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    Kansas State University
  Nov 18, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Timothy de Noble, Dean
Lynn Ewanow, Associate Dean
Susan Lannou, Director of Student Recruitment
Lisa Last, Director of Academic Services and Academic Advisor

1127 Regnier Hall
Fax: 785-532-6722

The College of Architecture, Planning and Design offers accredited professional degree programs in architecture, interior architecture and product design, landscape architecture, and regional and community planning.

The college consists of three academic departments: architecture, interior architecture and product design, and landscape architecture and regional and community planning.

The curriculum in architecture is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The interior architecture and product design curriculum is accredited by Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), and approved by National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The landscape architecture curriculum is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). The planning curriculum is accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) in cooperation with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).

Accredited graduate degrees are also offered in architecture, interior architecture and product design, landscape architecture, and regional and community planning to students who have not completed a bachelor’s degree (high school or transfer students).

Accredited graduate degrees are offered in architecture, interior architecture and product design, landscape architecture, and regional and community planning are available to students who already hold an undergraduate degree in different fields.

The Master of Science in architecture is intended for students who already hold an accredited bachelor of architecture.

The Master of Science in community development is an on-line degree.

A PhD in Environmental Design and Planning with the primary objective of supporting graduate research which employs an interdisciplinary view of design and planning, is also offered.

Click on any of the following links for information:


Admission Policies and Procedures

Application Process

High school applicants

In addition to meeting the university’s admission requirements, admission to the College of Architecture, Planning and Design is based upon the review of high school cumulative GPA and composite ACT or SAT scores. The number of students who can enter the first-year program is limited and admission is competitive. The college does not admit freshman or transfer students for the spring semester. Application does not guarantee admission.

To be considered for admission, all application materials must be sent to the Office of Admissions no later than February 1. Late applicants are considered only if space is available. 

Application materials and deadline


  1. Application for undergraduate admission with the College of Architecture, Planning and Design clearly marked as your intended major.
  2. University application fee.
  3. Provide you self-reported GPA and ACT or SAT score on the university application.

Deadline: February 1

Late applications are considered only if space is available.

Applicants who apply before the deadline and have a 3.50 GPA and a 25 ACT or 1200 on the new SAT ERW+M and above will be offered early admission to APDesign.

College preparatory curriculum

Students are advised to take a full academic course load each year of high school to meet requirements for the recommended college preparatory curriculum. If honors courses and advanced placement courses are available, students are encouraged to take these courses. Advanced Placement courses in calculus and English are helpful. Courses that develop creative abilities should be taken if time permits. With respect to drawing, the faculty strongly recommends taking a course in freehand drawing. If a choice must be made between technical drawing, CAD or freehand drawing, the faculty prefers freehand drawing.

The following high school curriculum is highly recommended but not required for admission:

Course Units
Mathematics (Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, and trigonometry
(pre-calculus or calculus is highly recommended))
English (emphasis on critical thinking, reading, and writing) 4
Science (including Physics) 3–4
Social studies 3–4
Foreign language 2–4


Transfer applicants

A student’s academic performance in college-level course work is an important indicator of future academic performance. Students should have a college grade point average of at least a 3.0 to be considered for admission. However, being considered does not guarantee admission. Please note that all admission decisions are contingent upon maintaining or exceeding the standards. Placement of transfer students will be determined on a case by case.

Students should contact the College of Architecture, Planning and Design’s Office of Student Services at 785-532-5047 for advice about the transfer process. It is advised to establish contact with APDesign before enrolling in college courses.

Application materials and deadline


  1. Application for undergraduate admission with College of Architecture, Planning and Design clearly marked as your intended major.
  2. University application fee.
  3. Official college transcript(s) for all schools, including the most recent courses and grades.

Send application materials directly to:

Office of Admissions
Kansas State University
119 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506–0102

Deadline: February 1
To ensure consideration, application materials must be postmarked by February 1.

Late applicants are considered only if space is available.

Second-, third-, fourth-, or fifth-year placement
Students who have attended another National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB), or Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited program may be considered for placement in the second, third, fourth, or fifth year of one of our degree programs. Prospective transfer students should follow the procedures described in this document and submit course descriptions for all the professional program courses and a portfolio of work completed in design studio. Studio placement will be determined by means of individual portfolio reviews by the faculty. Portfolios must be sent to no later than February 1.

Students who did not attend an accredited program and who are interested in pursuing a degree in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Product Design or Landscape Architecture can seek admission to an intense 10-week summer design studio. Upon successful completion, students will enter the second year of the five-year degree program. There are specific prerequisites that must be completed to qualify for admission to this summer studio. You can learn more about the studio and the prerequisites at:

Students who have attended an accredited planning program as well as students who did not attend an accredited program may be considered for placement in the second, third, fourth or fifth year of the Regional and Community Planning Program.  Prospective transfer students  who are seeking admission to Regional and Community Planning should follow the procedures described in this document and contact the Director of Student Recruitment for further information.

