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Architectural Engineering

Are you interested in Engineering and Architecture?

At Detroit Mercy, you can combine your interests in our exciting 5-year, interdisciplinary Architectural Engineering program.

Our program provides a strong foundation in the design and construction of all aspects of buildings.  You'll learn about these design principles:

  • Build a solid building structural system,
  • Develop adequate mechanical and electrical systems, and
  • Manage construction of the building.

In addition to you're coursework, you'll gain hands-on, real-world experience through our mandatory co-operative education program.  By the time you complete your five-year undergraduate degree, you'll have three semesters of professional engineering experience under your belt all while earning a paycheck.

As part of Detroit Mercy's mission, you'll solve real engineering problems for a community partner with your senior Capstone project.  One such project assisted a local church with water treatment options.

It's not all about course work, you'll have time to experience campus clubs, such as American Society of Civil Engineers or School of Architecture's Dichotomy.  You can be part of the Detroit Mercy's Concrete Canoe team.

Faculty maintain memberships with professional organizations, such as American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), National Society of Professional Engineers or the Engineering Society of Detroit, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to network with professionals throughout your Detroit Mercy experience.

With Detroit's resurgence, new construction and rehabilitation of older structures means you'll be well-positioned and marketable to employers.

What sure which program is right for you?

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    Civil or Architectural Engineering?

    Civil and Architectural Engineers both work on the design of buildings.  You can work in building design and construction with any of these degrees: Architecture, Architectural Engineering, or Civil Engineering.  All focus on different aspects of building design.  Architects focus on comfort, and aesthetics.  Engineers focus on how to construct the structures. Both focus on economics and usefulness, but in different ways.  Architectural Engineers do both.

    Historically, Architecture and Structural Civil Engineering were the same field.  Structures is a focal area within Civil Engineering that focuses on buildings and bridges.  Architectural engineering is bringing together the architectural and engineering aspects of building design.

    Civil Engineering:

    Buildings or structures is only one area of Civil Engineering.  Civil Engineering is very diverse.  CE graduates can design water treatment facilities, dams, roads, transit systems, and bridges in addition to buildings.  If you liked your math and science courses in high school more than the other courses, then you may enjoy engineering more than architecture.  You can focus within any of those areas of CE or take a general set of courses.  (Learn more: Civil Engineering)


    Architecture can be more than buildings.   It can be designing and renovating spaces within buildings or working with community groups to create neighbor revitalization plans.  If you least enjoyed math and science in high school, but most enjoy art and the other courses, then you may enjoy architecture the most.  (Learn more: Architecture)

    Architectural Engineering:

    Architectural Engineering is for students who liked their math/science in high school, but also have a creative side in art or etc.  Detroit Mercy's program is unique because the first year for Architecture and Architectural Engineering take the same courses.  If you go into Architectural Engineering, you will also see what it is like to be an Architecture student.  This will help in deciding.

    Within Architectural Engineering, there are three main areas: Structural, Mechanical & Electrical, and Construction.  If you like working outside, then think about managing construction.  If you like doing calculations, but also visioning what buildings look like, then think about the structural area.  If you want to create energy efficient designs then think about the mechanical & electrical area.  You may focus in one of these areas or take a general set of courses.  (Learn more: Architectural Engineering)