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The School of Engineering

From communication systems to bridges, from satellites to manufacturing—society depends on engineers. A KU engineering education helps students understand technical principles and the background behind them and prepares them for the changes ahead. Most graduates assume responsible positions in business, industry, education, or government, but engineering programs also provide an excellent background for other careers. Many graduates are CEOs of major companies or enter fields like medicine or law.

Mission

The mission of the school is to provide students a high-quality educational experience, to generate and apply knowledge through research, development, and scholarly activity, and to serve society, the state of Kansas, and the engineering profession. In accordance with this mission and with KU’s mission, all undergraduate engineering programs and the computer science program must meet these objectives. Additional objectives are specified in program descriptions.

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Undergraduate Programs

The school offers 11 undergraduate degree programs:

Engineering and computer science degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. (The recently approved interdisciplinary computing degree program is not yet eligible for accreditation review.)

High School Preparation

Preparation for an engineering career begins in high school with basic mathematics and science courses. Prospective engineering students should take mathematics through at least trigonometry and at least one year of both chemistry and physics. A well-rounded background in English, history, economics, and social studies, preferably with some computer operations and programming and advanced mathematics, affords flexibility in choosing a concentration. A strong college preparatory program provides a good background for the student who plans to major in engineering.

Honors Programs

The school encourages all qualified students to participate in the University Honors Program. Students in engineering must meet with an engineering adviser every semester and may also meet with an honors program adviser.

Some engineering departments offer an option to graduate with departmental honors. Departments set these requirements.

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Facilities

Engineering faculty members and graduate students are major users of the facilities and services of many research laboratories and centers across campus and among our research partners at other universities:

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The School of Engineering

From communication systems to bridges, from satellites to manufacturing—society depends on engineers. A KU engineering education helps students understand technical principles and the background behind them and prepares them for the changes ahead. Most graduates assume responsible positions in business, industry, education, or government, but engineering programs also provide an excellent background for other careers. Many graduates are CEOs of major companies or enter fields like medicine or law.

Mission

The mission of the school is to provide students a high-quality educational experience, to generate and apply knowledge through research, development, and scholarly activity, and to serve society, the state of Kansas, and the engineering profession. In accordance with this mission and with KU’s mission, all undergraduate engineering programs and the computer science program must meet these objectives. Additional objectives are specified in program descriptions.

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Graduate Programs

The Master of Science degree is offered in 12 areas:

The Master of Engineering is offered in aerospace engineering.

The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering offers the Master of Civil Engineering and the Master of Construction Management.

The school offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree in 8 areas:

Doctoral students interested in careers in research or teaching or both should consider the Ph.D. degree. Exceptionally qualified undergraduates may be admitted directly to a Fast-Track Ph.D. program.

For students interested in careers in engineering design or engineering project management, the school offers programs leading to the Doctor of Engineering (D.E.) degree in 4 areas:

For information on graduate studies in petroleum management, contact the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering or the School of Business.

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Facilities

Engineering faculty members and graduate students are major users of the facilities and services of many research laboratories and centers across campus and among our research partners at other universities:

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