Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering

Architectural Engineering

The architectural engineering (AE) undergraduate program is a four-year program requiring 129 credit hours. A one-year Master of Architectural Engineering (MAE) program of 36 credits is also offered.

The educational objective of the program is to produce graduates who:

  • Practice architectural engineering as licensed professionals in the following application areas of building design;
    • building structural systems
    • building mechanical systems
    • building acoustics
    • building lighting systems
    • building electrical systems
  • Apply the fundamental principles of science, engineering, and mathematics to the analysis of architectural engineering problems
  • Design solutions to architectural engineering problems under realistic conditions that include:
    • identifying relevant issues
    • formulating solutions
    • evaluating and selecting a solution
    • communicating the final design

Architectural engineering (AE) is the engineering design of buildings. Students will have the option to specialize in either the design of building structural systems, building mechanical systems and acoustics or building lighting and electrical systems. The first three years are common to all three fields of specialization, and include the same math and science courses common to all engineering programs. Students will take an introductory course in AE in their first semester. This course exposes the students to the materials and systems that make up a modern building. It will also provide a preview of the work they can expect to do after graduation. This first AE course helps the student to decide if this is the career path he/she wishes to pursue.

In the second semester, the AE student begins the first of a four-course sequence of courses in architecture. The purpose of these courses is to familiarize the engineering student with the thought and design process of architects and to develop an appreciation of the architectural features of buildings. This exposure to architecture is an important part of the student’s education. It develops creativity and gives the AE graduates a unique ability to work effectively with their professional colleagues in architecture.

The intent of the AE program is to develop both breadth and depth. This is done by requiring the students to have a good understanding of all the systems that make up a building while also giving them a specialized education in their chosen option areas. The breadth is provided in the 5th and 6th semesters, with all students taking courses in each of the three areas of specialization. The depth is provided in the 7th and 8th semesters, as the program splits into the three option areas.

A one-year Master of Architectural Engineering degree follows the four-year undergraduate program. This fifth year continues the specialized education in each of the three option areas, and provides an introduction to some of the professional practice topics that Architectural Engineers will need later in their careers.

The year of the AE program features a MAE design project. The project requires the student to practice all the design skills and understanding of building systems developed throughout the program. Students in teams will complete a significant building design in a manner that closely simulates professional practice. Industry and faculty members will serve as consultants to the students.

Architectural engineering is accredited by the EAC-ABET, Inc.

Departmental Controls

Because of rapid technical developments, the AE curriculum will be continually reviewed and upgraded. Currently enrolled students are expected to modify their programs to take advantage of such revisions. Students who do not maintain continuous progress toward the degree through enrollment in applicable course work will be considered as new students upon re-entering the program and will be subject to the requirements of the undergraduate catalog current at the time of their re-entry

AE students must pass any course offered by the AE program (those with an AE or CE prefix) with a grade of “C-” or higher to obtain credit toward graduation for that course. All courses that are prerequisites for AE or CE courses must be passed with a grade of “C-” or higher to obtain entry into the subsequent course.

Students must complete at least 43 credit hours in the AE program before applying for admission to the degree program in AE. Transfer students must have all transfer hours accepted before applying for admission. The number admitted will depend on the availability of space, faculty, and other academic resources. Admission will be based on academic performance in a set of 43 credit hours of courses taken in the AE program. Students will not be permitted to register for more than 61 credit hours of courses listed in the AE curriculum until they have been accepted into the degree program in AE.

Three courses each in the humanities and social sciences are required in the AE program. Because of the specific needs of the program, most of these courses are specified in the curriculum.

Career Opportunities

Architectural engineering graduates normally enter the building design industry and become registered professional engineers. There are only sixteen accredited Architectural Engineering programs in the country, so there is a large unfulfilled demand for engineers educated in building design. This is especially true in Nebraska, the home of several large Architectural and Engineering design firms.

 

Degree Requirements

First Semester

AE 1010Introduction to Architectural Engineering

1

SPCH 1110Public Speaking Fundamentals

3

MATH 1950Calculus I

5

CHEM 1180General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 1184General Chemistry I Laboratory

1

CIST 1400Introduction to Computer Programming

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

AE 2250Construction Graphics and Design Process

3

ARCH 1060Introduction to Design

3

MATH 1960Calculus II

5

PHYS 2110General Physics 1 - Calculus Level

4

PHYS 1154General Physics Laboratory I

1

Total Credit Hours:16

ARCH 1060: Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts requirement.

Third Semester

AE 2400Building Systems

3

ARCH 2100Elements of Arch Design I

3

MATH 1970Calculus III

4

PHYS 2120General Physics - Calculus Level

4

PHYS 1164General Physics Laboratory II

1

Total Credit Hours:15

Fourth Semester

ELEC 2110Elements of Electrical Engineering

3

MENG 2000Engineering Thermodynamics

3

MATH 2350Differential Equations

3

AE 3070Mechanics of Materials Lab

1

Total Credit Hours:10

Fifth Semester

AE 3200Lighting I: Fundamentals for Design

3

AE 3300Building Acoustics Fundamentals

3

CIVE 310Fluid Mechanics

3

CIVE 319Hydraulics Laboratory

1

CIVE 341Introduction to Structural Engineering

4

ENGL 3980Technical Writing Across the Disciplines

3

Total Credit Hours:17

ENGL 3980: ENGR 3000 is an accepted equivalent for ENGL 3980.

Sixth Semester

AE 3220Electrical Systems for Buildings I

3

AE 3100HVAC Fundamentals

3

CIVE 441Steel Design I

3

MENG 4200Heat Transfer

3

STAT 3800Applied Engineering Probability and Statistics

3

ACE Elective

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:18

ACE Elective: From ACE SLO’s 6, 8 & 9.

Seventh Semester

All options

ART 3770History of Architecture to 1850

3

ISMG 2060Engineering Economy I

3

CIVE 440/CIVE 840Reinforced Concrete Design

3

Total Credit Hours:9

ART 3770: Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts requirement and the International Focus requirement

ART 3770: AE 3770, Global Experiences in Architectural Engineering, is an accepted equivalent for ART 3770.

Lighting and Electrical Options

AE 4200Lighting II: Theory, Design & Application

3

AE 4120Building Energy II: Primary and Secondary Systems

3

PSYC 1010Introduction to Psychology I

3

Total Credit Hours:9

PSYC 4210: From ACE SLO’s 6, 8 & 9.

Mechanical and Acoustics Options

AE 4120Building Energy II: Primary and Secondary Systems

3

Two social and behavioral science electives

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Social and behavioral science electives: From ACE SLO’s 6, 8 & 9.

Structural Option

CIVE 443Structural Analysis

3

ACE Electives

6 Credits

Total Credit Hours:9

ACE Electives: From ACE SLO’s 6, 8 & 9.

Eighth Semester

All options

ART 3780History of Architecture Since 1850

3

Total Credit Hours:3

ART 3780: Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts requirement.

Lighting and Electrical Options

AE 4250Lighting Design

4

PSYC 4210Sensation and Perception

3

Total Credit Hours:7

PSYC 4210: From ACE SLO’s 6, 8 & 9.

Mechanical and Acoustics Options

AE 4150HVAC Design

4

AE 4300/AE 8306Advanced Noise Control

3

Total Credit Hours:7

Structural Option

CIVE 334Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering

4

CIVE 444/CIVE 844Structural Design and Planning

3

Total Credit Hours:7