Architectural Engineering, Minor

Architectural engineering is a field of engineering that encompasses elements of civil engineering, mechanical engineering, architecture, and related fields to plan, design, and create buildings within the urban environment. It includes the architectural and structural design, mechanical systems design, computational controls and sensing, and sustainable engineering strategies.   

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary work and of exposing students to the great richness in a classroom of diverse students from multiple majors bringing their own perspectives. The prospect of engineering students in architecture classes and vice versa stands to benefit all the students, whether or not they are enrolled in the minor.

The minor in architectural engineering opens opportunities for students across the university who are interested in a unique and multidisciplinary approach to the built environment. For engineering students, this minor offers an opportunity to work in the built environment and to better understand architecture, while for architecture students this is an opportunity to acquire the technical knowledge of a course of study in an engineering minor.

A total of 20 semester hours (SH) are required to complete this minor. Students will be required to complete 8 SH of required courses and 12 SH of approved elective courses from several colleges and departments at the university. Students interested in this minor must contact the civil engineering academic advisor in order to declare the minor.

  • Audience: This minor in architectural engineering is designed for any major and is open to any undergraduate student at the university.
  • Double count no more than two courses with any major or graduate degree requirement, other than general electives.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs and recitations courses where specified.

Required Courses

CIVE 2221
and CIVE 2222
Statics and Strength of Materials
and Recitation for CIVE 2221
ARCH 5210
and ARCH 5211
Environmental Systems
and Recitation for ARCH 5210


Architecture Electives

Complete one of the following:4
Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1800 to 1910
and Recitation for ARCH 2330
Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1910 to 1980
and Recitation for ARCH 2340
Integrated Building Systems
Site Materials and Methods
Sustainable Site Construction and Detailing

Engineering Electives

Complete one or two of the following:8
Structural Analysis 1
and Recitation for CIVE 2320
Reinforced Concrete Design
Steel Design
Structural Analysis 2
Special Topics in Civil Engineering (Structural Systems)
Special Topics in Civil Engineering (Vibration-based Structural Health Monitoring)
Special Topics in Civil Engineering (Climate Science and Technology Adaptation and Policy)
Sustainable Design and Technologies in Construction
Sustainable Engineering Systems for Buildings
Information Systems for Integrated Project Delivery
If only one course was taken above, complete one course from the following:
Energy Systems: Science, Technology, and Sustainability
Soil Mechanics
and Lab for CIVE 2340
Foundation Engineering
Life Cycle Assessment of Materials, Products, and Infrastructure

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor