Architectural Engineering Educational Objectives & Outcomes

The educational objective of the architectural engineering program is to develop graduates who acquire the broad knowledge and skills necessary to successfully begin and sustain a career and to become leaders who advance in one of four core disciplines of the building industry:

  • electrical and lighting systems
  • heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems
  • structural systems
  • construction engineering and management

Educational Outcomes

The outcomes that students are expected to have attained upon graduation with the bachelor of science degree in architectural engineering are:

  • the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • the ability to design and conduct experiments
  • the ability to analyze and interpret data
  • the ability to design a system or component to meet desired needs
  • the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • the ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities
  • the ability to communicate effectively through writing and drawing
  • the ability to communicate effectively through oral presentations
  • an understanding of the impact of engineering on society
  • an understanding of the necessity to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues in civil, environmental and architectural engineering
  • the ability to use modern engineering techniques, skills and tools

Areas of Knowledge

The areas of knowledge that define these objectives include both technical and nontechnical areas.

Technical areas are:

  • elementary—the fundamentals for architectural engineering, including basic science and mathematics, building design and construction processes; overview of building systems; elementary principles and processes of architecture; and laboratory measurement and data analysis;
  • intermediate—introduction to building systems and their components, with corresponding analysis of electrical, HVAC, and lighting systems as well as structural elements and components;
  • proficiency—design, integration, and advanced analysis of electrical, HVAC, lighting, and structural systems; as well as the codes and recommended practices that govern these building systems; and
  • specialization—advanced design, coupled with industry experience via internships, for building lighting and electrical system design, building HVAC systems design, building structural system design, and construction engineering and management.

Nontechnical areas include:

  • professional life, including methods of time and resource management, and professional ethics;
  • processes and requirements of written and oral communication; and
  • broad areas in the humanities and social sciences, including architectural history and language.

For annual student enrollment and graduation data, please see this college website: http://www.colorado.edu/engineering/about/facts.