For more information about College of Architecture, Planning and Design programs, write or call:

Director of Student Recruitment
College of Architecture, Planning and Design
Kansas State University
1127 Regnier Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506–2902
Fax: 785-532-6722

For more information about admission to Kansas State University, contact:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Kansas State University
119 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506–0102
1-800-432-8270 (toll free)
or 785-532-6250

Degree Holding Students Pursuing Accredited or Advance Degrees

Please go to the following link to learn more about the admission procedures and the on-line application:

Academic Advising

Please go to the following link to learn more about academic advising:

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program, or the UHP, encourages students to grow in the intellectual craft of scholarship. Through cultural and performing arts events, skill-development workshops, travel opportunities, and challenging course work, UHP students will increase their intellectual curiosity about the world, its wonders and its complexity. The UHP will challenge students to reach their full potential as scholarly, competent and fulfilled leaders.

Admission requirements

The general criteria for admission to the UHP are as follows:

  1. ACT composite of 29 or greater.
  2. A high school GPA of 3.75 or greater (weighted or unweighted).
  3. Completion of the UHP application through the Honors Administration Link.

Students who have notable extracurricular experience and/or leadership activities and who, for whatever reason, do not quite achieve the GPA and ACT scores are still encouraged to apply. All components of the application are used to reach a final decision.

Current students wishing to enter the UHP should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 (K-State grades only) and are encouraged to visit with the UHP staff.

Students transferring from other institutions who are interested in a possible honors curriculum should have a 3.5 cumulative GPA in prior undergraduate work and are also encouraged to consult with the UHP staff.

Because of the high quality and number of applicants, meeting the above criteria does not necessarily guarantee admission.

Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA to remain in good standing and to graduate from the UHP.

University Honors Program - Completion requirements

1. Orientation: One (1) introductory course –1 credit

UHP students will complete the following course:

XXX189 Introduction to University Honors Program [XXX indicated students will enroll by college. All 189 sections will have the same content and format]

2. Courses: Four (4) for-credit academic courses – 12 credits minimum

At least four UHP-eligible courses must be completed for credit for a minimum of twelve credit hours. UHP students will have the flexibility to choose from a menu of three eligible options:

  • UHP-designated courses (e.g., Honors Chemistry, Honors Introduction to the Humanities) that carry course credit.
  • Contract courses (i.e., a regular for-credit course where the student and instructor agree upon additional scholarly expectations and outcomes).
  • Course credits taken for undergraduate research.

3. Experiences: Three (3) co-curricular experiences and/or additional for-credit academic courses – total credits will vary: no minimum.

This requirement accommodates multiple forms of experimental learning, co-curricular enrichment, and/or additional UHP-eligible coursework. Eligible co-curricular experiences will include items such as study abroad, International Service Teams participation, undergraduate research, internships, participation on a university competition team, and work as a teaching assistant.

The UHP will develop and maintain guidelines for what constitutes a qualifying experience, including a menu of options. Other experiences may also be proposed, pending the approval of the relevant College coordinator and the UHP staff.

In brief, eligible experiences will require students to intentionally reference and integrate knowledge from their curriculum in an applied fashion and involve active accountability (supervision, mentorship, instruction, etc.). Thus, eligible co-curricular experiences are not intended to encompass routine participation or leadership in campus clubs or “student life” activities.

Students may also choose to complete additional UHP-eligible and for-credit academic courses in this category.

4. Project: One (1) independent UHP scholarly project – 0-3 credits.

Students can select one of four tracks to complete their UHP Project. Each track emphasizes integrative, independent learning and skill development.

  • a. Research track – A traditional “honors thesis” where students complete research under the supervision of faculty members.
  • b. International track – Project based upon study or service abroad for a minimum duration of ten weeks.
  • c. Professional track –Project based upon a full-time internship or co-op experience for a minimum duration of ten weeks. Two distinct internships with a single employer may also be used as the basis for a project, provided they total at least ten weeks (with UHP approval granted before the second internship).
  • d. Creative track – Project based upon the creation of original creative work, principally for students in the fine and performing arts for whom artistic production is an essential scholarly activity.

All four tracks will require a significant intellectual product that is supervised and approved by a K-State mentor with appropriate expertise. All proposals and completed projects must also be approved by the mentor, the College coordinator and the UHP.

Project approval must be obtained prior to beginning the proposed project.

