Architectural Engineering, B.A.E.

Program Code: AE_BAE

Program Description

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:

  1. the Construction option, which emphasizes building construction engineering and construction management;
  2. the Lighting/Electrical option, which emphasizes the design of lighting and electrical systems for buildings;
  3. the Mechanical option, which emphasizes the design of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems in buildings; and
  4. 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.

What is Architectural Engineering?

Architectural Engineering is an interdisciplinary field focused on creating integrated building solutions, both in outcome and design process, to produce optimally engineered building systems. This is achieved through close coordination between several primary focus areas, including Structural, Mechanical, Lighting, Electrical, Acoustical, and Construction. The interdisciplinary approach of Architectural Engineering seeks to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings while improving the health, comfort, and productivity of building occupants. This interdisciplinary approach is necessary to respond to the most urgent societal and environmental challenges emerging from urbanization across the globe.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You have aptitude in math and science.
  • You appreciate the artistic and emotive aspects of architecture.
  • You are passionate about human-centric design, indoor environmental quality, sustainability, energy conservation, or net-zero and high-performance buildings.
  • You like to organize parts of a system or process, a handy skill in the planning, coordinating, budgeting, design, construction, and operation of building projects.
  • You seek a team-oriented work environment with excellent prospects for advancement into project management and corporate leadership.

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, students must satisfy the following requirements:

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree in Architectural Engineering, a minimum of 160 credits is required; For the integrated Bachelor of Architectural Engineering / Master of Architectural Engineering degrees, a minimum of 172 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 148-152

33 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 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.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
AE 202Introduction to Architectural Engineering Concepts3
AE 221Architectural Building Materials3
AE 222Building Modeling and Documentation3
AE 309Architectural Acoustics3
AE 441Engineering Lifecycle Economic Analysis for Buildings1
AE 481WComprehensive Architectural Engineering Senior Project I4
AE 482Comprehensive Architectural Engineering Senior Project II4
ARCH 130ABasic Design and Research I6
ARCH 441Architectural Design Analysis3
ARTH 202NRenaissance to Modern Architecture Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
EE 211Electrical Circuits and Power Distribution3
EMCH 211Statics3
EMCH 212Dynamics3
EMCH 213Strength of Materials3
MATH 220Matrices Keystone/General Education Course2-3
PHYS 212General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 213General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course2
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
AE 308Introduction to Structural Analysis4
AE 310Fundamentals of Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning3
AE 311Fundamentals of Electrical and Illumination Systems for Building3
AE 372Introduction to the Building Industry3
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 211General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
ARCH 100Architecture and Ideas Keystone/General Education Course3
or ARCH 210 Ideas Across Time in Architecture and Urbanism Keystone/General Education Course
EDSGN 100Cornerstone Engineering Design3
or EDSGN 130 Architectural Graphics and CAD
MATH 231Calculus of Several Variables2-4
or MATH 230 Calculus and Vector Analysis
MATH 250Ordinary Differential Equations3-4
or MATH 251 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations
ME 201Introduction to Thermal Science3
or ME 300 Engineering Thermodynamics I
STAT 401Experimental Methods3
or IE 424 Process Quality Engineering
Select one of the following:1
Architectural Engineering Orientation
1 credit of another First-Year Seminar
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Economics Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select one of the following:3
Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course
Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course
Rhetoric and Civic Life II Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
Honors Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
Rhetoric and Civic Life I Keystone/General Education Course
Requirements for the Option
Select an option36

