Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering

CEAE Students Working

Phase Change Materials and Nano-Aerogel Building components developed by Architectural Engineering students enable research across all areas of emphasis within their field, as well as on the building itself.


Civil, environmental and architectural engineers are responsible for modern civil infrastructure and for developing solutions to environmental problems. They work on projects such as large-scale infrastructure (roads, bridges, and airports), clean water supply and energy-efficient buildings with well-controlled sound, illumination and comfort systems. KU’s facilities in structures, transportation, water resources and energy management are among the best in the nation. 

Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering Website

Students working on project

Majors Offered:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering

KU is one of only four universities in the world to offer a four-year, Tier 1 architectural engineering program. KU’s architectural engineering program is one of only two nationwide with continuous accreditation since 1936.

KU’s world-class Structural Testing Facility is equipped with a 40-foot-high, L-shaped strong wall capable of supporting 880,000 pounds simultaneously in two directions. It allows for full-scale research and testing on a variety of structures. 

From the day students step on campus, they have the opportunity to be involved in a range of activities and organizations. KU’s Engineers Without Borders has projects in Bolivia and Uganda. Teams for concrete canoe, steel bridge and geo-wall frequently earn honors at regional and national competitions. Students get real-world learning experiences in a relaxed, social setting.

KU is recognized worldwide as a leader in developing cost-effective buildings and other structures that are safer, stronger and more durable. Students have access to top-notch facilities for a hands-on learning experience in a one-of-a-kind research environment.


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Who Hires

  • Affinis Corp
  • Arup
  • Black & Veatch
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Henderson Engineers
  • HNTB Corporation
  • Jacobs 
  • JE Dunn Construction
  • Kiewit
  • Lockheed Martin
  • McCownGordon
  • Thornton Tomasetti
  • Turner Construction Company
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Evergy
  • Construction companies
  • Consulting firms
  • Design firms
  • Energy companies
  • Engineering consulting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Industrial firms
  • Transportation

Bachelor’s degree candidates national average* starting salary range:

  • Architectural Engineering: $58,576 - $63,768
  • Civil Engineering: $58,461 - $62,191

*Salaries from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)