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Civil Engineering Technology BS

Program overview

Using the language of codes, working drawings, and specifications, students in the civil engineering technology major learn how to translate the innovative concepts of the engineer into functioning systems and structures. The major prepares students for employment in the fields of civil engineering technology, construction management, or any closely related field. In addition, student learn the skills necessary pursue additional education, certification, or professional licensure. Course work and extracurricular activities are designed to broaden students' involvement in organizations within and outside their profession. These objectives are achieved through a broad-based curriculum that offers students a choice of five elective paths that meet specific career interests.


The civil engineering technology major is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET,

Civil engineering technology, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CVET-140, 141 Materials of Construction and Lab 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
MATH-111 LAS Perspective 7A: Pre-Calculus 3
PHYS-111, 112 LAS Perspective 6: Physics I, II 8
  LAS Perspective 1 3
CVET-210 Statics 3
CVET-150 Computer Aided Design and Drafting 3
MATH-171 LAS Perspective 7B: Calculus A 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CVET-160, 161 Surveying and Lab 4
CVET-180, 181 Civil Engineering Graphics and Lab 3
CVET-220 Strength of Materials 4
  LAS Perspective 2 3
MATH-172 Calculus B 3
CVET-170 Elements of Building Construction 3
CVET-230 Elementary Structures 3
CVET-240 Elementary Soil Mechanics 3
CVET-241 Elementary Soil Mechanics Lab 1
MATH-211 Elements of Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations 3
CHMG-121 LAS Perspective 5: Chemical Principles and Applications 3
Third Year
CVET-250, 251 Hydraulics and Lab 4
CVET-300 Land Development Computer Applications 3
CVET-330 Structural Analysis and Dynamics 4
  LAS Perspective 3 3
COMM-203 Effective Technical Communication 3
CVET-299 Cooperative Education Preparation 0
CVET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
CVET-440 Foundation Engineering 3
  Structural Design Technical Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
CHMG-122 Chemistry of Water and Wastewater 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
Choose one of the following: 3
     Structural Design Elective  
     Technical Elective  
CVET-450 Principles of Water and Wastewater Treatment 3
CVET-400 Transportation Engineering 2
CVET-401 Transportation Engineering Lab 1
  LAS Perspective 4 3
CVET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
CVET-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
CVET-500 Civil Engineering Technology Capstone (WI) 3
  Technical Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
  LAS Math or Science Elective 4
  LAS Immersion 3 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 128

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

Professional options

Students may choose to pursue one of three professional options in construction management, structural design, or water resources. Professional options consist of three courses.

Construction management

CVET-461 Construction Cost Estimating I
CVET-462 Construction Project Management
CVET-464 Construction Planning, Scheduling and Control
CVET-465 Contracts and Specifications
CVET-505 Sustainable Building Design and Construction

Structural design

CVET-433 Structural Timber Design
CVET-434 Design of Highway Bridges
CVET-435  Prestressed Concrete
CVET-436 Masonry Structures

Water resources

CVET-453 Stormwater Management
CVET-452 Groundwater Hydraulics
CVET-451 Design of Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities
CVET-423 Geospatial Information Systems for CETEMS

Additional information

Industrial Advisory Board

The Industrial Advisory Board is comprised of local and regional industry leaders from consulting, construction, and the municipal market. These advisory board members share their professional and technical expertise to enhance the engineering technology program and strengthen its development.


Consulting engineers; construction companies and industries; and federal, state, and local government agencies employ engineering technology graduates both nationally and internationally. Their initial job titles range from assistant project manager, structural designer, or junior engineer to construction inspector and environmental engineer. Many graduates pursue advanced degrees, a large number have gained registration in several states as professional engineers, and many manage their own consulting firms.