Minor in Architectural Engineering

About the Minor

The minor in architectural engineering, designed to broaden the professional capabilities of students, offers the building systems portion of the architectural engineering curriculum with enough attention to structural components for completeness. Pursuing a minor in architectural engineering can be of interest to mechanical engineering students who wish to learn the application of HVAC systems within the building context; to civil engineering students who require knowledge of large-scale infrastructure systems; and to chemical engineering students who wish to understand the energy and distribution aspects of process plant design.

The minor consists of a minimum of 25.5 credits total, with five required core courses. Students take a minimum of eight additional credits taken from a list of optional courses.

While this minor is primarily designed to provide technical knowledge and skills to other engineers with the appropriate prerequisites, students from other disciplines—such as architecture—can also complete this minor.


The common engineering core curriculum prerequisites are required of all students in the College of Engineering. Students from other colleges will need the appropriate background prerequisite courses in physics, mathematics and thermodynamics.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
AE 220Introduction to HVAC3.5
AE 340Architectural Illumination and Electrical Systems *3.0
AE 390Architectural Engineering Design I4.0
CAEE 202Introduction to Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering3.0
CIVE 302Structural Analysis I4.0
Select two of the following:8.0
Architectural Engineering Design II
Studio 1-AE
Architecture Studio 1A
Engineering Economic Analysis
Construction Materials
Structural Design I
Thermodynamic Analysis I
HVAC Loads
Total Credits25.5

Students can elect to take ARCH 293 Building Systems III (1.5 credits) AND ARCH 396 Building Systems IV (1.5 credits) in place of ARCH 340.

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.

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