Architectural Engineering, Bachelor of Science

The architectural engineering (BSAE) undergraduate program is a four-year program requiring 130 credit hours. A one-year Master of Architectural Engineering (MAE) program of 36 credits is also offered. The MAE degree is accredited by ABET and almost all of our BSAE graduates continue to complete the MAE degree.

The following are the BSAE/MAE program educational objectives (PEOs):

• Professional Accomplishment: The AE program will prepare graduates to become licensed professional engineers a few years after graduation.

• Career Accomplishment: The AE program will prepare graduates to contribute to society by working in an occupation related to the built environment a few years after graduation.

Architectural engineering (AE) is the engineering design of buildings. Students 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 math and science courses common to all engineering programs. Students take an introductory course in AE in their first semester where the students learn about the materials and systems that comprise a building, visit a construction site, and interact with their industry mentors. It provides a preview of the work they can expect to perform after graduation. This introductory course helps the student to decide if AE 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 AE Design and Simulation Studio. These courses familiarize the engineering student with building information technology (BIM), building systems, and how they support the design process of architects. The AE degree is keenly focused on integrating engineering concepts with architectural features to deliver aesthetic and high performing buildings. Exposure to construction is an important part of the AE student’s education. It develops creativity and constructability where AE graduates enjoy a special ability to work effectively with all professionals on the design and construction team.

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.

Program 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 professional admission to the degree program in AE. The students must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA over a pre-determined set of 43 credit hour freshman and sophomore level courses to be professionally admitted to the AE program and continue to take 300-level AE courses. A spreadsheet for calculation of AE professional admittance GPA is provided on the AE website. The number admitted students will depend on the availability of space, faculty, and other academic resources. Students are not 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.

The AE program follows the UNL ACE general education requirements. Because of the specific needs of the program, most of these courses are specified in the curriculum.

Please contact the department at 402-554-4482, if you are interested in more information about this program.

Career Opportunities

Architectural engineering graduates normally enter the building design industry and become registered professional engineers. There about 20 accredited Architectural Engineering programs in the country, so there is a large unfulfilled demand for engineers educated in building design. In Nebraska, the home of several large Architectural and Engineering design firms, this is especially true.

Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
AE 1000 DURHAM SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION SEMINAR 0
AE 1010 INTRO TO ARCHITECTURAL ENGR 1
CMST 1110 PUBLIC SPEAKING FUNDS 3
MATH 1950 CALCULUS I 5
CHEM 1180 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 3
CHEM 1184 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY 1
DSGN 1100 DESIGN THINKING 3
 Credits16
Second Semester
AE 1000 DURHAM SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION SEMINAR 0
AE 2250 CONSTR GRAPHICS & DES PROCESS 3
MATH 1960 CALCULUS II 5
PHYS 2110 GENERAL PHYSICS I - CALCULUS LEVEL 4
PHYS 1154 GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY I 1
DSGN 1110 DESIGN MAKING 4
 Credits17
Third Semeseter
AE 1000 DURHAM SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION SEMINAR 0
MENG 2000 ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS 3
CIST 1400 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I 3
MATH 1970 CALCULUS III 4
PHYS 2120 GENERAL PHYSICS-CALCULUS LEVEL 4
PHYS 1164 GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY II 1
MENG 2230 ENGINEERING STATICS 3
 Credits18
Fourth Semester
AE 1000 DURHAM SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION SEMINAR 0
ECEN 2110 ELEMENTS OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING 3
AE 2400 BUILDING SYSTEMS 3
MENG 3730 ENGINEERING DYNAMICS 3
MATH 2350 DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 3
AE 3070 MECHANICS OF MATERIALS LAB 1
MENG 3250 MECHANICS OF ELASTIC BODIES 3
 Credits16
Fifth Semester
AE 1000 DURHAM SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION SEMINAR 0
AE 3200 LIGHTING I: FUND FOR DESIGN 3
AE 3300 BUILDING ACOUSTICS FUND 3
CIVE 310/MENG 3100 FLUID MECHANICS 3
CIVE 319 HYDRAULICS LAB 1
CIVE 341 INTRODUCTION TO STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING 4
ENGL 3980 TECHNICAL WRITING ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES 1 3
 Credits17
Sixth Semester
AE 1000 DURHAM SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION SEMINAR 0
AE 3220 ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS FOR BLDGS I 3
AE 3100 HVAC FUNDAMENTALS 3
CIVE 441 STEEL DESIGN I 3
MENG 4200 HEAT TRANSFER 3
STAT 3800 APPLIED ENGINEERING PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS 3
ACE Elective 2 3
 Credits18
Seventh Semester
AE 1000 DURHAM SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION SEMINAR 0
All options: 9
HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE TO 1850 3,4  
ENGINEERING ECONOMICS  
REINFORCED CONCRETE DESIGN I  
Select an option (see below) 9
 Credits18
Eighth Semester
AE 1000 DURHAM SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION SEMINAR 0
All options: 3
HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE SINCE 1850 5  
Select an option (see below) 7
 Credits10
 Total Credits130
1

ENGR 3000 is an accepted equivalent for ENGL 3980.

