Undergraduate courses for construction engineering and management
Undergraduate Degree Program
The BSCEM program takes a multidisciplinary approach, balancing technologies, processes, and management skills required to engineer highly complex construction systems. The 120 semester credit hour curriculum includes courses in civil engineering, construction management, communication, cost estimating, scheduling, safety, contracts, regulations, ethics, bidding procedures, and claims management.
ACCT 2301 - Principles of Accounting (3 credits)
A study of financial accounting concepts and procedures from the initial recording of an economic transaction to the preparation of financial statements for an entity.
Prerequisite: MATH 1409 or MATH 1410 or MATH 1508 or MATH 1320 with a grade of "C" or better.
BLAW 3301 - Legal Environment of Business (3 credits)
A study of the legal and ethical environment of business to provide a legal foundation for careers in business or government.
CHEM 1305 and CHEM 1105 - General Chemistry and Lab (4 credits)
The basic laws and theories of chemistry: characterization of the elements and their most important compounds. For students who need a foundation for work in advanced chemistry and related sciences.
Prerequisites: MATH 1508 or MATH 1411 or a math SAT score of at least 600.
CHEM 1306 and CHEM 1106 - General Chemistry II and Lab (4 credits)
A continuation of CHEM 1305. Includes substantial coverage of chemical kinetics and thermodynamics.
Prerequisites: CHEM 1305, CHEM 1105, and MATH 1508 or MATH 1411 or a math SAT score of at least 600. Co-requisite: CHEM 1106 if required in the student's degree plan.
COMM 1301 - Public Speaking (3 credits)
Introduction to the theory and practice of public speaking: inventing, arranging, phrasing, and presenting of ideas to an audience. The complementary skills of speaking and listening are developed through criticism of speeches presented in class.
Prerequisite: ENGL 0311 or ESOL 1309 or ENGL 1311 or placement into ESOL 1311. ENGL 1311 or ESOL 1311 may be taken concurrently with COMM 1301.
COMM 1302 - Business and Professional Communication (3 credits)
A course in communication covering both informative and persuasive presentations as these occur in business and professional activities. Instruction and guided practice, informal and semi-formal speaking situations.
Prerequisite: ENGL 0311 or ESOL 1309 or ENGL 1311 or placement into ESOL 1311. ENGL 1311 or ESOL 1311 may be taken concurrently with COMM 1302.
FIN 3310 - Business Finance (3 credits)
An introduction to the concepts of finance as applied in a business environment. Topics typically covered include financial environment, time value of money, valuation, capital budgeting, capital structure, and working capital management.
Prerequisite: ENGL 1311/1611, with a grade of "C" or better, or placement by examination. (Nonnative English speakers may substitute ESOL.)
HIST 1301 - History of the United States to 1865 (3 credits)
Survey of American history through the Civil War, emphasizing the European background, the colonial contribution, the American Revolution, the republic government, growth of democracy, and the background and course of the Civil War.
HIST 1302 - History of the United States since 1865 (3 credits)
Reconstruction, rise of big business, clash of economic interests, struggle for reform, imperialism, and world power status. Progressivism, World War I, the Twenties, the New Deal, World War II, and post-war America.
MATH 1411 - Calculus I (4 credits)
Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation, and integration of functions of a single variable.
MATH 1312 - Calculus 2 (3 credits)
Continuation of MATH 1411. Topics include special methods of integration and applications; infinite series.
Prerequisite: MATH 1411 with "C" or better.
MATH 2313 - Calculus III (3 credits)
Continuation of MATH 1312. Topics include solid analytical geometry, partial differentiation, and multiple integrals.
MGMT 3303 - Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
An introduction to the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Emphasis will be given to organizational behavior, concepts, international business, ethical issues, and quality management perspectives.
POLS 2310 - Introduction to Politics (3 credits)
An overview of the concepts, principles, and practices of politics as background for the study of American and Texas political institutions. The course may employ an international, comparative, or theoretical focus.
Prerequisite: Freshman standing.
POLS 2311 - American Government and Politics (3 credits)
A survey of contemporary American, national, state, and local Constitutions of the United States and Texas. This course meets teacher certification requirements for out-of-state graduate students.
Prerequisite: Freshman standing.
UNIV 1301 - Seminar/Critical Inquiry (3 credits)
Foundations of Engineering for the Problem Solver. Seminar in Critical Inquiry (3-0) This course will engage entering students in critical inquiry concerning one or more related academic topics. The seminar will increase students' knowledge of the role of technology in the academic community. Information acquisition, critical thinking, and communication will be integrated in an active learning environment. Students will conduct library and electronic research to support one or more academic projects. Specific topics may vary with instructor.
RWS 1301 - Rhetoric & Composition I (3 credits)
(Common Course Number ENGL 1301). RWS 1301 develops students' critical thinking skills in order to facilitate effective communication in all educational, professional, and social contexts. This effective communication is based on an awareness of and appreciation for discourse communities as well as knowledge specific to subject matter, genre, rhetorical strategy, and writing process. Through a variety of writing tasks, students are empowered to determine the most effective rhetorical strategies, arrangements, and media to use in different rhetorical contexts.
RWS 1302 - Rhetoric & Composition 2 (3 credits)
(Common Course Number ENGL 1302). RWS 1302 develops students' critical thinking skills in order to facilitate effective communication in all contexts. This effective communication is based on awareness of and appreciation for discourse communities as well as knowledge specific to subject matter, genre, rhetorical strategy, and writing process. With an emphasis on analysis and research, the class presents an approach to communication that helps students determine the most effective strategies, arrangements, and media to use in different rhetorical contexts. The course also provides a space for informed advocacy. Equivalent course ESOL 1312.