Requirements for the Option

Construction Option (36 credits)
Prescribed Courses
AE 404Building Structural Systems in Steel and Concrete3
AE 405Geotechnical Engineering4
AE 472Building Construction Planning and Management3
AE 473Building Construction Management and Control3
AE 475Building Construction Engineering I3
AE 476Building Construction Engineering II3
CE 209Fundamentals of Surveying2
CE 336Materials Science for Civil Engineers3
CE 337Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory1
MGMT 326Organizational Behavior and Design 13
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 8 credits from technical courses on department list 18
Lighting/Electrical Option (36 credits)
Prescribed Courses
AE 404Building Structural Systems in Steel and Concrete3
AE 461Architectural Illumination Systems & Design3
AE 464Advanced Architectural Illumination Systems & Design3
AE 466Computer Aided Lighting Design3
AE 467Advanced Building Electrical System Design3
AE 468Advanced Building Electrical and Communication Systems3
ARCH 442Architectural Design Analysis 13
Additional Courses
AE 453Load and Energy Use Simulations for Buildings3
or AE 454 Advanced Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 12 credits from technical courses on department option list12
Mechanical Option (36 credits)
Prescribed Courses
AE 404Building Structural Systems in Steel and Concrete3
AE 453Load and Energy Use Simulations for Buildings3
AE 454Advanced Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning3
AE 455Advanced Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning System Design3
AE 457HVAC Control Systems3
AE 458Advanced Architectural Acoustics and Noise Control3
AE 467Advanced Building Electrical System Design3
ARCH 442Architectural Design Analysis 13
ME 320Fluid Flow3
ME 410Heat Transfer3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 6 credits from technical courses on department option list 6
Structural Option (36 credits)
Prescribed Courses
AE 401Design of Steel and Wood Structures for Buildings3
AE 402Design of Concrete Structures for Buildings3
AE 403Advanced Steel Design for Buildings3
AE 405Geotechnical Engineering4
AE 430Indeterminate Structures3
AE 431Advanced Concrete Design for Buildings3
ARCH 442Architectural Design Analysis 13
CE 209Fundamentals of Surveying2
EMCH 315Mechanical Response of Engineering Materials2
EMCH 316Experimental Determination of Mechanical Response of Materials1
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 9 credits from technical courses on department list 19

Program Educational Objectives

The undergraduate program in Architectural Engineering is designed to produce graduates who, within a few years of graduation, are expected to be:

  • Progressing in their professional careers in the building industry or other related fields by applying expertise in one or more areas related to the integrated planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure: including, but not limited to, building construction engineering and management; lighting systems; electrical systems; heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems; structural systems;
  • Demonstrating strong leadership, communication, collaborative, and interdisciplinary skills and a commitment to a sustainable built environment;
  • Advancing the building industry and engaged in lifelong learning through activities, such as graduate level study, professional development, mentoring, involvement in professional organizations and service roles;
  • Attaining credentials appropriate for their career path, such as professional licenses, registrations or certifications.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. The Architectural Engineering program is designed to enable students to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

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Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2021-22 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Construction Option (2nd Year ETM): Architectural Engineering, B.A.E. at University Park Campus

Standard Path: Direct Entry from ENGAE to AE

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

If you are starting at a campus other than the one this plan is ending at, please refer to: http://advising.engr.psu.edu/degree-requirements/academic-plans-by-major.aspx

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 124 (or First Year Seminar)1ARTH 202N (GA) (US/IL)3
ECON 102 or 104 (GS)3EDSGN 100#3
CHEM 110 (GN)*#†3MATH 141 or 141E (GQ)*‡#†4
CHEM 1111PHYS 211 (PHYS 211L and 211R) (GN)*#†4
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3CAS 100A or 100B (GWS)‡†3
MATH 140 or 140E (GQ)*‡#†4 
 15 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 2023AE 2223
AE 2213EMCH 2133
EMCH 2113ME 2013
MATH 250*3PHYS 212 (PHYS 212L and 212R) (GN)4
PHYS 2132ARCH 130A: Basic Design and Research 1, Part 23
ARCH 130A: Basic Design and Research 1, Part 13 
 17 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 308*4AE 310*3
AE 3093AE 311*3
ARCH 100 (GA)3AE 372*3
EE 2113EMCH 2123
MATH 2202General Education Course (GHW)3
MATH 2312 
 17 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 4043AE 4054
AE 4753AE 4723
ARCH 4413AE 4763
MGMT 3263CE 3363
STAT 401 or IE 4243CE 3371
 General Education Course3
 15 17
Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 4733AE 4824
AE 481W4Department Elective3
ARCH 4431Department Elective2
CE 2092General Education Course3
Department Elective3General Education Course3
ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3 
 16 15
Total Credits 160

