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 Scott Campus at the University of Nebraska Omaha; 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, keeping in mind the aesthetics and any possible symbolism. Architectural engineering is the design and integration of the engineering building system, including structural, lighting, electrical, heating, cooling, and many other areas.

What is the job outlook for AE graduates?

Architectural Engineering graduates at Nebraska 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 more than 80 employers represented at the 2016 Durham School Career Fair.  You can learn more here: http://engineering.unl.edu/durhamschool/durham-career-resources/

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 Architectural Engineering program attend classes on Scott Campus in Omaha. Your degree is conferred by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. However, there may be optional extracurricular events held on the City Campus in Lincoln or at a location between the two cities. 

What are the areas of specialization?

Students in the Architectural Engineering program can specialize in any of these areas: 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 five-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 (the fifth and final year of the program). Graduates earn both a B.S.AE and MAE. The M.S. AE degree is for prospective students who did not attend the B.S.AE program from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and are interested in studying for a master's degree in architectural engineering.

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 programs?

There are several factors that set Architectural Engineering at Nebraska apart from other programs,including our 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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