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.

Architectural Engineering Curriculum

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 1211ENGR 1711
MATH 1254MATH 1264
ENGR 103 or ART 1313PH 1054
EN 1013EN 1023
CH 1014History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 2602CE 2623
AEM 2013AEM 2503
MATH 2274AEM 2643
GES 2553MATH 2383
Approved natural science (N) elective3PH 1064
 15 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
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
FallHoursSpringHours
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 1233Humanities (H), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3
 15 16
Total Hours: 123
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Recommendations:

  •  CE 220 Society Infrastruct & Environm and EC 110 Principles of Microeconomics as an SB
  • Foreign language as an HU
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BSC 114 Principles Of Biology I/BSC 115 Laboratory Biology I

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

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.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center