Architectural Engineering, Structural Concentration BSAE / Civil Engineering, Structural Track MS

Major: Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (BSAE) and Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSAE)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 231.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.0401
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The program Architectural Engineering/Civil Engineering BSMS program allows students to develop technical depth and breadth in their professional and related area, which enhances their professional productivity, whether in industry or as they proceed to the PhD. The undergraduate courses provide the necessary technical prerequisite understanding and skills for the graduate studies, a natural progression. Because the technical concepts of engineering are common, the MS in a related discipline is readily achieved. 

Additional Information

For more information, visit the BS/MS and the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering webpage.

Admission Requirements

Students must have a GPA of at least 3.2 and have taken coursework sufficient to demonstrate a readiness to take graduate coursework. 

Degree Requirements

General Education/Liberal Studies Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
General Education Requirements **12.0
Foundation Requirements
BIO 141Essential Biology4.5
Chemistry Requirements ***3.5-7.5
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
Engineering (ENGR) Requirements
ENGR 111Introduction to Engineering Design & Data Analysis3.0
ENGR 113First-Year Engineering Design3.0
ENGR 131Introductory Programming for Engineers3.0
or ENGR 132 Programming for Engineers
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
Math Requirements 4.0-10.0
Algebra, Functions, and Trigonometry
and Calculus I
Calculus and Functions I
and Calculus and Functions II
Calculus I
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
CAEE 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
or ENGR 231 Linear Engineering Systems
CAEE 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
or ENGR 232 Dynamic Engineering Systems
Physics Requirements 4.0-8.0
Preparation for Engineering Studies
and Fundamentals of Physics I
Fundamentals of Physics I
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
Major Requirements
AE 220Introduction to HVAC3.5
AE 340Architectural Illumination and Electrical Systems3.0
AE 390Architectural Engineering Design I4.0
AE 391Architectural Engineering Design II4.0
AE 444Building Envelope Systems3.0
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
ARCH 142Architecture and Society II3.0
ARCH 143Architecture and Society III3.0
ARCH 191Studio 1-AE3.0
ARCH 192Studio 2-AE3.0
CAE 491 [WI] Senior Design Project I3.0
CAE 492 [WI] Senior Design Project II3.0
CAE 493 [WI] Senior Design Project III3.0
CAEE 202Introduction to Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering3.0
CAEE 203System Balances and Design in CAEE3.0
CAEE 212Geologic Principles for Infrastructure & Environmental Engineering4.0
CAEE 361Statistical Analysis of Engineering Systems3.0
CIVE 240Engineering Economic Analysis3.0
CIVE 250Construction Materials4.0
CIVE 320Introduction to Fluid Flow3.0
CIVE 330Hydraulics4.0
MEM 202Statics3.0
MEM 230Mechanics of Materials I4.0
Structural Concentration28.0
Structural Analysis I
Structural Design I
Soil Mechanics I
Soil Mechanics II
Structural Analysis II
Structural Design II
Structural Design III
Required Cross-Cutting Courses (12.0 credits)
CIVE 605Advanced Mechanics of Materials3.0
CIVE 615Infrastructure Condition Evaluation3.0
or ENVE 555 Geographic Information Systems
ENVE 571Environmental Life Cycle Assessment3.0
ENVE 750Data-based Engineering Modeling3.0
or ENVE 727 Risk Assessment
Required Theme Courses (12.0 credits)
CIVE 701Advanced Structural Analysis I3.0
CIVE 702Advanced Structural Analysis II3.0
CIVE 703Advanced Structural Analysis III3.0
CIVE 708Fundamentals of Structural Dynamics3.0
Technical Elective Courses (21.0 credits)21.0
These courses must be approved by the student's advisor and the gradute advisor.
Select from any of the following that were not already counted for credit.
Intelligent Buildings
Airflow Simulation in Built Environment
Prestressed Concrete
Wood and Timber Design
Advanced Concrete Technology
Advanced Foundation Engineering
Forensic Structural Engineering
Infrastructure Condition Evaluation
Behavior and Stability of Structural Members I
Behavior and Stability of Structural Members II
Engineered Masonry I
Behavior of Concrete Structures I
Geographic Information Systems
Risk Assessment
Data-based Engineering Modeling
Numerical Analysis I
Numerical Analysis II
Applied Engr Analy Methods I
Applied Engr Analy Methods II
Theory of Elasticity I
Continuum Mechanics
Introduction to Plasticity
Finite Element Methods I
Finite Element Methods II
Electives or Thesis ^
Total Credits231.0-245.0

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major. 