2

ACE Elective: Satisfies ACE SLO 9. 

3

ART 3770: Satisfies ACE SLO 5.

4

ART 3770: AE 3770 is an accepted substitute for ART 3770.

5

ART 3780: Satisfies ACE SLO 7.

Seventh Semester Options
 

Lighting and Electrical Options
AE 4200LIGHTING II: THEORY, DES & APP3
AE 4120BUILDING ENERGY II: SEC SYS3
PSYC 1010INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY I 13
Total Credits9
1

PSYC 1010 Satisfies ACE SLO 6.

Mechanical and Acoustics Options
AE 4120BUILDING ENERGY II: SEC SYS3
ACE Elective 13
General Elective 23
Total Credits9
1

ACE electives: Satisfies ACE SLO 6.

2

General elective: Should be approved by your advisor.

Structural Option
CIVE 443ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS3
ACE Elective 13
General Elective 23
Total Credits9
1

ACE electives: Satisfies ACE SLO 6.

2

General elective: Should be approved by your advisor.

Eighth Semester Options
 

Lighting and Electrical Options
AE 4250LIGHTING DESIGN4
PSYC 4210SENSATION AND PERCEPTION3
Total Credits7
Mechanical and Acoustics Options
AE 4150HVAC DESIGN4
AE 4300ADVANCED NOISE CONTROL3
Total Credits7
Structural Option
CIVE 334INTRODUCTION TO GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING4
CIVE 444STR DESIGN & PLANNING3
Total Credits7

AE 1000  DURHAM SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION SEMINAR (0 credits)

Presentation of professional problems and practices by students, faculty, and professionals associated with careers in the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction

AE 1010  INTRO TO ARCHITECTURAL ENGR (1 credit)

An overview of architectural engineering. Descriptions of structural, lighting and electrical, and mechanical engineered systems in buildings. Design and measurement exercises. Field visits to buildings.

AE 1020  SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS (3 credits)

Introduction to building systems. Sustainable design and construction. The United States Green Building Council's rating system. Sustainable building sites, water efficiency, energy performance, building commissioning, building and/or material reuse, sustainable materials, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in sustainable design and construction.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Not open to nondegree students

AE 2010  ARCH ENGINEERING SEMINAR (1 credit)

This course will inform students about careers in Architectural Engineering and about non-technical issues of engineering practice. It will include visits to offices and job sites, and talks by practicing professionals. Professional, ethical, social, and environmental issues will be addressed. Students will gain experience in teamwork, and in presentation of information.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): AE 1010 and 30 credit hours completed

AE 2110  THEMODYNAMICS FOR ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING (3 credits)

First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, properties of gases and vapors. Sources of energy and its conversion to work. Applications on Architectural Engineering and Construction.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MATH 1960, PHYS 2110. Not open to nondegree graduate students.

AE 2250  CONSTR GRAPHICS & DES PROCESS (3 credits)

Introduction to typical computer-graphics and calculation applications used in a contemporary architectural engineering design office. Extensive use of CADD and electronic spreadsheet software to solve typical analysis and design problems. Fundamentals of descriptive geometry and two and three-dimensional drawing systems. Use of drawing conventions common to construction design. Basics of personal computer applications. Conceptual review of engineering design and technical problem solving processes.

AE 2400  BUILDING SYSTEMS (3 credits)

Building systems as integral elements in architecture; building assemblies and materials; building system relationships; communication of ideas between design professionals, clients, contractors and manufacturers; construction drawings and specifications.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): AE 2250

AE 3070  MECHANICS OF MATERIALS LAB (1 credit)

Introduction to the behavior and testing of various building materials. The concepts of axial stress and strain, flexural stress and strain, beam deflections and column buckling.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Coreq: MENG 3250 or EMEC 3250.

AE 3100  HVAC FUNDAMENTALS (3 credits)

Topics will include an introduction to the types of air conditioning systems; the properties of moist air, psychometric processes in HVAC equipment; indoor air quality; thermal comfort; heat transmission in buildings; solar radiation; and the calculation of building infiltration rates, space heating loads and space cooling loads.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MENG 2000; Co-Req.: MENG 4200.

