Architectural Engineering, Building Systems Concentration BS / Architectural Engineering MS

Major: Architectural Engineering
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (BSAE) and Masters of Science in Architectural Engineering (MSAE)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 226.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.0401
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The Architectural Engineering BS/MS allows students to develop technical depth and breadth in their professional and related area, which enhances their professional productivity, whether in industry or as they proceed to the PhD. The undergraduate courses provide the necessary technical prerequisite understanding and skills for the graduate studies, a natural progression. Because the technical concepts of engineering are common, the MS in a related discipline is readily achieved. 

Admission Requirements

Students must have a GPA of at least 3.2 and have taken coursework sufficient to demonstrate a readiness to take graduate coursework. 

Degree Requirements

General Education/Liberal Studies Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
General Education Requirements **12.0
Free elective3.0
Foundation Requirements
BIO 141Essential Biology4.5
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
ENGR 111Introduction to Engineering Design & Data Analysis3.0
ENGR 113First-Year Engineering Design3.0
ENGR 131Introductory Programming for Engineers3.0
or ENGR 132 Programming for Engineers
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
Major Requirements
AE 220Introduction to HVAC3.5
AE 340Architectural Illumination and Electrical Systems3.0
AE 390Architectural Engineering Design I4.0
AE 391Architectural Engineering Design II4.0
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
ARCH 142Architecture and Society II3.0
ARCH 143Architecture and Society III3.0
ARCH 191Studio 1-AE3.0
ARCH 192Studio 2-AE3.0
CAE 491 [WI] Senior Design Project I3.0
CAE 492 [WI] Senior Design Project II3.0
CAE 493 [WI] Senior Design Project III3.0
CAEE 202Introduction to Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering3.0
CAEE 203System Balances and Design in CAEE 3.0
CAEE 212Geologic Principles in Engineering4.0
CAEE 361Statistical Analysis of Engineering Systems3.0
CIVE 240 [WI] Engineering Economic Analysis3.0
CIVE 250Construction Materials4.0
CIVE 330Hydraulics4.0
CIVE 320Introduction to Fluid Flow3.0
MEM 202Statics3.0
MEM 230Mechanics of Materials I4.0
Building Systems Concentration
AE 430Control Systems for HVAC3.0
CIVE 302Structural Analysis I4.0
CIVE 303Structural Design I3.0
MEM 345Heat Transfer4.0
MEM 413HVAC Loads3.0
MEM 414HVAC Equipment3.0
Professional Elective3.0
Contracts And Specifications I
Contracts and Specifications II
Estimating I
AE 510Intelligent Buildings3.0
AE 544Building Envelope Systems3.0
AE 550Comfort Analysis and Indoor Air Quality3.0
AE 551Building Energy Systems I3.0
MEM 591Applied Engr Analy Methods I3.0
MEM 592Applied Engr Analy Methods II3.0
Graduate Electives
Must complete at least 9.0 credits in one of the two themes below:9.0
Building Energy Theme
Building Energy Systems II
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I
Transport Phenomena I
Conduction Heat Transfer
Convection Heat Transfer
Foundations of Fluid Mechanics
Indoor Air Quality Theme
Airflow Simulation in Built Environment
Transport Phenomena I
Fundamentals of Air Pollution Control
Chemical Kinetics in Environmental Engineering
Chemistry of the Environment
Foundations of Fluid Mechanics
Additional electives from any courses beyond the 9.0 credit theme and any 500+ course in Math, Science or Engineering with Advisor approval.18.0
Total Credits226.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

5 year, 3 co-op

First Year
CHEM 1013.5CHEM 1024.5COOP 101 or CIVC 101*1.0VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 101 or COOP 101*1.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
ENGR 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGR 1133.0 
MATH 1214.0ENGR 131 or 1323.0MATH 2004.0 
UNIV 1011.0MATH 1224.0PHYS 1024.0 
 PHYS 1014.0(UG) General Education Requirement**3.0 
 14.5 19.5 18 0
Second Year
ENGR 2204.0CAEE 2033.0  
ENGR 2313.0CIVE 2403.0  
MEM 2023.0ENGR 2103.0  
PHYS 2014.0ENGR 2323.0  
 (UG) General Education Requirement**3.0  
 17 18 0 0
Third Year
ARCH 1923.0CIVE 2504.0(GR) Graduate Elective3.0 
CAEE 2124.0CIVE 3304.0  
CIVE 3203.0(UG) General Education Requirement**2.0  
MEM 2304.0MEM 5923.0  
MEM 5913.0(GR) Graduate Elective3.0  
 20 19.5 3 0
Fourth Year
CIVE 3024.0CIVE 3033.0(GR) Graduate Elective3.0 
MEM 3454.0(UG) Free Elective3.0  
AE 5503.0(UG) General Education Requirement**4.0  
(GR) Graduate Elective3.0AE 5103.0  
 (GR) Graduate Elective3.0  
 18 20 3 0
Fifth Year
ARCH 1413.0ARCH 1423.0AE 4303.0 
CAE 4913.0CAE 4923.0ARCH 1433.0 
CAEE 3613.0MEM 4143.0BIO 1414.5 
MEM 4133.0(UG) Professional Elective3.0CAE 4933.0 
AE 5443.0(GR) Graduate Electives6.0AE 5513.0 
(GR) Graduate Elective3.0 (GR) Graduate Elective3.0 
 18 18 19.5 
Total Credits 226

