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 Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the University of Alabama’s Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering (BSConE), program is to have graduates who, within a few years of graduation, are in demand and lead fulfilling professional careers, in their chosen area of professional practice, through their demonstrated abilities to:

  1. Apply foundational knowledge of mathematics, science, humanities, and social sciences; and
  2. Synthesize technical knowledge of engineering analysis and design to identify, formulate, and solve problems; and
  3. Employ their professional practice skills.

Student Outcomes

Students, upon completion of the BSConE, program, will be able to:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that met specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to require and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

All students are strongly encouraged to prepare for and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination prior to graduation.

Construction Engineering Curriculum

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 121 or ENGR 1111ENGR 1711
ENGR 103 or 1233MATH 126 or 1464
MATH 125 or 1454PH 105 or 1254
EN 1013EN 1023
CH 100, 101, or 1174History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective1,43
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 2602CE 2623
AEM 2013AEM 2503
MATH 227 or 2474AEM 2643
Approved natural science (N) elective24MATH 2383
GES 2553PH 106 or 1264
 16 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 3313CE 4183
CE 3404CE 4623
CE 3663CE 4633
Engineering systems elective53Engineering systems elective53
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective1,43History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective1,43
 16 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 4613CE 401 or 4034
CE 4683CE 4643
Senior (plan of study) elective33Senior (plan of study) electives36
COM 123 or 1243Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective1,43
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective1,43 
 15 16
Total Hours: 124

The College of Engineering requires a grade of "C-" or better be earned in all courses that are a pre-requisite to classes used to fulfill degree requirements. If a grade lower than "C-" is received in a course that is a pre-requisite, that course must be repeated and a grade of "C-" or higher must be earned before enrolling in the subsequent course.

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.

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