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Architectural Engineering


What is Architectural Engineering?

Architectural engineers design buildings and other structures while making them safe, functional and efficient for people's needs. They design buildings and other structures to be structurally sound with adequate mechanical, plumbing and lighting systems all while being economical to construct. With a 12-1 student-to-faculty ratio, students in The School of Civil and Environmental Science in the Gallogly College of Engineering get the close interaction they need with faculty in order to succeed in architectural engineering.

Do my interests fit?

Architectural engineering students typically have interests in:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Art

High school preparation should include calculus, physics and art.

How can OU Architectural Engineering help me?

OU architectural engineering students develop skills through experiential learning by practicing what is learned in the classroom through real world experiences. Students are tutored and mentored by upper-classmen with opportunities to expand horizons through study abroad. With accomplished faculty and expert guest speakers, students are empowered through professional development and receive competitive advantages in pursuing future careers.

How can I get involved?

There are numerous clubs architectural engineering students can be a part of. Check them out:

Alpha Sigma Kappa - Women in Technical Studies
Dean’s Leadership Council (D.L.C.)
Engineers’ Club
E-1 Club
Helping Engineers Learn Processes and Programs (H.E.L.P.P.)
Society of American Military Engineers (S.A.M.E.)
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (S.M.E.)
Tau Beta Pi

Triangle Fraternity
Sooner Engineering Entrepreneurs Club (S.E.E.C.)
American Indian Science & Engineering Society (A.I.S.E.S.)
National Society of Black Engineers
Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (S.A.S.E)
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (S.H.P.E.)
Society of Women Engineers (S.W.E.)

Architectural engineering specific organizations:

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI)
Chi Epsilon
Sooners Without Borders
Environmental Science Student Association (ESSA)

For more information on student organizations, click here.

What courses will I take?

Architectural engineering courses include:

  • Introduction to Construction Management
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Structural Analysis
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Engineering Economics
  • Structural Design
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering Capstone

What kind of career could I pursue?

Engineering firms
Building companies
Consulting firms
Field Construction Engineer
Project Manager
Civil Engineer
Cost Estimator

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 

Program Accreditation

The Architectural Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. An Architectural Engineering student graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering degree. An accelerated combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Architectural Engineering degree program is also available.

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