Prerequisite: RWS 1301 with a grade of "C" or better.
CE 1301 - Civil Engineering Fundamentals (3 credits)
Principles used in the analysis, design, construction and maintenance of civil engineering infrastructure systems. Concepts of sustainability and environmental impact, civil engineering as a profession and expectations of ethical behavior.
CE 1313 - Engineering Measurements (3 credits)
Principles and methods of surveying, hands on experience in the use of modern surveying instruments, fundamentals of global positioning system (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), use GPS/GIS software for surveying applications.
CE 2315 - Statics (3 credits)
Newtonian mechanics of force systems, equilibrium of particles and rigid body, forces in space, distributed forces, centroids and friction. Restricted to major: LDCE, LDIE, LDME, and LDMT.
Prerequisite: MATH 1411 with a grade of "C" or better.
CE 2326 - Economy for Engineers and Scientists (3 credits)
Application of economics to engineering and industrial problems which require a knowledge of engineering for their solution.
Prerequisite: MATH 1411 with a grade of "C" or better.
CE 2334 - Mechanics of Materials (3 credits)
Study of stress and strain theories, axial loading, torsion, combined stresses, beam and column design, and basic structural analysis. Restricted to majors: CE, LDCE, IE, LDIE, MECH, LDME, MME, and LDMT.
CE 2335 - Geological Engineering (GEO 2321) (3 credits)
The objective of the course is to introduce students to the principles of physical geology and their applications in the civil engineering profession. At the end of the course, students will have a foundation in geology such that they will be able to communicate with geologists and geophysicists or read geological reports that are pertinent to engineering projects. Emphasis in laboratories will be placed on practical engineering problems that require the use of geology and geophysics.
Prerequisite: CE 2315 with a grade of "C" or better.
CE 2343 - Structural Analysis (3 credits)
A study of framed structures, trusses, girders, and beams including applications of static and moving loads on bridges.
CE 2375 - Introduction to Thermal-Fluid Science (3 credits)
An introduction to the basic concepts of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics to include properties, property relationships, states, and fields. Presentation of the basic equations of thermal-fluid science, continuity, first and second laws of thermodynamics and momentum.
Prerequisite: BE 2338. BE 2338 may be taken concurrently with BE 2375.
CE 2377 - Electro Mechanical Systems (3 credits)
Principles of electrical circuits, generator, and motors. Introduction to electronics and introduction to microprocessors for data acquisition.
Prerequisite: PHYS 2421 with a grade of "C" or better.
CE 3334 - Construction Management (3 credits)
An understanding of construction management issues such as: procurement of work, bidding versus quality-based selection processes, how the design professionals and the construction professionals interact to construct a project.
CE 3336 - Civil Engineering Materials (3 credits)
Properties of civil engineering materials, measurements and test methods, relationship of properties to performance; their structure and behavior: relationship between structure and behavior.
Prerequisite: CE 2334 with a grade of "C" or better.
CE 3348 - Geotechnical Engineering(3 credits)
Physical and mechanical properties of soils, plasticity, shrinkage, permeability seepage, consolidation, shear strength, Rankine and Coulomb earth pressure and braced cuts.
Prerequisites: CE 2334, 2335, 3336 with a grade of "C" or better and junior standing in Civil Engineering or department approval.
CE 4339 - Geostructural Design (3 credits)
This course is concerned with Geostructural Design as it applies to foundations for buildings and other structures, such as retaining walls. It also includes the design of natural slopes, the dewatering of soils, and mechanical and chemical stabilization of soils, and pavement design.
Prerequisite: CE 3348 with a grade of "C" or better.
CE 4354 - Electrical and Mechanical Construction (3 credits)
Students in this course will gain an understanding of estimating, bidding, contracting, and operational managing of electrical and mechanical specialty contracting construction work.
CE 4358 and CE 4158 - Construction Methods & Materls and Lab (4 credits)
An introduction to the use of materials and methods on construction projects, including wood, steel, and concrete construction and earthwork. The course requires a final project report and presentation involving planning construction methods for a project and a national exam on general construction knowledge.
CE 4382 - Construction Cost Analysis and Bidding (3 credits)
Students will learn advanced methods and software tools for developing detailed estimates of construction costs, preparing bid packages, preparing budgets, and monitoring and controlling costs for construction projects
CE 4385 - Construction Internship (3 credits)
This internship course requires students to work at a construction company or at a government agency that is involved in construction management and engineering and that is approved by UTEP.
CE 4386 - Construction Law and Ethics (3 credits)
This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of construction contracts, participants' roles and responsibilities, licensing and regulatory requirements, lien laws and contractor rights, national and local labor law, and procedures to avoid disputes. It also teaches students how to work with each of the important terms of a contract.
CE 4387 - Construction Scheduling (3 credits)
Students in this course will gain a working understanding of parameters affecting project planning, schedule information presentations, network diagramming, procurement practices, critical path scheduling, resource allocation and management impacts caused by changes, and computer applications using state-of-the-art software systems. Students are required to complete and present a report on a project consisting of a complete critical path scheduling analysis of an actual project using a state-of-the-art software system.
CE 4389 - Construction Safety (3 credits)
Students in this course will gain an understanding of safe work practices, mandatory training, record keeping and maintenance, compliance with OSHA worker safety and environmental safety laws, inspection procedures, and penalties for lack of conformance to safety laws. Students will also learn procedures for recognizing hazards, performing CPR, attending site safety meetings, and conducting accident investigations.