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Architectural Engineering

If you are thinking about architecture but you think you might be more interested in the mathematical and technical side of things, Architectural Engineering might be the right fit for you. 

Detroit Mercy’s accredited Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (AE) program will give you a strong foundation in the engineering of many aspects of building construction.  Your coursework will focus on designing the structural system to hold the building up, designing the mechanical and electrical systems, and managing the construction of the building.  This broader knowledge in architectural engineering will make you more marketable to employers.  Architectural engineering is in particular demand now due to a greater emphasis on sustainable practices - designing new “green” buildings and renovating existing buildings to be more efficient.

Program highlights include:

  •  5-year, interdisciplinary program, with coursework in civil engineering, architecture and mechanical engineering
  • Theory with practice focus, through project-intensive curriculum and a full year of paid work experience
  • AE first-year classes are the same as the Architecture major, allowing you to test out both fields to determine your preferred program
  • Detroit Mercy’s strong academic tradition in both Architecture and Engineering
  • Small class sizes with personal attention from faculty
  • Selective program - one of only a few degree programs of its kind in the region

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Career Options

Multiple career options in areas related to building planning, design and construction

With a degree in architectural engineering, you can choose from a variety of career opportunities including: architectural firms, private engineering consulting companies, mechanical contractors, government agencies, energy efficiency consultants, lighting designers, and construction companies. 

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