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2012-2013 University Catalog (Revised 2012-10-02) 
2012-2013 University Catalog (Revised 2012-10-02) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Construction Engineering Technology, B.S.

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Offered by: College of Engineering, Engineering Technology Department

The Construction Engineering Technology Program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. This degree provides the student with a firm background in construction practices. Graduates may eventually work in any area of construction including commercial, heavy-civil, and residential. Construction Engineering Technology (CET) graduates work with owners, developers, architects, engineers (civil, mechanical, and electrical), building departments, governmental agencies, contractors, and subcontractors to implement a variety of construction projects. Job titles include field engineer, project engineer, superintendent, as well as estimator, scheduler, and project manager.

Students receive training in construction materials, drafting, computer applications, construction surveying, structural design, construction equipment, estimating, scheduling, accounting, project management, safety and law.

The program has close ties with the construction industry. The student organization is the Construction Engineering and Management Association (CEMA), which is associated with the Associated General Contractors (AGC), Building Industry Association (BIA), and Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). The CET program offers a number of construction scholarships, and students may apply for grants based on financial need and/or academic achievement. Additional information on the CET program can be found on the web at

Required Core Courses for Major: 88 units

Elective Support Courses: 12 units

Technical Electives

May include College Trigonometry.
Consult with Department Advisor.

General Education Requirements: 68 units

Students should consult the catalog website for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated under Support Courses, see the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.   An alternate pattern from that listed here for partial fulfillment of Areas 1, 3 and 4 available for students in this major is the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program. Please see the description of IGE elsewhere in your catalog.

Area A. Communication and Critical Thinking (12 units)

  1. Oral Communication
  2. Written Communication
  3. Critical Thinking

Area B. Mathematics and Natural Sciences (16 units)

  1. Physical Science
  2. Biological Science
  3. Laboratory Activity
  4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
  5. Science and Technology Synthesis

Area C. Humanities (16 units)

  1. Visual and Performing Arts
  2. Philosophy and Civilization
  3. Literature and Foreign Languages
  4. Humanities Synthesis

Area D. Social Sciences (20 units)

  1. U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals
  2. History, Economics, and Political Science
  3. Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic and Gender Studies
  4. Social Science Synthesis

Area E. Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development (4 units)

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