Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering

The objective of the architectural engineering program is to prepare graduates to enter and be successful in the architectural engineering profession. Graduates are expected to become licensed professional engineers, and to reach responsible positions in a wide range of professional settings, including consulting firms, industry, or government. As well, this program will prepare students to begin and successfully complete graduate studies in engineering and/or post-baccalaureate education in a professional degree program. The architectural engineering program provides breadth in core sub-disciplines and depth in at least one area of specialization. This degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Architectural engineering is a building-oriented discipline which offers students an opportunity to obtain an engineering education specializing in building architecture, building-system integration, and structural and computer-aided design.

Professional architectural engineers are concerned with the structural integrity of buildings; the design and analysis of HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning); plumbing, fire protection and electrical systems; acoustics; lighting; energy conservation; building science and the study of building performance; and the management of construction resources and schedules. Graduates of the architectural engineering program will be well prepared for careers as consulting engineers, building contractors, construction managers, structural engineers, and knowledgeable specialists in related areas of building design and analysis.

Architectural engineering shares much in common with civil and mechanical engineering but is distinct in its exclusive concentration on building projects. Architectural engineering students should have an aptitude in and an appreciation of the following areas of knowledge: basic principles of mathematics; physics and chemistry; manual and computer-aided drafting and design; surveying; construction materials; engineering mechanics; structural analysis and design; building-system integration; and professional practice and ethics.

Architecture students who plan to pursue a Master of Engineering in Architectural Engineering degree should take the following courses:

CAE 208Thermal-Fluids Engineering I3
CAE 209Thermal-Fluids Engineering II3
CAE 383Electrical and Electronic Circuits3

Students should consult the Master of Engineering in Architectural Engineering curriculum for additional details.

Required Courses

Architectural Engineering Requirements (48)
CAE 100Introduction to Engineering Drawing and Design2
CAE 101Introduction to AutoCAD Drawing and Design2
CAE 105Geodetic Science3
CAE 110Professional Practice I1
CAE 111Professional Practice II1
CAE 209Thermal-Fluids Engineering II3
CAE 303Structural Design I3
CAE 304Structural Analysis I3
CAE 307Structural Design II3
CAE 315Materials of Construction3
CAE 323Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering3
CAE 331Building Science3
CAE 383Electrical and Electronic Circuits3
CAE 461Plumbing and Fire Protection Design3
CAE 464HVAC Systems Design3
CAE 468Architectural Design3
CAE 470Construction Methods and Cost Estimating3
CAE 471Construction Planning and Scheduling3
Capstone Design Requirement (3)
CAE 495Capstone Senior Design3
CAE Technical Electives (9)
Select 9 credit hours 19
CAE Additional Science Requirement (3)
CAE 208Thermal-Fluids Engineering I3
Mathematics Requirements (21)
CAE 312Engineering Systems Analysis3
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Differential Equations4
Physics Requirements (8)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
Chemistry Requirement (4)
CHEM 124Principles of Chemistry I with Laboratory4
Computer Science Requirement (2)
CS 104Introduction to Computer Programming for Engineers2
or CS 105 Introduction to Computer Programming
Engineering Course Requirements (6)
CAE 286Theory and Concept of Structural Mechanics3
CAE 287Mechanics of Structural Materials3
Humanities Requirements (3)
AAH 119History of World Architecture I3
or AAH 120 History of World Architecture II
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements (18)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C18
Total Credit Hours131
1

All technical electives must be CAE or EG courses at the 400-level or above.

All architectural engineering students are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination during their senior year. The examination is offered by the State of Illinois multiple times during the year. Students should contact the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering for information concerning this examination.

 

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
CAE 1002CAE 1012
CAE 1101CAE 1111
CAE 1053CS 104 or 1052
CHEM 1244PHYS 1234
MATH 1515MATH 1525
Humanities 200-level Course3Social Sciences Elective3
 18 17
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
CAE 2863CAE 2873
PHYS 2214CAE 3123
MATH 2514MATH 2524
CAE 2083CAE 2093
AAH 1193Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 17 16
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
CAE 3033CAE 3073
CAE 3043CAE 3233
CAE 3153CAE 4643
CAE 3313IPRO Elective II3
CAE 3833Humanities Elective (300+)3
IPRO Elective I3 
 18 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
CAE 4613CAE 4713
CAE 4703Capstone Design Course3
CAE 4683CAE Technical Elective13
CAE Technical Elective13CAE Technical Elective13
Humanities Elective (300+)3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 15 15
Total Credit Hours: 131
1

All technical electives must be CAE or EG courses at the 400-level or above.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

All architectural engineering students are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination during their senior year. The examination is offered by the State of Illinois multiple times during the year. Students should contact the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering for information concerning this examination.

Professional Specializations in Architectural Engineering

Students who select an area of specialization must take a minimum of nine credit hours from the following technical electives listed under the respective area of specialization. Other 400- or 500-level courses may be used towards a specialization with the prior approval of the student's adviser.

Acoustics and Illumination

CAE 403Sound and Vibration Control in Buildings3
CAE 409Analysis and Design of Acoustic Performance Spaces3
CAE 467Lighting Systems Design3

Building Mechanical and Energy

CAE 403Sound and Vibration Control in Buildings3
CAE 463Building Enclosure Design3
CAE 465Building Energy Conservation Technologies3

Construction and Engineering Management

CAE 472Construction Site Operation3
CAE 473Construction Contract Administration3
EG 430Introduction to Building Information Modeling3

Electrical and Illumination

CAE 465Building Energy Conservation Technologies3
CAE 466Building Electrical Systems Design3
CAE 467Lighting Systems Design3

Fire Protection and Life Safety

CAE 422Sprinklers, Standpipes, Fire Pumps, Special Suppression, and Detection Systems3
CAE 424Introduction to Fire Dynamics3
CAE 425Fire Protection and Life Safety in Building Design3

Structural Engineering

CAE 411Structural Analysis II3
CAE 431Steel Design3
CAE 432Concrete and Foundation Design3