Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering

The architectural engineering program prepares students to be effective players in shaping a sustainable built environment in the UAE and beyond. Students specializing in Architectural Engineering will explore engineering design, building construction, structures, electrical and mechanical systems and construction management. This makes architectural engineering an ideal profession for individuals with strong math and science skills who are interested in the built environment in general and buildings in particular. The program and department activities reflect an outcomes-oriented approach, adopting hands-on active learning and emphasizing professional competency and skills building while introducing students to innovative approaches to knowledge delivery and use of computational design tools. Teamwork is also a key part of the study of architectural engineering as architectural engineers will interact with the other design professionals in the execution of building projects. The Architectural Engineering undergraduate program in the College of Engineering at the United Arab Emirates University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. For more details on this program, click here.

Program Objectives

  • 1. Efficiently use relevant building engineering knowledge and skills in professional practice.
  • 2. Effectively design and evaluate architectural engineering systems to satisfy client needs according to engineering specifications and interdisciplinary requirements.
  • 3. Successfully manage real life engineering problems to achieve practical and optimal solutions.
  • 4. Commit to social, economic, and environmental issues and practice high ethical standards in the profession.
  • 5. Develop leadership, collaboration and technical communications skills; and update knowledge through lifelong learning.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Outcome A: An ability to apply knowledge of math, science, and engineering
  • Outcome B: An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • Outcome C: An ability to design and evaluate building engineering systems, components, or processes to meet desired needs
  • Outcome D: An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • Outcome E: An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Outcome F: An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • Outcome G: An ability to communicate effectively
  • Outcome H: The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  • Outcome I: A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  • Outcome J: A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Outcome K: An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 147 hours

General Education (Req. CH:42)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (2.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GENG215Engineering Ethics  12.000
1 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU107Introduction to Academic English For Engineering3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  23.000
2 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture  33.000
3 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GENG315Engineering Economics  43.000
4 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH346Contemporary World Architecture  53.000
5 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH1110Calculus I for Engineering  63.000
6 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (7.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM111General Chemistry I3.000
PHYS1110Physics I for Engineering   74.000
7 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH585Graduation Project I3.000
ARCH590Graduation Project II  83.000
8 : Also counts towards the Major


College of Engineering

Required Courses (20.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM175Chemistry Lab I for Engineering1.000
GENG220Engineering Thermodynamics3.000
MATH1120Calculus II for Engineering3.000
MATH2210Differential Equations for Engineering 3.000
MATH2220Linear Algebra for Engineering3.000
PHYS1120Physics II for Engineering 4.000
STAT210Probability and Statistics3.000


Architectural Engineering

Required Courses (70.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH315Building Construction Systems3.000
ARCH320Introductory Building Design Studio3.000
ARCH325Building Construction Components3.000
ARCH335Intermediate Building Design Studio3.000
ARCH341Building Electrical Circuits2.000
ARCH342Building Acoustics & Illumination3.000
ARCH345Building Engineering Systems3.000
ARCH495Professional Practical Training15.000
ARCH410Advanced Building Construction Systems3.000
ARCH418Structural Steel Design for Buildings 3.000
ARCH440Construction Project Management3.000
ARCH430Integrated Building Design Studio3.000
ARCH433Environmental Systems & Control3.000
ARCH457Reinforced Concrete Design for Architectural Engineering3.000
CIVL310Structural Analysis3.000
CIVL345Fluid Mechanics Civil & Architecture Engineers3.000
CIVL358Surveying for Architectural Engineering2.000
MECH305Mechanics of Materials3.000
ARCH450Construction Project Planning and Control3.000

Architecture Elective Courses (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH501Advanced Building Design Studio3.000
ARCH502UAE Architectural Heritage 3.000
ARCH503Building Construction Detailing3.000
ARCH509Modeling and Simulation3.000
ARCH526Specification and Quantity Surveying3.000
ARCH527Landscape Architecture and Planning3.000
ARCH521Advanced Buildings Reinforced Concrete Design3.000
ARCH532Sustainable Architecture & Urban Environments in Hot Climate 3.000
ARCH530Selected Topics In Architecture Engineering3.000
ARCH542Housing and Urban Design3.000
ARCH551Urban Planning & Infrastructure3.000
ARCH562Construction Contracts3.000
CIVL510Special Topics in Structural Engineering3.000
CIVL531Topographic Surveying 3.000
CIVL552Advanced Steel Design3.000

Math and Science Electives (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOC100Basic Biology I3.000
BIOE240Principles of Environmental Science3.000
GEOL105Physical Geology3.000
MATH205Set Theory and Logic3.000
MATH260Foundation of Geometry3.000