Architectural Engineering Major
Architectural engineering is interdisciplinary, requiring expertise in structural engineering and architecture. An architectural engineer can be responsible for the individual design of each of a building’s systems: structural, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, lighting and electrical, plumbing, and fire protection. An architectural engineer can be responsible for the coordinated design of all these systems and for the construction of the entire building with the goal of a safe, economical, and sustainable building system that satisfies the use requirements and provides a secure and comfortable environment for its occupants.
This degree program is designed to provide a strong foundation in science, mathematics, and engineering science; technical competence in the structural engineering area of civil engineering; and an understanding of the importance of ethics, safety, professionalism, and socioeconomic concerns in resolving technical problems through synthesis, planning, and design. Elements of design are introduced at the freshman level. This is followed by an analysis and design component in professional program courses, culminating in a comprehensive design experience.
Architectural engineering graduates are prepared for advanced graduate degrees and a wide range of career paths with consulting firms, industry and governmental agencies.
The Civil Engineering Department will seek accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. ABET is recognized by the U. S. Department of Education as the sole agency responsible for accreditation of education programs leading to degrees in engineering. Graduation from an ABET accredited program is an important factor in attaining registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and other states. The Architectural Engineering program is housed in the Civil Engineering Department.