What will I learn?

Architectural engineers focus on the engineering aspects of buildings; they design the structural systems, the mechanical systems and the lighting and electrical systems of buildings, while tackling the challenges related to managing the construction process. Architectural engineers design and build facilities that improve the standard of living and overall quality of life. They are creative problem solvers meeting the challenges of energy needs, building systems, urban development and community planning. Architectural engineers design functional and aesthetic lighting solutions, create buildings prepared to withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters or invent affordable green technology to heat, cool and power homes, offices and large facilities with energy from the sun.

Research Opportunities

The department has a wide variety of laboratory facilities, including a state-­of-­the-­art building energy facility, an illumination laboratory and one of the largest structural laboratories in the Rocky Mountain region, all of which offer opportunities for independent study as well as undergraduate and graduate research. Students can participate in research on building efficiency and often work with the University of Colorado facilities management department and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Other research opportunities include construction safety, energy efficient lighting and a host of structural testing projects on sustainable and energy efficient materials.

Students also can gain professional exposure through student societies on campus, which include the Architectural Engineering Institute and the Illuminating Engineering Society.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$63,146.00 per year
Start date

24 August 2020


College of Engineering and Applied Science

University of Colorado Boulder,

1111 Engineering Drive, 422 UCB,



80309, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have high school GPA of 3.33–3.94. International students required to meet English proficiency. CU-Boulder requires all freshman and transfer students (including U.S. citizens attending high school or college outside of the U.S) with fewer than 24 credits completed to submit an official score report for either the SAT I or the ACT. International students only need to submit an SAT or ACT if they are graduating from a U.S. high school. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirement set by CU-Boulder may still receive consideration for their application. Our holistic review process takes several primary and secondary factors into consideration, so it is important to submit a clear and detailed application.

For international students

Undergraduate international students are students who have completed a secondary school and are pursuing a bachelor’s degree, and who have or will be applying for a temporary U.S. Visa, such as an F-1 or J-1.


IELTS: 6.5

Total scores must include a TOEFL writing sub score of 19 or higher or an IELTS writing sub score of 5.5 or higher. Scores may not be combined.

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