Undergraduate Study in Architectural Engineering

School of Engineering

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The program

Architectural engineering (ARCE) is the discipline for the analysis,design, construction, and operation of engineered systems for commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential buildings and other facilities. These building systems include electrical; control;communication; lighting; heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC); fire protection; plumbing; solar energy; acoustical; and structural systems. Sustainability and green construction are topics of current interest.

Architectural engineers are integrally involved in a building’s various designs. They work with architects, other engineers, and contractors to complete projects. It is a demanding discipline that requires a rigorous yet diverse education.

The undergraduate program at KU is an ABET-accredited, five-year course of study that leads to a Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering. Students have access to a variety of resources such as scholarships, computer labs with necessary software, instructional labs, shops, student organizations and activities, and libraries. More information about the program, curriculum, courses, people, and student organizations can be found on the department's website.

View degree requirements for architectural engineering.

Admission to KU

Admission to the school

Admission to Architectural Engineering and the other degree programs of the School of Engineering is competitive. For complete details, see the School of Engineering's website.


Engineering courses have been offered at KU since 1869. One of the first four degrees awarded by the University of Kansas in 1873 was a B.A. in civil and topographical engineering to Murray Harris; this was the first engineering degree awarded in Kansas. KU’s School of Engineering, organized in 1891, was the first in the state.

The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering degree program at KU started in 1912. The first ARCE professor was Goldwin Goldsmith. The first two B.S. degrees in ARCE were awarded in 1916 to Edward W. Tanner, designer of KU's Danforth Chapel and portions of the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, and Willis Whitten. Julia Carman, the first female graduate of the KU School of Engineering, completed her B.S. degree in ARCE  in 1920.

About 25 to 45 ARCE students now earn the B.S. each year. Graduates typically gain employment in consulting firms or continue their studies toward graduate degrees in architecture, construction, and engineering.


Faculty from the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering are active nationally and internationally in research and their professional organizations. They teach, conduct research, and perform service in many areas including architectural, construction, energy, environmental, geotechnical, structures, transportation, and water resources engineering.

The School of Engineering

The KU School of Engineering's people pioneer new technologies and develop solutions to the problems facing the world. KU engineering and computer science faculty, students, and staff are committed to answering the call for solid interdisciplinary research and engineering education.

The school offers 10 accredited undergraduate degree programs and graduate degrees in 15 disciplines that help students acquire the technical and critical thinking skills they need to succeed. With a National Science Foundation research center, led by engineering faculty and based at KU, and several other labs and research centers, the school is a great place for students to develop their talents and excel.


Engineering undergraduate degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, 410-347-7700). The computer science undergraduate degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The recently approved undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary computing is not yet eligible for accreditation review.

The university

The University of Kansas is a major educational and research institution with 29,000 students and 2,400 faculty members. KU includes the main campus in Lawrence, the Medical Center in Kansas City, the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, campuses of the School of Medicine in Wichita and Salina, and educational and research facilities throughout the state.

The university has 58 nationally ranked programs and earns excellent ratings in the top college guides. For more than a decade, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has awarded KU four-star ratings in all categories ? academics, quality of living, and social life.

KU is a major comprehensive research and teaching university that serves as a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor. KU is the only Kansas Board of Regents university to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of 62 public and private research universities that represents excellence in graduate and professional education and the highest achievements in research internationally.



Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering

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1530 West 15th St., Room 2150
Lawrence, KS 66045-7618

School of Engineering Undergraduate Programs

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Lawrence, KS 66045-7605
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