2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog
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Deans’ offices and department and program offices provide academic advising information and support to students.
School of Architecture, Design and Planning
1465 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 206
Lawrence, KS 66045-7626
Phone: 785-864-4281, Fax: 785-864-5393
Art and Design Building
1467 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 300
Lawrence, KS 66045-7531
Phone: 785-864-4401, Fax: 785-864-4404
KU Edwards Campus
Director, Student Success
12600 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS 66213-2402
The University of Kansas is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602, (800) 621-7440.
See the school and College sections of the online catalog for specific program accreditation information.
The primary purpose of academic advising is to help students develop meaningful education plans. This includes providing accurate and timely academic and career information so students can make thoughtful decisions to define, evaluate, and pursue the skills and resources needed to achieve their academic and professional goals. Advising helps students understand the differences among the disciplines at KU and provides comprehensive advising information and planning tools. Academic advising educates students about their academic responsibilities by helping them to understand university policies and procedures. Academic advising should contribute to shaping an environment that supports productive relationships among faculty, advisers, and advisees to facilitate lifelong learning.
The University Advising Center, 126 Strong Hall, 785-864-2834, provides comprehensive individual academic advising for new and continuing students. The center assists students who are undecided, changing majors, or on academic probation, and helps students make the transition to departmental or school advising once they’ve declared a major. Students in freshman-entry schools are advised in their schools. Regular contact between degree-seeking students and faculty advisers is strongly recommended.
CLAS students with fewer than 90 hours are assigned advisers in the University Advising Center. UAC also provides prelaw and pre-Allied Health advising. The premedical adviser in College Student Academic Services, 109 Strong Hall, assists premedicine, predentistry, preoptometry, pre-physician’s assistant, and preveterinary medicine students. When CLAS students declare majors, they are advised by faculty advisers in their major departments and in 109 Strong Hall. College Student Academic Services provides additional full-time advisers for students who entered KU before fall 1987 and students at all levels who have policy or petition questions or issues. In addition, SAS provides advising for prospective or new transfer seniors and refers them to faculty academic advisers in their majors as soon as possible.
To contact an adviser on the KU Edwards Campus, visit the Regents Center reception desk or call 913-897-8400.
KU Bookstores in Lawrence are in the Kansas Union, Level 2, 785-864-4640, and in the Burge Union (Law Books), Level 2, 785-864-5697. Call tollfree (800) 458-1111.
Jayhawk fans in the Kansas City area can shop for KU merchandise and apparel at Jayhawk Central, the KU Edwards Campus bookstore, 12520 Quivira Road, 913-897-8580. The bookstore also stocks textbooks and supplies for students.
The KU Medical Center Bookstore is in G014 Orr-Major, Mail Stop 4036, 913-588-2537 or (800) 262-7509.
The University of Kansas has educational, research, and service centers throughout Kansas—including the Lawrence campus, the Medical Center campus in Kansas City, and the Edwards Campus in Overland Park in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The School of Medicine has campuses in Wichita and Salina, and a public administration program in Topeka, the state capital. KU’s Institute for Life Span Studies has facilities in Lawrence, Parsons, and Kansas City.
Lawrence, Kansas, is a youthful, thriving community with a population of more than 90,000. Lawrence is about 40 miles west of the major metropolitan area of Kansas City and 25 miles east of Topeka, the state capital. The KU campus is in the heart of the city on a wooded ridge called Mount Oread. The 1,000-acre Lawrence campus has 100 major buildings. See the Campus Buildings Directory for a complete list of academic, research, athletic, and residence facilities. The tree-lined downtown district a few blocks from campus has an abundance of small specialty shops. Other shopping centers are nearby. The community has 32 public parks, 3 community swimming pools, an arts center, a public library, a community center, and active community education and recreation programs. Theatre Lawrence, the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, and Seem-to-Be Players children’s theatre group present music and theatre events. The Lawrence Farmers' Market offers local products Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from mid-April through mid-November. The Lawrence Arts Center offers classes in arts, crafts, music, dance, and other subjects for children and adults, as well as gallery shows. Local galleries sponsor art exhibits.
