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Field of Study: Architectural Engineering


Architectural engineering programs prepare people to plan and design buildings.



Architectural engineering programs include topics such as:

  • Building materials
  • Construction methods
  • Site and building evaluation

Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree, students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in architectural engineering. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four or five years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in architectural engineering. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.


College preparation

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

  • Calculus
  • Computer Science and Programming
  • English Composition
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics


Graduate admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree in engineering or architecture, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General
  • Letters of recommendation


Typical course work

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

  • Architectural Design Fundamentals
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Construction Materials and Methods
  • Construction Planning and Scheduling
  • Dynamics of Framed Structures
  • Economics
  • Electronic Circuits
  • Engineering Physics
  • English Composition
  • Foundation Design
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Linear Differential Equations
  • Mechanical and Electrical Building Systems
  • Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Senior Design Project
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Statistics
  • Structural Analysis
  • Thermodynamics

A master's program typically includes the following:

  • Required courses
  • Thesis


Things to know

Most engineering jobs require a lot of writing and clear communication. Taking writing and other humanities courses will develop your communication skills.

Some bachelor's programs combine work experience with classes and may take five or six years to complete. This work experience teaches skills, helps build job contacts, and you may be paid while you work.

In order to become licensed by your state to work as an engineer, you must have a degree from an accredited engineering program. You also need several years of work experience and must pass an exam. Many people take the exam at the same time they graduate or soon after.


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Careers you may qualify for

Architectural and Engineering Managers
College Architecture Teachers
College Engineering Teachers



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