Department Electives

Recommended AE Department Electives
Course Number Course
Construction  Lighting/
Mechanical  Structural 
AE 432 Design of Masonry Structures  X
AE 444 Micro CADD Applications for Buildings  X X X
AE 470 Residential Building Design and Construction  X X
AE 456 Solar Energy Building System Design X X
AE 461 Architectural Illumination Systems and Design  X
AE 475 Building Construction Engineering I X
AE 476 Building Construction Engineering II X X
AE 486 Professional Practice X X X
AE 496 Independent Study (requires approval from a construction faculty member based on study plan) X
ARCH 481 Digital Design Media (requires 'Approval of Instructor') X
BE 462 Design of Wood Structures X
CE 410W Sustainable Residential Subdivision Design X
CE 435 Foundation Engineering X
CE 436 Construction Engineering Materials X
CE 447 Structural Analysis by Matrix Methods X
CE 454 Safety (requires 'Permission of Program') X
CMPSC 431 Database Management Systems (Note CMPSC 221 prerequisite) X
EGEE 437 Design of Solar Energy Conversion Systems X X
EMCH 461 Finite Elements in Engineering X
EMCH 471 Engineering Composite Materials X
ENGR 407 Technology-Based Entrepreneurship X
ENGR 409 (US) Leadership in Organizations X
ENGR 411 Entrepreneurship Business Basics X
IE 402 Advanced Engineering Economics X
IE 424 Process Quality Engineering X
IHS 400 Safety Engineering (in addition to engineering courses, PSYCH 100 prerequisite)  X
IHS 420 Fire Protection Engineering X X X
IHS 450 Environmental Health and Safety X
IHS 470 Systems Engineering in Process Safety X
PSYCH 253 Introduction to Psychology of Perception X
PSYCH 484 Work Attitudes and Motivation - may be challenges for students with prerequisites (need PSYCH 100 (GS) and statistics course) X
PSYCH 485 Leadership in Work Setting X
THEA 270 Introduction to Lighting Design X

Any AE 400- or 500-level course is acceptable, except AE 401, AE 402, AE 421, AE 422 and AE 424. 

Up to 3 credits of ROTC may be used as a department elective and an additional 3 credits of ROTC may be used as a GHA. The student must be commissioned as an officer upon graduation to qualify for the 6 credits of substitution. 



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