Courses and degree requirements

The following courses are applicable to Architectural Engineering students. Students completing this program will graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Architectural Engineering. Note that a total of three approved Complementary Studies Electives (CSE), in addition to AE 101, AE 392, and AE 491, and eight approved Technical Electives (TE) must be completed as detailed in the sections below.
Degree requirements listed below are for the current academic year. For requirements in prior years, see past academic calendars.

Students will be based at the Waterloo campus for all academic terms except 3A and 3B, when they will be based at the Cambridge campus at the School of Architecture.

Courses

Electives

Students are responsible for selecting their own program of electives, in keeping with the ultimate career objectives after graduation. The combination must satisfy the requirements of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). This includes having to meet minimum requirements in:

  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Engineering Design
  • Complementary Studies

Exceptions to the elective courses and requirements listed in the following sections (and links) require approval of the CEE Department. Some courses of interest may require prerequisite knowledge that is not part of the core curriculum in Architectural Engineering. Students may require extra courses or may need to seek enrolment approval from the course instructor if the prerequisites have not been satisfied.

Technical Electives

Students are required to complete eight (8) technical elective (TE) courses within the following requirements:

  1. At least three (3) TEs must be from List A (Architectural Engineering Technical Electives)
  2. At least two (2) TEs must be from List B (Engineering Design Intensive Technical Electives)
  3. At least one (1) TE must be from List D (Natural Science Technical Electives)

Up to two (2) TEs may be technical courses from other programs; such courses must have sufficiently advanced technical content to be allowed, and will be counted as List B TEs. Further information is available from the CEE Undergraduate Office or CEE website. Some courses of interest may require prerequisite knowledge that is not part of the core program in Architectural Engineering. Students may require extra courses or may need to seek enrolment approval from the course professor if the prerequisites have not been satisfied.

The Technical Elective Lists for the Architectural Engineering program are provided below. Note that the offering of these courses is contingent upon sufficient demand and/or available teaching resources. There may be courses added and changes made to the content, term of offering, or meet times from what is listed below. Special Topics Courses (AE 495 and AE 497) are offered as resources and faculty availability permit. Further information is available from the CEE Undergraduate Office or CEE website.

Key for List A, B, C and D:

