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Architectural Engineering

BS in Architectural Engineering

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Architectural engineers design physical facilities, buildings, bridges, roads, tunnels, dams, power plants, and systems for water treatment and waste disposal. Study includes fundamental instruction in math, physics and chemistry as applied to architectural engineering. Other courses include fluid mechanics, hydrology, soils, transportation and computers.  Multidisciplinary courses draw from civil, electrical and mechanical engineering principles to convey the knowledge needed to plan, design and manage construction of buildings: from structural integrity to efficient heating and cooling.

Major Details

College: College of Engineering
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the College of Engineering website for more information.

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:


  • This major doesn't have Language Requirements.
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First Year Compostion 3
MATH 122A/B or 125 Calculus I 3
CHEM 151 Chemistry I with lab 4
ENGR 102A/B Introduction to Engineering 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
PHYS 141 Introductory Mechanics 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
MATH 223 Calculus III 4
PHYS 241 Introductory Electricity and Magnetism 4
ARCE 201 Introduction to Architectural Engineering 1
ARC 220 History of Applied Building Technology 3
CE 214 Statics 3
4th Semester
MATH 254 Differential Equations 3
ARCE 210 Building Information Modeling 3
ARCE 223 Environmental Adaptive Systems 3
CE 215 Mechanics of Materials 3
CE 218 Mechanics of Fluids 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
AME 230 Thermodynamics 3
ENGR 211M Circuits 1
CE 301 Engineering Communications 3
CE 333 Elementary Structural Analysis 3
CE 381 Construction Engineering Management 3
6th Semester
AME 442 HVAC System Design 3
ARCE 320 Power System Engineering 3
ARCE 330 Architectural Lighting 3
CE 334 Structural Design Steel 3
CE 389 Materials Lab 1
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
ARCE 400A Capstone Design Studio 6
ARCE 408A Issues in Professional Practice 2
CE 335 Structural Design in Concrete 3
ENGR 211P Engineering Economics 1
ENGR 211I Dynamics 1
Math/Science Elective 3
8th Semester
ARCE 400B Senior Capstone Design 3
CE 438 Behavioral and Design of Structural Systems 3
Architectural Engineering Technical Elective 3
Architectural Engineering Technical Elective 3
CE 310 Probability and Statistics in Civil Engineering 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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