May 19, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Architectural Engineering, B.S.

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Program Director

Jayme Radomski, P.E.
Office: CC-27G
Phone: (414) 277-2751


Architectural engineers are responsible for the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings and similar structures.  This four-year bachelor of science degree program prepares students for careers in the engineering and design of buildings and building systems. Lecture and laboratory courses integrate theory and the practical application of design principles, practices, methods, and materials.

MSOE students specialize in one of the following three architectural engineering areas: Building Electrical and Power Systems (BEPS), Building Mechanical Systems (BMS) or Building Structural Systems (BSS).  Students also take course work in construction and construction management.  Students may choose technical electives from other specialty areas, or they may choose to pursue a minor in a related discipline such as business, mathematics, chemistry or physics.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are “broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation and are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies.” The educational objectives of the Bachelor of Science (B.S. in Architectural Engineering) program are centered around the MSOE Mindset. These program educational objectives are as follows:

  • Graduates are responsible built-environment professionals
  • Graduates are passionate learners
  • Graduates are leaders of character
  • Graduates are value creators

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do at the time of graduation. These student outcomes relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.  The student outcomes of the Bachelor of Science (B.S.ARE) program are as follows:

  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

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and Program Criteria for Architectural and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

View Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Architectural Engineering, B.S. Version S1

Year One


Total: 13 lecture hours - 6 lab hours - 16 credits


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

Year Two


Total: 13 lecture hours - 6 lab hours - 16 credits


Total: 12 lecture hours - 6 lab hours - 15 credits

Year Three


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

Architectural Engineering Specialty Courses (see note 2)

Building Electrical and Power Systems (BEPS) Specialty

Year Four


Total: 13 lecture hours - 6 lab hours - 16 credits

  • 4 credits 4 * Raider Core ♦ Integrate Learning
  • Elective (Economics) 3 credits7
  • Elective (Specialty) 3 credits*5,9
  • Elective (Technical) 3 credits*6,9
  • Raider Core Elective Choice of CLO 3 credits10

Available specialty electives - BEPS:

  • ARE 5161 - Design of Power Systems II 3 credits
  • ARE 5162 - Power Quality 3 credits
  • ARE 5421 - Design of Building Controls Systems 3 credits

Available specialty electives - BMS:

  • ARE 5421 - Design of Building Controls Systems 3 credits
  • ARE 5451 - Design of Mechanical Systems II 3 credits

Available specialty electives - BSS:

These courses must include the word “Design” in the title.

  • CAE 5521 - Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures II 3 credits
  • CAE 5522 - Design of Precast Concrete Structures 3 credits
  • CAE 5551 - Design of Masonry Structures 3 credits
  • CAE 5561 - Design of Steel Structures II 3 credits
  • CAE 5571 - Design of Wood and Timber Structures 3 credits


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

Program total: 110 lecture hours - 36 lab hours - 128 credits


* Courses with asterisks are used to calculate major GPA.

1Three Raider Core courses are required. These courses must be selected to complete the Common Learning Outcomes Embrace Diversity, Demonstrate Ethical Understanding, and Exhibit Curiosity. See The Raider Core  page for details on the general education program and Common Learning Outcomes (CLOs). See the full list of courses covering CLOs  for the Architectural Engineering program.

2Students must choose from one of the three ARE specialties (BSS, BMS or BEPS) and shall take three required specialty courses in spring semester of year three.

3Two credits of advanced graphics are required. Acceptable options include ARE 2851 , ARE 2852 , CVE 2851 , CVE 2852 , and TCM 2060 . Other courses may apply with approval of the Program Director or Chair.

4Consult the course descriptions for a detailed list of requirements for entrance to the undergraduate capstone sequence.

5Three specialty elective credits are required. Acceptable specialty electives are listed, and other courses may apply with approval of the Program Director or Chair.

6A minimum of eight technical elective credits are required. A “technical elective” is a course that meets the following requirements: 

  • Must be selected from the following departments and shall contain one of the course prefixes listed: Mathematics (MTH), Business (BUS), CAECM (ARE, CAE, CVE, CON), Science (BIO, CHM, PHY, SCI), HSC (TCM or UXD), EECS (CSE, CPE, CSC, ELE, BME, SWE), ME (IND or MEC), General Engineering (EGR), Undergraduate Research (UGR) 
  • Must be 2000 level or higher
  • Must not be of a lower level than a course required in the curriculum or previously taken for credit 
  • Must not be a course substantially equivalent to one already taken for credit 
  • Prerequisites and corequisites as listed in the academic catalog must be met 
  • Only technical electives carrying the ARE, CAE, CVE, or CON prefixes will be calculated in the student’s major GPA
  • Any other limitations and/or stipulations as listed in the academic catalog must be met 
  • Exceptions: CSC 1310  and MEC 1910  are allowable technical electives

7Three credits are to be taken in an economics area. Acceptable courses include CAE 4811 , IND 2700 , and BUS 3200 . Other courses may apply with approval of the Program Director or Chair.

8Any three-credit course may be taken to satisfy the free elective subject to limitations from the CAECM Department. Limitations include any course that is a prerequisite for which the student has already received credit, and any course that has largely the same or more basic subject matter as a course for which the student receives credit.

9Students accepted in the early entry pathway to the M.S. Architectural Engineering program have specific requirements for the specialty and technical electives. Consult the CAECM Graduate Academic Catalog for details.

10 This course can cover any of the following CLOs: Collaborate Successfully, Think Critically, Demonstrate Ethical Understanding, Exhibit Curiosity, or Embrace Diversity. With some exceptions, eligible courses must be taught out of the Humanities, Social Science, and Communication, Mathematics, or Physics and Chemistry Departments.

Students are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination as a condition of graduation. See CAECM Policy 4.2.100 for full details.

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