Students enrolled in the architectural engineering program take the same core engineering, mathematics, science and English courses taken by other engineering students. They also take a series of architectural planning and methods courses from the College of Architecture. During the last two years these undergraduate students take structural engineering courses from CEES and building systems courses (e.g., HVAC) from mechanical engineering. The culmination of each bachelor of science degree program in CEES is a two-semester capstone sequence. The capstone design experience requires students to draw upon various aspects of their undergraduate course work to develop a comprehensive solution to an open-ended problem.
CEES has developed an innovative two semester capstone sequence. The first course in the sequence (Professional Practice) covers a lot of the non-technical issues associated with architectural engineering practice (e.g., professional registration, ethics, and environmental regulations); the second course (Architectural Engineering Capstone) focuses on a real world architectural engineering problem. The students are assembled into multi-disciplinary teams with civil engineering students. The teams are structured to simulate a typical architectural engineering consulting firm. The student teams address a real-world design problem and their work is evaluated by practicing engineers. One past capstone class undertook the design of a Radar Innovations Laboratory for the OU research campus.
CEES requires that all Architectural Engineering students take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination prior to graduation.
The Architectural Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org).