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

College Notes:

  • All AE and Arch courses are offered at University Park and are offered once a year in the semester shown in the above academic plan.
  • Department Electives: Any 400-level or 500-level A E course is acceptable, except AE 401, AE 402, AE 404, AE 421, AE 422, and AE 424. For recommended AE and other approved courses for each option, go to www.ae.psu.edu/academics/undergraduate/electives.aspx and click on "Department Elective Worksheet."
  • Students who complete the ROTC Program may substitute 3 ROTC credits for the GHW requirement and 3 ROTC credits for a Department Elective.
  • ARCH 100 and ARTH 202N are required GA courses. Substitution by an advanced course is possible. See an adviser.
  • ARCH 130A in the spring semester is a continuation of, and different from, ARCH 130A in the fall semester.
  • ME 300 may be substituted for ME 201.

Construction Option (3rd Year ETM): Architectural Engineering, B.A.E. at University Park Campus

Alternative Path: Direct Entry from ENGR to AE

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

If you are starting at a campus other than the one this plan is ending at, please refer to: http://advising.engr.psu.edu/degree-requirements/academic-plans-by-major.aspx

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110 (GN)*#†3ARTH 202N (GA) (US/IL)3
AE 124 (or other First Year Seminar)1EDSGN 100#3
MATH 140 or 140E (GQ)*‡ #†4MATH 141 or 141E (GQ)*‡ #†4
CHEM 1111PHYS 211 (PHYS 211L and 211R) (GN)*#†4
ECON 102 or 104 (GS)3CAS 100A or 100B‡†3
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3 
 15 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ARCH 100 (GA)3EE 2113
EMCH 2113EMCH 2123
ME 2013EMCH 2133
MATH 250 (GQ)*3MATH 2202
PHYS 212 (PHYS 212L and 212R) (GN)*#†4MATH 2312
 PHYS 2132
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 2023AE 2223
AE 2213AE 310*3
AE 3084AE 311*3
AE 309*3AE 372*3
ARCH 130A: Basic Design and Research 1, Part 13ARCH 130A: Basic Design and Research 1, Part 23
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 17.5 16.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 4043AE 4054
AE 4753AE 4723
ARCH 4413AE 4763
MGMT 3263CE 3363
STAT 401 or IE 4243CE 3371
 General Education Course3
 15 17
Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 4733AE 4824
AE 481W4Department Elective3
ARCH 4431Department Elective2
CE 2092General Education Course3
Department Elective3General Education Course3
ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3 
 16 15
Total Credits 160

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

College Notes:

  • All AE and Arch courses are offered at University Park and are offered once a year in the semester shown in the above academic plan.
  • Department Electives: Any 400-level or 500-level A E course is acceptable, except AE 401, AE 402, AE 404, AE 421, AE 422, and AE 424. For recommended AE and other approved courses for each option, go to www.ae.psu.edu/academics/undergraduate/electives.aspx and click on "Department Elective Worksheet."
  • Students who complete the ROTC Program may substitute 3 ROTC credits for the GHW requirement and 3 ROTC credits for a Department Elective.
  • ARCH 100 and ARTH 202N are required GA courses. Substitution by an advanced course is possible. See an adviser.
  • ARCH 130A in the spring semester is a continuation of, and different from, ARCH 130A in the fall semester.
  • ME 300 may be substituted for ME 201.

