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Is it beneficial to minor in Architecture when majoring in Civil Engineering? Will it be of use when I join the workforce?

I am interested in the building structure aspect of civil engineering.

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William’s Answer

Hey Lisa!
You may major in Civil Engineering with minor in Architecture or you may major in both as construction projects have multidisciplinary interfaces.
It will help in design integration, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and in specifications and construction methodology, reducing constructability review gaps.
It will pay you much if you choose to become a consultant or a constructor so much as decisions are quickly taken. Cost on professional charges is reduced with reduction of undue bottlenecks as you would be able to resolve many architectural gaps easier in your civil engineering design and construction.
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Ray’s Answer

Maybe. I would minor in business before anything else. What you will do most in your career is communicate. A non-technical minor may serve you better for that. I had a professor tell me once that engineers are basically peddlers. Our products are ideas. Being able to explain and put forth your ideas will be a very worthwhile endeavor.
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Ajith’s Answer

It it would be beneficial. BIPV area is booming area which reduces the overall costs of the project.
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Peter’s Answer

If you do try to minor in Architecture, be sure your College allows this type of Minor with an Engineering Degree. More importantly, if you are interested in working for an Architectural Firm as an Engineer, I strongly suggest that you take as many structural-related courses as possible during your undergraduate Civil Studies.
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Elisa’s Answer

Civil engineering is a broad discipline with Transportation, geotechnical, structural, water resources, and construction specialties that touch on all types of built environments. Many Civil Engineers entered the industry because of an interest in architecture and any architectural training you receive in your undergrad will serve to:
a) satisfy your curiosity about what architects are responsible for during the design and construction process.
b) help you better understand the needs, constraints, and priorities of architects you may work with in the futures.
c) inspire you to incorporate architectural principles in your civil design
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