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Begin Date: Summer Session 2007
End Date: Spring Semester 2012

Architectural Engineering - ARCHIVE

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 the integrated undergraduate/graduate program leading to the B.A.E. and the M.A.E. degrees. Students who are currently enrolled in the 7th semester of the B.A.E. degree program may be admitted to the integrated B.A.E./M.A.E. program, following a positive review of an application specific to this program by the faculty committee on graduate admissions. Students must have attained a GPA of at least 3.0 and must have attained a grade of C or better in all classes listed as A E. Students admitted to the integrated program must maintain a GPA in all classes used toward the M.A.E. degree of at least 3.0.

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

Graduates, after several years in practice, are engaged in a professional career in the building industry as follows.

  • Graduates, with the appropriate experience, are qualified and competent to sit for the professional engineering exam.
  • Graduates are capable to meet the challenges of the engineering work environment. The graduates have assumed some leadership responsibilities.
  • Graduates are capable of solving design and project related problems based on sound engineering principles as demanded by their work.
  • Graduates are successfully conducting multi-disciplinary/inter-disciplinary interactions as required by their work.
  • Graduates are engaged in service activities in the public and professional realms.
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) and PHYS 211 (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 220 GQ(2-3), MATH 231(2), PHYS 212 GN(4), 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 250(3), 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: Summer Session 2007

Blue Sheet Item #: 35-06-319

Review Date: 4/10/07

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 

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