Dec 10, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [OFFICIAL CATALOG]

Architectural and Construction Engineering, B.S.

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NOTE: New student enrollments for this program are suspended. Currently-declared majors will be able to complete their degree requirements through teach-out agreements. Contact your advisor for more information.

The architectural and construction engineering program focuses on structural engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and construction engineering, in the context of integrated building system design and construction. The program also introduces students to architectural history and design principles.

A minor is not required. Students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Architectural and Construction Engineering degree must pass each CNMG course with a grade of C or greater, must achieve at least a 2.00 grade point average (GPA) in the major (all required MATH, STAT, CHEM, ERSC, PHYS, CNMG, and SYEN courses), and also must pass both the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and the Associate Constructor (AC) examinations.

General: 128 total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit.

UA Little Rock Standard Core (29 hours)

  • Communication-Written (6 hours)
  • History of Civilization (3 hours)
  • U.S. Traditions (3 hours)
  • Fine Arts (3 hours)
  • Humanities (3 hours)
  • Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • Science (8 hours)

EIT College Core (6 hours)

  • Mathematics (3 hours)
  • Additional Math and Science (3 hours)

Major Requirements (93 credit hours)

Engineering Elective (3 hours)

  • Any 3 hours of engineering courses approved by the program coordinator.

Professional Requirements

  • Pass the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination.
  • Pass the American Institute of Construction (AIC) Associate Constructor (AC) Examination.
  • Document at least 800 hours of practical work experience in approved engineering- or construction-related activities, such as student competitions, part-time or full-time employment, internships, cooperative education, community service learning projects, or prior experience.


(none required)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.

Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes for the Architectural and Construction Engineering Program

The goals of the architectural and construction engineering program are to:

  • Prepare students for successful engineering or management careers in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry or related fields.
  • Provide employers with a well-educated workforce that is ready and able to perform valuable architectural and construction engineering and managerial services immediately after graduation.
  • Encourage the growth of knowledge-based industry and stimulate economic growth in Arkansas.

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies. The educational objectives of the architectural and construction engineering program are to produce graduates who:

  • Rapidly become certified Engineer Interns (EI) and Associate Constructors (AC) employed in architecture, engineering, construction, or related fields or pursuing graduate or professional education in engineering, business, law, architecture, etc.
  • Become licensed Professional Engineers (PE) and/or Certified Professional Constructors (CPC) after gaining the required professional experience and the requisite knowledge to pass the licensing and/or certification exams.
  • Engage in lifelong learning, through on-the-job training, participation in professional societies, additional formal education, continuing education and professional development, research, and self-study, in order to use state-of-the-art knowledge to design and build safe and effective buildings and/or provide high quality service to the general public, employers, clients, and other professionals.

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. The architectural and construction engineering program will produce graduates who have:

1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare,

as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider

the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment,

establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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