Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering

CEAE Students Working

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.


Civil, environmental, and architectural engineers are responsible for the design, operation, and maintenance of modern civil infrastructure and for protecting and restoring our natural environment. They work on projects such as large-scale infrastructure (roads, bridges, and airports), clean water supply, and energy-efficient buildings. 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

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 resilient. Students have access to top-notch facilities for a hands-on learning experience in a one-of-a-kind research environment.

KU is one of only five universities in the world to offer a four-year, Tier 1 architectural engineering program. Students work closely with KU’s world-class School of Architecture. KU’s Architectural Engineering Program is one of only two nationwide with continuous accreditation since 1936.

Phase change materials and nano-aerogel building components developed by architectural engineering students are at the leading edge of research into increased effectiveness and efficiency in building heating and cooling.

Students working in lab

Who Hires KU Engineers

  • Affinis Corp
  • Alberici Constructors
  • Arup
  • Black & Veatch
  • The Boeing Company
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Evergy
  • Henderson Engineers
  • HNTB Corporation
  • Jacobs
  • JE Dunn Construction
  • Kansas Department of
  • Transportation
  • Kiewit
  • Lockheed Martin
  • McCownGordon
  • Olsson Associates
  • Thornton Tomasetti
  • Turner Construction Company
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Construction companies
  • Consulting firms
  • Design firms
  • Energy companies
  • Government agencies
  • Industrial firms
  • Major manufacturing companies
  • Transportation

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

Architectural Engineering: $63,000 - $65,500

Civil Engineering: $66,750 - $74,500

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