Bachelor 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:

  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 culminates in a year-long capstone design course.

The curriculum also impacts your intention to pursue an integrated B.A.E./M.A.E. program and your option. Your option selection will occur in the 6th semester.


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Widely acknowledged as one of the top Architectural Engineering programs in the world, the Penn State AE Department is dedicated to providing outstanding academic excellence to all of our students. The AE program is focused on preparing students and conducting research in the design, engineering, and construction of building projects.

Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6394