Additional Notes:

  • Students may not “double dip” by counting any single course or activity in more than one UHP requirement category.
  • In both the “Experiences” and “Project” categories, experiences such as internships, if they are required parts of a students declared major, may only satisfy a UHP requirement if an additional enrichment and/or intellectual product is agreed upon and verified.
  • Transfer students who completed Honors coursework at another institution will have the opportunity to petition the UHP Director to apply those credits towards the completion of UHP course requirements.
  • The completion of graduate-level coursework above and beyond the stated requirements of the students declared major may be counted for UHP credit through the process of course contracting.

For more information

General Education: K-State 8

Objective of the K-State 8

The K-State 8 General Education Program encourages students to be intellectual explorers. Students and advisors will plan programs of study to promote exposure to a breadth of learning that includes the eight areas below. The emphasis and the amount of study in each area will vary for each student, depending upon his/her choice of major and other interests.

The K-State 8 Areas: 

Aesthetic Experience and Interpretive Understanding Aesthetic Interpretation

Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning

Ethical Reasoning and Responsibility Ethical Reasoning and Responsibility

Global Issues and Perspectives Global Issues and Perspectives

Historical Perspectives Historical Perspectives

Human Diversity within the U.S. Human Diversity within the U.S.

Natural and Physical Sciences Natural and Physical Sciences

Social Sciences Social Sciences

The K-State 8 icons shown above are also used in Kansas State University’s student information system (KSIS).

Overview of K-State 8 requirements

The intent of The K-State 8 is for students to explore the perspectives of disciplines that may be quite different from those of their own majors. For that reason, a minimum of four different course prefixes (e.g., AGEC, MATH, FSHS) must be represented to fulfill K-State 8 requirements.

Each student must successfully complete credit-bearing courses to cover all the K-State 8 areas. Some of the K-State 8 areas may be covered in the student’s major.

Departments have decided which courses to designate for one or two K-State 8 areas. K-State 8 designations are noted both in the Undergraduate Catalog and in KSIS.

When a course is tagged for two K-State 8 areas, the student may count that course toward both areas. However, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a variety of courses and experiences that offers them a genuine breadth of perspective.

For more information

  • Consult your advisor.
  • Check each term’s Course Schedule.
  • More information about the K-State 8 is available on the web.

K-State 8 policy for changing majors

Changing majors will not affect students’ general education requirements in the K-State 8.

K-State 8 policy for double majors and dual degrees

A student must meet K-State 8 requirements for only one degree/major.

Transfer students

Transfer students are required to cover all eight (8) of the K-State 8 areas and should check with their academic advisors to determine how best to apply transfer credits to the K-State 8.

General Education: UGE

The College of Architecture, Planning and Design assures that all degree programs provide breadth through the completion of 18 credit hours to fulfill the university’s general education requirements. These 18 credit hours must be approved university general education courses from outside the professional major designation.

At least 6 credit hours of the 18 credit hours must be taken in courses numbered 300 or above and no more than two courses from any single discipline (as defined by the course prefix) may be counted toward the required 18 credit hours of university general education electives.

Courses used to fulfill university general education credit cannot be in the student’s major.

Students develop their programs of university general education with the ongoing assistance of their academic advisor.

Those electives listed with a specific designation, such as professional, must be chosen from those courses in the indicated field that are open to the student.

For more information about UGE requirements, see the Undergraduate Degrees  section of this catalog. For a current list of approved UGE courses, see the Registrar’s Office website.

Student academic creations

All programs involve extensive project work. Students are advised to budget sufficient funds to cover the cost of equipment, materials, and supplies. Material costs will be higher than those published for non-studio curricula.

Student academic creations are subject to Kansas State University and Board of Regents intellectual property policies. The Regents policy states:

” The ownership of student works submitted in fulfillment of academic requirements shall be with the creator(s). The student, by enrolling in the institution, gives the institution a non-exclusive royalty-free license to mark on, modify, retain the work as may be required by the process of instruction, or otherwise handle the work as set out in the institution’s intellectual property policy or in the course syllabus. The institution shall not have the right to use work in any other manner without the written consent of the creator(s).” ” Otherwise handle,” as referenced in this policy, includes display of student work in various media and use for accreditation purposes.

K-State’s intellectual property policy.

Study Abroad

Students can earn academic credit by studying abroad in Italy, Australia, Denmark, England, Germany or the Czech Republic. Specific information is available from the associate dean of student services. Specific requirements vary among the departments.


Internships are available with private practitioners, corporations, and government agencies. Students earn academic credit and a salary while on internship. Specific requirements vary among the departments.

Kansas City Design Center (KCDC)

The opportunity to study in the heart of downtown Kansas City, at a nationally recognized non-profit partnership among local civic leaders, professional designers and planners and students who are actively seeking urban design and planning solutions for this major metropolitan area.

Extracurricular activities

The college offers opportunities for students to become involved in such activities as student government, student chapters of professional societies, college ambassadors, peer educators, Open House, and the student journal, OZ.