KU Medical Center, Kansas City
Metropolitan Kansas City, about 45 minutes from Lawrence by interstate highway, encompasses 7 counties and 50 municipalities in 2 states. KU Medical Center is centrally located in the metropolitan Kansas City area. It offers educational programs through the Schools of Allied Health, Medicine, and Nursing, and the Office of Graduate Studies. KUMC is involved with teaching, patient care, medical research, and community service. Kansas City International Airport provides easy access to the area, and interstate highways provide access to 12 lakes, more than 140 parks, and various vacation and resort areas. Popular cultural attractions include the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the National World War I Museum, the Sprint Center, the College Basketball Experience, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and Union Station. The city offers world-class restaurants and shopping destinations, as well as Kansas City Chiefs football, Royals baseball, Sporting KC soccer, and NASCAR racing at the Kansas Speedway.
KU Edwards Campus, Overland Park
KU offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kan. A suburb of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, Overland Park has a population of more than 173,000. The Edwards Campus offers late-afternoon and evening classes, catering to working professionals. Construction of a new Business, Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Building is under way. The campus will add 10 new degree programs over the next few years. The Student Success Center provides on-site services through the Academic Achievement and Access Center/Disability Resources, Writing Center, and University Career Center. Jayhawk Central, the student union, includes the KU Bookstores, a pizzeria, a coffee shop, an outdoor seating terrace, and a Wi-Fi environment. For more information, call the Edwards Campus at 864-8400 from Lawrence or 913-897-8400 from other locations.
The University of Kansas holds one formal Commencement ceremony each year. Commencement traditionally begins with a procession of faculty, graduates, and dignitaries along Memorial Drive, down Mount Oread, and into Memorial Stadium. The official Commencement website has more information.
Commencement 2011: Sunday, May 22, 2011 (projected date)
The Lied Center of Kansas is a multipurpose performing arts facility with a 2,000-seat performing arts hall. It offers outstanding presentations of music, dance, and theatre, as well as lectures by artists and scholars. Purchase tickets online or at the Lied Center Ticket Office, 785-864-2787, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 2 hours before curtain for weekday performances.
The University Theatre offers information about theatre performances. Ticket orders can be taken by phone at 785-864-3982 or at the University Theatre Ticket Office, 317 Murphy Hall, weekdays from noon to 5 p.m.
The School of Music, 460 Murphy Hall, 785-864-3436, has information about upcoming concerts and recitals.
Union Box Office: Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the box office is the main support center for activities and events planned through KU Union Programs. Tickets for SUA events are available, along with discounted tickets to Worlds of Fun and individual stamps. Ticket outlet sales are available to any student organization sponsoring an event open to the KU community. Call 785-864-7469 for more information.
Students who are unable to enroll in campus sections of KU courses, have scheduling conflicts, or wish to expand their course options may take Independent Study courses for KU credit or on a noncredit basis. The Independent Study program accommodates students’ other educational commitments, work schedules, or family and community responsibilities.
Independent Study is a statewide service, authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents. As part of KU Continuing Education, Independent Study offers more than 150 approved college courses similar to those taught in residence. Independent Study courses are available in online and media-supplemented versions. Request the Independent Study catalog by calling 785-864-5823, or contact Independent Study, Continuing Education, 1515 St. Andrews Drive, Lawrence, KS 66047-1619, firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the Schedule of Classes each semester for complete enrollment information.
New and Readmitted Student Enrollment
Immediately before the beginning of classes each term, an enrollment session is scheduled for new students. New students admitted for summer or fall term have an additional option of enrolling in fall courses during one of several summer orientation sessions. Invitations to orientation are sent automatically to newly admitted and readmitted students who applied for the spring, summer, or fall terms (except nondegree-seeking students). Readmitted students may attend a special abbreviated orientation session, may enroll during continuing enrollment, or may attend the enrollment sessions immediately before the start of the semester. Readmitted students whose readmission applications are completed by a designated date also may enroll during continuing enrollment, after meeting with an adviser. All students must preregister for orientation and enrollment sessions.
International students must complete the required check-in processes before enrollment and are encouraged to attend International Student Orientation, which includes advising and enrollment sessions.
This enrollment allows students who are currently enrolled during one term to enroll for the next term. Spring-enrolled students enroll in April for the following summer session or fall semester or both. Fall-enrolled students enroll in October or November for the following spring semester.
Each semester, the Schedule of Classes announces dates for late enrollment and the last day to submit a Petition to Late Enroll. A student may enroll in a course or change class sections after the semester has been in session for 4 weeks only if the course has met fewer than 25 percent of the class sessions. For most classes, the faculty have established earlier dates for beginning class attendance and participation. A fee is assessed for late enrollment.
