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Development Of A Curriculum For A New Architectural Engineering Program At Texas A&M University Kingsville

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

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10.455.1 - 10.455.8



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William Heenan

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Hector Estrada

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Development of a Curriculum for a New Architectural Engineering Program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville

*Dr. W. Heenan, P. E. and *Dr. H. Estrada, P. E. (corresponding author)

*Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering Texas A&M University – Kingsville MSC 194 Kingsville, Texas 78363


This paper presents an overview of the development of the curriculum for a new architectural engineering program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The program proposal has been submitted to the appropriate state agencies for approval, which it is expected to receive in early 2005. If approved, the first cohort of students will be admitted into the program in the fall semester of 2005. The mission of the program will be to prepare students to undertake the necessary design experience in the building industry to become registered engineers with a specialization in Building Architectural Engineering, and to instill in them the importance of lifelong learning, including pursuing advanced studies leading to graduate degrees.

The program will be a traditional four-year engineering degree program requiring 131 semester credit hours of coursework sufficient to satisfy all the accreditation requirements of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The proposed curriculum includes coursework in communications, social science and humanities, mathematics and science, engineering fundamentals, and the three basic curriculum areas of architectural engineering: structures, building mechanical and electrical systems, and construction/construction management


Currently, the only ABET accredited program in Architectural Engineering in the state of Texas is offered at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) in the Department of Civil Engineering, and is the number one ranked architectural engineering program in the country based on the Gourman report4. The Architectural Engineering program (comprising 40% of the student body in the Civil Engineering Department) has averaged 270 admissions applications per year over the last two years. Freshman admission into the program is limited to an average of 78 students or 29% of the applicants according to Dr. Edward Gibson2, former Associate Chairman for Architectural Engineering. The main reason for limiting enrollment of freshman students

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Heenan, W., & Estrada, H. (2005, June), Development Of A Curriculum For A New Architectural Engineering Program At Texas A&M University Kingsville Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15028

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