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 Objectives

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

Student Outcomes

The BSArchE student-learning outcomes are formulated into three categories:

Foundational Outcomes

  1. Solve problems in (1) mathematics through calculus and differential equations; (2) probability and statistics; and (3) at least two areas of natural science.
  2. Explain the importance of (1) humanities, literature, and fine arts; and (2) history and social behavior.

Technical Outcomes

  1. Analyze and solve problems in engineering mechanics and materials.
  2. Select and conduct engineering experiments, and analyze and evaluate the resulting data.
  3. 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
  4. Explain the affect of historical and contemporary issues on engineering practice.
  5. Develop solutions to well-defined project management problems.
  6. 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.
  7. Explain key aspects of at least one traditional or emerging area of advanced specialization within the discipline.

Professional Practice Outcomes

  1. Analyze a situation involving multiple conflicting professional, legal, and ethical interests and determine an appropriate course of action.
  2. Organize and deliver effective written, verbal, and graphical communications.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to learn through independent study, without the aid of formal instruction.
  4. 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. 
  5. Explain the importance of professional licensure and basic concepts in engineering management, business, law, and globalization.

Architectural Engineering Curriculum

CE 1211ENGR 1711
MATH 125 or 1454MATH 126 or 1464
ENGR 1033PH 105 or 1254
EN 1013EN 1023
CH 101 or 1174History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3
 15 15
CE 2602CE 2623
AEM 2013AEM 2503
MATH 227 or 2474AEM 2643
GES 2553MATH 2383
Approved natural science (N) elective3PH 106 or 1264
 15 16
CE 3313CE 3404
CE 3663CE 4343
AEM 3113ECE 3503
ECE 3203ME 2163
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3
 15 16
Senior (plan of study) elective3CE 4034
CE 4333CE 4623
ME 4073Senior Plan of Study Elective3
Humanities (H), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3Senior Plan of Study Elective3
COM 123 or 1243Humanities (H), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3
 15 16
Total Hours: 123

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 ( 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.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center