KU’s faculty includes 2,400 full-time members. Virtually all KU faculty members in the schools with undergraduate enrollment teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, and 97 percent of full-time faculty members hold the highest degrees awarded in their academic fields.
KU faculty members are active scholars, expanding the horizons of knowledge in their fields. KU awards distinguished and university teaching professorships to talented faculty members in recognition of their superior accomplishments in teaching and research. Schools and departments also appoint teaching professors, some for limited terms.
Several programs support outstanding undergraduate teaching. The Board of Class Officers sponsors the annual HOPE (Honor for Outstanding Progressive Educators) Award, presented by students. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence recognize outstanding teachers and advisers. A number of awards recognize excellent teachers. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the professional schools sponsor awards that recognize outstanding teaching and advising.
The University of Kansas is a great place to pursue a graduate degree. KU is one of the nation’s premier research universities — since 1909, one of just 62 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). KU also boasts 58 nationally ranked graduate academic programs, including 33 ranked among the nation’s top 30 for public universities by U.S. News and World Report (2011).
KU awards more than 250 doctorates each year and offers graduate degrees in more than 80 different subjects. More than 6,000 students are enrolled in graduate and first-professional programs, part of a legacy of scholarship that dates to KU’s first doctoral degree, awarded in 1895.
- The University of Kansas
- Graduate Studies Office
- Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 213
- Lawrence, KS 66045-7518
The University Honors Program provides opportunities for outstanding and creative students in all schools at KU. Honors courses are open to qualified students in any KU school. Admission is highly competitive. Although no ACT/SAT composite score or high school grade-point average guarantees that a student will or will not be admitted to the University Honors Program, this year's average ACT composite for accepted students is a 32.4, and the average unweighted GPA for an accepted student is 3.96.
See Honors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of the online catalog. The Schools of Engineering and Nursing offer school honors programs for their students.
KU Info answers questions about campus events and activities, KU services and facilities, and academic policies and procedures. KU Info gets more than 300 questions a day about KU life and beyond. You can call them at 785-864-3506, email them at email@example.com, or stop by any of their 3 campus info desks.
For admission to law school, an applicant must complete a bachelor’s degree and take the Law School Admission Test. Students can register for the LSAT online through the Law School Admission Council. No particular course of undergraduate study is recommended.
The KU School of Law, Green Hall, 785-864-4550, is an excellent place to pursue professional legal education. The school’s primary mission is to prepare its students to be outstanding members of the legal profession, well educated in the law and committed to professional achievement and public service.
- The University of Kansas
- School of Law
- 1535 West 15th St.
- Lawrence, KS 66045-7608
Library collections at KU contain more than 4.3 million volumes. The University Libraries system (Watson Library, 1425 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045-7547, 785-864-3956), maintains more than 45,000 current periodicals in paper and electronic format to support the research and teaching needs of the KU community. The libraries hold vast collections of microforms, photographs, maps, manuscripts, sound recordings, and other media. The libraries also provide access to a large array of networked bibliographic databases, full-text resources, and the online catalog.
The University Libraries comprise 8 library facilities. Watson Library houses much of KU’s general collections in the social sciences and humanities. Most science and business materials are in the Anschutz Library, which also houses most government publications and the T.R. Smith Map Collection. Anschutz Library’s new Learning Commons provides technology for research and course work; comfortable, flexible furniture configurations and study spaces; and support from experts in research, tutoring, technology, and writing. The Kenneth Spencer Research Library contains manuscripts, rare books, regional history materials, and KU’s archival records with specialized collections in natural history, Irish studies, U.S. radical groups, and many other areas. Other libraries include the Spahr Engineering Library, the Thomas Gorton Music and Dance Library (Murphy Hall), the Murphy Art and Architecture Library (Spencer Museum of Art), and the Library Annex, providing storage for lesser-used library materials.
KU Edwards Campus
The Regents Center Library, 913-897-8570, provides services for KU Edwards Campus students. Come to the front desk for answers to questions, help finding printed and electronic sources, or to order books and articles from the Lawrence or Medical Center campuses.
