Architectural Engineering Disciplines
Four options are available for architectural engineering students to specialize in during the last two years of their five-year undergraduate degree program.
Students in the construction option are prepared to take an active role in the planning, management, design, and construction phases of building projects.
Construction students focus on management techniques and economic considerations associated with construction of a full range of building projects. Students prepare for an active role in construction planning and implementation through courses on:
- construction methods
Students in the lighting and electrical option have the skills and knowledge necessary to create high-quality lighting systems and safe and effective electrical distribution systems.
The lighting and electrical option builds on the fundamentals of:
- Electrical circuits
- Power distribution
- Illumination systems for buildings
Strong design and analysis capabilities are developed through such classes as AE 461 Basic Theory of Building Illumination, AE 464 Advanced Architectural Illumination System Design, AE 467 Advanced Building Electrical System Design, and AE 466 Computer Aided Lighting Design and Analysis.
Students in the mechanical option work to combine a strong background in building systems with mechanical engineering fundamentals to design systems that provide quality environments for people.
All mechanical option students have completed in-depth course work in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) fundamentals, analysis, and design. They focus on the design of total building systems. Additional courses available include:
- Indoor Air Quality, Building Solar Design
- HVAC Noise Control and Acoustic Design
- Advanced Building Electrical Systems Design
Students in the structural option specialize in designing buildings that successfully integrate structure, environmental systems, and architecture. They consider the building and its construction as a whole and incorporate this into their designs.
All structural engineering students begin with a background in statics, dynamics, materials, design, and analysis techniques. Additional courses include geotechnical and foundation engineering, surveying, and advanced concrete and steel design.