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Top Schools for Architectural Engineering

Find out which top schools offer programs in architectural engineering, which examines the construction of buildings and structures. Read about the degree options at three universities, as well as an overview of other schools in the U.S. that provide training for architectural engineers.

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Architectural engineering programs can be found at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and teach students how to apply scientific principles to theoretical designs and plans. Top schools for aspiring architectural engineers include California Polytechnic State University, the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Top U.S. Schools with Architectural Engineering Programs

1. California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) ranked sixth among regional universities in the West in 2011, according to U.S. News & World Report. The university's School of Architecture and Environmental Design offers a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and a Master of Science in Architecture with an architectural engineering specialization. Cal Poly's architectural engineering programs combine theory with practice through design labs, hands-on practical training and research opportunities.

2. Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL

The Illinois Institute of Technology is a private, urban school that ranked 78th on U.S. News & World Report's list of graduate engineering schools in 2011. The school's Armour College of Engineering offers programs in civil, architectural and environmental engineering through the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering. Students can earn a Certificate in Architectural Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering or Master of Architectural Engineering. The institute maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1, providing students with individualized attention and instruction.

3. University of Colorado in Boulder, CO

In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Colorado in Boulder 39th on its list of top public schools. At the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering program which provides opportunities for internships. In addition to basic math and science, students take classes in building design, electrical analysis, design integration and lighting engineering. Graduate coursework includes studies in lighting systems, architectural lighting design and design development.

Ten Good Schools with Architectural Engineering Programs

School Name Distinction Location
California Polytechnic University Ranked sixth among regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report in 2011 San Luis Obispo, CA
Drexel University Only urban university in the West to host a combined Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Philadelphia, PA
Illinois Institute of Technology Engineering department has a job placement rate of 100% Chicago, IL
Kansas State University Throughout the last eight years, the College of Engineering has hosted 20+ nationally recognized students Manhattan, KS
Pennsylvania State University Recognized by The Wall Street Journal for top recruitment rankings in 2010 University Park, PA
The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering ranked 11th for its undergraduate programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2011Austin, TX
University of Cincinnati Ranked 11th among up-and-coming schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2011Cincinnati, OH
University of Colorado Ranked 29th among top public schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2011Boulder, CO
University of Miami One of the most active research universities in U.S., according to the Carnegie FoundationCoral Gables, FL
University of Nebraska Home to two first place winners of the Howard Brandston Awards conferred by the Illuminating Engineering Society in 2011Lincoln, NE
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