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Architectural Design (AD)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Architectural Design leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. The subplan "Architectural Design" appears on the transcript and on the diploma.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Architectural Design

The mission of the undergraduate program in Architectural Design is to develop students' ability to integrate engineering and architecture in ways that blend innovative architectural design with cutting-edge engineering technologies. Courses in the program combine hands-on architectural design studios with a wide variety of other courses. Students can choose from a broad mix of elective courses concerning energy conservation, sustainability, building systems, and structures, as well as design foundation and fine arts courses. In addition to preparing students for advanced studies in architecture and construction management, the program's math and science requirements prepare students well for graduate work in other fields such as civil and environmental engineering, law, and business.


Mathematics and Science (36 units minimum):


MATH 19, 20, and 21, or 41 and 42 (required)


One course in Statistics (required)


PHYSICS 21 or 41. Mechanics (required)


EARTHSYS 101, 102; GES 1; CEE 64, 70, 101D; CME 100; PHYSICS 23 or 43; or from School of Engineering approved list1


Technology in Society (one course required; see Basic Requirement 4)


Engineering Fundamentals (three courses minimum; see Basic Requirement 3):


ENGR 14. Introduction to Solid Mechanics


ENGR 60. Engineering Economy


Fundamentals Elective


Engineering Depth:


CEE 31 or 31Q. Accessing Architecture Through Drawing


CEE 100. Managing Sustainable Building Projects (WIM)


CEE 101A. Mechanics of Materials


CEE 110. Building Information Modeling


CEE 130. Architectural Design: 3D Modeling, Methodology, and Process


CEE 136. Green Architecture


CEE 137B. Advanced Architecture Studio (or one of the 137 series)


CEE 156. Building Systems


ARTHIST 3. Introduction to the History of Architecture


Engineering Depth Electives (with at least 3 units from SoE courses): the number of units of Depth Electives must be such that courses in Engineering Fundamentals and Engineering Depth total at least 60 units.2


These requirements are subject to change. The final requirements are published with sample programs in the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

1 School of Engineering approved list of math and science courses available in the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs at

2 Engineering depth electives: At least one of the following courses: CEE 111, 115, 124, 131, 131A, 132 or 138A; and others from CEE 32A, 32B, 32Q, 80N, 101B, 101C, 122A,B, 134B, 135A, 139, 154, 172A, 176A, 180, 181, 182, 183; ENGR 50, 103, 131; ME 101, 110A, 115, 120, 222; ARTSTUDIO 60, 70, 140, 145, 148, 151, 271; ARTHIST 141, 142, 143A, 188A, 252A; FILMPROD 114; DRAMA 137; URBANST 110, 113, 163, 171.

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