Departments and programs within the KU School of Engineering offer numerous undergraduate and advanced degrees in engineering and computing. Nine engineering undergraduate degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The computer science and information technology undergraduate programs are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The undergraduate program in interdisciplinary computing will pursue accreditation through CAC of ABET as soon as it is eligible. The school also offers undergraduate and graduate degrees for the working professional on the KU Edwards Campus in Kansas City, as well as opportunities for continuing education and professional development through KU Continuing Education.
Freshmen admitted to the school generally declare a major through one of the departments and programs when they enroll at KU. Freshmen who are undecided about which bachelor's degree to pursue take a core sequence of courses and are encouraged to choose a major during the first year.
Departments and Programs
Aerospace engineers design, develop and test aircraft, spacecraft and missiles and supervise the manufacture of these products. Aerospace engineers also use aerospace technology in remote sensing and product-oriented fields, including wind energy and automotive industries.
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Undergraduate students can pursue a bioengineering-related concentration in several bachelor of science degree programs in the School of Engineering. Graduate students will find the program is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. Many students work closely with faculty at the KU School of Medicine.
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Chemical engineers are concerned with the chemical processes that turn raw materials into valuable products. They design processes where materials undergo a chemical or physical change. Chemical engineers build a bridge between science and manufacturing, applying the principles of chemistry, physics, math, biology and engineering to solve problems involving the production or use of chemicals.
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Civil engineers plan, design, construct and oversee public and private infrastructure systems as well as maintain essential structures such as highways, bridges, buildings, dams and water and wastewater systems.
Architectural engineering focuses on building systems, which include structural systems such as the design of the building exterior; design of heating, ventilation and air conditioning; lighting and electrical systems design; and construction methods applied to buildings. These engineers center their attention on the safety, cost and construction methods of these structural systems.
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Electrical engineers work with a broad range of electrical and electronic devices and systems. Their work is universal, found in mobile devices, hybrid vehicles, energy production and delivery, communication systems, biomedical applications, remote sensing, avionics, satellite systems and more.
Computer scientists work on the theory and practice of computing. Their work includes expert systems, networking, databases, business and personal software, artificial intelligence, web-based collaboration and more.
Engineering management is a specialized form of management that is required to successfully lead engineering or technical personnel and projects. The successful engineering manager must have the skills necessary to coach, mentor and motivate technical professionals, which are often different skills from those needed to work with individuals in other fields. The program is offered at the KU Edwards Campus to address the needs of working professionals in the Kansas City metro.
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Engineering physics graduates combine an extensive background in physics - the science that underlies much of modern technology - with an engineering mindset. Their broad training and technical breadth provide a unique flexibility for careers.
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Mechanical engineers use principles of mechanics and energy to develop, design, manufacture and test tools, machines, motors, engines and other mechanical devices. They also work in areas such as medicine and medical devices, patent law, energy, business, forensic engineering and engineering sales.
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The School of Engineering has had a long and rewarding partnership with KU Continuing Education – from highly regarded short courses to academic conferences. Many of these efforts feature our faculty experts in aerospace engineering, bioengineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering and environmental engineering.
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