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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Engineering

Architectural Engineering

University Park, College of Engineering (A E)

PROFESSOR CHIMAY J. ANUMBA, Head, Department of Architectural Engineering

This major emphasizes the application of scientific and engineering principles to the planning, design, and construction of buildings and building systems. The goal of the program is to provide engineering graduates with the best education available for careers in the building professions. Graduates will have the ability to practice as registered professional engineers in a variety of areas, both public and private, related to the planning, design, construction, and operation of buildings and to assume a place of leadership in society.

Four options are available in the ten-semester major: the Construction option, which emphasizes building construction engineering and construction management; the Lighting/Electrical option, which emphasizes the design of lighting and electrical systems for buildings; the Mechanical option, which emphasizes the design of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems in buildings; and the Structural option, which emphasizes the analysis and design of building structural systems. Courses in architectural design are included in all options to give the engineering student an understanding of architectural design and its relation to engineering. Courses in engineering design are provided throughout the program. The design experience is culminated in a year-long capstone design course.

A limited number of undergraduate students in the B.A.E. program will be considered for admission to one of two integrated undergraduate-graduate degree programs. The first leads to the student earning both the B.A.E. and M.A.E. degrees and involves a graduate-level component in the capstone senior project. The second provides the student with the opportunity to earn both the B.A.E. and M.S. degrees and involves a research-oriented thesis in addition to the capstone undergraduate senior project. Students who are currently enrolled in the 7th semester of the B.A.E. degree program may apply to one of the two integrated programs and will be admitted following a positive review by the faculty committee on graduate admissions. To be considered for admission to either program, students must have attained a GPA of at least 3.0 and a grade of C or better in all classes listed as AE. A commitment from an AE graduate faculty member to serve as the student's M.S. thesis adviser is necessary for admission to the B.A.E./M.S. program. Students admitted to an integrated program must maintain a GPA in all classes used toward the M.A.E. or M.S. degree of at least 3.0. Students must complete a minimum of 172 credits for both the integrated B.A.E./M.A.E. and B.A.E./M.S. degree programs, 18 of which must be at the graduate level (500, 600 or 800-level). For the B.A.E./M.A.E. degree program, all of graduate credits are course credits. For the B.A.E./M.S. degree program, a thesis is required and six credits of thesis research (600 or 610) must be included in the candidate's academic course plan.

The professional degree, Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, is granted upon the satisfactory completion of the five-year program.

Program Educational Objectives:

The undergraduate program in Architectural Engineering is designed to produce graduates who will be:

  • Engaged in a professional career in the building industry.
  • Qualified and competent to sit for the professional engineering exam.
  • Capable of meeting the challenges of the engineering work environment and assuming leadership responsibilities.
  • Capable of solving design and project related problems based on sound engineering principles as demanded by their work.
  • Successful in conducting multi-disciplinary/inter-disciplinary interactions as required by their work.
  • Engaged in service activities in the public and professional realms.

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes):

The expected educational outcomes:

(a)    an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b)   an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c)    an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
(d)   an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e)    an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f)    an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g)   an ability to communicate effectively
(h)   the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i)     recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j)     a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k)   an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
(l)     a proficiency in mathematics through differential equations, probability and statistics, calculus based physics, and general chemistry
(m)  proficiency in statics, strength of materials, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, electric circuits, and engineering economics
(n)   proficiency in a minimum of three (3) of the four (4) basic curriculum areas of structures, building mechanical and electrical systems, and construction/construction management
(o)   Engineering design capabilities in at least two (2) of the three (3) basic curriculum areas of architectural engineering, and that design has been integrated across the breadth of the program
(p)   An understanding of architectural design and history leading to architectural design that will permit communication, and interaction, with other design professionals in the execution of building projects

ENTRANCE TO MAJOR -- In addition to the minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements* described in the University Policies, all College of Engineering entrance to major course requirements must also be completed with a minimum grade of C: CHEM 110 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ), MATH 141 (GQ), MATH 250 or MATH 251, PHYS 211 (GN) and PHSY 212 (GN). All of these courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the admission to major process is carried out.

