B.S. in Architectural Engineering Program
Students in the B.S. in architectural engineering (ARCE) program are admitted by and must fulfill the graduation requirements of the School of Engineering. The program is administered by the School of Engineering's Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE).
In KU's ARCE program students learn to analyze and design the engineered systems that make buildings perform their intended functions. At KU the ARCE areas of emphasis are
- Structural design and analysis,
- Illumination and power systems,
- Building mechanical and energy systems,
- Construction management, and
- A hybrid such as sustainability, acoustics, or fire protection.
To use this knowledge, the graduate must have a good foundation in engineering science and design as these relate to building engineered systems and construction, as well as an appreciation for architectural design and history.
Graduates who pursue a career in architectural engineering will be successfully engaged in professional engineering practice or graduate study in the analysis, design, construction, and operation of building engineered systems.
Professional Registration and Licensing
Architectural engineers are involved in building projects that directly affect the production, comfort, health and safety of the public. Graduates are strongly encouraged to become registered professional engineers as soon as possible after graduation. In Kansas, and many other states with similar registration laws, this involves completing an ABET-accredited B.S. degree in architectural engineering, passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Professional Engineering (PE) examinations, and obtaining four years of satisfactory engineering experience under the supervision of a professional engineer. Students in architectural engineering must take the FE examination before graduation. Architectural engineering graduates can also practice as architects after completing an NAAB-accredited professional undergraduate or graduate architecture degree program and becoming registered architects. Students with this interest should consider the available tracks leading to a Master of Architecture degree in addition to their B.S. in architectural engineering.
Architectural engineering focuses on building engineered systems analysis and design, including structural, illumination, power, mechanical, and energy systems, and construction methods applied to buildings. Increasingly, architectural engineers are interested in specializations such as energy efficient buildings, acoustics, and fire protection. Architectural engineers center their attention on the performance, safety, sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and construction of these systems. They typically work for engineering consulting firms, construction companies, or government agencies. After earning their Ph.D.s in engineering, careers in research and academia are also options.
Undergraduate Admission to the School of Engineering
Admission to the KU School of Engineering (and its degree programs) is selective.
Students may be admitted to an engineering or computer science degree program as freshmen (first year) students, but all admissions, for both in-state and out-of-state students, are selective. Applications are judged on several factors, such as high school record, scores on national tests, academic record at college or university level, and trend of grades and more. High school transcripts and ACT scores (or equivalent SAT scores) are required.
Minimum Academic Standards for Admission
To be considered for admission to the School of Engineering, beginning first-year students must meet or exceed the following minimum standards:
- Must be admissible to the University of Kansas by assured admissions or individual review AND
- Have a 3.0+ GPA AND
- Have a mathematics ACT score of 22 (or math SAT score of 540).
Important: Simply meeting these requirements won't guarantee admission to a School of Engineering degree program. Students who perform beyond these minimums will have a better probability of being admitted to their selected major.
Minimum Academic Standards for Direct Admission into Degree Program for incoming Freshmen
Students with a 26+ Math ACT (600+ Math SAT) or meet eligibility requirements for MATH 125 (Calculus I) may be admitted directly into their chosen major, with the exception of those seeking admission into an EECS program. Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Interdisciplinary Computing students must have a 28+ Math ACT (640+ Math SAT) or eligibility for MATH 125 for direct admission.
First-Year General Engineering Program
Students with a 22-25 Math ACT (540-580 Math SAT) or meet eligibility requirements for Math 104 (Pre-Calculus) are admitted to the School of Engineering First-Year Experience non-degree program for undergraduate students.
First-year Engineering students have one academic year (two semesters and one summer) to transition into a degree program. Admission to a degree program is possible after one of the following is met:
- Complete 12+ credit hours at KU, earn a "B" or higher in Math 104 (Pre-Calculus), earn a "C" or higher in all science and engineering courses, and earn a KU GPA of 2.5+ OR
- Earn a "C" or better in MATH 125 (Calculus I), earn a "C" or better in all science and engineering courses, and earn a KU GPA of 2.5+
Students not admitted directly to the School of Engineering or their major but who are admissible to the university may be admitted to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a pre-engineering student. They can later re-apply to the School of Engineering during the semester they are completing the admission requirements for transfer students.
Transfer Admission Standards
Applications from all transfer students, whether from other institutions or from other academic schools at the University of Kansas, are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Transfer students must be admissible to KU AND have a cumulative college transferable grade-point average of 2.5+ to be considered. In addition, students must have grades of "C" or better in those courses in math (must include MATH 125 Calculus I or equivalent), science, and engineering applicable to the engineering degree.
Students interested in the Information Technology program are admitted as juniors. They must have completed 60 hours of pre-requisite courses including foundational courses in math, science, and computer science and have a 2.5+ cumulative GPA or better. The Information Technology program resides at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS. Click here for more information.
Current KU Students admitted to other academic units may apply to the School of Engineering by completing a Change of School form. This must be turned in to the School of Engineering Dean's Office by the appropriate deadlines indicated below.
Already Applied to KU, But Not Engineering?
Don't worry. It's not too late to change your mind if you’ve already applied to KU and selected a major outside the School of Engineering. If you think one of the 12 engineering or computer science majors is a better fit for your talents, you can still change your requested major — preferably before May 1 — and be considered for admission to the School of Engineering and all the benefits that go with it.
