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Architectural Engineering

University of Wyoming
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Program description

Architectural Engineering

Architectural Engineering is a rapidly expanding profession that deals with the myriad aspects of buildings and their design, construction and operation. Architectural engineers are typically specialists, responsible for the design and integration of such building elements as the structural, plumbing, fire protection, heating and air conditioning, or lighting and electrical systems. The curriculum in architectural engineering is designed to acquaint students with the various aspects of building design and construction and exposes them to a variety of courses dealing with different building materials and systems. The curriculum also includes course work in the humanities and social sciences, both to enrich the student's academic experience and assist in dealing with and contributing to society. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, preparing graduates to engage in practice as Professional Engineers upon completion of post-graduate registration requirements. Graduate work with emphasis in Architectural Engineering leading to a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered through the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Programs. Additionally, advanced study can also be pursued in allied areas such as architecture, business or other engineering fields.

Students choose an area of emphasis in either structural or mechanical systems and select courses from approved electives, usually beginning their elective sequence in the second semester of their junior year. Consult with the Civil and Architectural Engineering Department for current elective lists.

Architectural engineering degree candidates must meet the academic requirements of the college and in addition must have an average GPA of 2.000 (C) in courses required for the major. Students must complete a minimum of 42 upper division (junior/senior) or graduate-level semester credit hours.

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Admission requirements

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master’s Program

Areas of study in the master of science program include: building mechanical systems, building energy modeling, structural engineering, The master of science degree in each of these areas requires completion of 12 to 18 hours of engineering courses related to the particular program area.

Plan A (thesis)

The degree of master of science, Plan A, requires a minimum of 26 hours of coursework and a minimum of 4 hours thesis research in addition to the minimum requirements set forth in this bulletin.

Early in the program, the student must submit a program of study listing coursework for approval by the departmental graduate studies committee (AREGS), and the department head.

Plan A is required of all state or contract supported graduate assistants.

Plan B (non-thesis)

Requires a minimum of 30 hours of coursework and a Plan B paper, in addition to the minimum requirements set forth in this bulletin.

Early in the program, the student must submit a program of study listing coursework and the course number that the Plan B paper covers for approval by the AREGS and the department head.

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Program content

  • VISTA Studio I
  • Architectural Design Studio I
  • VISTA Studio II
  • Fundamentals of Building Performance
  • Architectural Design Studio II
  • VISTA Studio III
  • History of Architecture
  • Structural Analysis I
  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Building Electrical and Plumbing Systems
  • Fundamentals of Transport Phenomena
  • Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning of Buildings
  • Architectural Design Studio III
  • Engineering Honors Program Research Methods
  • Historic Preservation and Sustainability
  • Modern Engineering Practice
  • Structural Analysis II
  • Structural Steel Design
  • Structural Concrete Design
  • Prestressed Concrete Design
  • Masonry Design
  • Structural Timber Design
  • Building Electrical Systems
  • Building Safety and Fire Protection
  • HVAC Systems Analysis and Design
  • Modeling and Optimization of Energy Systems
  • Architectural Design Studio
  • Structural Systems Design Project
  • Mechanical Systems Design Project
  • Senior Architectural Engineering Problems
  • Civil and Architectural Engineering Internship
  • Prestressed Concrete Design
  • Masonry Design
  • Structural Timber Design
  • Collaborative BIM Design
  • Architectural Engineering Problems I


The Architectural Engineering department regularly evaluates the following student skills. Specifically, every University of Wyoming Architectural Engineering graduate shall have:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Architectural Engineering Objectives

Three to six years after graduation, graduates of the University of Wyoming Civil Engineering Program will:

  • ARE-OB1 Be able to successfully practice the profession of Architectural Engineering.
  • ARE-OB2 Be prepared and motivated to accept challenging assignments and responsibilities.
  • ARE-OB3 Demonstrate successful career growth.

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The University of Wyoming is located in the safe and inviting college town of Laramie, Wyoming. Laramie is a community located about two hours north of the large, metropolitan city of Denver, Colorado. Laramie is nestled in a valley at...

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82071 Laramie

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