Lighting/Electrical Option (2nd Year ETM): Architectural Engineering, B.A.E. at University Park Campus

Standard Path: Direct Entry from ENGAE to AE

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

If you are starting at a campus other than the one this plan is ending at, please refer to: http://advising.engr.psu.edu/degree-requirements/academic-plans-by-major.aspx

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 124 (or other First Year Seminar course)1ARTH 202N (GA) (US/IL)3
ECON 102 or 104 (GS)3EDSGN 100#3
CHEM 110 (GN)*#†3MATH 141 or 141E (GQ)*‡#†4
CHEM 1111PHYS 211 (PHYS 211L and 211R) (GN)*#†4
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3CAS 100A or 100B‡†3
MATH 140 or 140E (GQ)*‡#†4 
 15 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 2023EMCH 2133
AE 2213ME 2013
ARCH 130A: Basic Design and Research 1, Part 13AE 2223
EMCH 2113PHYS 212 (PHYS 212L and 212R) (GN)*#4
PHYS 2132ARCH 130A: Basic Design and Research 1, Part 23
MATH 250*3 
 17 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 308*4AE 310*3
AE 3093AE 311*3
ARCH 100 (GA)3AE 372*3
EE 2113EMCH 2123
MATH 2202General Education Course (GHW)3
MATH 2312 
 17 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 4043AE 4663
AE 4613AE 4683
AE 4643ARCH 4423
AE 4673General Education Course (GH)3
ARCH 4413Department Elective3
 15 15
Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 453 or 4543AE 4824
AE 481W4Department Elective3
ARCH 4431Department Elective3
ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3General Education Course3
STAT 401 or IE 4243General Education Course3
Department Elective3 
 17 16
Total Credits 160

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

College Notes:

  • All AE and Arch courses are offered at University Park and are offered once a year in the semester shown in the above academic plan.
  • Department Electives: Any 400-level or 500-level A E course is acceptable, except AE 401, AE 402, AE 404, AE 421, AE 422, and AE 424. For recommended AE and other approved courses for each option, go to www.ae.psu.edu/academics/undergraduate/electives.aspx and click on "Department Elective Worksheet."
  • Students who complete the ROTC Program may substitute 3 ROTC credits for the GHW requirement and 3 ROTC credits for a Department Elective.
  • ARCH 100 and ARTH 202N are required GA courses. Substitution by an advanced course is possible. See an adviser.
  • ARCH 130A in the spring semester is a continuation of, and different from, ARCH 130A in the fall semester.
  • ME 300 may be substituted for ME 201.

Lighting/Electrical Option (3rd Year ETM): Architectural Engineering, B.A.E. at University Park Campus

Alternative Path: Direct Entry from ENGR to AE

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

If you are starting at a campus other than the one this plan is ending at, please refer to: http://advising.engr.psu.edu/degree-requirements/academic-plans-by-major.aspx

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 124 (or other First Year Seminar)1ARTH 202N (GA) (US/IL)3
CHEM 110*#†3EDSGN 100#3
CHEM 1111MATH 141 or 141E (GQ)*‡#†4
ECON 102 or 104 (GS)3PHYS 211 (PHYS 211L and 211R) (GN)*#†4
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3CAS 100A or 100B‡† 3
MATH 140 or 140E (GQ)*‡#†4 
 15 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ARCH 100 (GA)3EE 2113
EMCH 2113EMCH 2123
ME 2013EMCH 2133
MATH 250*3MATH 2202
PHYS 212 (PHYS 212L and 212R) (GN)*#†4MATH 2312
 PHYS 2132
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 2023AE 2223
AE 2213AE 310*3
AE 308*4AE 311*3
AE 3093AE 372*3
ARCH 130A: Basic Design and Research 1, Part 13ARCH 130A: Basic Design and Research 1, Part 23
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 17.5 16.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 4043AE 4663
AE 4613AE 4683
AE 4643ARCH 4423
AE 4673General Education Course3
ARCH 4413Department Elective3
 15 15
Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 453 or 4543AE 4824
AE 481W4Department Elective3
ARCH 4431Department Elective3
ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3General Education Course3
Department Elective3General Education Course3
STAT 401 or IE 4243 
 17 16
Total Credits 160

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

College Notes:

  • All AE and Arch courses are offered at University Park and are offered once a year in the semester shown in the above academic plan.
  • Department Electives: Any 400-level or 500-level A E course is acceptable, except AE 401, AE 402, AE 404, AE 421, AE 422, and AE 424. For recommended AE and other approved courses for each option, go to www.ae.psu.edu/academics/undergraduate/electives.aspx and click on "Department Elective Worksheet."
  • Students who complete the ROTC Program may substitute 3 ROTC credits for the GHW requirement and 3 ROTC credits for a Department Elective.
  • ARCH 100 and ARTH 202N are required GA courses. Substitution by an advanced course is possible. See an adviser.
  • ARCH 130A in the spring semester is a continuation of, and different from, ARCH 130A in the fall semester.
  • ME 300 may be substituted for ME 201.

Mechanical Option (2nd Year ETM): Architectural Engineering, B.A.E. at University Park Campus

Standard Path: Direct Entry from ENGAE to AE

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

If you are starting at a campus other than the one this plan is ending at, please refer to: http://advising.engr.psu.edu/degree-requirements/academic-plans-by-major.aspx

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 124 (or other First Year Seminar)1ARTH 202N (GA) (US/IL)3
CHEM 110*#†3EDSGN 100#3
CHEM 1111MATH 141 or 141E (GQ)*‡#†4
ECON 102 or 104 (GS)3PHYS 211 (PHYS 211L and 211R) (GN)*#†4
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3CAS 100A or 100B‡†3
MATH 140 or 140E (GQ)*‡#†4 
 15 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 2023ARCH 130A: Basic Design and Research 1, Part 23
MATH 250*3EMCH 2133
AE 2213ME 2013
ARCH 130A: Basic Design and Research 1, Part 13AE 2223
EMCH 2113PHYS 212 (PHYS 212L and 212R) (GN)*#†4
PHYS 2132 
 17 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 308*4AE 310*3
AE 3093AE 311*3
EE 2113AE 372*3
MATH 2202EMCH 2123
MATH 2312General Education Course (GHW)3
General Education Course3 
 17 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 4043AE 4553
AE 4543AE 4573
AE 4533AE 4583
ARCH 4413ARCH 4423
ME 3203ME 4103
 15 15
Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 4673AE 4824
AE 481W4ARCH 100 (GA)3
ARCH 4431Department Elective3
ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3General Education Course3
STAT 401 or IE 4243General Education Course3
Department Elective3 
 17 16
Total Credits 160

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

College Notes:

  • All AE and Arch courses are offered at University Park and are offered once a year in the semester shown in the above academic plan.
  • Department Electives: Any 400-level or 500-level A E course is acceptable, except AE 401, AE 402, AE 404, AE 421, AE 422, and AE 424. For recommended AE and other approved courses for each option, go to www.ae.psu.edu/academics/undergraduate/electives.aspx and click on "Department Elective Worksheet."
  • Students who complete the ROTC Program may substitute 3 ROTC credits for the GHW requirement and 3 ROTC credits for a Department Elective.
  • ARCH 100 and ARTH 202N are required GA courses. Substitution by an advanced course is possible. See an adviser.
  • ARCH 130A in the spring semester is a continuation of, and different from, ARCH 130A in the fall semester.
  • ME 300 may be substituted for ME 201.

Mechanical Option (3rd Year ETM): Architectural Engineering, B.A.E. at University Park Campus

Alternative Path: Direct Entry from ENGR to AE

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

If you are starting at a campus other than the one this plan is ending at, please refer to: http://advising.engr.psu.edu/degree-requirements/academic-plans-by-major.aspx

