Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering

 Architectural Engineers blend the fundamental principles of engineering with knowledge of all building systems. Using new and emerging technologies, graduates will plan and design integrated building systems. The Durham School’s five-year program, one of only a few in the nation, combines a bachelor’s and master’s degree into five years of schooling so our students graduate with an ABET-accredited Master of Architectural Engineering degree. As a Master of Architectural Engineering graduate, you will have an excellent foundation to give you a head-start in the career field. The Nebraska AE program is located on the University of Nebraska at Omaha Campus; all degrees are conferred from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

What is Architectural Engineering (AE)?

Architectural Engineering is the implementation of engineering principles in building design. An architect's goal is to design a building, but an architectural engineering focuses on the building's systems. 

What is the difference between architecture and architectural engineering?

Architecture is the general design of buildings while keeping in mind the aesthetics andany possible symbolism. Architectural engineering is the design and integration of theengineering building system, including structural, lighting, electrical, heating, cooling,and many other areas.

What is the job outlook for AE graduates?

Nebraska Architectural Engineering graduates are nearly 100% placed upon graduation. Graduates are often found employed with local firms such as HDR, Alvine Engineering, Kiewit, DLR and Leo A Daly, to name a few.  Nationwide job opportunities are also available, with over 80 employers represented at the 2016 Durham School Career Fair.  You can learn more here:

If the Architectural Engineering program is only offered on the Omaha Campus, will I ever have to go to the City Campus in Lincoln for anything (classes, advising, etc.)?

Students in the Nebraska Architectural Engineering Program will attend classes on the Nebraska Omaha Campus. Your degree will be conferred through University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Your classes and advising sessions will be held on the Scott Campus.  However, there may be optional extracurricular events held in Lincoln or at a location between Lincoln and Omaha. 

What are the areas of specialization?

Students in the Architectural Engineering Program can specialize in: structural, electrical/lighting or mechanical/acoustics.

What is the difference between a Master of Architectural Engineering (MAE) and a Master of Science in Architectural Engineering (M.S. AE)?

A Master of Architectural Engineering is the ABET Accredited 5 year degree program in The Durham School. Students apply for a B.S.AE, maintaining a 3.0 GPA throughout, and in their Junior year, apply for the MAE, which will be the fifth and final year of the program.  Graduates of this program will hold a B.S.AE and MAE. The M.S. AE degree is for prospective students who did not attend the B.S.AE program at UNL and are interested in studying for a Masters Degree in AE.

What is the average starting salary of Nebraska AE graduates?

Entry-level average annual pay is $60,000.

What are the transfer student procedures?

Transfer students will meet with a member of the advising team to look at course equivalencies and determine the best plan for completing the program.

What sets Nebraska AE apart from other AE programs?

There are several factors that set Nebraska AE apart from other programs including location, industry involvement, program advisory boards, and professional mentors to name a few. Due to the close ties the program holds with local and nationwide industry, students have many internship opportunities.

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