Department of

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Housing Certificate


This program is designed to provide undergraduate students with a means of developing some basic knowledge of housing and preparing for a career in the housing industry.

Housing, from low-rise detached houses to multi-unit, multi-story apartment buildings, from motels to high-rise hotels, from student residences to rural housing, is a major and vital component of the built environment. New single-family housing represents at least 4% of the GDP, and housing and its consequences account for about 12% of the GDP. With a national housing stock in excess of 110,000,000 units, the maintenance, operation, repair-- and especially the upgrading, retrofit and remodeling of the existing stock-- are a very important component of the national economy. Engineers have many important roles to play in the housing business, especially with the developmental, economic and technical aspects of housing.

The certificate program consists of courses that already exist, but the objective is to ensure that a minimum program of related courses is completed. It is recommended that the student take a set of complementary courses in the technology of housing, and / or the development process, and / or the design and the delivery processes and / or the real estate process. A certificate is to be awarded to students who complete the requirements. For entrance into the certificate program, students must be at least 5th semester. The GPA considered for admission will be consistent with or equivalent to the GPA required for entrance to any major in the student’s department. To continue in the program, students must earn a B grade or better in each required course. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for certification.

Program Requirements  
Prescribed Course   A E 470
Additional Courses   choose 9 credits from the following:
    A E 432, A E 471, B E 462, C E 410W, C E/AE 542,
    R M 303, R M 450
Total Credits: 12  
Application Form    

For more information contact
Dr. Ali Memari
Bernard and Henrietta Hankin Chair of Residential Building Construction

222 Sackett
Tel: 814 863 9788

Residential Construction Program
Undergraduate scholarships in Residential Construction
J. Roger Glunt Graduate Fellowship in Residential Construction
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) - Student Chapter
Pennsylvania Housing Research Center