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 124 (or other First Year Seminar)1ARTH 202N (GA) (US/IL)3
CHEM 110*#† 3EDSGN 100#3
CHEM 1111MATH 141 or 141E (GQ)*‡#†4
ECON 102 or 104 (GS)3PHYS 211 (PHYS 211L and 211R) (GN)*#†4
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3CAS 100A or 100B‡†3
MATH 140 or 140E (GQ)*‡#†4 
 15 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ARCH 100 (GA)3EE 2113
MATH 250*3EMCH 2123
PHYS 212 (PHYS 212L and PHYS 212R) (GN)*#†4EMCH 2133
ME 2013MATH 2202
EMCH 2113PHYS 2132
 MATH 2312
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 2023AE 2223
AE 2213AE 310*3
AE 308*4AE 311*3
AE 3093AE 3723
ARCH 130A: Basic Design and Research 1, Part 13ARCH 130A: Basic Design and Research 1, Part 23
General Education Course (GHW)3General Education Course3
 19 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 4043AE 4553
AE 4543AE 4573
AE 4533AE 4583
ARCH 4413ARCH 4423
ME 3203ME 4103
 15 15
Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 4673AE 4824
AE 481W4ARCH 100 (GA)3
ARCH 4431Department Elective3
ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3General Education Course3
STAT 401 or IE 4243General Education Course3
Department Elective3 
 17 16
Total Credits 163

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

College Notes:

  • All AE and Arch courses are offered at University Park and are offered once a year in the semester shown in the above academic plan.
  • Department Electives: Any 400-level or 500-level A E course is acceptable, except AE 401, AE 402, AE 404, AE 421, AE 422, and AE 424. For recommended AE and other approved courses for each option, go to www.ae.psu.edu/academics/undergraduate/electives.aspx and click on "Department Elective Worksheet."
  • Students who complete the ROTC Program may substitute 3 ROTC credits for the GHW requirement and 3 ROTC credits for a Department Elective.
  • ARCH 100 and ARTH 202N are required GA courses. Substitution by an advanced course is possible. See an adviser.
  • ARCH 130A in the spring semester is a continuation of, and different from, ARCH 130A in the fall semester.
  • ME 300 may be substituted for ME 201.

Structural Option (2nd Year ETM): Architectural Engineering, B.A.E. at University Park Campus

Standard Path: Direct Entry from ENGAE to AE

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

If you are starting at a campus other than the one this plan is ending at, please refer to: http://advising.engr.psu.edu/degree-requirements/academic-plans-by-major.aspx

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 124 (or First Year Seminar)1ARTH 202N (GA) (US/IL)3
CHEM 110*#†3EDSGN 100#3
CHEM 1111MATH 141 or 141E (GQ)*‡#†4
ECON 102 or 104 (GS)3PHYS 211 (PHYS 211L and 211R) (GN)*#†4
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3CAS 100A or 100B‡†3
MATH 140 or 140E (GQ)*‡#†4 
 15 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 2023ARCH 130A: Basic Design and Research 1, Part 23
MATH 250*3EMCH 2133
AE 2213ME 2013
EMCH 2113AE 222*3
ARCH 130A: Basic Design and Research 1, Part 13PHYS 212 (PHYS 212L and 212R) (GN)*#†4
PHYS 2132 
 17 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 3084AE 310*3
AE 3093AE 311*3
ARCH 100 (GA)3AE 3723
EE 2113EMCH 2123
MATH 2202General Education Course3
MATH 2312 
 17 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 4013AE 4033
AE 4023AE 4054
AE 4303AE 4313
ARCH 4413ARCH 4423
General Education Course3Department Elective3
 15 16
Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 481W4AE 4824
ARCH 4431STAT 401 or IE 4243
CE 2092Department Elective3
EMCH 3152General Education Course3
EMCH 3161General Education Course3
ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3 
Department Elective3 
 16 16
Total Credits 160

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

College Notes:

  • All AE and Arch courses are offered at University Park and are offered once a year in the semester shown in the above academic plan.
  • Department Electives: Any 400-level or 500-level A E course is acceptable, except AE 401, AE 402, AE 404, AE 421, AE 422, and AE 424. For recommended AE and other approved courses for each option, go to www.ae.psu.edu/academics/undergraduate/electives.aspx and click on "Department Elective Worksheet."
  • Students who complete the ROTC Program may substitute 3 ROTC credits for the GHW requirement and 3 ROTC credits for a Department Elective.
  • ARCH 100 and ARTH 202N are required GA courses. Substitution by an advanced course is possible. See an adviser.
  • ARCH 130A in the spring semester is a continuation of, and different from, ARCH 130A in the fall semester.
  • ME 300 may be substituted for ME 201.

