Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree

Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering


Vision Statement

The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Tennessee State University will be regionally known as a prominent academic leader in educating a diverse student population to become designers, researchers, managers and leaders for a sustainable world. The department will be a pioneer in innovation and an effective driving force for economic development through quality education and applied research coupled with service and professional partnerships within the community, the region and beyond.

Mission Statement

The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Tennessee State University thrives to provide students with a supportive learning environment, hands-on experiential opportunities, and a culture of scholarship and research. The department enables students to develop careers to become successful technical and design managers and leaders. The department also prepares the students to become life-long learners, skillful communicators, and effective practitioners, and leaders in a global community.

TThe programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering degrees are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Educational Objectives

Architectural Engineering (BS-AE):  
Architectural engineers plan, design, construct, and maintain buildings. They design and construct the structural systems, the heating and air conditioning systems, the lighting and electrical systems, and the plumbing and fire protection systems for buildings, along with construction management. Architectural engineers engage in building and community sustainability practices. They facilitate maintenance and renovations of existing buildings. Four specializations in the Architectural Engineering program are Structures, Mechanical (HVAC)/Electrical/Lighting, Construction and Facilities Management. 

The PEO’s represent the expectations of our graduates some 4-6 years after graduation.

  1. Will perform with capabilities to function successfully as a proprietor professional or in interdisciplinary teams by utilizing acquired and learned problem-solving and communication skills.
  2. Will continue to advance their knowledge through attainment of licensure, pursuit of graduate studies, and professional development activities.
  3. Will execute ethics principled professional leadership within their workplace, including engineering societies and civic organizations while performing responsibilities of increasing professional and societal complexity.

Program Outcomes for the Program

The outcomes of the programs require that the student upon graduation demonstrate the following:

  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 objective.
  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.


The Civil Engineering Program includes the planning, designing, construction, and maintenance of structures and altering geography to suit human needs. Some of the numerous subdivisions are transportation (eg, railroad facilities and highways); hydraulics (eg, river control, irrigation, swamp draining, water supply, and sewage disposal); and structures (eg, buildings, bridges, and tunnels). Details

The Civil Engineering Program offers:

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.)

Undergraduate Curriculum

Graduation Requirements

Advisement and Transfer

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Architectural Engineering deals with all engineering aspects of building performance, integrated with the building's architectural requirements. Architectural engineering students study all engineering aspects of building performance systems including structural systems design, heating ventilation and air conditioning design, electrical and power design, and construction and project management. Details

The Architectural Engineering Program offers:

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (B.S.)

Undergraduate Curriculum

Graduation Requirements




Master of Engineering (M.E.)
Concentration in Civil Engineering
Areas of Specialization:

  • Transportation Engineering
  • Structural Engineering

Graduate Curriculum

Master of Engineering (M.E.)
Concentration in Environmental Engineering

Graduate Curriculum

Ph.D. in Engineering and Computational Sciences (ENCS) with two concentration areas: (1) Engineering Systems and (2) Computational Sciences



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