What is Architectural Engineering?
Architectural engineers work at the intersection of design and construction to ensure that a building’s critical systems such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning, lighting, fire protection, plumbing, and electricity, fit into its overall architectural design. An architectural engineer applies the skills of many engineering disciplines to the design, construction, operation, maintenance, and renovation of buildings, while also paying close attention to their impacts on the surrounding environment.
Admission criteria for this program vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank and GPA, and co-curricular activities. Please see the Freshman Class Profile for this major in the Quick Facts sidebar on this page for the range of academic credentials typically accepted into this program. Test scores in the lower range may be acceptable with higher class rank and/or GPA.
Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college preparatory subjects:
- English (4 units)
- Mathematics, including algebra, geometry, and either pre-calculus or calculus (4 units)
- Science, including Chemistry and Physics (3 units)
- Social sciences (3 units)
- Electives (5 units)
This program takes the form of a civil degree with a structural background. Majors learn about the links between design and construction. Course work covers building materials and construction methods, teaching students how to design heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical systems for buildings, while making sure the building structure is still pleasing to the eye.
Career options are plentiful. Graduates of degree programs in architectural engineering are prepared to enter a wide variety of fast-growing fields having to do with construction, design and planning.
Possible career choices for architectural engineers are technical architect, HVAC systems specialist, plant or facilities engineer, electrical systems engineer, construction estimator, construction project manager, fire protection engineer, and building inspector.
The architectural engineering program is one of three (and the newest) offered by the Department of Civil& Architectural Engineering and Construction Management at the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science. Our faculty comprises registered architects and engineers with industrial as well as teaching experience. Classes are small and the faculty is readily available to discuss academic and career goals.
Please note that the architectural engineering curriculum is very demanding and time-consuming. For this reason, we do not recommend that full-time students work part time while in the program. Co-op opportunities may provide ample employment and income for tuition, books and materials.
Co-op (cooperative education) is a learning experience that enables students to alternate academic studies with paid, on-the-job training. The co-op program is required for all full-time students who wish to receive the bachelor of science degree in architectural engineering. Co-op students participate in a year-round schedule - alternating between a semester of CEAS education and a semester of full-time work. Alternating semesters continue until the fifth and final year, in which all students return to school
Transfer students in good standing from accredited colleges and universities will be considered for admission to the college at the first, second and third-year levels. The degree requirement of professional practice experience normally precludes acceptance beyond the third-year level. For further detailed information such as required grade point average, please refer to the Transfer Students page.
Students changing majors from other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.
Freshmen must begin the program during fall semester. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. High school students who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by December 1 of their senior year.