The Architectural Engineering curriculum provides an integrated educational experience in mathematics, basic sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering sciences, and architectural engineering design. The Architectural Engineering program integrates design applications across the curriculum, beginning with building construction and architectural design in the sophomore year, and continuing with structural, building mechanical and electrical systems design, and construction management in the junior and senior years. The curriculum culminates with a major comprehensive design experience that includes applications from the major specialty areas of architectural engineering.

Graduate study is offered leading to the degree of Master of Science in Architectural Engineering. For detailed information on graduate studies, see the Graduate Studies Bulletin..

Curriculum Requirements

Engineering Courses
CAE 111Introduction to Engineering I3
CAE 115Introduction to Engineering II (Surveying)1
CAE 210Mechanics of Solids I3
CAE 211Mechanics of Solids II3
CAE 212Structural Laboratory1
CAE 310Structural Analysis3
CAE 320Concrete Structures3
CAE 321Steel Structures3
CAE 330Fluid Mechanics3
CAE 361Building Information Modeling I3
CAE 370Geotechnical Engineering I3
CAE 371Geotechnical Laboratory1
CAE 380Electrical and Illumination Systems for Buildings3
CAE 381Building Mechanical Systems I: Hvac Fundamentals3
CAE 402Professional Engineering Practice3
CAE 403Senior Design Project I - Engineering Design3
CAE 404Senior Design Project II - Integrated Engineering Documents3
CAE 460Construction Management3
CAE 470Foundations and Earth Retaining Systems3
CAE 480Plumbing and Life Safety for Buildings3
CAE 481Building Mechanical Systems II: HVAC Systems3
CAE 581Energy-Efficient Building Design3
ISE 311Applied Probability and Statistics3
MAE 303Thermodynamics3
Math and Science Courses
MTH 151Calculus I for Engineers5
MTH 162Calculus II4
MTH 211Calculus III3
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
CHM 151Chemistry for Engineers3
CHM 153Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers1
PHY 221University Physics I3
PHY 222University Physics II3
PHY 223University Physics III3
PHY 224University Physics II Lab1
PHY 225University Physics III Lab1
Additional Required Courses
ARC 230Building Technology I: Materials and Methods3
ARC 292Introduction to Architecture Design I3
ARC 293Introduction to Architecture Design II3
ARC 267History of Architecture I: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance3
ARC 268History of Architecture II: Baroque through Contemporary3
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
WRS 107First-Year Writing II: STEM3
GEG 199Geographic Information Systems for Engineers1
People and Society Cognate9
Total Credit Hours127

*Internships, Practical Training, or other types of practicum are neither required nor optional credit-earning components in the established undergraduate curriculum. Credit earned through these experiences via UMI 305 will not count towards any CAE degree requirements.

Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
CAE 111 Introduction to Engineering I 3
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers 5
PHY 221 University Physics I 3
 Credit Hours14
CAE 115 Introduction to Engineering II (Surveying) 1
GEG 199 Geographic Information Systems for Engineers 1
CAE 210 Mechanics of Solids I 3
WRS 107 First-Year Writing II: STEM 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
PHY 222 University Physics II 3
PHY 224 University Physics II Lab 1
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore Year
CAE 211 Mechanics of Solids II 3
CAE 212 Structural Laboratory 1
ARC 230 Building Technology I: Materials and Methods 3
ARC 267 History of Architecture I: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance 3
PHY 223 University Physics III 3
PHY 225 University Physics III Lab 1
ISE 311 Applied Probability and Statistics 3
 Credit Hours17
CAE 310 Structural Analysis 1 3
ARC 292 Introduction to Architecture Design I 1 3
CHM 151 Chemistry for Engineers 3
CHM 153 Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers 1
MTH 211 Calculus III 3
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
 Credit Hours16
Junior Year
CAE 320 Concrete Structures 1 3
CAE 330 Fluid Mechanics 3
CAE 361 Building Information Modeling I 3
MAE 303 Thermodynamics 3
ARC 293 Introduction to Architecture Design II 1 3
PS Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours18
CAE 321 Steel Structures 1 3
CAE 370 Geotechnical Engineering I 1 3
CAE 371 Geotechnical Laboratory 1 1
CAE 380 Electrical and Illumination Systems for Buildings 1 3
CAE 381 Building Mechanical Systems I: Hvac Fundamentals 1 3
ARC 268 History of Architecture II: Baroque through Contemporary 3
 Credit Hours16
Senior Year
CAE 403 Senior Design Project I - Engineering Design 1 3
CAE 470 Foundations and Earth Retaining Systems 1 3
CAE 480 Plumbing and Life Safety for Buildings 1 3
CAE 481 Building Mechanical Systems II: HVAC Systems 1 3
PS Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours15
CAE 402 Professional Engineering Practice 3
CAE 460 Construction Management 1 3
CAE 404 Senior Design Project II - Integrated Engineering Documents 1 3
CAE 581 Energy-Efficient Building Design 1 3
PS Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours127

Only offered once a year


To be selected from list of approved People and Society cognates. 


The mission of the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering is to:

  • Provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate education in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering that will prepare graduates for professional careers and a lifetime of learning;
  • Conduct high-quality research that will advance the body of knowledge and improve the quality of human life;
  • Serve the engineering profession and society through active involvement in professional organizations and contribution of professional expertise.


The educational objectives of the Architectural Engineering Program are to have graduates who within the first several years following graduation are either

  1. Working as a professional in an area closely related to architectural engineering, or
  2. Pursuing a graduate or professional degree.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.