The Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State is widely acknowledged as the top architectural engineering program in the country. It emphasizes the scientific and engineering aspects of planning, designing, and constructing of buildings. The goal of the program is to provide engineering graduates with the best education available for careers in the building professions. Program education objectives of the undergraduate architectural engineering program at Penn State, accredited by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., (ABET) are:
- 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 and interdisciplinary interactions as required by their work
- Engaged in service activities in the public and professional realms
The specific goal of the undergraduate program in architectural engineering at Penn State is to provide a high quality education in the fundamentals of engineering and their application to buildings. This is achieved through classroom, studio, and extracurricular activities, which will provide each graduate with the ability to practice as a registered professional engineer in one of a variety of areas - both public and private - relating to the planning, design, construction, and operation of buildings and to assume a place of leadership in society. The program is designed to produce graduates with a fundamental understanding of all building systems with in-depth capabilities in the construction, lighting/electrical, mechanical, or structural option.