Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

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Architectural Engineers (AEs) support the building design and construction process. Architectural Engineers design the structures for buildings, determine methods to construct them, and plan the building components such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical and lighting systems. Architectural Engineers can work in architectural engineering firms, in the construction industry, and for mechanical consulting firms. The AE Program prepares the students to become licensed engineers. The Bachelor of Architectural Engineering program at UDM provides a broad perspective on the practice of building design. Architectural engineering is both architectural design and engineering. Students take courses in all of the areas of architectural design, building structures, construction, and mechanical/electrical systems, but may focus in the area of their choice. Note that this is a five year program.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program Educational Objectives:

  • Graduates of our AE program should work as practicing architectural engineers and take necessary steps to become certified or licensed as a professional engineer.
  • Graduates of our program should create and contribute to comprehensive architectural engineering designs, problem solutions, detail development and/or research that is sensitive to user needs, economics, social context, community needs as well as address design functionality and aesthetics, environmental, public safety and sustainability concerns.
  • Graduates of our program should actively participate in professional societies, in other worthy organizations, and in their workplaces.

Degree Requirements - Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (166-170 cr.)

Architectural Engineering Major Courses (40-42 cr.)
AENG 1400 Architectural Engineering Studio 4 cr.
ARCH 2340 Environmental Technology I 3 cr.
ARCH 2440 Environmental Technology II 3 cr.
ARCH 2150 Construction I 3 cr.
ARCH 2250 Construction II 3 cr.

CIVE 3480
CIVE 3490


AENG 4350

Geotechnical Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory

 Lighting Design

3 cr.
1 cr.

3 cr.


CIVE 3420
ARCH 2330

Structural Theory

Structures 1

4 cr.

3 cr.
CIVE 4680 Design of Steel and Concrete Structures 3 cr.
ENGR 3240 Engineering Economy 3 cr.
CIVE 3450 Construction Materials 3 cr.
ENGR 3400 Heat Transfer 3 cr.
ARCH 4590 Construction Law 3 cr.
AENG 4100 Integrative (Capstone) Design 3 cr.
Foundational Architecture Courses (20 cr.)
ARCH 1190 Intro to Architecture I                              1 cr.
ARCH 2190 Intro to Architecture III 1 cr.
ARCH 2130 Principles of Structural Behavior 3 cr.
ARCH 2160 3D Computer Graphics 3 cr.
ARCH 1160 Intro to Computer Graphics 3 cr.
ARCH 2120 Architectural History and Theory I 3 cr.
ARCH 2220 Architectural History and Theory II 3 cr.
PYC 2650 Psychology of Environment 3 cr.
Architectural Processes of Design Courses (15 cr.)
ARCH 1100 Architectural Design I                               4 cr.
ARCH 1110 Visual Communication I 3 cr.
ARCH 1200 Architectural Design II 4 cr.
ARCH 1300 Architectural Design III 4 cr.
Foundational Engineering Courses (21 cr.)
ENGR 1050 Engineering Graphics and Design                 2 cr.
ENGR 3120 Statics 3 cr.
ENGR 3130 Dynamics 3 cr.
ENGR 3150 Thermodynamics I 3 cr.
ENGR 3170 Science of Materials 3 cr.
ENGR 3200 Principles of Electrical Engineering 3 cr.
ENGR 3260 Mechanics of Materials 3 cr.
ENGR 3270 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory 1 cr.
Engineering Core Courses (46 cr.)
MTH 1410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I                4 cr.
MTH 1420 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 4 cr.
MTH 2410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III 4 cr.
MTH 3720 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4 cr.
MTH 4270 Applied Probability and Statistics 3 cr.
PHY 1600 General Physics I 3 cr.
PHY 1610 General Physics Laboratory I 1 cr.
PHY 1620 General Physics II 3 cr.
PHY 1630 General Physics Laboratory II 1 cr.
CHM 1070 General Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHM 1100 Chemistry Laboratory I 1 cr.
ENGR 1234 Engineering Math 3 cr.
ENGR 1000 Ethics and Politics of Engineering 2 cr.
ENGR 3000 Intro to Engineering & Science Co-op 1 cr.
CTA 3010 Engineering Co-op I 2 cr.
CTA 3020 Engineering Co-op II 2 cr.
CTA 3030 Engineering Co-op III 2 cr.
ENGR 3110 Professional Practice of Engineering 2 cr.
ENGR 3112 Fundamentals of Engineering Practice 1 cr.

 * Acceptable Science Elective courses include MTH, SCIE, CHM, and BIO courses.  (Check with your advisor)

Technical Electives - Course Options (6 cr.)

After completing the core engineering courses, students take two additional courses in their area of interest within Architectural Engineering. This provides the students with an opportunity to obtain greater depth of design capabilities. The options for focal areas are: Structures and building Mechanical & Electrical Systems.

Courses for the Structures Option
CIVE 4760 Advanced Concrete Design 3 cr.
CIVE 4740 Advance Steel Design 3 cr.
CIVE 4360 Timber 3 cr.
CIVE 4750 Prestressed Concrete 3 cr.
CIVE 4610 Loading Codes 3 cr.
ENGR 4420 Finite Elements Methods                               3 cr.
Courses for the Building Mechanical & Electrical System Option

AENG 3800
ENGR 3190

Engineering Principles of Refrigeration and Psychometrics

Fluid Dynamics Lab

1 cr.

1 cr.

ENGR 4820 HVAC 3 cr.

University Core Curriculum Courses  (18 cr. additional)

Objective 1: Communication Skills
ENL 1310 Academic Writing 3 cr.
CST 1010 Speech 3 cr.
Objective 2: Mathematical and Computer Skills
Satisfied with courses required by the program
Objective 3: Scientific Literacy
Satisfied with courses required by the program
Objective 4: Meaning and Value
PHL 1000 Intro to Philosophy 3 cr.
RELS Religious Studies (Select one OB4B course) 3 cr.
RELS/PHL Religious Studies or Philosophy (Select one OB4C course) 3 cr.
Objective 5: Diverse Human Experience
ARCH 2120 Included in major
ARCH 2220 Included in major
5D Comparative Experiences course
(must have OB 5D attribute)
3 cr.
Objective 6: Social Responsibility
ENGR 1000 Ethics and Politics of Engineering (see Eng Core)
ENGR 3000 Intro to Engineering & Science Co-op (see Eng Core)
CTA 3010 Engineering Co-op I (see Eng Core)
CTA 3020 Engineering Co-op II (see Eng Core)
ENGR 3110 Professional Practice of Engineering (see Eng Core)
CTA 3030 Engineering Co-op III (see Eng Core)
ENGR 3112 Fundamentals of Engineering Practice (see Eng Core)

 Program Contact Information

Program Chair: Dr. Alan Hoback
Engineering 262
McNichols Campus
Telephone: (313) 993-1578
Fax: (313) 993-1187
Email: hobackas@udmercy.edu

For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.

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