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Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering

Civil engineering is the oldest engineering program at KU. The first graduating class in 1873 included a civil engineer. Civil engineers design roads, water systems, bridges, dams, and other structures, providing nearly all the infrastructure needed by modern society. Civil engineers were the first engineers to address environmental issues and are the lead engineering discipline in treating water supplies to protect public health. In recognition of the significant issues concerning the environment, the department name was changed in 1992 to civil and environmental engineering.

Architectural engineering combines study in architecture with engineering science and design courses in electrical, mechanical, construction, and structures to prepare students for building design projects of all kinds. Architectural engineering dates to 1913 at KU, and the first female graduate of the School of Engineering was an architectural engineering major. Architectural engineering merged with civil and environmental engineering in 2001 to form the the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE).

Mission

CEAE’s mission is to provide students with an outstanding engineering education and be a leader in research and service. This mission is supported by the following 3 goals:

  1. Prepare students for productive engineering careers.
  2. Maintain and grow strong research programs.
  3. Serve the profession.

Undergraduate Programs

Civil, environmental, and architectural engineering offers undergraduate degree programs in both civil engineering and architectural engineering. Each bachelor of science program is ABET-accredited. The B.S. in civil engineering is a 4-year, 132-hour degree. The B.S. in architectural engineering is a 5-year, 165-hour program.

Students in civil engineering can identify civil or environmental engineering as a concentration. Students in architectural engineering can specialize in one of 4 areas of emphasis: mechanical/ energy systems, lighting/ electrical systems, building structures, or construction, or a hybrid such as sustainable buildings, acoustics, or fire protection.

Both degree programs require a student to take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination, part of the process toward registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.), to graduate. To help students complete their degrees efficiently and to aid with professional development, all undergraduates in CEAE have individual faculty members as their academic advisers.

Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering

Civil engineering is the oldest engineering program at KU. The first graduating class in 1873 included a civil engineer. Civil engineers design roads, water systems, bridges, dams, and other structures, providing nearly all the infrastructure needed by modern society. Civil engineers were the first engineers to address environmental issues and are the lead engineering discipline in treating water supplies to protect public health. In recognition of the significant issues concerning the environment, the department name was changed in 1992 to civil and environmental engineering.

Architectural engineering combines study in architecture with engineering science and design courses in electrical, mechanical, construction, and structures to prepare students for building design projects of all kinds. Architectural engineering dates to 1913 at KU, and the first female graduate of the School of Engineering was an architectural engineering major. Architectural engineering merged with civil and environmental engineering in 2001 to form the the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE).

Mission

CEAE’s mission is to provide students with an outstanding engineering education and be a leader in research and service. This mission is supported by the following 3 goals:

  1. Prepare students for productive engineering careers.
  2. Maintain and grow strong research programs.
  3. Serve the profession.

Graduate Programs

The department offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:

  • Master of Science in Architectural Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
  • Master of Science in Environmental Science
  • Master of Civil Engineering
  • Master of Construction Management
  • Doctor of Engineering in Civil Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science

The Master of Science degrees in civil engineering, environmental engineering, and architectural engineering and the Master of Civil Engineering degree require ABET-accredited baccalaureate degrees in engineering. The M.S. degrees require completion of a thesis or special problem investigation.

Graduate students in the civil engineering degree programs can specialize in structural engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, construction, or engineering mechanics. Many of the department’s civil engineering graduate courses are taught in the evening on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park and on the Lawrence campus for the convenience of part-time graduate students employed in Kansas City, Lawrence, or Topeka.

Students in the Master of Science in Architectural Engineering program can also specialize in mechanical/energy systems, lighting/electrical systems, building structures, or construction, or a hybrid such as sustainable buildings, acoustics, or fire protection. M.S. ARCE students often have bachelor degrees from other engineering disciplines. ARCE courses are taught on the Lawrence campus.

The M.S. degree program in civil engineering includes a Design Option, which can be completed in 2 semesters of full-time study. Students in the Design Option take 4 regular academic courses a semester and work together as a consulting group on the design of a major engineering project. The Design Option is open to students in all areas of interest in the field of civil engineering. Students in the Design Option must start in the fall semester and complete 15 credit hours, including the design project, in the fall and spring semesters.

The Master of Civil Engineering degree provides a course-work-only option for working professionals who do not need the research component of the M.S. degrees. This degree requires 2 courses in engineering management (EMGT) to complement the engineering graduate courses. The M.C.E. degree can be completed by taking evening courses at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park or on the Lawrence campus.

The interdisciplinary Master of Science degree in environmental science is intended primarily for students with baccalaureate degrees in fields other than engineering.

The Master of Construction Management is a professional non-professional degree intended for part-time graduate students employed in the construction industry or for traditional full-time students. Many students in this program have baccalaureate degrees in fields other than engineering. Graduate courses in construction management (CMGT) are taught in the evening on the Lawrence campus.

The department’s doctoral degrees are the research-oriented Doctor of Philosophy degrees in civil engineering, environmental engineering, and environmental science, and the practice-oriented Doctor of Engineering degree in civil engineering. The Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering and environmental engineering and the D.E. degree in civil engineering normally require students to have ABET-accredited baccalaureate degrees in engineering. Most doctoral students hold M.S. degrees, but direct admission to a doctoral program is possible for especially well-qualified engineering B.S. holders.

 

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