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Architectural Engineering Overview - Preparation - Day In The Life - Earnings - Employment - Career Path Forecast - Professional Organizations

Architectural Engineering graduates will enter a field that has a great deal in common with both civil and mechanical engineering -- but architectural engineers have chosen to concentrate on building projects. They will work on building system design, structural and computer-aided design, and address challenges such as earthquake and hurricane preparedness. 

Architectural Engineering Programs
A bachelor's degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs. Accredited architectural engineering programs usually provide broad studies in mathematics and physics in addition to course work in civil engineering. It is important to select a program that is accredited in Architectural Engineering.

Admission Requirements
Admissions requirements for undergraduate engineering schools include a solid background in mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus) and science (biology, chemistry, and physics), and courses in English, social studies, humanities, and computer and information technology. Having calculus in high school can provide a substantial advantage when working toward an architectural engineering degree. Bachelor's degree programs in engineering typically are designed to last 4 years, but many students find that it takes between 4 and 5 years to complete their studies. Some Architectural Engineering programs are five years, instead of four. In a typical 4-year college curriculum, the first 2 years are spent studying mathematics, basic sciences, introductory engineering, humanities, and social sciences. In the last 2 years, most courses are in engineering, usually with a concentration in one branch. For example, the last two years of an architectural engineering program might include courses in architectural design, engineering economics, fluid mechanics, structural design and analysis, and thermodynamics.

Internships and Coops provide students with a great opportunity to gain real-world experience while still in school. Many universities offer co-op and internship programs for students studying Architectural Engineering. Click here for more information.

Courses of Study
Students specializing in Architectural Engineering will explore engineering design, structures, mechanical and electrical systems, and construction management. They need to be proficient in mathematics (differential equations, probability and statistics) along with calculus-based physics and general chemistry.  Students will study the strength of materials, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, electric circuits, and engineering economics.  Students will also learn about the history of architectural design.  Teamwork is also a key part of the study of architectural engineering as architectural engineers will interact with the other design professionals in the execution of building projects.

Accredited Programs
Those interested in a career in Architectural Engineering should consider reviewing engineering programs that are accredited by ABET, Inc. If you choose to attend a program that is not ABET accredited, you should be sure that the university is regionally accredited.

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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