Construction Engineering Major
Construction Engineering involves the planning, design, and management of construction facilities, such as highways, bridges, airports, railroads, buildings, dams, and reservoirs. The construction of such projects requires the knowledge of engineering, management, economics, and business. Construction Engineering is differentiated from Construction Management from the standpoint of the use of math, science, and engineering to design projects and processes and analyze problems. Construction Engineering is involved in a variety of construction disciplines, including: commercial, residential, transportation, and infrastructure systems. Construction Engineers are also involved in the engineering design of temporary structures, cost estimating, planning and scheduling, material procurement, selection of equipment, and cost control. Due to their diverse skills, there is a very high demand for Construction Engineers.
The Department of Construction Management and Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering which offers a blend of engineering and construction courses. The program is designed for those who want to work in the construction industry and enjoy the status of a professional engineer. A thorough knowledge of the physical sciences, math, and engineering is developed during the first two years followed by construction management and engineering courses. The technical side of the program is balanced with requirements in writing, humanities, social science, and communications. The Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the ABET.
The Educational Objectives of the Construction Engineering Degree Program describe the career and professional accomplishments that we expect our graduates to achieve early in their careers. Within the first few (3-5) years after graduation, we expect our alumni:
- To maintain a sustained program of continuing education and life-long learning with a focus on contemporary issues.
- To be productive construction engineers and/or construction managers who are pursuing or have attained professional registration.
- To be effective communicators who work on multidisciplinary teams.
- To be engaged engineering professionals who are aware of and comprehend the ethical, social, environmental, and economic impacts of engineering solutions.
- To be engaged citizens who become involved and seek leadership roles in professional societies and community organizations.
Major: Construction Engineering
Degree Type: B.S.Cons.E.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 131
General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree
- A dynamic list of approved general education courses offered by term is available on the NDSU General Education Requirements website.
- General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, if applicable.
|First Year Experience (F)||1|
|Skills For Academic Success (Also offered with the following prefixes: ABEN, AGRI, BUSN, HD&E, ME, NURS, PHRM)|
|College Composition I|
|College Composition II|
|Fundamentals of Public Speaking|
Upper Division Writing †
|Quantitative Reasoning (R) †||3|
|Science and Technology (S) †||10|
|Humanities and Fine Arts (A) †||6|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) †||6|
|Wellness (W) †||2|
|Cultural Diversity (D) *†|
|Global Perspectives (G) *†|
May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.
May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.
|Construction Engineering Core Requirements|
|CM&E 111||Introduction to Construction Management and Engineering||1|
|CM&E 200||Construction Documents and Codes||3|
|CM&E 204||Construction Surveying||3|
|CM&E 212||Construction Graphic Communications||3|
|CM&E 240||Financial Cost Concepts for Construction Managers||3|
|CM&E 301||Construction Technology and Equipment||3|
|CM&E 305||Pre-Construction Management||3|
|CM&E 315||Specifications and Contracts||3|
|CM&E 380||Construction Estimating: Quantities and Costs||3|
|CM&E 403||Scheduling and Project Control||3|
|CM&E 405||Construction Support Operations||3|
|CM&E 489||Construction Design Capstone||3|
|Civil Engineering Materials|
and Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory
|CE 309||Fluid Mechanics||3|
|CE 316||Soil Mechanics||3|
|CE 343||Structural Engineering and Analysis||4|
|CE 400 Level Courses: Select 12 credits from the following:||12|
|Bridge Engineering and Management|
|Design of Site Erosion Control|
|Water Resources and Supply|
|Design of Pre-stressed Concrete|
|Slope Stability and Retaining Walls|
|Open Channel Flow|
|Timber and Form Design|
|Finite Element Analysis|
|Structural Steel Design|
|Designing with Geosynthetics|
|Water Quality Management|
|ME Courses Required:|
|ME 221||Engineering Mechanics I||3|
|ME 222||Engineering Mechanics II||3|
|ME 223||Mechanics of Materials||3|
|Math Courses Required:|
|MATH 128||Introduction to Linear Algebra||1|
|MATH 165||Calculus I (May satisfy general education category R)||4|
|MATH 166||Calculus II||4|
|MATH 259||Multivariate Calculus||3|
|MATH 266||Introduction to Differential Equations||3|
|BUSN 431||Business Law I-Contracts, Property and Torts||3|
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Laboratory (May satisfy general education category S)
|CHEM 122||General Chemistry II (May satisfy general education category S)||3|
|ECON 105||Elements of Economics||3|
|ENGR 402||Engineering Ethics and Social Responsibility||1|
|ENGL 320||Business and Professional Writing (May satisfy general education category C)||3|
|or ENGL 321||Writing in the Technical Professions|
|GEOL 105||Physical Geology (May satisfy general education category S)||3|
|or GEOL 106||The Earth Through Time|
|PHYS 252||University Physics II (May satisfy general education category S)||4|
|STAT 330||Introductory Statistics (May satisfy general education category R)||3|
Degree Requirements and Notes
- A student must complete at least 60 semester credits of professional level course work in his/her program while in residence and enrolled in the college. Students transferring into the college from programs with professional accreditation are exempt from this residency requirement but are subject to the residency requirement of NDSU.
- A minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA is required for transfer students to be admitted to the B.S. in construction engineering program.