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Abieyuwa Aghayere, PhD (University of Alberta). Professor. Structural design - concrete, steel and wood; structural failure analysis; retrofitting of existing structures; new structural systems and materials; engineering education.
A. Emin Aktan, PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) John Roebling Professor of Infrastructure Studies. Professor. Structural engineering; health monitoring of large infrastructure systems; infrastructure evaluation; intelligent systems.
Ivan Bartoli, PhD (University of California, San Diego). Associate Professor. Non-destructive evaluation and structural health monitoring; dynamic identification, stress wave propagation modeling.
Robert Brehm, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. International infrastructure delivery; response to natural catastrophes; risk assessment and mitigation strategies; project management techniques.
S.C. Jonathan Cheng, PhD (West Virginia University). Associate Professor. Soil mechanics; geosynthetics; probabilistic design; landfill containments; engineering education.
Peter DeCarlo, PhD (University of Colorado). Assistant Professor. Outdoor air quality, particulate matter size and composition instrumentation and measurements, source apportionment of ambient particulate matter, climate impacts of particulate matter.
Eugenia Ellis, RA, PhD (Virginia Polytechnic State University). Associate Professor. Extended-care facilities design, research on spatial visualization, perception and imagination.
Patricia Gallagher, PhD (Virginia Polytechnic Institute). Associate Professor. Soil mechanics; geoenvironmental; ground improvement; sustainability.
Patrick Gurian, PhD (Carnegie-Mellon University). Associate Professor. Risk analysis of environmental and infrastructure systems; novel adsorbent materials; environmental standard setting; Bayesian statistical modeling; community outreach and environmental health.
Charles N. Haas, PhD (University of Illinois-Urbana) L. D. Betz Professor and Department Head, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. Professor. Control of human exposures to and risk assessment of pathogenic organisms; water and waste treatment; homeland security.
Ahmad Hamid, PhD (McMaster University). Professor. Engineered masonry; seismic behavior, design and retrofit of masonry structures; development of new materials and building systems.
Y. Grace Hsuan, PhD (Imperial College). Professor. Durability of polymeric construction materials; advanced construction materials; and performance of geosynthetics.
Joseph B. Hughes, PhD (University of Iowa) Dean of the College of Engineering and Distinguished Professor. Biological processes and applications of nanotechnology in environmental systems.
L. James Lo, PhD (University of Texas at Austin). Assistant Professor. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and airflow simulation; Indoor Environmental Quality; Building control integration with building information management systems.
Roger Marino, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Fluid mechanics; water resources; engineering education; land development.
Joseph P. Martin, PhD (Colorado State University). Professor. Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering; hydrology; transportation; waste management.
James E. Mitchell, MArch (University of Pennsylvania) Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs. Professor. Architectural engineering design; building systems; engineering education.
Franco Montalto, PhD (Cornell University). Associate Professor. Effects of built infrastructure on societal water needs, ecohydrologic patterns and processes, ecological restoration, green design, water interventions.
Joseph V. Mullin, PhD (Pennsylvania State University) Associate Department Head. Teaching Professor. Structural engineering; failure analysis; experimental stress analysis; construction materials; marine structures.
Mira S. Olson, PhD (University of Virginia) Graduate Studies Advisor. Associate Professor. Environmental remediation; contaminant and bacterial transport in porous media and bacterial response to dynamic environments.
Michael Ryan, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Microbial Source Tracking (MST); Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA); Dynamic Engineering Systems Modeling; Molecular Microbial Biology; Environmental Statistics; Engineering Economics; Microbiology
Christopher Sales, PhD (University of California, Berkeley). Assistant Professor. Environmental microbiology and biotechnology; biodegradation of environmental contaminants; microbial processes for energy and resource recovery from waste.
Yared Shifferaw, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Assistant Professor. Computational and experimental mechanics; structural stability; optimization; health monitoring and hazard mitigation; sustainable structures; emerging materials; thin-walled structures and metallic structures.
Kurt Sjoblom, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Laboratory testing of geomaterials, geotechnical engineering, foundation engineering.
Sabrina Spatari, PhD (University of Toronto). Associate Professor. Research in industrial ecology; development and application of life cycle assessment (LCA) and material flow analysis (MFA) methods for guiding engineering and policy decisions; specific interest in biomass and bioenergy, biofuels, and urban infrastructure.
Robert Swan Associate Teaching Professor. Geotechnical and Geosynthetic Engineering; soil/geosynthetic interaction and performance; laboratory and field geotechnical/geosynthetic testing.
Michael Waring, PhD (University of Texas-Austin) Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Programs; Director of Architectural Engineering Program. Associate Professor. Indoor air quality and building sustainability; indoor particulate matter fate and transport; indoor chemistry and particle formation; secondary impacts of control technologies and strategies.
Jin Wen, PhD (University of Iowa). Associate Professor. Architectural engineering; Building Energy Efficiency; Intelligent Building; Net-zero Building; and Indoor Air Quality.
Aspasia Zerva, PhD (University of Illinois). Professor. Earthquake engineering; mechanics; seismology; structural reliability; system identification; advanced computational computational methods in structural analysis.

Emeritus Faculty

Harry G. Harris, PhD (Cornell University). Professor Emeritus. Structural models; dynamics of structures, plates and shells; industrialized building construction.
Richard Weggel, PhD (University of Illinois) Samuel S. Baxter Professor Emeritus; Civil and Environmental Engineering. Professor Emeritus. Coastal engineering; hydraulics engineering; hydrology.
Richard Woodring, PhD (University of Illinois) Dean of Engineering Emeritus. Professor Emeritus. Structural engineering, reinforced concrete.
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