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California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
Architectural Engineering B.S.

The architectural engineering program was created originally as an academic body of knowledge primarily concerned with people occupied structures. The accredited programs throughout the United States, while sharing a common general mission, all have their own specialties supplemented by other specific proficiencies related to the field. Cal Poly's Department of Architectural Engineering's (ARCE) curriculum focuses on the structural engineering of buildings. By focusing on building design students are able to take many more structural engineering courses than is possible in a traditional civil engineering program. Beyond structural engineering courses, students take several architecture and construction management, giving them an appreciation for these disciplines. Architectural engineering (ARCE) should not be confused with architecture (ARCH). While there are strong ties between the two departments, architectural engineering leads to a career as a structural engineer rather than as an architect. Architectural engineering differs from civil engineering in that the focus of the ARCE program is on structural engineering of buildings whereas a traditional civil engineering program offers a broader curriculum that includes courses in transportation, wastewater, environmental engineering, etc. in addition to structural engineering courses. By focusing on the engineering of buildings, the architectural engineering department is able to offer many more courses related to structures. For students interested in designing buildings - ARCE is probably the place for you! For students who aren't sure which branch of engineering they wish to pursue - Civil Engineering may be the way to go.

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