Architectural engineering (AE) is a profession that combines the art and science of
design in the creation of buildings. A detailed understanding of fundamental and applied
engineering principles supports the work of the architectural engineer. AE differs
from architecture primarily in its focus upon the design of the structural elements,
systems and procedures for buildings, rather than the overall design.
Why architectural engineering at OSU?
Dedicated faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and a community of like-minded students
create a learning environment that is unmatched. The AE program provides our graduates
with a highly desirable understanding of the overall production of architecture rarely
found in other programs. AE students graduate with an understanding of the numerous
factors that have an effect on the creation of architecture in contemporary society,
and thus gain a deep appreciation of the cooperative nature of the professional practice
There are many paths an architectural engineering major can take. Potential jobs include:
Structural engineering intern
ABET accredited Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree.
The ABET accredited curriculum offers students a studio based education where they
can explore their creativity as well as further their abilities in math and science.
Two options are available within the major of architectural engineering: structural
design and construction project management. Both options are concerned with the technical
nature of bringing a building to fruition.
Graduates with a degree in architectural engineering must pass the Fundamentals of
Engineering (FE) exam, and the Professional Engineering (PE) and/or Structural Engineering
(SE) exams to become a licensed professional.
A twelve credit hour Graduate Certificate is available, focused upon the Integrative
Design of the Building Envelope, which concerns a specific technical aspect of building
design that is of interest to the student.
Architecture engineering students graduate with an understanding of the numerous factors
that have an effect on the creation of architecture in contemporary society, and thus
gain a deep appreciation of the cooperative nature of the professional practice of