Architectural Engineering (BAE)


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) and electrical and lighting systems. Architectural Engineers can work for architectural firms, private engineering consulting companies, mechanical contractors, government, energy efficiency consultants, lighting designers, and construction companies.

Architectural Engineering (AE) is the design of all aspects of buildings.  The major areas within AE are designing the structural system to support the building, designing the mechanical and electrical systems, and managing the construction of the building.  AE is a very interdisciplinary field, involved in all aspects of the design.  Therefore, you need to know about the features of a building.  Architectural engineers take courses in architecture so that they are familiar with the "vocabulary" of the architect.  Students will be in classes with both Architects and Engineers.  Students can focus in one of the areas of Architectural engineering such as structures or mechanical systems.

Since engineering problems need practical solutions, our program includes three co-operative job assignments in industry.  The experience is valuable for your resume when seeking full-time employment.

The curriculum in the first year includes courses from both the Architecture and Civil Engineering programs. Therefore, you can experience the integration of those fields early in the AE curriculum.

Students can continue graduate studies at Detroit Mercy in either Master of Civil Engineering, or one of the many other engineering programs.

It will generally take students at least 4.5 years to complete the Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree.

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.

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    Program Learning Outcomes

    Graduates of this program will be able to:

    1. apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
    2. design and conduct experiments and critically analyze and interpret data
    3. design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
    4. function on multidisciplinary teams
    5. identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
    6. understand and practice professional and ethical responsibility
    7. communicate effectively
    8. have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
    9. recognize the need for and engage in life-long learning
    10. have a knowledge of contemporary issues
    11. use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

    Degree Requirements - Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (147 credits)

    Architectural Engineering Major Courses (78 credits) 

    Elective: (select one of the following):

    • ARCH 2130 Principles of Structural Behavior (recommended structures area) (3 credits) or
    • ARCH 2440 Environmental Technology II (recommended Mech/Elect area) (3 credits) or
    • Any math or science course at the 1000 level or higher (3 credits)

    Focal Areas

    (Select either Structures Option or Building Mechanical Systems Option)

    Structures Option (17 cr)

    • CIVE 3480 Geotechnical Engineering (3 credits)
    • CIVE 3490 Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory (1 credit)
    • CIVE 4680 Design of Steel and Concrete Structures (4 credits)
    • ARCH 2440 Environmental Technology II (3 credits)

                Select two Structures Electives from the following:

    Building Mechanical Systems Option (17 cr)

    • AENG 4350  Lighting Design (3 credits)
    • AENG 4300 Electrical Building Systems (3 credits)
    • AENG 3800 Engineering Principles of Refrigeration and Psychometrics (1 credit)
    • ENGR 3190 Fluid Dynamics Lab (1 credit)
    • ENGR 4820 HVAC (3 credits)
    • ARCH 2130 Principles of Structural Behavior (3 credits)
    • ARCH 2330 Structures 1 (3 credits)
    • ARCH 2430 Structures II (3 credits)

    Foundational Architecture Courses 

    • ARCH 1190 Intro to Architecture I (1 credit)
    • ARCH 2110 Visual Communications 3 (3 credits)
    • ARCH 2220 Architectural History and Theory II (3 credits)

    Architectural Processes of Design Courses 

    • ARCH 1100 Architectural Design I (4 credits)
    • ARCH 1110 Visual Communication I (3 credits)
    • ARCH 1200 Architectural Design II (4 credits)

    Foundational Engineering Courses 

    Engineering Core Courses (48 credits)

    • MTH 1410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 credits)
    • MTH 1420 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4 credits)
    • MTH 2410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (4 credits)
    • MTH 3720 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (4 credits)
    • STA 2250  Statistics (3 credits)
    • PHY 1600 General Physics I (3 credits)
    • PHY 1610 General Physics Laboratory I (1 credit)
    • PHY 1620 General Physics II (3 credits)
    • PHY 1630 General Physics Laboratory II (1 credit)
    • CHM 1070 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHM 1100 Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
    • ENGR 1234 Engineering Math (3 credits)
    • ENGR 1000 Engineering Ethics (2 credits)
    • ENGR 1050 Engineering Graphics and Design (2 credits)
    • ENGR 3000 Intro to Engineering & Science Co-op (1 credit)
    • CTA 3010 Engineering Co-op I (2 credits)
    • CTA 3020 Engineering Co-op II (2 credits)
    • CTA 3030 Engineering Co-op III (2 credits)
    • ENGR 3110 Professional Practice of Engineering (2 credits)
    • AENG 4112 Fundamentals of Engineering Practice (1 credit)

    University Core Curriculum Courses

    In addition to the courses required for this program listed above, the student must also fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum for this program.

    Some of these courses may be satisfied by courses in your program.  Please review your Degree Evaluation or consult your academic advisor for more information.

Program Contact Information

Department Chairperson: Utpal Dutta, Ph.D. 
Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering
Office: Engineering 262
Telephone: 313-993-1040