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.


General Education Requirements


CHEM sequence is determined by the student's Chemistry Placement Exam score and the completion of a summer online preparatory course available based on that score.

MATH and PHYS sequences are determined by the student's Calculus Placement Exam score and the completion of any summer online preparatory courses available based on that score.

Must achieve grade of B or better.


For students writing an M.S. thesis, nine of the 21.0 credits should consist of six research credits (CIVE 997) and three thesis credits (CIVE 898). Full time Masters students are encouraged to do a thesis. Students not doing a thesis will be required to complete 21.0 elective credits from the list above.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

5 year, 3 co-op Co-Terminal

First Year
CHEM 1013.5CHEM 1024.5COOP 101 or CIVC 101*1.0VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 101 or COOP 101*1.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
ENGR 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGR 1133.0 
MATH 1214.0ENGR 131 or 1323.0MATH 2004.0 
UNIV E1011.0MATH 1224.0PHYS 1024.0 
 PHYS 1014.0  
 14.5 19.5 15 0
Second Year
CAEE 2023.0CAEE 2033.0ENVE 5713.0 
CAEE 231 or ENGR 2313.0CAEE 232 or ENGR 2323.0  
ENGR 2204.0CIVE 2403.0  
MEM 2023.0ENGR 2103.0  
PHYS 2014.0MEM 2384.0  
 20 19 3 0
Third Year
ARCH 1923.0CIVE 2504.0(GR) Graduate Elective3.0 
CAEE 2124.0CIVE 3304.0  
CAEE 3613.0(UG) General Education Requirement**2.0  
CIVE 3203.0ENVE 7273.0  
MEM 2304.0(GR) Graduate Elective3.0  
 20 19.5 3 0
Fourth Year
CIVE 3024.0ARCH 1423.0(GR) Graduate Elective (counts as UG Free Elective)3.0 
CIVE 3124.0CIVE 3033.0  
CIVE 6053.0CIVE 3154.0  
CIVE 615 or ENVE 5553.0(GR) Graduate Electives (count as UG Professional Electives)6.0  
 18 20 3 0
Fifth Year
ARCH 1433.0CAE 4923.0BIO 1414.5 
AE 4443.0CIVE 4013.0CAE 4933.0 
CAE 4913.0(UG) General Education Requirements6.0CIVE 4023.0 
CIVE 4003.0CIVE 7023.0CIVE 7033.0 
(UG) General Education Requirement4.0CIVE 7083.0(GR) Graduate Elective6.0 
CIVE 7013.0   
 19 18 19.5 
Total Credits 231

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major. 

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.


