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Dual Degree inCivil Engineering and Architecture

Edison AwardsThe only civil engineering program in Michigan and one of just a few in the United States that adopted and received accreditation base on the American Society of Civil Engineering’s Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century, 2nd Edition (BOK2) and Vision for 2025.

In recognition of the need for individuals with a wide-ranging set of professional skills, Lawrence Technological University offers a dual-degree program leading to both a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Architecture.

Graduates holding the dual Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Architecture degrees are eligible for professional licensure as civil engineers; they will also have completed the coursework necessary to pursue a master’s degree in architecture, the terminal degree required for licensure as an architect

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering includes course work in construction, environmental, geotechnical, hydraulic, and structural engineering. Also addressed are professional issues such as ethics, leadership, and sustainable design. By selecting specific technical electives, you can further specialize in a particular civil engineering subdiscipline.

The Master of Science in Architecture introduces the core skills of creative problem solving and provides a collaborative learning environment in which you explore the various disciplines involved in the creative design process, including urban planning, landscape architecture, building systems, interior architecture, lighting, and applied arts.

The program culminates in a two-semester capstone course in which you undertake challenging team research projects that combine both architecture and engineering.

Lawrence Tech has successfully educated leaders in the fields of design and construction for nearly 90 years.

  • The University’s role as a leading research center with state-of-the-art facilities enables you to become involved in applied research projects and gives you access to cutting-edge concepts and the latest technologies.
  • The dual degree curriculum  offers a broad understanding of the technical, aesthetic, economic, and social aspects of design and construction, positioning you as a valuable  contributor who will be attractive to a wide spectrum of employers.
  • An emphasis on sustainability   and environmental, health, safety, and welfare concerns exposes you to some of the most pressing issues facing today’s engineers and architects.
  • A focus on teamwork and communication provides excellent preparation for the realities of today’s collaborative workplace.

“The dual degrees in civil engineering and architecture provide students with the ability to better understand the needs of clients, contractors, and industry practitioners. Communication and teamwork are key components in the business world, and the skills acquired within the dual program encourage the development of solid, lasting relationships needed for students to mature into distinguished professionals.”
Crystal Sapp, BSCE’07, BAr’07, MCEM’

Civil Engineering and Architecture




First Semester

Course # Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1103 College Composition 3
DES 1022 or
EGE 1001 + ECE 1011
Intro. to Design OR
Fund. Eng. Des. Proj. + CE Perspective
ARC 1213 Intro. to Visual Communication 3
GLG 1103 Geology 3
MCS 1414 Calculus 1 4
DES 1213 Design Principles 3
   TOTAL 18

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
ECE 1102 CE Computer Applications Lab 2
DES 1223 Design Methodologies 3
ARC 1223 Visual Communication 3
MCS 1424 Calculus 2 4
   TOTAL 19

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
MCS 2414 Calculus 3 4
PHY 2413 University Physics 1 3
PHY 2421 University Physics 1 Lab 1
ARC 2813 Information Modeling & Simulation 3
ARC 2313 Construction Systems 1 3
   TOTAL 22

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 2103 Tech. and Prof. Communication 3
SSC 2413 Foundations of the American Exp. 3
PHY 2423 University Physics 2 3
PHY 2231 or
PHY 2431
University Physics 2 Lab 1
MCS 2423 Differential Equations 3
ARC 3823 Prototyping and Fabrication 3
ARC 2323 Construction Systems 2 3
   TOTAL 15

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr. Hrs.
SSC 2423 Development of the American Exp. 3
ARC 3613 History of the Designed Environment 1 3
EGE 2013 Statics 3
ARC 2116 Integrated Design 1 6
CHM 1213 University Chemistry 1 3
   TOTAL 18

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr. Hrs.
ARC 3623 History of the Designed Environment 2 3
EME 3043 Dynamics 3
ECE 3523 Hydromechanics 3
ECE 3013 Mechanics of Materials - CE 3
ARC 2126 Integrated Design 2 6
CHM 1221 University Chemistry 1 Lab 1
   TOTAL 18

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr. Hrs.
ECE 3424 Soil Mechanics 4
ECE 4544 Hydraulic Engineering 4
EGE 3012 Engineering Cost Analysis 2
ECE 3723 Theory of Structures 3
ARC 3116 Integrated Design 3 6
ARC 3423 HVAC and Water Systems 3
   TOTAL 15

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr. Hrs.
ARC 4243 Construction Project Management 3
EME 3324 Environmental Engineering 2
MCS 3403 Probability and Statistics 4
ECE 4743 Concrete Design 3
ARC 4443 Acoustical, Elect. & Ill. Sys. 3
ARC 3126 Integrated Design 4 6
   TOTAL 21

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr. Hrs.
DES 4112 or EGE 3022 Design Leadership Or Leadership & Prof. Des for Engineers 2
ECE 4022 Civil Engineering Design Project 1 2
ECE 4263
ECE 4443
ECE 4363
ECE 4343
Choose 2 Electives:
Cost Estimating, Bidding & Contracting
Foundation Engineering
Environmental Engineering Design
ECE 4753 Steel Design 3
ECE 4743 Concrete Design 3
ARC 4116 Integrated Design 5 6
   TOTAL 15

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT/SSC/PSY Junior Senior Elective 3xx3 3
ARC 4183 20th Century Architecture 3
ECE 4032 Civil Engineering Design Project 2 2
ECE 4051 Ethics and Professional Issues 1
ECE 4761 Structural Design Test Lab 1
ARC 4126 Comprehensive Design 6
   TOTAL 12

Course # Subject Cr. Hrs.
ARC 5013 Research Methods 3
ARC 5804 Critical Practice Studio 4
ARC 5643 Design Theory 3
ARC 5814
ARC 6514
Advanced Design Studio 1
Thesis 1
ARC 5824
ARC 6524
Advanced Design Studio 2
Thesis 2
ARC 5423 Ecological Issues 3
ARC 5913 Professional Practice 3
5xx3 or 6xx3 Non-CoAD Elective 3
ARC 6833 Practice Portfolio 3

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Internships + Co-Ops

True to Lawrence Tech’s unique blend of theory and practice, the dual Civil + Architectural Engineering students are encouraged to take part in internships or cooperative education (co-op). This opportunity provides hands-on, practical engineering experience that is a distinct advantage when approaching future employers.

Check out some of our students had to say about their experiences with Internships and Co-Ops.