Undergraduate Program for Construction Engineering and Management


Undergraduate Overview

Lower Division Program

  1. A student entering the College of Engineering must complete the designated lower division course block prior to enrolling in the upper division engineering sequence or any junior/senior classes.
    • Enrollment in the upper division courses prior to completion of the lower division requires permission of the student's department chairperson.
    • o Substitutions for the lower division course requirements require the permission of the student's department chairperson.
  2. Completion of the lower division block also requires a minimum 2.0 GPA for the lower division courses designated by the department and a "C" or better in certain specified courses.
  3. Any student who does not satisfy the "C" minimum rule in the appropriately designated courses must repeat those courses.
  4. Any student who has not met the requirements for satisfactory completion of the lower division block as stated above or who fails to make satisfactory progress toward a degree will be denied subsequent enrollment in the College of Engineering.

Pre-Engineering Program

Students wishing to major in engineering or computer science will be classified as pre-engineering students until they have received a grade of "C" or better in MATH 1411 or have demonstrated an equivalent mathematics background.

Limit on Engineering Course Enrollments

The maximum number of times an engineering course can be taken is three. All enrollments in a course that result in a grade of A, B, C, D, F, or W will be counted. Once a student has reached the maximum of three enrollments, he or she will not be allowed to enroll in the course a fourth time. If the course is required in the student's degree plan, the student will not be able to complete the requirements for that degree. Once a student has obtained a "C" or better in an engineering course that course may not be repeated for credit.

Enrollment in Engineering/Computer Science Courses by Non- Majors Enrollment in nearly all engineering and computer science courses is restricted to students with the appropriate majors. Students from outside the engineering college wishing to take engineering/computer science courses should request permission from the chairperson of the department offering the course.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education is a program which integrates a student's formal academic study with special periods of practical work experience in business, industry, government, professional, or service organizations. These work experiences are an integral part of the student's education, supplementing academic knowledge and promoting and encouraging personal development and professional preparation. The academic value of work completed under the cooperative education program is recognized by allowing credit to be earned for completion of three work periods and submission of required reports. Contact the Dean of Engineering for information on the availability of co-op work assignments.

Five-Year Bachelor/Master of Science Program

The College of Engineering provides an opportunity for qualified students to participate in a five-year bachelor/master of science degree program. The program is structured to allow qualified engineering students to enter a graduate research or design program during the senior year of the bachelor's degree. During this fourth year the student may reserve certain courses for graduate credit, work actively on a research project for nine months, and may be considered for employment as a teaching or research assistant at the appropriate salary. Both the bachelor's and master's degrees can be completed in five academic years.

Graduate Study

Students who rank high in their undergraduate class should give serious consideration to developing their full intellectual potential in engineering by continuing with advanced studies at the graduate level. For those students interested in the practice of construction management, the Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) degree should be given serious consideration. The program requires a minimum of 30 graduate credits (10 courses).

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

A critical goal of the CEM faculty is to provide undergraduate students of varying backgrounds and abilities every opportunity for achieving success in the Construction profession. To address this goal, the Program Educational Objectives for the Bachelor of Science program have been established with input from alumni, students, and industry representatives. The mission of the BSCEM program is to produce students capable of functioning an entry level in construction management. The Construction Engineering and Management program accomplishes its mission by defining the following educational objectives for students who will:

  1. Have the necessary knowledge and understanding to solve engineering (construction management) problems in the context of society’s dynamic environmental, social, political, and economic realities
  2. Become familiar with and understand the business principles and ethical practices necessary in their profession
  3. Know and exhibit the professional, interpersonal, and communication expertise essential for employment and advancement in engineering (construction management) profession; and
  4. Have the ability to use their education to be lifelong learners and adapt to changes in technology and society

Program Student Outcomes

The Student Outcomes for the Construction Engineering and Management program are as follow:

At their graduation, our graduates should possess the ability and knowledge to:

  1. Apply mathematics, science, and engineering (construction management) principles.
  2. Design and conduct experiments and interpret data.
  3. Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. Function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering (construction management) problems
  6. Understand professional legal and ethical responsibility.
  7. Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  8. Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects.
  9. Apply construction management skills as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  10. Understand contemporary issues.
  11. Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering (construction management) tools necessary for engineering (construction management) practice.