Those who like to build things and figure out ways to do so more quickly, with less waste materials, major in construction engineering. Those who like to work with people on projects, bringing others’ interests and ideas together with their own become construction engineers, enjoying being part of a team that creates the cities and communities in which they live and work.
The objectives of The University of Alabama bachelor of science in civil engineering (BSCE) and bachelor of science in construction engineering (BSConE) programs are 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 civil or construction engineering
- synthesize technical knowledge of engineering analysis and design to identify, formulate and solve civil or construction engineering problems
- demonstrate the professional practice skills needed to be successful in civil or construction engineering
Student Learning Outcomes
The BSCE and BSConE student learning outcomes are formulated into three categories:
- Solve problems in mathematics through differential equations, probability and statistics, calculus-based physics, general chemistry, and one additional area of science.
- Explain the importance of
- humanities, literature and fine arts, and
- history and social behavior in the professional practice of civil or construction engineering.
- Analyze and solve problems in material science and engineering mechanics.
- Select and conduct program-relevant civil or construction engineering experiments to meet a need, and analyze and evaluate the resulting data.
- Apply relevant knowledge, techniques, skills and modern engineering tools to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems, including:
- for the BSCE – problems in at least four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering
- for the BSConE – problems in construction processes, communications, methods, materials, systems, equipment, planning, scheduling, safety, economics, accounting, cost analysis and control, decision analysis, and optimization
- Explain the impact of historical and contemporary issues on civil or construction engineering.
- Develop solutions to well-defined project management problems within civil or construction engineering.
- Design a system or process in more than one program-relevant civil or construction engineering specialty field to meet desired needs, including sustainability and within other realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety and constructability.
- Explain key aspects of at least one traditional or emerging program-relevant area of advanced specialization.
Professional Practice Outcomes
- Analyze a situation involving multiple conflicting professional, legal and ethical interests to determine an appropriate course of action.
- Organize and deliver effective written, verbal, graphical and virtual 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 licensure and basic concepts in engineering management, business, law, public administration, public policy and globalization as related to the professional practice of civil or construction engineering.
All students are strongly encouraged to prepare for and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination prior to graduation.
|CE 121 or ENGR 111||1||ENGR 171||1|
|ENGR 103||3||MATH 126||4|
|MATH 125||4||PH 105||4|
|EN 101||3||EN 102||3|
|CH 101||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|
|Humanities (H), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective||3||PH 106 or CH 102||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|
|GES 255||3||Senior (plan of study) electives||6|
|Senior (plan of study) 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 and GY 102 Earth Surface Processes.
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.
Students must take either CE 121 Intro Civil Constrctn Envir Eg or ENGR 111 Engineering for the Future. Prerequisite for ENGR 111 Engineering for the Future is MATH 110 Finite Mathematics (so students are taking MATH 112 Precalculus Algebra or MATH 113 Precalculus Trigonometry or MATH 115 Precalc Algebra & Trig or calculus or higher).
Students should take ENGR 103 Engineering Foundations. Students no longer take ENGR 131 Eng. Concepts & Design I, ENGR 141 Eng. Concepts & Design II and ENGR 151 Fundamental Eng. Graphics (this course replaces those three one-hour courses). Prerequisite for ENGR 103 Engineering Foundations is MATH 113 Precalculus Trigonometry or MATH 115 Precalc Algebra & Trig (the students must be in Calculus or higher).
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.