Engineering Architectural Engineering (Omaha)

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College: Engineering
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering
Hours Required: 128
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5 for graduation
Minor Available: No
Advisor: Garrett Gassman
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Architectural Engineering (Omaha)

COLLEGE: Engineering

MAJOR: Architectural Engineering (Omaha)

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering


MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.5 for graduation


ADVISOR: Garrett Gassman


Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction

School Director: Jay Puckett

Program Coordinator: Ece Erdogmus

Professors: Foster, Goedert, Merkel, Wang, Waters

Associate Professors: Alahmad, Erdogmus, Krause, Li, Morcous, Norton, Schwer, Tiller

Assistant Professors: Lau, Ryherd, Yu, Yuill

Assistant Professor of Practice: Eble-Hankins

HDR Industry Fellow of Structural Engineering: Feldman


Architectural engineering (AE) is a program of the Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. This degree program can only be completed on the Omaha campus. The AE undergraduate program is a four-year program requiring 128 credit hours. A one-year master of architectural engineering (MAE) program of 36 credits is also offered.

The educational objective of the program is to produce graduates who:

  • Practice architectural engineering as licensed professionals in the following areas of building design:
    • building structural systems
    • building mechanical systems
    • building acoustics
    • building lighting systems
    • building electrical systems
  • Apply the fundamental principles of science, engineering, and mathematics to the analysis of architectural engineering problems
  • Design solutions to architectural engineering problems under realistic conditions that include:
    • identifying relevant issues
    • formulating solutions
    • evaluating and selecting a solution
    • communicating the final design

Architectural engineering (AE) is the engineering design of buildings. Students will have the option to specialize in either the design of building structural systems, building mechanical systems and acoustics or building lighting and electrical systems. The first three years are common to all three fields of specialization, and include the same math and science courses common to all engineering programs. Students will take an introductory course in AE in their first semester. This course exposes the students to the materials and systems that make up a modern building. It will also provide a preview of the work they can expect to do after graduation. This first AE course helps the student to decide if this is the career path he/she wishes to pursue.

In the second semester, the AE student begins the first of a four-course sequence of courses in architecture. The purpose of these courses is to familiarize the engineering student with the thought and design process of architects and to develop an appreciation of the architectural features of buildings. This exposure to architecture is an important part of the student’s education. It develops creativity and gives the AE graduates a unique ability to work effectively with their professional colleagues in architecture.

The intent of the AE program is to develop both breadth and depth. This is done by requiring the students to have a good understanding of all the systems that make up a building while also giving them a specialized education in their chosen option areas. The breadth is provided in the 5th and 6th semesters, with all students taking courses in each of the three areas of specialization. The depth is provided in the 7th and 8th semesters, as the program splits into the three option areas.

A one-year master of architectural engineering degree follows the four-year undergraduate program. This fifth year continues the specialized education in each of the three option areas, and provides an introduction to some of the professional practice topics that architectural engineers will need later in their careers.

The year of the AE program features a MAE design project. The project requires the student to practice all the design skills and understanding of building systems developed throughout the program. Students in teams will complete a significant building design in a manner that closely simulates professional practice. Industry and faculty members will serve as consultants to the students.

Architectural Engineering is accredited by the EAC-ABET, Inc. The accreditation is attached to the one-year master of architectural engineering degree.


Students must complete at least 42 credit hours in the AE program before applying for admission to the degree program in AE. Transfer students must have all transfer hours accepted before applying for admission. The number admitted will depend on the availability of space, faculty, and other academic resources. Admission will be based on academic performance in a set of 42 credit hours of courses taken in the AE program. Students will not be permitted to register for more than 61 credit hours of courses listed in the AE curriculum until they have been accepted into the degree program in AE.


All course numbers reflect the University of Nebraska at Omaha catalog system, as this program is only completed on the Omaha campus.

First Semester

AE 1010 Introduction to Architectural Engineering1

SPCH 1110 Public Speaking Fundamentals3

MATH 1950 Calculus I5

CHEM 1180 General Chemistry I3

CHEM 1184 General Chemistry I Lab1

CIST 1400 Introduction to Computer Programming3


Second Semester

AE 2250 Construction Graphics & Design Process3

DSGN 1010 Introduction to Design2

MATH 1960 Calculus II5

PHYS 2110 General Physics 1—Calculus Level4

PHYS 1154 General Physics Lab I1


Third Semester

MENG 2000 Engineering Thermodynamics3

ARCH 2100/IDSG 2100 Elements of Arch Design I3

MATH 1970 Calculus III4

PHYS 2120 General Physics–Calculus Level4

PHYS 1164 General Physics Lab II1

MENG 2230 Engineering Statics3


Fourth Semester

ELEC 2110 Elements of Electrical Engineering3

AE 2400 Building Systems3

MENG 3730 Engineering Dynamics3

MATH 2350 Differential Equations3

AE 3070 Mechanics of Materials Lab1

MENG 3250 Mechanics of Elastic Bodies3


Fifth Semester

AE 3200 Lighting I: Fundamentals for Design3

AE 3300 Building Acoustics Fundamentals3

CIVE 310/MENG 3100 Fluid Mechanics3

CIVE 319 Hydraulics Lab1

CIVE 341 Introduction to Structural Engineering4

ENGL 3980 Technical Writing Across the Disciplines3

(ENGR 3000 is an accepted equivalent for ENGL 3980.)


