Majors, Minors, and Certificates

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (B.A.E.)

The B.A.E degree is a five-year program that includes a senior thesis project done throughout the fifth year. Learn more.

Integrated Bachelor and Master of Architectural Engineering (B.A.E./M.A.E.)

Select students will be able to participate in a combined B.A.E./M.A.E. program. Successful completion of twelve additional credits will allow students to graduate with these two degrees. Eighteen of the credits must be at the graduate level. Learn more. 

Integrated Bachelor and Master of Science (B.A.E./M.S.)

Select students may elect to perform an integrated B.A.E./M.S. program. Learn more. 

Undergraduate option areas:

  • Construction focuses on the planning, management, design, and construction phases of building projects.
  • Lighting/Electrical includes the skills and knowledge necessary to create high-quality lighting systems and safe and effective electrical distribution systems.
  • Mechanical combines a strong background in buildings systems with mechanical engineering fundamentals to design systems that provide quality environments for people.
  • Structural learns the skills to design structures that successfully integrate structure, environmental systems, and architecture.


Residential Construction Minor

The objective of the Residential Construction Minor is to provide an opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the residential building construction topics and issues with an emphasis on sustainable land development, design and construction of residential buildings, as well as construction management of residential projects.

Residential building construction is a unique interdisciplinary field that draws upon civil and architectural engineering, architecture, real estate, management, finance, and marketing disciplines, and design principles including economical, safe, and serviceable structural design, green building systems design, sustainable land development, and construction management.

This minor is expected to be primarily of interest to students from Architectural Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Architecture majors, but students from other majors can also enroll in this minor. This minor will help students to increase their competitiveness for employment in the residential market and construction industry.

For more information about the minor, click here.

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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