As an architectural engineering undergrad at WPI, project-based learning will be the cornerstone of your academic growth. Whether you’re working in your major on sustainable building design or smoke management systems, or you’re helping establish infrastructure improvements in developing countries, you’ll gain the hands-on team experience throughout your undergraduate education that employers look for.
The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering is a four-year ABET accredited program that includes a capstone design project in the 4th year. Building upon WPI’s strength Mathematics and Basic Science, the program delivers a broad foundation in Engineering Sciences related to the build environment. Building upon WPI’s unique strengths in project based education, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the program prepares its graduates to become responsible leaders within the field of sustainable building design.
WPI’s BS in Architectural Engineering (AREN) program is built on developing technical skills in four core areas: structural systems, mechanical systems, electrical systems, and construction/construction management. You can focus your design proficiency in either the structural or mechanical area with electives like Design of Steel Structures, Pre-stressed Concrete Design, and Building Energy Simulation.
We also offer the unique opportunity to earn your BS in Architectural Engineering and an MS in Fire Protection Engineering in just five years.
Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internship, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the BS/MS program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI.