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Construction Engineering, BSCNE

About the Program

The Construction Engineering and Management program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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 world is demanding innovative engineers who have skills to management people as well as the ability to design and manage projects.

The curriculum is designed with approximately 80% construction engineering and 20% management courses, and our classes are taught by industry experts who bring their own real-world experiences to the classroom. CEM offers opportunity to immediately put your skills to work in the real world.  Our program is unique because it has:

  • Small class sizes
  • Innovative internships-3 paid 12-week experience
  • 100% job placement
  • Help solve complex infrastructure challenges

CEM degree propels our students into lucrative career paths as general contractors to business owners, consultants and project managers that work projects in aviation, oil and gas, healthcare, sustainable energy, bridges, skyscrapers, stadiums, etc. CEM offers students more than just an engineering degree.  We are passionate about teaching, coaching and mentoring students so they excel academically and professionally to make a global impact.

Construction Engineering Management (

Construction Engineering Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

126 Credits Required

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (60-73 credits)

First-Year Engineering Requirements (29-39 credits)

Click here for First-Year Engineering  requirements.

  • Requirement #1 - Intro to Engineering I (2-4 credits)
  • Requirement #2 - Intro to Engineering II (2-4 credits)
  • Requirement #3 - Calculus I (4-5 credits) (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core) 
  • Requirement #4 - Calculus II (4-5 credits) (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core) 
  • Requirement #5 - Chemistry I (4-6 credits) (satisfies Science #1 for core)
  • Requirement #6 - Physics (4 credits) (satisfies Science #2 for core)
  • Requirement #7 - First-Year Engineering Selective (3-4 credits)
  • Requirement #8 - Written and Oral Communication (6-7 credits) (could satisfy Written Communication, Information Literacy or Oral Communication for core)

General Education Requirement (9 credits)

  • General Education I (Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Sciences) - Credit Hours: 3.00 (satisfies Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science for core)
  • General Education II (Human Cultures: Humanities) - Credit Hours: 3.00 (satisfies Human Cultures: Humanities for core)
  • General Education III (Science, Technology & Society) - Credit Hours: 3.00 (satisfies Science, Technology, & Society for core)


  • One General Education Elective course must be a 30000+ level
  • STS (Science, Tehcnology & Society) - Must take a 3 credit STS course to complete this requirement; 1 credit does not count.

University Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

First Year Engineering Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

13-14 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

Construction Engineering and Management Program Requirements

1 Credit

16 Credits

15-18 Credits

Summer 2nd Year

3 Credits

14 Credits

16 Credits

Summer 3rd Year

3 Credits

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

14 Credits


  • Students must have a graduation index of 2.0.
  • All required courses must be taken for a letter grade. Required courses are not permitted to be taken as pass/no pass.
  • All courses taken except the 3 general education courses must be C- or better.
  • Upper level/non-introductory courses = 30000+ level course or one of the courses must be a pre-requisite for the other.

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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