Frequently Asked Questions

General Department Information

1. Our main office is located in room 4132 on the fourth floor of Learned Hall on the University of Kansas main campus in Lawrence, Kansas
  • Mail can be sent to:
    Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
    4132 Learned Hall
    1530 W. 15th Street
    Lawrence, KS 66045
  • You can reach us by bus via 10, 11, 29 or 30 bus routes and by any of the KU on wheels circulator routes—41, 42 or 43. More info can be found here.
  • Visitors to the department can park in the Allen Fieldhouse Parking Garage at 1501 Irving Hill Road. More info can be found here.
2. Ranking
  • U.S. News & World Report rankings of top engineering undergraduate programs place KU Engineering at 75th among all universities – and 44th when compared solely with public institutions.
3. Job Placement Rates
  • Class of 2015 Chem E- 93%
  • Class of 2015 Pet E- 94%
4. Faculty Contact
  • Our faculty and staff contact lists can be found here.
5. Events
  • Our department publishes our events online (see the block with Upcoming Events and Deadlines) and in our newsletter.
  • The School of Engineering has a calendar of events here.
  • KU has an events calendar here.
6. Student Organizations
7. Career Advice
  • The School of Engineering has a Career Center staffed with a group of people dedicated to your success after graduation. You can find them online, in person in 1410 LEEP2 or by phone at 785-864-3891. The Fall 2016 Career Fair is on September 21st.
8. Reserving our conference room
  • If you are a current student and have access to Outlook online, you can reserve one of our conference rooms by inviting it to your meeting. Detailed instructions can be found here: http://technology.ku.edu/sites/technology.ku.edu/files/docs/Scheduling%20Rooms.pdf. Our room reservation requests are moderated. One of our staff will either accept or decline your request via Outlook.
  • If you are not able to schedule the room via Outlook, please call the office at 785-864-4965.

Prospective Undergraduate Students

1. High School
Admission Requirements
  1. The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering has the same admission requirements as the School of Engineering:
    • Admission is selective.
    • KANSAS AND NONRESIDENT FRESHMEN
      Must be admissible to KU by assured admission or individual review.
    • Students with a 22-25 math ACT (570-600 math SAT*) will be admitted to the First-Year General Engineering Program. Students with a 26+ math ACT (620+ math SAT*) or who meet eligibility requirements for Math 125 (Calculus 1) may be admitted directly into their chosen major.
      *SAT scores refer to tests taken after February 2016. For tests taken before February 2016 please use this table to convert your score.
    • 3.0+ weighted or unweighted cumulative GPA and
    • 22+ math ACT (570+ math SAT*) and
  2. Visit Undergraduate Admissions for further info.
  3. Visit School of Engineering Admissions for further info.
Scholarships/Financial Aid
  1. All first-time, domestic students applying for admission to the School of Engineering will be considered for scholarships if they apply to the School of Engineering by Nov. 1. Students can do this by submitting an Undergraduate Application for Admission and selecting one of the School of Engineering majors on the application.
  2. All students are encouraged to fil out the FAFSA between Jan. 1 and March 1 to get the most aid. Other options to help pay for school can be found here.
  3. Prospective engineering students who are offered scholarships will receive a letter detailing their total scholarship package from the university, School of Engineering and department. The combined scholarship letter documents the student's award for the coming academic year as well as the projected amount over four years provided the student meets the requirements for maintaining their scholarship funding. You will not receive a separate communication from our department. Further information regarding specific School of Engineering scholarships can be found here: http://engr.ku.edu/undergraduate-admission-scholarships.
  4. Our department scholarship contact is Dr. Russ Ostermann. You may call or email him with specific questions.
AP Credits/Community College Classes
  1. If you have taken CEEB advanced placement courses through high school programs you may be eligible for advanced placement and/or credit.
  2. Visit this site for details​.
Job Placement Rates
  • Class of 2015 ChemE – 93%
  • Class of 2015 PetE  94%
Schedule a visit
  • The Office of Admissions has four different visit options to choose from.  As part of your visit, you will have the opportunity to meet one of our faculty members in either Chemical or Petroleum Engineering.
2. Transfer
Credits
  1. KU needs a copy of your official transcript in order for your transfer credits to be processed and evaluated.
  2. The office of Undergraduate Admissions has detailed information on using the CredTran tool for finding course equivalencies. You can use this tool and our curriculum guides to find out which of your courses may come over to fulfill degree requirements.
  3. Once you are admitted and we have a chance to evaluate your transfer credits, we will create a transfer contract.
Program Curriculum
  1. Our department offers a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering. Click here for curriculum guides.
Scholarship/Financial Aid
  1. There are scholarship opportunities for Transfer Students from Kansas and students from out-of-state. Check this out.
  2. There are several forms of Financial Aid that are available to students. KU has a whole department dedicated to making KU affordable.
Job Placement Rates
  • Class of 2015 ChemE – 93%
  • Class of 2015 PetE  94%
Schedule a visit
  • The Office of Admissions has four different visit options to choose from.  As part of your visit, you will have the opportunity to meet one of our faculty members in either Chemical or Petroleum Engineering.
3. International
  • The office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions has published admission requirements for international admission to KU.
  • The School of Engineering has its guidelines for admission here.

