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Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree Requirements

The B.S. degree is offered with majors in aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, mechanical engineering, and petroleum engineering. The school also offers the B.S. degree in computer science.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Students usually enroll in engineering in their first year. The first few semesters of all the curricula contain a large proportion of common courses. Through proper planning with advisers, students may delay choosing specific fields for one or two semesters. Selecting the major by the beginning of the third semester is strongly encouraged so that the recommended schedule of classes can be followed.

Each engineering degree program includes courses in 6 general areas of study:

  1. Basic sciences,
  2. Communication,
  3. Humanities and social sciences,
  4. Basic engineering sciences,
  5. Specialized engineering sciences, and
  6. Engineering design.

The computer science degree program has a similar structure, but computer science courses replace some engineering courses. Courses taken during the first 2 years are largely from the first 3 areas, with a few courses in the basic engineering sciences or computer science. The basic sciences include mathematics, chemistry, and physics and further course work in the earth and life sciences in some of the curricula. Courses in English composition and literature are required in all programs. Appropriate laboratory experience that combines elements of theory and practice is included in each student’s program, together with extensive computer-based experience. In addition to the 6 general areas of study, architectural engineering requires 4 semesters of architectural design.


Engineering students may minor in many liberal arts areas or in the Schools of Business or Journalism and Mass Communications. To earn a minor, a student must take at least 18 credit hours, 12 of which must be 300-level courses or above. If the department or program has additional requirements for the minor, students must meet those requirements also. Interested students should see an adviser in the department offering the minor and complete a minor declaration form.

Dual Enrollment

KU permits dual enrollment in 2 academic divisions. The student must plan carefully with special advisers in each area. The minimum time required for 2 degrees is at least 1 year longer than the minimum for 1 degree. The academically well-qualified student who is seriously considering dual enrollment might consider studying for the second degree at the graduate level. If the program is properly planned, it may be possible to earn one B.S. and 1 M.S. degree in about the same time required for 2 undergraduate degrees.

Preparation for Graduate Study

Undergraduates in the School of Engineering receive excellent preparation for pursuing graduate degrees. The school offers M.S. degrees as well as professional degrees. Students may apply for admission to graduate school during the senior year and may be co-enrolled during the final undergraduate semester. Admission to graduate studies requires a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and completion of an ABET-accredited undergraduate degree. See the University of Kansas Graduate Catalog.

Requirements for Graduation

In addition to completing each of the required and elective courses listed in the curriculum,

  1. A student must attain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 in the courses applied toward the degree. A student must also have a KU cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 whether or not all courses are being applied to the degree.
  2. A student must attain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 in all courses taken in the school, including courses not applied toward a degree.
  3. A student entering with advanced standing must attain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 in the resident courses applied toward the degree and at least a 2.0 in all courses taken in the school.
  4. A student must take the last 30 hours of credit toward the degree at KU and be officially enrolled in the School of Engineering during this time.

General Education Component

Students in all engineering curricula must take courses that complement the technical content. These must include courses in humanities and social sciences and course work that

  • Fosters an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Promotes the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Develops an understanding of the impact of engineering solutions.
  • Advances the student’s knowledge of contemporary issues.

Each engineering department specifies courses that fulfill this requirement.

Credit for ROTC Courses

A few credit hours from courses in aerospace studies, military science, or naval science may be applied toward graduation in lieu of certain required or elective courses. A student normally must complete the ROTC curriculum, whether or not it leads to a commission, to receive ROTC hours toward a bachelor’s degree in engineering. The student should submit a petition for substitution of courses to the department. The ROTC policy for each engineering degree program is listed with the information on each program.

Credit for Foreign Language Courses

Some foreign language courses may be applied toward graduation in engineering programs. A foreign language that is similar to the native language is not acceptable. Information on use of foreign language courses is available in each engineering program listing.

Petitions for Exceptions

A student seeking an exception to the rules and practices of the school should first consult an adviser and then petition the school to consider the exception.

Limitation on Enrollment in Engineering Courses

After the fifth day of classes, enrollment in a course offered by the school is permissible only with approval of the instructor and permission of the dean. The school reserves the right to deny admission to courses offered by the school to any student who is officially enrolled in another division of the university and does not meet the school’s standards for admission or readmission.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.