Construction engineering majors typically like to build things and figure out ways to do so more quickly and with less waste materials. In the field, construction engineers work on different types of building projects, coordinating with team members to create cities and communities where people live and work.
The objectives of The University of Alabama bachelor of science in construction engineering (BSConE) program is to graduate students who are in demand by employers and graduate programs and who lead fulfilling professional careers through their abilities to:
- apply foundational knowledge of mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences in the professional practice of construction engineering
- synthesize technical knowledge of engineering analysis and design to identify, formulate and solve construction engineering problems
- demonstrate the professional practice skills needed to be successful in construction engineering
Student learning Outcomes
The BSConE student learning outcomes are formulated into three categories:
- Solve problems in (1) mathematics through calculus and differential equations; (2) probability and statistics; and (3) at least two areas of natural science.
- Explain the importance of (1) humanities, literature and fine arts; and (2) history and social behavior.
- Analyze and solve problems in engineering mechanics and materials
- Select and conduct engineering experiments, and analyze and evaluate the resulting data
- Apply relevant knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems, including problems in – project controls, construction methods, materials, and safety
- Explain the impact of historical and contemporary issues on engineering practice
- Develop solutions to well-defined project management problems
- Design a system or process in more than one area within the discipline to meet desired needs, including sustainability, and within other realistic constraints such as: environmental, economic, social, political, ethical, health and safety, and constructability
- Explain key aspects of at least one traditional or emerging area of area of advanced specialization within the discipline.
Professional Practice Outcomes
- Analyze a situation involving multiple conflicting professional, legal and ethical interests and determine an appropriate course of action
- Organize and deliver effective written, verbal and graphic communications
- Demonstrate the ability to learn through independent study, without the aid of formal instruction
- Demonstrate attributes supportive of the professional practice of engineering; apply leadership principles to direct the efforts of a small group to solve a relatively constrained problem; and function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team to solve open-ended engineering problems
- Explain the importance of professional licensure and basic concepts in engineering management, business, law and globalization
All students are strongly encouraged to prepare for and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination prior to graduation.
|CE 121||1||ENGR 171||1|
|ENGR 103||3||MATH 126 or 146||4|
|MATH 125 or 145||4||PH 105 or 125||4|
|EN 101||3||EN 102||3|
|CH 101 or 117||4||History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective||3|
|CE 260||2||CE 262||3|
|AEM 201||3||AEM 250||3|
|MATH 227||4||AEM 264||3|
|Approved natural science (N) elective||4||MATH 238||3|
|GES 255||3||PH 106 or 126||4|
|CE 366||3||CE 463||3|
|CE 340||4||CE 462||3|
|CE 331||3||CE 418||3|
|Engineering systems elective||3||Engineering systems elective||3|
|History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective||3||History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective||3|
|CE 468||3||CE 464||3|
|CE 461||3||CE 401 or 403||4|
|Senior (plan of study) elective||3||Senior (plan of study) electives||6|
|COM 123 or 124||3||Humanities (H), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective||3|
|Humanities (H), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective||3|
|Total Hours: 124|
Approved natural science (N) electives include: BSC 114 Principles Of Biology I, BSC 115 Laboratory Biology I, GEO 101 The Dynamic Earth, ECE 320 Fundmtl Electrical Engr, ME 216 Thermal Engineering Survey, AEM 311 Fluid Mechanics, GY 102 Earth Surface Processes, and GY 207 Field Studies in Water and Climate.
A six-hour sequence in either HI/SB or HU/L/FA core classes is required. Students are encouraged to consider EC 110 Principles of Microeconomics as an SB, CE 220 Society Infrastruct & Environm as an SB, and/or a foreign language as an HU.
Please see an adviser prior to enrolling. Co-op experience may be substituted with prior approval. See an adviser for additional information.
Senior (plan of study) electives must include at least one course in project management (PM) and at least one course in design (CD); one course may be a general technical elective (GT). See the department for a list of approved electives including approved project management (PM), design (CD) and general technical (GT) electives.
All construction engineering students are strongly encouraged to prepare for and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination prior to graduation. A graduate of the program who has passed the FE exam would then be an engineer intern under model law as maintained by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (ncees.org). It is recommended that the FE be taken the semester prior to graduation.
Related department policies and updates of catalog information are posted on the department website and message boards.
Construction engineers pursue careers in the public sector, managing projects that benefit society, working on highways, mass transit systems, dams, bridges and infrastructure. Careers are also available with private sector engineering design and construction firms that manage commercial and industrial projects for clients throughout the world. Construction engineering careers frequently serve as a gateway to executive leadership positions or self-employment. Construction engineers lead and inspire people and effectively manage large budgets and challenging schedules.
Types of Jobs Accepted
Construction engineering graduates often begin their careers with field-based assignments. Many serve as assistant project managers on construction sites. They may assist in the management of a project’s cost and schedule or serve in a variety of engineering functions. Other graduates go directly to positions with major industrial firms serving as corporate client representatives on major projects. Still others find career opportunities with state and federal agencies helping plan and oversee major public sector projects.
Jobs of Experienced Alumni
Experienced construction engineers plan and execute major projects and frequently are directly accountable for overall safety, cost and schedule performance. Many manage million and billion dollar projects with schedules extending over many years. Most construction engineers have organizational management responsibilities for the corporations or agencies they serve, and many ultimately serve in executive leadership positions.