Current Undergraduate Students

1. Advising
Account Holds
  1. Before advising is open each semester an Engineering Advising Hold will be placed on your account. We will lift that hold once you have complete enrollment advising. Details will be available here before enrollment advising begins​.
  2. Other holds on your account have other instructions in order to have them cleared. Please see the department that placed the hold on your account for more information.
Approved Engineering Elective List
  1. Coming Soon
Transfer Credits
  1. If you have taken courses at another college or university, you may need to have a transfer contract approved by the department. Please schedule an appointment with your advisor so they can evaluate how your course will transfer to KU and what degree requirement might be met with that course.
Schedule Change Form
  1. This form is used to make changes after the online enrollment period ends. This form may be used for the following transactions: adding class(es), dropping class(es), time conflicts, change of section, change of hours, and/or excess hours approval. You can find the form here: http://registrar.ku.edu/schedule-change-form
Advisor Relationship
  1. Our department has a dedicated Academic Advisor, LaToya Allison. Ms. Allison advises all of the incoming freshmen and first year transfer students. She is available for appointments via your My Success portal. (Page 4 of this guide has instructions on how to schedule an appt. Getting Started with MySuccess) If you have not declared a Petroleum or Chemical Engineering major, then you may call our main office to make an appointment at 785-864-4965.
  2. When you enter our department, you are also assigned a faculty advisor.  The name of your faculty advisor is sent to each student in an email. If you are unsure who your advisor is, you can call the C&PE main office.  Each advisor knows the curriculum, and is familiar with the elective courses. Your faculty advisor is an excellent resource for discussing the contents of your courses, possible internships, and questions specific to Engineering as a discipline
  3. For the whole story, please read the Advising Handbook.  **needs to be updated**
2. Academic Support
  1. There are numerous offices on our campus that can support your academic journey. The first person you should contact when you have a problem in class is your instructor. They want you to succeed! 
  2. Our academic advisor is another great resource. You can schedule an appointment with LaToya Allison via the MySuccess Portal. (Page 4 of this guide has instructions on how to schedule an appt. Getting Started with MySuccess)
  3. KU has a whole department dedicated to academic achievement and accessibility. It is the Academic Achievement and Access Center.
3. Counseling
  1. If you need something beyond academic support, you may contact KU’s Counseling and Psychological Services at 785-864-2277.
4. Research Opportunities
  1. We are very excited to offer undergraduate research opportunities. Please see our Research tab to learn more about our labs.
  2. Feel free to contact your faculty advisor to discuss specific opportunities.
5. Career Advice
  1. The School of Engineering has a Career Center staffed with a group of people dedicated to your success after graduation. You can find them online, in person in 1410 LEEP2 or by phone at 785-864-3891. The Fall 2016 Career Fair is on September 21st.
6. Scholarship/Financial Aid 
  1. There are several forms of Financial Aid that are available to students. KU has a whole department dedicated to making KU affordable.
7. Reserving our conference room
  1. If you are a current student and have access to Outlook online, you can reserve one of our conference rooms by inviting it to your meeting. Detailed instructions can be found here: http://technology.ku.edu/sites/technology.ku.edu/files/docs/Scheduling%20Rooms.pdf. Our room reservation requests are moderated. One of our staff will either accept or decline your request via Outlook.​
  2. If you are not able to schedule the room via Outlook, please call the office at 785-864-4965.
8. Choosing a laptop to fit your academic needs

Recommendation from a recent student: 

I personally have a laptop with a i5 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 500GB of disc space, and this is definitely enough to get through all of the requirements of engineering. I also do not have a lot of experience with apple laptops, but a couple of my friends have them and are able to do all of the required work with them.

