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2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Architectural Engineering, B.S.


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ET 242 A. P. Torrence Hall
Telephone: 615-963-5421

Faculty: F. Mishu, P. Paily, D. Martin, R. Painter, D. Chimba, C. Armwood, D. Denkenberger

General Statement: The Architectural Engineering program prepares the student to execute, evaluate and complete the engineering analysis, planning, design and construction management of various types of buildings. The four-year curriculum provides a program that emphasizes the fundamentals and design of building systems including structural design, mechanical and electrical systems design, construction management, and architectural design. Using these fundamentals, the student applies engineering science principles to the design of a building infrastructure. This provides the student with an understanding of the design process from planning through construction.

The Program Educational Objectives for the Architectural Engineering program delineate the skills and attributes of graduates within a few years following graduation.

  1. Knowledge of physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering sciences to delineate and solve architectural engineering problems using systematic approach.
  2. Ability to pursue graduate education in architectural engineering and related fields.
  3. Ability to function as members of multi-disciplinary and multicultural teams, and to communicate effectively using available modern tools.

Each graduate from the Architectural Engineering program will demonstrate the following skills and attributes at the time of graduation:

  1. The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering within the framework of solving architectural engineering problems, including the analysis and design of; structural systems for buildings, electrical / mechanical systems for buildings, materials selection and usage, and construction management and operations.
  2. The ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data pertaining to architectural engineering systems.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs including an understanding of codes, standards, and other requirements.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve architectural engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility in the practice of architectural engineering.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively in written, graphical, and spoken form.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context as they relate to the architectural engineering profession.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning and continuing education.
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues both within and outside the discipline of architectural engineering.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for architectural engineering practice.
  12. An ability to comprehend, utilize, and apply codes and standards for engineering analysis and design purposes.
  13. A capacity to understand and apply reasonable economic analysis and business principles to engineering solutions.
  14. A comprehensive and assured sense of capability of integrating learned skills and attributes to architectural engineering principles and practices.

Engineering Design Experience

Throughout the Architectural Engineering program curriculum students are afforded design experiences ranging from architectural rudiments to advanced structural, mechanical lighting/power design principles and practices fundamental to engineered buildings and building systems; all students at the freshman level are required to apply building design techniques and methods. Extraordinary opportunities are available through close contact with other engineering courses and research programs offered by the College of Engineering. The Architectural Engineering curriculum integrates technical resources with social and cultural needs.

The Engineering Design Experience provides the Architectural Engineering student with the training that enables him/her to develop the ability to systematically apply Engineering Sciences Fundamentals to the design of engineered buildings, components and systems. The Architectural Engineering program has in place a series of required engineering design courses which are integrated throughout its curriculum.

Graduates of the Architectural Engineering program may find many career opportunities in consulting engineering firms or governmental agencies, construction and management agencies, or continue their education in related graduate programs.

Prior to the senior year students must declare a major emphasis of study and take six credit hours of technical electives in that option.

The minimum number of semester hours required for a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering is 128 credit hours.

Suggested Four-Year Plan:


Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Senior Year


Elective Group 1


(1) Two Technical Electives must be chosen from the following options.

Elective Group 2


(2) Social-Behavioral Science and Humanities Elective courses must be chosen from a list of general education courses approved by the University.

Elective Group 3


(3) Each student of Architectural Engineering is required to participate in an active practicum over an 8 week period one semester with an operational and functional engineering, construction, or architectural firm or company prior to graduation.

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