Term courses are offered: F=Fall term, W=Winter term, S=Spring term

List A - Architectural Engineering Technical Electives

Course

Title

Term

AE 301

Building Enclosure Systems

W

AE 315

Building Structural Systems

W

AE 405

Building Performance Measurement Lab

S

AE 450

Building Service Systems

S

AE 495

Design Intensive Special Topics in Architectural Engineering

As offered

AE 572

Building Energy Analysis

F, S

AE 573

HVAC Systems, Equipment, and Energy Efficiency

W

ARCH 570

Special Topics in Building Technology and Environmental

F, W, S

ME 452

HVAC Load Analysis and Design Fundamentals

W

List B - Engineering Design Intensive Technical Electives

Course

Title

Term

ARCH 463

Integrated Environmental Systems

S

CIVE 413

Structural Steel Design

S

CIVE 414

Structural Concrete Design

S

CIVE 415

Structural System Design

W

CIVE 460

Engineering Biomechanics

W

CIVE 495

Design Intensive Special Topics in Civil Engineering

As offered

CIVE 512

Rehabilitation of Structures

W

CIVE 596

Construction Engineering

S

List C - Engineering Technical Electives

Course

Title

Term

AE 497

Special Topics in Architectural Engineering

As offered

CIVE 422

Finite Element Analysis

W

CIVE 484

Physical Infrastructure Planning

S

CIVE 497

Special Topics in Civil Engineering

As offered

CIVE 505

Structural Dynamics

S

List D - Natural Science Technical Electives

Course

Title

Term

BIOL 130

Introductory Cell Biology

F,W

BIOL 150

Organismal and Evolutionary Ecology

F

BIOL 240

Fundamentals of Microbiology

F, W, S

BIOL 273

Principles of Human Physiology 1

F, W, S

CHE 161

Engineering Biology

W, S

CHEM 209

Introductory Spectroscopy and Structure

F

CHEM 262

Organic Chemistry for Engineering

F, W

EARTH 221

Introductory Geochemistry

W, S

EARTH 270

Disasters and Natural Hazards

W

EARTH 281

Geological Impacts on Human Health

W

ENVS 200

Field Ecology

F, W, S

KIN 100 &
KIN 100L

Regional Human Anatomy &
Regional Human Anatomy Laboratory

W

SCI 207

Physics, the Universe, and Everything

W

SCI 238

Introductory Astronomy

F, W, S

Complementary Studies Electives

Two Complementary Studies Elective (CSE) courses in approved non-technical subjects must be taken. The CSEs are in addition to those courses which are part of the core curriculum and contain complementary studies material, such as AE 101 (List C), AE 392 (List B), AE 491 (List D), and ENGL 191/SPCOM 191 (List D). The CSE courses are organized on a Faculty basis and detailed in this calendar, under the Complementary Studies in the Faculty of Engineering page. The two (2) CSE courses are to be chosen according to the following constraints:

  • One course from List A - Impact Courses,
  • One course from List C - Humanities and Social Sciences Courses

Faculty options

Complete details of designated options available to engineering students are provided in this Calendar in the Engineering section entitled Options, Specializations and Electives for Engineering students. Students who satisfy the option requirements will have the appropriate designation shown on their transcript and diploma. Options often require taking extra courses during an academic term. Associated with each option is a co-ordinator who can assist you in determining how the courses may fit the best with your program.

Students who wish to follow an option are strongly encouraged to declare their intent before starting the 2B term. To add or remove an option, students must complete a Plan Modification Form.

Note: To qualify for these options, students must achieve a grade of at least 50% in each course and must obtain a cumulative average of 60% or more in these courses. Stricter grade requirements may be imposed for certain options or specializations.
The following option may be of interest to Architectural Engineering students:

Option in Management Sciences

The Option in Management Sciences provides an understanding of the issues, concepts and techniques related to the management of technology. The Option consists of a sequence of six courses. Students who wish to follow the Management Sciences Option must declare their intent before starting the 2B term. For further details see the Management Sciences website.

Specializations

The Faculty of Engineering recognizes specializations with the Architectural Engineering BASc degree. Students who satisfy the specialization requirements (courses and grades) will have the specialization designation shown on their transcript and diploma. Specializations are intended to recognize success in a concentration of electives within the Architectural Engineering degree specification. In other words, specializations focus the selection of electives required for the base degree and do not require extra courses.

The Architectural Engineering plan has two specializations recognized by the Faculty of Engineering. Each specialization requires students to select technical electives with a common theme. Students are responsible for meeting the TE requirements of the Architectural Engineering degree when pursuing a specialization. Each specialization requires the successful completion of a minimum number of TEs specified by the specialization with a minimum average of 60%. Students must declare a specialization for it to be recognized as part of their degree and appear on the transcript and diploma.

The specialization course requirements are provided below. Exceptions to the listed courses require the approval of the CEE Department. See the Academic Calendar for more information

Building Structures Specialization

The Building Structures Specialization course requirements are:

  1. At least five TEs from the list below.
  2. At least one of CIVE 413 or CIVE 414 must be taken in the five TEs.
Course Title Term TE List
AE 315 Building Structural Systems W A
CIVE 413 Structural Steel Design S B
CIVE 414 Structural Concrete Design S B
CIVE 415 Structural System Design W B
CIVE 422 Finite Element Analysis W C
CIVE 460 Engineering Biomechanics W B
CIVE 505 Structural Dynamics S C
CIVE 512 Rehabilitation of Structures W B
CIVE 596 Construction Engineering S B

Building Systems Specialization

The Building Systems Specialization requires at minimum of four TEs from the list below.

Course Title Term TE List
AE 301 Building Enclosure Systems W A
AE 315 Building Structural Systems W A
AE 405 Building Performance Measurement Lab S A
AE 450 Building Service Systems S A
AE 572 Building Energy Analysis F, S A
AE 573 HVAC Systems, Equipment, and Energy Efficiency W A
ME 452 HVAC Load Analysis and Design Fundamentals W A

Accelerated Master's Program

The Faculty of Engineering offers an Accelerated Master's Program. See Accelerated Master's Programs in Engineering for more details.