 For chemical engineering I would recommend at least an i3 processor (usually in most medium-end laptops), 4GB of RAM, and 500GB of storage.

A PC that is good enough for chemical engineering should be on the order of $350-400. However, an apple laptop of the same processing power is usually $1,000.  Also, if you are looking for something towards a high end laptop, I would recommend getting one with an i7 processor, and possibly a solid state drive (significantly faster than hard disk, but also more expensive). 

Prospective Graduate Students

1. Program Requirements
  • The CPE Graduate Admissions tab has all the necessary application information (LINK). For degree requirements, see our various curriculum tabs: (MS) and/or (PhD)
2. Schedule a Visit
3. Research Opportunities

Current Graduate Students

1. Progress towards degree
  • See our Graduate Program Manual or the School of Engineering’s site (LINK) first. If you have further questions about the Preliminary Exam of Research, the Comprehensive Exam, or other important milestones, contact the Graduate Advisor, Aaron Scurto (ascurto@ku.edu) or Graduate Program Assistant, Martha Kehr (mkehr@ku.edu).
2. Funding Opportunities
  • Graduate Studies has a great page about scholarships and fellowships (LINK) and so does the School of Engineering (LINK).
3. Advising
  • New students who were not admitted directly into a research group will go through an advisor selection process during their second month (or so) of regular status in the graduate program. Until an advisor is assigned, your research advisor will be the department’s Graduate Advisor. Currently that person is Prof. Aaron Scurto. He can be found in his office at 4158 Learned Hall and his email is ascurto@ku.edu
4. Career Advice
  • The School of Engineering’s Career Services is a great place to start your search (LINK). Graduate Studies also has several resources (LINK). You can also become a member of the Alumni Association and be matched to a career mentor (LINK). Your research advisor is another great resource for career advice.
5. Support
  • Your research advisor is your first line of support. After that the current Graduate Director is Kyle Camarda (camarda@ku.edu). The current Graduate Advisor is Aaron Scurto (ascurto@ku.edu). The current Graduate Program Assistant is Martha Kehr (mkehr@ku.edu). The last few pages in the Program Manual have dozens of links to campus resources such as the CAPS, the Ombudsman office, IOA, and many more.
6. Graduation Requirements
  • See our curriculum tabs on the website (MS) and/or (PhD). The Graduate Program Manual clearly lists the graduation requirements for all of our graduate degree programs (LINK). The School of Engineering’s page has great information with checklists and listed school requirements (LINK), and the Graduate Studies page is another outstanding resource (LINK). You can also contact Martha or the current Graduate Advisor with questions.
    For thesis upload questions specifically, contact Anna Paradis at aparadis@ku.edu.

Alumni (BS, MS or PhD)

1. How can I stay connected to KU and CP&E?
2. I’m interested in serving on the Advisory Board
  • The Department of Chemical and Petroleum engineering has an external Advisory Board comprised of industry professionals, some faculty within the C&PE department, our department Chair, and chosen graduate and undergraduate students. Please read our charter and send us an email expressing your interest is serving on the Board.
3. Where is my degree?
  • The University of Kansas confers degrees three times a year to undergraduate and law students who have met all requirements by the last day of final examinations for each of three terms: fall semester, spring semester, and summer session. They are available for pick-up in early July, mid-February and mid-semester, respectively. Please visit the Registrar for detailed information on requesting replacements or alternate delivery options.
  • Degrees are awarded three times a year, May, August and December, to graduate students who have met all the requirements as of the date specified by the Graduate School and published in the Graduate Catalog. Learn more about receiving your diploma.
4. I’m only short one class. Can I still graduate?
  • Please give us a call so we can chat about your degree requirements.

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Upcoming Events

March 6th​: Petroleum Management Seminar with Thomas Drean | 8AM |1420 LEEP2 (FLYER)

March 7th: Graduate Seminar with Kamy Sepehrnoori from UT-Austin (FLYER)

March 8th: Engineering Student Seminar Series | 12 - 1 | 2112 Learned Hall

March 14th: Graduate Seminar with M. Ali Haider from IIT, New Dehli (FLYER)

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