2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Sep 19, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Architectural Engineering, B.S.

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Program Director

Dr. Christopher Raebel, P.E., S.E.
Office: CC-27B
Phone: (414) 277-7302
Email: raebel@msoe.edu

This four-year bachelor of science degree program prepares engineers for careers in engineering and designing buildings and building systems. Lecture and laboratory courses integrate theory and the practical application of design principles, practices, methods, and materials.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation:

  1. Graduates of the B.S. AE program are expected to pursue and achieve registration as a professional engineer after attaining the required years of work experience stipulated by the relevant licensing board
  2. Graduates of the B.S. AE program are expected to have advanced their technical and professional skills through lifelong learning (e.g., graduated with an advanced degree, regular attendance at conferences and seminars, achieved specialty certifications)
  3. Graduates of the B.S. AE program are expected to have demonstrated a commitment to their profession and to their community by having served in a leadership role in one or more professional and/or public service organizations relevant to their area of expertise
  4. Graduates of the B.S. AE program are expected to have demonstrated an appreciation for sustainable design by having included aspects of sustainability in their completed projects
  5. Graduates of the B.S. AE program are expected to have demonstrated appropriate courses of action in situations involving conflicting professional and ethical interests

Student Outcomes

Upon graduation, a student in the BS in Architectural Engineering program will have the following skills or abilities:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Design Specialties

There are three design specialties offered in the architectural engineering program beginning in the junior year. Students must select one of the design specialties:

  • Building electrical systems
  • Building mechanical systems
  • Building structural systems

View Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Architectural Engineering Model Full-time Track - V7.1

Year One

Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 48 credits

Year Two

Year Three

Total: 15 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 16 credits


  • Elective2 (Math/Science) 3 credits

BSS: 13 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 15 credits

BMS: 13 lecture hours -  4 lab hours - 15 credits 

BEPS: 14 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 15 credits 



BSS: 16 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 17 credits

BMS: 15 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 17 credits 

BEPS: 15 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 17 credits 

Total: 48 credits

Year Four

Total: 11 lecture hours - 6 lab hours - 14 credits

Total: 14 lecture hours - 3 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 12 lecture hours - 5 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 46 credits

Total: 192 credits


1There are 12 credits of humanities and social science (HU/SS) electives, 6 of which must be in humanities (HU) and 6 must be in social sciences (SS).

2  These three credits may be taken from the math (MA) or science (BI, CH, PH, SC) area.  Consult the Academic Catalog for prerequisites and limitations.

All students must choose one of the three specialty sequences of classes beginning in the winter quarter of the junior year. These specialties include: Building Structural Systems (BSS); Building Mechanical Systems (BMS); or Building Electrical Power Systems (BEPS)

Prerequisite courses vary by specialty.  See Academic Catalog for prerequisite courses.

Refer to the Academic Catalog for a detailed list of requirements for entrance into senior project sequence.

6 A “technical elective” is defined as any AE, CM, CV, engineering, mathematics, science, business administration, technical communications or user experience course, 200/2000 level or higher that is not already required in the curriculum (or equivalent courses from other departments).  Engineering technology (ET, MT), general education (GE), humanities (HU/SS), nursing (NU) or nursing-specific courses/electives, orientation (OR), ROTC (AF, AR, NS) or undergraduate research (UR) courses are not eligible as technical electives.

Students are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam as a condition of graduation. Students must present official results to the Registrar’s Office as proof of having satisfied this requirement.

Students in the Air Force ROTC program can make the following substitutions: AF 3131  for EN 441 AF 4142  for SS 455  (an SS elective).

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Architectural Engineering Electives

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