphical communications.
- Demonstrate the ability to learn through independent study, without the aid of formal instruction.
- Demonstrate attributes supportive of the professional practice of engineering; apply leadership principles to direct the efforts of a small group to solve a relatively constrained problem; and function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team to solve open-ended engineering problems.
- Explain the importance of professional licensure and basic concepts in engineering management, business, law, and globalization.
Architectural Engineering Curriculum
|CE 121||1||ENGR 171||1|
|MATH 125 or 145||4||MATH 126 or 146||4|
|ENGR 103||3||PH 105 or 125||4|
|EN 101||3||EN 102||3|
|CH 101 or 117||4||History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective||3|
|CE 260||2||CE 262||3|
|AEM 201||3||AEM 250||3|
|MATH 227 or 247||4||AEM 264||3|
|GES 255||3||MATH 238||3|
|Approved natural science (N) elective||3||PH 106 or 126||4|
|CE 331||3||CE 340||4|
|CE 366||3||CE 434||3|
|AEM 311||3||ECE 350||3|
|ECE 320||3||ME 216||3|
|History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective||3||History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective||3|
|Senior (plan of study) elective||3||CE 403||4|
|CE 433||3||CE 462||3|
|ME 407||3||Senior Plan of Study Elective||3|
|Humanities (H), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective||3||Senior Plan of Study Elective||3|
|COM 123 or 124||3||Humanities (H), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective||3|
|Total Hours: 123|
GEO 101 The Dynamic Earth
GEO 102 The Earth Through Time
GEO 104 Hazardous Earth
GEO 105 Sustainable Earth
GY 101 Atmospheric Proc & Patterns
GY 102 Earth Surface Processes
CH 102 General Chemistry
GY 207 Field Water and Climate
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 and message boards.
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.