AE 3120  MECHANICAL SYS FOR BLDNGS (3 credits)

Fluid flow, pumps, and piping design; space air diffusion; fans, ducts, and building air distribution; refrigeration equipment.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIVE310 and CIVE319 and AE 3100

AE 3130  HVAC LAB (1 credit)

Conduct experiments and prepare written reports involving fluid flow, pumps, fans, ducts, piping; basic heat transfer and thermodynamic principles.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIVE310 and CIVE319 and AE 3100

AE 3200  LIGHTING I: FUND FOR DESIGN (3 credits)

General introduction to illumination engineering for building interiors. Topics include the fundamentals of light and vision, lighting equipment, requirements for building lighting, and basic illuminating engineering design methods.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): AE 2250 and CIST1400

AE 3220  ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS FOR BLDGS I (3 credits)

General introduction to the design of electrical power systems as they apply to buildings. Topics include electrical systems, and the basic engineering design methods.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): AE 2250 and ELEC2110

AE 3230  LIGHTING & ELECT SYSTEMS LAB (1 credit)

General introduction to lighting and electrical systems in building interiors, through hands-on exercises using a range of currently available lighting and electrical technologies. Topics include: principles of object modeling, lamp and lumenaire workshops, field measurements of lighting and electrical systems, motor workshop, power consumption and power factor workshops.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): AE 3200 and coreq AE 3220

AE 3300  BUILDING ACOUSTICS FUND (3 credits)

An introduction to the acoustics of buildings. Topics include the fundamentals of sound generation, propagation, and measurement; human hearing; acoustic properties of materials and constructions; basic room acoustics; and noise control.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): PHYS2120

AE 3770  GLOBAL EXPER IN ARCH ENGR (1-3 credits)

Individual or group educational experience in Architectural Engineering that combine classrooms, lectures, discussions, and/or seminars with field and/or classroom studies in a foreign country. Choice of subject matter and coordination of on- and off-campus activities are at the discretion of the instructor.

AE 3920  INDIVIDUAL INSTR IN AE III (1-3 credits)

Individual instruction in Architectural Engineering at the junior level in a selected area, under the supervision and guidance of an Architectural Engineering faculty member.

AE 3940  SPECIAL TOPICS IN AE III (3 credits)

Special topics in Architectural Engineering at the junior level that are not yet covered in other courses in the Architectural Engineering curriculum.

AE 4020  ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT IN LIGHTING (4 credits)

Senior design project that integrates lighting design and illuminating engineering through a semester long design problem. A self-directed execution of the lighting design process culminating with a professional design solution.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): AE 3220 and AE 4200

AE 4120  BUILDING ENERGY II: SEC SYS (3 credits)

Analysis and design of building air distribution systems, fans, pumps, piping, space air diffusion and heat exchangers.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): CIVE3100 and MENG4200 and AE 3100

AE 4150  HVAC DESIGN (4 credits)

Develop and design the mechanical system for an actual building, from the programming phase to the final construction documents. (Is the first option-specific mechanical systems design course and is to be taken during the forth year of B.S.A.E. program.)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): AE 4120, not open to nondegree students

AE 4200  LIGHTING II: THEORY, DES & APP (3 credits)

Design and analysis of lighting systems; emphasis is on the integration between the lighting design process and the technical foundations for building lighting; topics include design criteria; lighting design procedures, lighting modes and subjective effects; calculation tools. Lab sessions include photometric measurements and computer applications. (Cross-listed with AE 8206)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): AE 3200

AE 4250  LIGHTING DESIGN (4 credits)

Advanced design and analysis of lighting systems. Application of the lighting design process for advanced interior applications such as multimedia facilities, and outdoor applications such as sports lighting. (Requires the initiation of the design process, proceeding in a self-directed manner through intermediate steps, and producing professional lighting design solutions.)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): AE 4200, not open to nondegree students

AE 4300  ADVANCED NOISE CONTROL (3 credits)

Characterization of acoustic sources; use and measurement of sound and intensity; sound-structure interaction; acoutic enclosures and barriers; muffling devices; vibration control; and active noise control. (Cross-listed with AE 8306)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): AE 3300

AE 4920  INDIVIDUAL INSTR IN AE IV (1-3 credits)

Individual instruction in Architectural Engineering at the senior level in a selected area, under the supervision and guidance of an Architectural Engineering faculty member.

AE 4940  SPECIAL TOPICS IN AE IV (3 credits)

Special topics in Architectural Engineering at the senior level that are not yet covered in other courses in the Architectural Engineering curriculum.