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Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering


The objective of the Architectural Engineering Program is to prepare graduates to enter and be successful in the architectural engineering profession. Graduates are expected to become licensed professional engineers, and to reach responsible positions in a wide range of professional settings including consulting firms, industry, or government. The program also prepares students to begin and successfully complete graduate studies in engineering and/or post-baccalaureate education in a professional degree program. The Architectural Engineering program provides breadth in core sub-disciplines (including structures, building systems, and construction management) and depth via courses in at least one area of specialization (at the discretion of the student and academic advisor).

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Program Description

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Architectural Engineering is a building-oriented discipline, which offers students an opportunity to obtain an engineering education specializing in building architecture, building-system integration, and structural and computer-aided design. Professional architectural engineers are concerned with the structural integrity of buildings; the design and analysis of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, fire protection, and electrical systems; acoustics; lighting; energy conservation; building science and the study of building performance; and the management of construction resources and schedules. Graduates of the Architectural Engineering program will be well prepared for careers as consulting engineers, building contractors, construction managers, structural engineers and knowledgeable specialists in related areas of building design and analysis.

Architectural Engineering shares much in common with Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Environmental Engineering but is distinct in its exclusive concentration on building projects. Architectural Engineering students should have an aptitude in and an appreciation of the following areas of knowledge: basic principles of mathematics; physics and chemistry; manual and computer-aided drafting and design; surveying; construction materials; engineering mechanics; structural analysis and design; building-system integration; and professional practice and ethics.

All Architectural Engineering students are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination during their senior year (most students take the Other Disciplines FE exam). The paper-based examination is offered by the State of Illinois in October and April while the computer-based examination is offered year-round. Students should contact the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) for information concerning this examination.

We also offer co-terminal degree programs that combine the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering with our professional master's degree programs. These are "fast-track" 1-year masters programs that allow you to share 9 credit hours between your bachelor and master degrees.