Sixth Semester

AE 3220 Electrical Systems for Buildings I3

AE 3100 HVAC Fundamentals3

CIVE 441 Steel Design I3

MENG 4200/MENG 8206 Heat Transfer3

STAT 3800/STAT 8805 Applied Engineering Probability & Statistics3

ACE Elective3

(From ACE SLO 9)


Seventh Semester

All Options

ART 3770 History of Architecture to 18503

(Satisfies ACE SLO 5)

(AE 3770 is an accepted substitute for ART 3770 and satisfies ACE SLO 5.)

CONE 2060 Engineering Economics3

CIVE 440/CIVE 840 Reinforced Concrete Design3


Lighting and Electrical Option

AE 4200/AE 8206 Lighting II: Theory, Design & Application3

AE 4120 Building Energy II: Primary & Secondary Systems3

PSYC 1010 Introduction to Psychology I3

(PSYC 1010 Satisfies ACE SLO 6)


Mechanical and Acoustics Option

AE 4120 Building Energy II: Primary & Secondary Systems3

ACE Elective3

(From ACE SLO 6)

General Elective3

(Should be approved by your advisor)


Structural Option

CIVE 443 Structural Analysis3

ACE Elective3

(From ACE SLO 6)

General Electives3

(Should be approved by your advisor.)


Eighth Semester

All Options

ART 3780 History of Architecture Since 18503

(Satisfies ACE SLO 7)


Lighting and Electrical Option

AE 4250 Lighting Design4

PSYC 4210 Sensation & Perception3


Mechanical and Acoustics Option

AE 4150 HVAC Design4

AE 4300/AE 8306 Advanced Noise Control3


Structural Option

CIVE 334 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering4

CIVE 444/CIVE 844 Structural Design & Planning3



Because of rapid technical developments, the AE curriculum will be continually reviewed and upgraded. Currently enrolled students are expected to modify their programs to take advantage of such revisions. Students who do not maintain continuous progress toward the degree through enrollment in applicable course work will be considered as new students upon re-entering the program and will be subject to the requirements of the undergraduate catalog current at the time of their re-entry.

AE students must pass any course offered by the AE program (those with an AE or CIVE prefix) with a grade of “C-” or higher to obtain credit toward graduation for that course. All courses that are prerequisites for AE or CE courses must be passed with a grade of “C-” or higher to obtain entry into the subsequent course.

The AE program follows the UNL ACE general education requirements. Because of the specific needs of the program, most of these courses are specified in the curriculum.

Please contact Melissa Hoffman at or 402-554-4482, if you are interested in more information about this program.


College Admission

College Admission

College Entrance Requirements

Students must have high school credit for (one unit is equal to one high school year):

1. 4 units of mathematics: 2 of algebra, 1 of geometry, 1 of precalculus and trigonometry.

2. 4 units of English.

3. 3 units of natural science that must include 1 unit of physics and 1 unit of chemistry (chemistry requirement waived for students in construction management).

4. 2 units of a single foreign language.

5. 3 units of social studies.

6. Students having a composite ACT score of 28 or greater (or equivalent SAT score) will be admitted to the College of Engineering even if they lack any one of the following: trigonometry, chemistry, or physics.

7. Students having an ACT score of 19 or less in English (or equivalent SAT score) must take ENGL 150 or ENGL 151.

A total of 16 units is required for admission.

Students must have an ACT (enhanced) score of 24 or greater (or equivalent SAT). Students who lack entrance requirements may be admitted based on ACT scores, high school rank and credits, or may be admitted to pre-engineering status in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center. Pre-engineering students are advised within the College of Engineering.

Students for whom English is not their language of nurture must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements of the University.

Students who lack entrance units may complete precollege training by Independent Study through the UNL Office of On-line and Distance Education, in summer courses, or as a part of their first or second semester course loads while in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center or other Colleges at UNL.

Students should consult their advisor, their department chair, or the Office of the Dean if they have questions on current policies.

Other Admission Requirements

Students who transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from other accredited colleges or universities and wish to be admitted to the College of Engineering (COE) must meet COE freshman entrance requirements and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for Nebraska residents or 3.0 for non-residents. Students not meeting either of these requirements must enroll in the Explore Center or another UNL college until they meet COE admission requirements.

The COE accepts courses for transfer for which a C or better grade was received. Although UNL accepts D grades from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Omaha, not all majors in the COE accept such low grades. Students must conform to the requirements of their intended major and, in any case, are strongly encouraged to repeat courses with a grade of C- or less.

All transfer students must adopt the curricular requirements of the undergraduate bulletin current at the time of transfer to the COE—not that in use when they entered UNL. Upon admission to UNL, students wishing to pursue degree programs in the COE will be classified and subject to the policies defined in the subsequent section.

College Degree Requirements

Grade Rules

Grade Appeals

In the event of a dispute involving any college policies or grades, the student should appeal to his/her instructor, and appropriate department chair or school director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved, the student may appeal his/her case through the College Academic Appeals Committee on his/her campus.

Bulletin Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the bulletin for the academic year in which they are first admitted at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent bulletin for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Engineering. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single bulletin year. The bulletin which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.