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.  

Program Objectives

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:

Foundational Outcomes

  • 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.

Technical Outcomes

  1. Analyze and solve problems in engineering mechanics and materials
  2. Select and conduct engineering experiments, and analyze and evaluate the resulting data
  3. 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
  4. Explain the impact of historical and contemporary issues on engineering practice
  5. Develop solutions to well-defined project management problems
  6. 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
  7. 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.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 1211ENGR 1711
ENGR 1033MATH 126 or 1464
MATH 125 or 1454PH 105 or 1254
EN 1013EN 1023
CH 101 or 1174History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 2602CE 2623
AEM 2013AEM 2503
MATH 2274AEM 2643
Approved natural science (N) elective4MATH 2383
GES 2553PH 106 or 1264
 16 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 3663CE 4633
CE 3404CE 4623
CE 3313CE 4183
Engineering systems elective3Engineering systems elective3
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3
 16 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 4683CE 4643
CE 4613CE 401 or 4034
Senior (plan of study) elective3Senior (plan of study) electives6
COM 123 or 1243Humanities (H), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3
Humanities (H), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3 
 15 16
Total Hours: 124
1

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 MechanicsGY 102 Earth Surface Processes, and GY 207 Field Studies in Water and Climate.

2

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.

3

Students must complete six hours of systems electives chosen from: ECE 320 Fundmtl Electrical Engr, ME 216 Thermal Engineering Survey and AEM 311 Fluid Mechanics.

4

Please see an adviser prior to enrolling. Co-op experience may be substituted with prior approval. See an adviser for additional information.

5

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.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center