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 credit

SPCH 1110Public Speaking Fundamentals

3 credits

MATH 1950Calculus I

5 credits

CHEM 1180General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 1184General Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CIST 1400Introduction to Computer Programming

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

AE 2250Construction Graphics and Design Process

3 credits

ARCH 1060/IDSG 1060Introduction to Design

3 credits

MATH 1960Calculus II

5 credits

PHYS 2110General Physics 1 - Calculus Level

4 credits

PHYS 1154General Physics Laboratory I

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:16

ARCH 1060: Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts requirement.

Third Semester

AE 2400Building Systems

3 credits

ARCH 2100/IDSG 2100Elements of Arch Design I

3 credits

MATH 1970Calculus III

4 credits

PHYS 2120General Physics - Calculus Level

4 credits

PHYS 1164General Physics Laboratory II

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:15

Fourth Semester

ELEC 2110Elements of Electrical Engineering

3 credits

MENG 2000Engineering Thermodynamics

3 credits

MATH 2350Differential Equations

3 credits

AE 3070Mechanics of Materials Lab

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:10

Fifth Semester

AE 3200Lighting I: Fundamentals for Design

3 credits

AE 3300Building Acoustics Fundamentals

3 credits

CIVE 310/MENG 3100Fluid Mechanics

3 credits

CIVE 319Hydraulics Laboratory

1 credit

CIVE 341Introduction to Structural Engineering

4 credits

ENGL 3980Technical Writing Across the Disciplines

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:17

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

Sixth Semester

AE 3220Electrical Systems for Buildings I

3 credits

AE 3100HVAC Fundamentals

3 credits

CIVE 441Steel Design I

3 credits

MENG 4200Heat Transfer

3 credits

STAT 3800Applied Engineering Probability and Statistics

3 credits

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 credits

ISMG 2060Engineering Economy I

3 credits

CIVE 440Reinforced Concrete Design

3 credits

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 credits

AE 4120Building Energy II: Primary and Secondary Systems

3 credits

PSYC 1010Introduction to Psychology I

3 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

ART 3780: Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts requirement.

Lighting and Electrical Options

AE 4250Lighting Design

4 credits

PSYC 4210Sensation and Perception

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:7

PSYC 4210: From ACE SLO’s 6, 8 & 9.

Mechanical and Acoustics Options

AE 4150HVAC Design

4 credits

AE 4300Advanced Noise Control

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:7

Structural Option

CIVE 334Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering

4 credits

CIVE 444Structural Design and Planning

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:7