BS in Construction Engineering & Management

The B.S. in Construction Engineering and Management (BSCEM) provides students with the knowledge and skills to become both construction engineers as well as construction managers.

Program Educational Objectives

A critical goal of the CEM faculty is to provide undergraduate students of varying backgrounds and abilities every opportunity for achieving success in the Construction profession. To address this goal, the Program Educational Objectives for the Bachelor of Science program have been established with input from alumni, students, and industry representatives. The mission of the BSCEM program is to produce students capable of functioning an entry level in construction management. The Construction Engineering and Management program accomplishes its mission by defining the following educational objectives for students who:

a. Will lead, represent, advance, and contribute to public safety and the profession in their communities and globally.
b. Will be well-rounded and ethical professionals displaying strong technical, managerial, and interpersonal skills.
c. Will be effective at communicating with diverse multi-disciplinary populations.
d. Will effectively reinforce their knowledge with real world experiences and apply their education to be lifelong learners and contribute to innovation in construction.
e. Will enrich the quality of life and sustainability of communities by providing ethical solutions to complex construction problems considering dynamic social, political, technological, and economic realities.
f. Will contribute to problem-solving, quality management and improvement of personal and organizational skills.

Program Student Outcomes

The program student's outcomes are in line with the learning outcomes described by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The graduates will have:

  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 meet 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 judgments, 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 judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Marketable Skills

  1. Communication: Reach mutual understanding through the effective exchange of information, ideas, and feelings
  2. Critical thinking: Analyze and evaluate issues in order to solve problems and develop informed opinions
  3. Listening: Be able to accurately receive and interpret messages during a conversation 
  4. Organization: Use resources effectively and efficiently in order to stay focused on different tasks
  5. Problem-solving: Find solutions to difficult or complex issues
  6. Teamwork: Participate as an effective, efficient member of a group in order to meet a common goal
  7. Writing: Be able to write in a clear and comprehensible manner to the reader

Additionally, students will learn Claims Avoidance and Schedule Management.  

Fast Track

The Fast-Track Program enables outstanding undergraduate UTEP students to receive both undergraduate and graduate credit for up to 15 hours of UTEP course work as determined by participating Master's and Doctoral programs.  Not all undergraduate programs have elected to participate in the Fast Track option, so students should see their departmental graduate advisor for information about requirements and guidelines. A list of courses that have been approved for possible use at the graduate level is found here

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 120

University Core Curriculum (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required Courses:
CE 2326Econ for Engrs & Scientists3
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
COMM 1302Business/Profession Comm3
GEOL 1111Principles of Earth Sci - Lab1
GEOL 1211Principles of Earth Sciences2
MATH 1508Precalculus ((Listed if completed, but not required))3-5
or MATH 1310 Trigonometry and Conics
or MATH 1411 Calculus I
UNIV 1301Seminar/Critical Inquiry3
Foundational Math & Science
Required Courses:
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
MATH 2313Calculus III3
Construction Engineering & Management (Lower) (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required Courses:
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I3
CE 1301Civil Engineering Fundamentals3
CE 1313Engineering Measurements3
CE 2315Statics3
CE 2334Mechanics of Materials3
CE 2335Geological Engineering3
CE 2343Structural Analysis3
CE 2373Engr Probability & Statistics3
CE 2375Intro to Fluid Mechanics3
Construction Engineering & Management (Upper)
Required Courses:
BLAW 3301Legal Environment of Business3
CE 3334Construction Management3
CE 3336Civil Engineering Materials3
CE 3348Geotechnical Engineering3
CE 4158Constr Methods & Matrls Lab1
CE 4188Senior Design I1
CE 4288Senior Design II2
CE 4339Geostructural Design3
CE 4354Electrical & Mech Construction3
CE 4358Construction Methods & Materls3
CE 4382Constr. Cost Analys. & Bidding3
CE 4385Construction Internship3
CE 4386Construction Law & Ethics3
CE 4387Construction Scheduling3
CE 4389Construction Safety3
FIN 3310Business Finance3
Total Hours120

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
Select six hours of the following: 6
For students whose secondary education was in English:
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
For students whose secondary education was not in English:
ESOL 1311Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl3
ESOL 1312Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl3
Total Hours12

American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture  (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Latina/o Presence in the U.S.
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics  (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Trigonometry and Conics
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Precalculus 1,2
Math for Social Sciences II
Statistical Literacy
Elementary Statistical Methods
1 A higher-level course in the calculus sequence can be substituted.
2 TCCN MATH 1314 will also satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences  (six hours)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence. A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.):
Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Intro General Chemistry Lab
Intro Organic & Biochem Lab
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Intro to General Chemistry
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environment Science 2
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Political Science  (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences  (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem-solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6