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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Construction Engineering and Management, BSCNE

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About the Program

The Division of Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) offers a degree in Construction Engineering (BSCNE) which is tailored to prepare graduates for professional work in the construction industry. The Construction Engineering curriculum includes about 80 percent engineering courses and 20 percent management courses focused on the knowledge necessary for construction careers.

Construction engineers design and execute processes for building and maintaining the infrastructure of our world. The tools of the trade for today’s successful construction engineer include the following: strong math, science, and computer skills; creativity; an aptitude for applying science and engineering methods to solve problems; a love of building structures such as bridges, airports, buildings, dams, and highways; an interest in working indoors and outdoors; initiative and a strong work ethic; the ability to collaborate with diverse people; good communications skills; and a desire to learn in a constantly changing environment. Students in the Construction Engineering program have the opportunity to develop additional expertise in mechanical, electrical, and other areas of engineering through minors in these fields. Construction Engineering students complete three 12-week paid internships, usually during the summer and away from home. They work as paid employees of construction contractors and construction managers and perform increasingly responsible duties in field operations, office operations, and project management

For over 18 years in a row BSCNE graduates have been hired at a 100-percent rate upon graduation by some of the 100 top U.S. construction firms.

Many construction engineers move into senior management, attaining executive positions and even ownership in a construction firm. These professionals have a passion for building structures and collaborating with a wide range of people, as well as a desire to learn in a constantly changing world.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Construction Engineering and Manangement   is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

130 Credits for Graduation

Construction Engineering Major Courses

CEM technical Electives - (6 credits)

  • Technical Elective I - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Technical Elective II - Credit Hours: 3.00

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (26-28 credits)

General Education Electives (18 credits)

  • General Education Elective I - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education Elective II - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education Elective III - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education Elective IV - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education Elective V - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education Elective VI (CEM 28000  & CEM 38000) - Credit Hours: 3.00

University Foundational Core Requirements


13 Credits

16 Credits

16 Credits

18 (+3) Credits

14 Credits

16 (+3) Credits

Fall 4th Year

16 Credits

Spring 4th Year

15 Credits


130 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering degree.

Students must have a graduation index of 2.0.

Degree Requirements

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Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Expired Course

Any course without a link to its description is one that has been expired.  However, this course could fulfill the degree requirement historically.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

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