Structural Option (3rd Year ETM): Architectural Engineering, B.A.E. at University Park Campus

Alternative Path: Direct Entry from ENGR to AE

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

If you are starting at a campus other than the one this plan is ending at, please refer to: http://advising.engr.psu.edu/degree-requirements/academic-plans-by-major.aspx

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 124 (or other First Year Seminar)1ARTH 202N (GA) (US/IL)3
CHEM 110*#†3EDSGN 100#3
CHEM 1111MATH 141 or 141E (GQ)*‡#†4
ECON 102 or 104 (GS)3PHYS 211 (PHYS 211L and 211R) (GN)*#†4
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3CAS 100A or 100B‡†3
MATH 140 or 140E (GQ)*‡#†4 
 15 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ARCH 100 (GA)3EE 2113
MATH 250*3EMCH 2123
ME 2013EMCH 2133
EMCH 2113MATH 2202
PHYS 212 (PHYS 212L and 212R) (GN)*#†4MATH 2312
 PHYS 2132
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 2023AE 2223
AE 2213AE 310*3
AE 308*4AE 311*3
AE 3093AE 372*3
ARCH 130A: Basic Design and Research 1, Part 13ARCH 130A: Basic Design and Research 1, Part 23
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 17.5 16.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 4013AE 4033
AE 4023AE 4054
AE 4303AE 4313
ARCH 4413ARCH 4423
General Education Course3Department Elective3
 15 16
Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AE 481W4AE 4824
ARCH 4431STAT 401 or IE 4243
CE 2092Department Elective3
EMCH 3152General Education Course3
EMCH 3161General Education Course3
ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3 
Department Elective3 
 16 16
Total Credits 160

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

College Notes:

  • All AE and Arch courses are offered at University Park and are offered once a year in the semester shown in the above academic plan.
  • Department Electives: Any 400-level or 500-level A E course is acceptable, except AE 401, AE 402, AE 404, AE 421, AE 422, and AE 424. For recommended AE and other approved courses for each option, go to www.ae.psu.edu/academics/undergraduate/electives.aspx and click on "Department Elective Worksheet."
  • Students who complete the ROTC Program may substitute 3 ROTC credits for the GHW requirement and 3 ROTC credits for a Department Elective.
  • ARCH 100 and ARTH 202N are required GA courses. Substitution by an advanced course is possible. See an adviser.
  • ARCH 130A in the spring semester is a continuation of, and different from, ARCH 130A in the fall semester.
  • ME 300 may be substituted for ME 201.

Career Paths

The Penn State Architectural Engineering program focuses on developing next-generation leaders with in-depth expertise in their technical discipline, overall breadth of the building industry, and passion about integrated design. Graduates of this program serve in a variety of roles in conceptualizing, designing, constructing, and managing built environments for both the public and private sectors. They accept job offers from companies such as: architectural engineering firms, consulting engineering companies, contractors, specialty contractors, forensic engineering consultants, building technology consultants, real estate developers, building equipment designers and manufacturers, building materials and products designers and producers, facilities engineering and management groups, and building owners.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Students with a bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in Architectural Engineering are well prepared for graduate studies to further develop their depth of knowledge in traditional architectural engineering disciplines, such as structural, mechanical, construction, lighting, acoustical and electrical engineering. Alternatively, students may wish to broaden their expertise by pursuing graduate education in facility engineering, architecture, real estate and development, management, or law.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Accreditation

The baccalaureate program in Architectural Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ABET ACCREDITATION

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING
104 Engineering Unit A
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-6394
upoarc@engr.psu.edu

http://www.ae.psu.edu