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 have the ability to:

    1. identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
    2. apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
    3. communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
    4. recognize ethical and profession responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
    5. function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
    6. develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
    7. acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

    Degree Requirements - Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (143-148 credits)

    Architectural Engineering Major Courses (71-76 credits) 

    • AENG 4100 Integrative (Capstone) Design (3 credits)
    • ARCH 1100 Architectural Design I (4 credits)
    • ARCH 1110 Visual Communication I (3 credits)
    • ARCH 1190 Intro to Architecture I (1 credit)
    • ARCH 1200 Architectural Design II (4 credits)
    • ARCH 1840 Structural Principles (1 credit) 
    • ARCH 1860 Environmental Principles  (1 credit) 
    • ARCH 1880 Construction Principles (1 credit) 
    • ARCH 2110 Visual Communications III (3 credits)
    • ARCH 2220 Architectural History and Theory II (3 credits)
    • ARCH 2660 Building Environment I (1 credit) 
    • ARCH 2680 Building Construction I (1 credit) 
    • ARCH 2880 Building Construction II (1 credit) 
    • CIVE 3450 Construction Materials (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3120 Statics (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3130 Dynamics (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3140 Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3150 Thermodynamics I (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3170 Science of Materials (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3200 Principles of Electrical Engineering (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3240 Engineering Economy (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3260 Mechanics of Materials (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3270 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory (1 credit)
    • ENGR 3400 Heat Transfer (3 credits)

    Focal Areas: select either Structures Option or Building Mechanical Systems Option

    Structures Option (18 credits)

    • CIVE 3420 Structural Theory (4 credits)  
    • 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 one Technical Elective (3 credits) from the following:

    Building Mechanical Systems Option (13-14 credits)

    • AENG 3800 Engineering Principles of Refrigeration and Psychometrics (1 credit)
    • ARCH 2640 Building Structures I (1 credit)  
    • ARCH 2840 Building Structures II (1 credit) 
    • ARCH 2860 Building Environment II (1 credit) 
    • ARCH 4840 Building Structures III (3 credits)   
    • ENGR 3190 Fluid Dynamics Lab (1 credit)
    • ENGR 4820 HVAC (3 credits)

               Select one Technical Elective (2-3 credits) from the following: 

      • AENG 4350  Lighting Design (3 credits) 
      • AENG 4300 Electrical Building Systems (3 credits) 
      • ARCH 3650 Technical Analysis (2 credits)
      • ARCH 3660 Building Environment III (2 credits)
      • ARCH 3680 Building Construction III (2 credits)  

    Engineering Core Courses (51 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)
    • Any additional math or science course at the 1000 level or higher (3 credits)    
    • 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)
    • ENGR 3110 Professional Practice of Engineering (2 credits)
    • AENG 4112 Fundamentals of Engineering Practice (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)

    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., P.E. 
Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering
Office: Engineering 262
Telephone: (313) 993-1040