Hours Required128 credit hours
Areas of FocusStructural systems, Mechanical systems and acoustics, Lighting and electrical systems
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80% of students receive a job offer before graduation
Streamlined Pathway to Success
The College of Engineering’s premier 4+1 architectural engineering program offers a seamless transition to a one-year master's degree, allowing graduates to become licensed professional engineers within a few years of graduation. This accelerated and comprehensive path equips you with the advanced knowledge and skills required to excel in the industry and take on influential roles in building design and construction.
You can choose from three specialized tracks: structural systems, mechanical systems or lighting and electrical systems. The curriculum provides in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in your chosen area of expertise so you can tackle complex engineering challenges and contribute to sustainable building design solutions.
Real-World Industry Exposure
Immerse yourself in the professional world of architectural engineering through valuable industry exposure. Interact with experienced industry mentors, embark on enlightening construction site visits and actively engage in hands-on projects. These experiences not only enhance your technical skills but also cultivate essential teamwork, communication and problem-solving abilities.
E Design and Simulation Studio 1 (AREN 103)
Virtual modeling for conceptual design, emphasizing Building Information Modeling (BIM), iterative design processes and technical problem-solving. Utilize Autodesk Revit, Formit, Dynamo and Trimble Sketchup.
Building Envelopes (AREN 404)
Heat transfer concepts applied to building envelope thermal behavior. Use computational tools and engineering logic to assess the design and operation of high-performance building envelopes.
Advanced Noise Control (AREN 430)
Explore acoustic source characterization, sound measurement, sound-structure interaction, muffling devices, vibration control and active noise control in this comprehensive study of acoustic engineering.
HVAC Design (AREN 415)
Develop and design the mechanical system for an actual building, from the programming phase to the final construction documents.
Lighting Design (AREN 425)
Study advanced lighting system design and analysis and apply the lighting design process for interior and outdoor applications, including multimedia facilities and sports lighting.
Advanced Structural Analysis (CIVE 443)
Matrix analysis methods and computer solutions for indeterminate structures, covering static condensation, shear deformations, moment distribution, load cases, influence lines and building and bridge analysis.
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Outside the Classroom
At Nebraska, you’ll have many opportunities to discover both your academic community and stretch your strengths.
Clarence E. Waters, Ph.D., Aaron Douglas Professor of Architectural Engineering
Clarence E. Waters, Ph.D., is one of the architectural engineering program’s original masterminds. He has been instrumental in creating one of the nation’s best architectural engineering programs. Our graduates become leaders in their field and often connect with current students via classes and mentoring. Dr. Waters is devoted to his students and to providing a world-class education. He encourages anyone who loves buildings to consider a career in architectural engineering.
Academics & Experiential Learning
- Studying in a unique living-learning facility like Peter Kiewit Institute offers students in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of a building.
- Nebraska engineering teams are well-known at national and international design competitions, bringing home numerous championships and awards.
- The Durham School career fair attracts employers from across Nebraska and nationally to connect with students for paid internships and jobs.
- Omaha is one of the nation’s top hubs for architectural engineering and construction firms, offering valuable networking opportunities.
- From the Architectural Engineering Student Leadership Committee and professional organizations, you’ll make close connections with other students as well as with professionals in the state and nationally.
- Engineering Night Out is a great way to relax and bond with your peers in a casual environment.