KU Medical Center
Dykes Library of the Health Sciences is among the finest in the Midwest. Its resources include 236,158 print and nonprint volumes, 578 print titles, and 15,152 unique online titles. The library also serves as a place to relax in the lounge, check email, print, and make copies. The Copyright Compliance Office provides support for students and faculty seeking copyright permissions for materials used in papers or presentations.
The nationally known Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum houses more than 26,000 books and manuscripts, as well as current works in the history of medicine, nursing, and the allied health professions. The library also supports the biomedical ethics and medical humanities curriculum by collecting contemporary secondary works in these areas. Under the auspices of its museum, the library also owns hundreds of medical artifacts.
KU libraries are available to Kansas residents and many other users. For information, visit the Libraries website.
Most students complete an undergraduate bachelor’s degree and major before entering medical school. Students prepare by taking courses to meet medical school admission requirements, studying to earn mostly A’s and B’s, and volunteering or working in health care settings. They take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and apply for admission to medical schools, usually in the summer between the junior and senior year. Medical schooling is 4 years of graduate-level, professional education and training, followed by a 3-to-5-year residency program.
Founded in 1905, the KU School of Medicine, KU Medical Center, 913-588-5200, is proud of its rich legacy as Kansas' only medical school and its international reputation as a leader in biomedical research. KU medical students learn basic and clinical sciences from those on the cutting edge of discovery.
- The University of Kansas
- School of Medicine
- Mail Stop 1049
- 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
- Kansas City, KS 66160
The Mission of the University of Kansas
The complete Statement of Institutional Mission, as approved by the Kansas Board of Regents, appears in University of Kansas Profiles or at the reference desk in Watson Library on the Lawrence campus. It is also available from the University of Kansas, Office of Institutional Research and Planning, Carruth O’Leary Hall, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 339, Lawrence, KS 66045-7521, 785-864-4412; and the University of Kansas, Office of the Provost, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 250, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4904. On the KU Medical Center campus, write or call the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, KU Medical Center, 2nd floor, Murphy Administration Bldg., Mail Stop 2015, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160, 913-588-1400.
The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university that serves as a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor. The University of Kansas is the only Kansas Regents university to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of 63 public and private research universities that represent excellence in graduate and professional education and the highest achievements in research internationally.
The University of Kansas offers the highest-quality undergraduate, professional, and graduate programs as well as outstanding libraries, teaching museums, and information technology. Educational, research, and service programs are offered on the main campus in Lawrence, through the health-related degree programs and services in Kansas City and Wichita, on the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park, and at other sites throughout Kansas. More than 100 international study and cooperative research programs are available to students and faculty members.
The university is committed to excellence. It fosters a multicultural environment in which the dignity and rights of the individual are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity, and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.
The University of Kansas Medical Center
The University of Kansas Medical Center includes the School of Medicine in Kansas City and Wichita*, the Schools of Nursing and Allied Health, **the University of Kansas Hospital, and the Office of Graduate Studies in Kansas City. KU Medical Center is committed to serving the health care needs of the citizens of Kansas, the region, and the nation by providing educational opportunities for careers in the health professions, comprehensive services to maintain health and wellness, ongoing support of the state’s and the nation’s health service systems, and continued development of medical knowledge through research and education.
*The School of Medicine has expanded into Salina, where the first class of students enters in fall 2011.
**Effective in 1998, the University of Kansas Hospital became an independent Hospital Authority.
The permanent collection of Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St., 785-864-4710, firstname.lastname@example.org, is deep and diverse, numbering nearly 36,000 artworks and artifacts in all media. The collection spans the history of European and American art from ancient to contemporary, and includes broad and significant holdings of East Asian art. The museum currently is integrating into its holdings a large ethnographic collection that includes Native American, African, Latin American and Australian objects. Through its collection, exhibitions, and public programming, the Spencer presents distinctive opportunities for dialogue, scholarship, and reflection. Museum hours are
- Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 pm.
- Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
- Closed Mondays
The Natural History Museum, Dyche Hall, 785-864-4540, email@example.com, part of the Biodiversity Institute, offers educational programs and exhibits that focus on the biological diversity, past and present, of Kansas and the Great Plains. For more than 140 years scientists and students from the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center have collected and studied life on Earth. One of the world’s most comprehensive biodiversity research resources, the Biodiversity Institute now cares for more than 8 million specimens of plants and animals — prehistoric to living species, microscopic to colossal — gathered from every continent and ocean. Collections include DNA samples, sound recordings, images, and field notes. Museum hours are
- Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 pm.
- Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
- Closed Mondays
The Wilcox Classical Museum, 103 Lippincott Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org, houses collections of plaster casts of Greek and Roman Sculpture and Greek and Roman antiquities. The museum is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the academic year. It is not open during the summer or during university holidays.
KU's solid academics, outstanding extracurricular programs, winning athletics, and stellar social life garnered praise in the renowned Fiske Guide to Colleges. The guide gives KU 4 stars for academics, social life, and quality of life. “No school has a better balance of academics, athletics and social life,” a student says in the 2011 edition of the guide. KU is the only Kansas university rated.
KU ranks among the top 50 public universities in the nation for best educational value, according to Princeton Review. The Princeton Review called KU one of the best buys in the Midwest — citing its "perennially low tuition" — and touted the Jayhawk Generations Scholarship, which offers reduced to tuition to qualified out-of-state students who are children or grandchildren of KU alumni.
Strong academics and research opportunities, supportive faculty, a diverse student body, and a great social scene earned KU a spot in the 2011 edition of The Best 373 Colleges, a guide published by the Princeton Review. The publication also named KU to its list of “Best in the West” schools. Only the top 10 percent of all the colleges in the nation are profiled in the 2011 edition.
A recent edition of a college guide for conservatives says KU "offers one of the best state-school educations available." The 2010-11 edition of Choosing the Right College: The Whole Truth About America's Top Schools also calls KU "one of the top public universities in the Midwest and one of the more highly regarded public schools in the nation."
KU graduate programs excel nationally, according to 2011 U.S. News and World Report rankings. City management and urban policy and special education rank No. 1 among public institutions. City management and urban policy also is No. 1 overall among public and private university programs. Special education is No. 2 overall. The School of Education is ninth among publics and 17th overall. The doctoral program in paleontology, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences geology department, was ranked fourth among publics and seventh overall. The School of Law ranked 23rd among public institutions in a new U.S. News listing called "When Lawyers Do the Grading." Only selected academic disciplines are ranked annually. Among undergraduate programs, the School of Business was ranked 35th and the School of Engineering was 46th. KU is among 9 public universities in the nation cited by U.S. News and World Report for having the top study abroad programs, which the publication said education experts agree on as a key ingredient to student success.
The American Library Association has listed the University of Kansas Libraries as one of the top 50 libraries in the nation by volumes held. KU Libraries is ranked 47th among all U.S. libraries and 25th among public universities in the United States with 4,235,542 total cataloged items available to patrons.
KU is a member of the Association of American Universities, a select group of 62 leading higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada. The Carnegie Foundation identifies KU as a research university with very high research activity, a classification given to top research institutions in the United States.
For complete information about KU's national rankings, visit Points of Distinction.
The annual security report about KU safety policies, crime statistics, and campus resources is available online or on paper by contacting the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 133, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4060.
KU Medical Center’s security report is also available online.
The KU Edwards Campus security report is available online.
Lawrence and Edwards Campuses
The Student Records Center, 151 Strong Hall, offers assistance and services.
- For questions about enrollment, transcripts, or tuition and fees, call 785-864-4423.
- For questions about residency, call 785-864-4472.
- For veterans' services, call 785-864-4423.
The academic transcript lists all KU courses attempted and completed and other academic information. You may order academic transcripts online.
KU Medical Center
At KU Medical Center, contact the Office of the Registrar, 3014 Student Center, Mail Stop 4029, 913-588-7055, for information about student records, loan deferments, registration, tuition and fee payment, or veterans' benefits.
Current KU Medical Center students or alumni of KUMC programs order transcripts from the Office of the Registrar, KU Medical Center, 3013 Student Center, Mail Stop 4029, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160.
KU enrolls students from all 105 Kansas counties, all 50 states, and about 110 other countries. Total fall enrollment in 2011 was 28,718. This was the most diverse student body in KU history, with 15.3 percent of students identifying as American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, African-American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or multiple ethnicities. About 69 percent of KU students are undergraduates; 68.4 percent are Kansas residents. About 90 percent pursue studies on the Lawrence and Edwards Campuses. ACT scores for the 2011 incoming first-year class averaged a record 24.9, far above the national average of 22.2. KU grants almost 3,500 bachelor’s degrees each year.
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, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.