To update your application, visit Undergraduate Admissions and click on “Change application term, major, mailing address, and/or email address.”
Please contact a member of our recruitment team, 785-864-3881, if you have any difficulty.
Application Deadlines For New Freshman and Transfer Applicants
|September 15||Priority deadline for current KU students to apply for spring admission to Engineering.|
|November 1||Final deadline for scholarship consideration for incoming freshmen planning to enter in fall or summer semesters.|
|December 1||Final deadline to apply for the Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program for incoming freshmen|
|February 1||Final deadline for scholarship consideration for transfer students planning to enter in fall or summer semesters. Applications available for the Engineering Learning Community|
|February 15||Priority deadline for current KU students to apply for summer or fall admission to Engineering.|
|May 1||Enrollment Deposit due.|
Architectural Engineering 4-Year Graduation Plan
The following are recommended enrollments:
|ARCE 101||2||ARCE 217||3|
|ARCH 108||6||ARCH 281||3|
|ENGL 101||3||ENGL 102 (KU Core GE 2.1)||3|
|MATH 125 (KU Core GE 1.2)||4||MATH 126||4|
|KU Core GE 2.2 Oral Communication||3||PHSX 210||3|
|PHSX 212||3||ARCH 509||6|
|PHSX 236||1||ARCE 350||3|
|CHEM 130||5||MATH 220||3|
|MATH 127||4||ME 312||3|
|CE 301||5||CE 310||4|
|CE 461||4||ARCE 650||3|
|ARCE 660||3||ARCE 661||3|
|CMGT 457||3||CMGT 500||3|
|CE 330 (or ME 510)||3||EECS 315||3|
|ARCH 540||3||ARCH 541||3|
|MATH 290||2||KU Core AE 4.1 Human Diversity||3|
|CE 562 (KU Core AE 6.1)||3||CE 563||3|
|ARCE 640||3||KU Core AE 5.1 Ethics & Social Responsibility||3|
|MATH 526||3||ARCE 698*||3|
|Engineering Science or Engineering Design||3||KU Core GE 3S Social Science||3|
|Total Hours: 132|
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Degree Requirements
A total of 132 credit hours is required for the degree. Substitutions may be made only by submitting a petition to the academic advisor for the department's and school’s consideration. The student's design experience is developed throughout all four years of the undergraduate curriculum, beginning with the introductory course and continuing with required architectural, structural, illumination, power, HVAC, and construction management courses. Each student also takes an elective course in his or her selected emphasis; a list of elective courses is available on the CEAE website. In the fourth year, an ARCE capstone design course is required; it integrates the overall design experience for the student. In this course, the student designs the structural, mechanical, illumination, and power distribution systems for a building.
Students who want to earn a professional Master of Architecture degree in addition to the B.S. in architectural engineering should apply for the "Track III Professional" program via the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning and discuss it each year with their ARCE advisor so that electives can be chosen carefully.
|MATH 125||Calculus I (GE 1.2)||4|
|MATH 126||Calculus II||4|
|MATH 127||Calculus III||4|
|MATH 220||Applied Differential Equations||3|
|MATH 290||Elementary Linear Algebra||2|
|MATH 526||Applied Mathematical Statistics I||3|
|Basic Sciences (13)|
|PHSX 210||General Physics I for Engineers||3|
|PHSX 216||General Physics I Laboratory||1|
|PHSX 212||General Physics II||3|
|PHSX 236||General Physics II Laboratory||1|
|CHEM 130||General Chemistry I||5|
|ENGL 101||Composition (GE 2.1)||3|
|ENGL 102||Critical Reading and Writing (GE 2.1)||3|
|Humanities/Social Science/KU Core (18)|
|ARCH 540||Global History of Architecture I: Origins to Industrial Revolution (3500 BCE-1700 CE) (GE 3H)||3|
|ARCH 541||Global History of Architecture II: From Industrial Revolution to Present (1700 CE-Present) (AE 4.2)||3|
|GE 2.2 Oral Communication||3|
|GE 3S Social Science||3|
|AE 4.1 Human Diversity||3|
|AE 5 Ethics and Social Responsibility||3|
|Engineering Science (34)|
|ARCE 217||Computer-Assisted Building Design||3|
|CE 301||Statics and Dynamics||5|
|CE 310||Strength of Materials||4|
|ME 312||Basic Engineering Thermodynamics||3|
|CE 461||Structural Analysis||4|
|EECS 315||Electric Circuits and Machines||3|
|ARCE 350||Building Materials Science||3|
|CMGT 457||Construction Project Management||3|
|CE 330||Fluid Mechanics||3|
|ARCE 660||Building Thermal Science||3|
|Engineering Design (26)|
|ARCE 101||Introduction to Architectural Engineering||2|
|CMGT 500||Construction Engineering||3|
|ARCE 640||Power Systems Engineering I||3|
|ARCE 650||Illumination Engineering||3|
|ARCE 661||HVAC&R Systems Design||3|
|CE 562||Design of Steel Structures (AE 6.1)||3|
|CE 563||Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures||3|
|ARCE 698||Comprehensive Design Project||3|
|Engineering Science or Engineering Design||3|
|Architectural Design (15)|
|ARCH 108||Architectural Foundations I||6|
|ARCH 281||Design Workshop II: Design Thinking||3|
|ARCH 509||Architectural Design IV||6|
Credit for ROTC Courses. KU ROTC courses that have been approved as KU core courses may count toward the degree.