General Education Requirements

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Abieyuwa Aghayere, PhD (University of Alberta). Professor. Structural design - concrete, steel and wood; structural failure analysis; retrofitting of existing structures; new structural systems and materials; engineering education.
Ivan Bartoli, PhD (University of California, San Diego). Associate Professor. Non-destructive evaluation and structural health monitoring; dynamic identification, stress wave propagation modeling.
Shannon Capps, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology). Associate Professor. Atmospheric chemistry; data assimilation; advanced sensitivity analysis; inverse modeling.
S.C. Jonathan Cheng, PhD (West Virginia University). Associate Professor. Soil mechanics; geosynthetics; geotechnical engineering; probabilistic design; landfill containments; engineering education.
Yaghoob (Amir) Farnam, PhD (Purdue University). Associate Professor. Advanced and sustainable infrastructure materials; multifunctional, self-responsive and bioinspired construction materials; advanced multiscale manufacturing; characterization, and evaluation of construction materials; durability of cement-based materials.
Patricia Gallagher, PhD (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University). Professor. Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering; soil improvement; soil improvement; recycled materials in geotechnics.
Patrick Gurian, PhD (Carnegie-Mellon University). Professor. Risk analysis of environmental and infrastructure systems; novel adsorbent materials; environmental standard setting; Bayesian statistical modeling; community outreach and environmental health.
Charles N. Haas, PhD (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) Program Head for Environmental Engineering; L. D. Betz Professor of Environmental Engineering. Water treatment; risk assessment; bioterrorism; environmental modeling and statistics; microbiology; environmental health.
Simi Hoque, PhD (University of California - Berkeley) Program Head for Architectural Engineering. Professor. Computational methods to reduce building energy and environmental impacts, urban metabolism, thermal comfort, climate resilience.
Y. Grace Hsuan, PhD (Imperial College). Professor. Durability of polymeric construction materials; advanced construction materials; and performance of geosynthetics.
Joseph B. Hughes, PhD (University of Iowa). Distinguished University Professor. Biological processes and applications of nanotechnology in environmental systems.
L. James Lo, PhD (University of Texas at Austin). Associate Professor. Architectural fluid mechanics; building automation and autonomy; implementation of natural and hybrid ventilation in buildings; airflow distribution in buildings; large-scale air movement in an urban built environment; building and urban informatics; data-enhanced sensing and control for optimal building operation and management; novel data gathering methods for building/urban problem solving; interdisciplinary research on occupant behaviors in the built environment.
Franco Montalto, PhD (Cornell University). Professor. Effects of built infrastructure on societal water needs, ecohydrologic patterns and processes, ecological restoration, green design, and water interventions.
Mira S. Olson, PhD (University of Virginia). Associate Professor. Peace engineering; source water quality protection and management; contaminant and bacterial fate and transport; community engagement.
Miguel A. Pando, PhD (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University). Associate Professor. Laboratory testing of geomaterials; geotechnical aspects of natural hazards; soil-structure-interaction; geotechnical engineering.
Matthew Reichenbach, PhD (University of Austin at Texas). Assistant Teaching Professor. Design and behavior of steel structures, bridge engineering, structural stability
Michael Ryan, PhD (Drexel University) Associate Department Head of Graduate Studies. Associate Teaching Professor. Microbial Source Tracking (MST); Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA); dynamic engineering systems modeling; molecular microbial biology; phylogenetics; metagenomics; bioinformatics; environmental statistics; engineering economics; microbiology; potable and wastewater quality; environmental management systems.
Christopher Sales, PhD (University of California, Berkeley). Associate Professor. Environmental microbiology and biotechnology; biodegradation of environmental contaminants; microbial processes for energy and resource recovery from waste; application of molecular biology, analytical chemistry and bioinformatic techniques to study environmental biological systems.
Robert Swan, PhD (Drexel University) Associate Department Head for Undergraduates. Teaching Professor. Geotechnical and geosynthetic engineering; soil/geosynthetic interaction and performance; laboratory and field geotechnical/geosynthetic testing.
Sharon Walker, PhD (Yale University) Dean, College of Engineering. Distinguished Professor. Water quality systems engineering
Michael Waring, PhD (University of Texas at Austin) Department Head, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering. Associate Professor. Indoor air quality and building sustainability; indoor particulate matter fate and transport; indoor chemistry and particle formation; secondary impacts of control technologies and strategies.
Jin Wen, PhD (University of Iowa). Professor. Architectural engineering; Building Energy Efficiency; Intelligent Building; Net-zero Building; and Indoor Air Quality.
Aspasia Zerva, PhD (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). Professor. Earthquake engineering; mechanics; seismology; structural reliability; system identification; advanced computational methods in structural analysis.

Emeritus Faculty

A. Emin Aktan, PhD (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). Professor Emeritus. Health monitoring and management of large infrastructures with emphasis on health monitoring.
Eugenia Ellis, PhD, AIA (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University). Professor Emerita. Natural and electrical light sources and effects on biological rhythms and health outcomes; ecological strategies for smart, sustainable buildings of the nexus of health, energy, and technology.
Ahmad Hamid, PhD (McMaster University). Professor Emeritus. Engineered masonry; seismic behavior, design and retrofit of masonry structures; development of new materials and building systems.
Harry G. Harris, PhD (Cornell University). Professor Emeritus. Structural models; dynamics of structures, plates and shells; industrialized building construction.
Joseph P. Martin, PhD (Colorado State University). Professor Emeritus. Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering; hydrology; transportation; waste management.
James E. Mitchell, MArch (University of Pennsylvania). Professor Emeritus. Architectural engineering design; building systems; engineering education.
Joseph V. Mullin, PhD (Pennsylvania State University). Teaching Professor Emeritus. Structural engineering; failure analysis; experimental stress analysis; construction materials; marine structures.
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