Architectural engineering has many elements in common with civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering, but is specifically directed toward the building industry. It focuses on building systems, which include design of systems such as heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; illumination and electrical systems; structural building systems; and construction methods applied to buildings. The program is administered by the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering. Students also take courses in architectural history and architectural design from the College of Architecture and Planning.
The educational objective of the architectural engineering program is to develop graduates who acquire the broad knowledge and skills necessary to successfully begin and sustain a career, and to become leaders who advance the state-of-the art, in one of four core disciplines of the building industry:
The outcomes that students are expected to have attained upon graduation with the bachelor of science degree in architectural engineering are:
The areas of knowledge that define these objectives include both technical and non-technical areas.
Technical areas are:
Non-technical areas include:
Course code for this program is AREN.
There is a broad core of requirements for all students. Students are also expected to choose, in consultation with faculty advisors, elective courses to add depth in one or more specialty areas. Such specialty areas include structural analysis and design, construction engineering, building energy analysis, mechanical systems, and illumination. A list of recommended electives is available to help students select a coherent academic program that enhances one of these areas.
Required Courses and Semester Credit Hours
Students select two proficiency-level courses from different subdisciplines and two concentration-level courses from one subdiscipline. Upon consultation with their advisors, students are expected to select technical elective courses applicable to their areas of interest and specialization. The areas of specialization are construction engineering and management, mechanical systems, illumination, and structural engineering.
In addition to the courses listed below, other courses not listed may be proposed by a student and approved by the advisor if they are found to be applicable.
Graduate studies in architectural engineering are offered through the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering. Information on the requirements for graduate study in architectural engineering is available from the departmental website at ceae.colorado.edu. The Graduate Record Examination, consisting of the aptitude tests and advanced test in engineering, is used in the evaluation of candidates and is required for all applicants for master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees.
The department offers the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees with study emphasis in building energy systems (sustainable building design and operation, illumination engineering, energy efficient and renewable energy technologies) and construction engineering and management.
Requirements for this master’s degree can be fulfilled in three ways. Under Plan I, the candidate completes 30 credit hours of course work including thesis (maximum of 6 credit hours). Under Plan IIa, 30 credit hours of course work are required, with 3 credit hours of Master’s Report credit. Under Plan IIb, 30 credit hours of course work are required with a final exam.
This degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level work (5000 level or above). Up to 15 credit hours of previous graduate-level work may be transferred with advisor and Graduate School approval. The doctoral dissertation requires 30 credit hours. The applicant for this degree must demonstrate the capability for both rigorous academic accomplishments and independent research.