*In the event that the major is under enrollment control, a higher minimum cumulative grade-point average is likely to be needed and students must be enrolled in the College of Engineering or Division of Undergraduate Studies at the time of confirming their major choice.

For the B.A.E. degree in Architectural Engineering, a minimum of 160 credits is required. This baccalaureate program in Architectural Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., www.abet.org (Opens New Window).

For the integrated B.A.E./M.A.E. degrees, a minimum of 172 credits of course work is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(33 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 148 credits
(This includes 33 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GA courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 112 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (102 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), E G 130(3), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
A E 202(3), A E 221(3), A E 222(3), ARCH 130A(6), E MCH 211(3), E MCH 213(3), MATH 250(3)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4)[1], PHYS 213 GN(2) (Sem: 3-4)
A E 308(4)[1], A E 309(3), A E 310(3)[1], A E 311(3)[1], A E 372(3)[1], A E 481W(4), A E 482(4), ARCH 210 GA(3), ARCH 211 GA(3), E E 211(3), E MCH 212(3), M E 201(3), MATH 220 GQ(2-3), MATH 231(2), STAT 401(3) (Sem: 5-6)
ARCH 441(3), ARCH 443(1) (Sem: 7-8)
ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 9-10)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (10 credits)
Select A E 124S(1) or 1 credit of another First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CAS 100A GWS(3) or CAS 100B GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 36 credits

CONSTRUCTION OPTION: (36 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (24 credits)
A E 404(3), A E 475(3), A E 476(3), C E 336(3), C E 337(1), MGMT 326(3)[19] (Sem: 7-8)
A E 472(3), A E 473(3), C E 209(2) (Sem: 9-10)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 3 credits from technical courses on department list (Sem: 7-8)
Select 5 credits from technical courses on department list[19] (Sem: 9-10)
Select 4 credits of geotechnical courses (Sem: 9-10)

LIGHTING/ELECTRICAL OPTION: (36 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (24 credits)
A E 404(3), A E 454(3), A E 461(3), A E 467(3), ARCH 442(3)[19] (Sem: 7-8)
A E 444(3), A E 464(3), A E 466(3) (Sem: 9-10)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 3 credits from technical courses on department option list (Sem: 7-8)
Select 9 credits from technical courses on department option list [19] (Sem: 9-10)

MECHANICAL OPTION: (36 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (27 credits)
A E 404(3), A E 454(3), A E 455(3), A E 457(3), A E 467(3) ARCH 442(3)[19], M E 320(3), M E 410(3) (Sem: 7-8)
A E 458(3) (Sem: 9-10)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 3 credits from technical courses on department option list[19] (Sem: 7-8)
Select 6 credits from technical courses on department option list (Sem: 9-10)

STRUCTURAL OPTION: (36 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (23 credits)
A E 401(3), A E 402(3), A E 403(3), A E 430(3), ARCH 442(3)[19], E MCH 315(2), E MCH 316(1) (Sem: 7-8)
A E 431(3), C E 209(2) (Sem: 9-10)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (13 credits)
Select 9 credits from technical courses on department list[19] (Sem: 7-8)
Select 4 credits in Geotechnical (Sem: 7-8)

Note: The following substitutions are allowed for students attending campuses where the indicated course is not offered: ED&G 100(3) can be substituted for E G 130(3).

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[19] Students having successfully completed ROTC upon graduation, may apply 3 credits of ROTC to these courses. Additionally, 3 credits of ROTC may be applied to GHA.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2012

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-05-032

Review Date: 02/21/2012

R & T: Approved 5/24/2013

UCA Revision #1: 8/2/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/26/07

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Department head updated by Publications: 7/23/08

Accreditation statement updated by Publications, per COE: 8/15/11