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Construction Engineering Management Undergraduate Major (BA, BS, CRED, HBA, HBS)

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College of Engineering | School of Civil and Construction Engineering

Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-3212

The School of Civil and Construction Engineering offers BA and BS degrees in Construction Engineering Management (CEM). This unique program blends principles of basic science, engineering, and technology with a strong component of business subjects to prepare graduates for a productive career in the construction industry. The BS in Construction Engineering Management is ACCE accredited.

The CEM program is built on a rigorous four-year curriculum that emphasizes practical applications as well as basic principles. Students are given hands-on experiences in the laboratory and are involved in field trips as a supplement to their classroom activities. A more detailed explanation of the CEM Program is contained in the "Construction Engineering Management Advising Guide," which may be viewed on the school's website at

The mission of the CEM program is to provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art education to prepare students for professional and responsible constructor positions with business, industry, consulting firms or government. The program's educational objectives are to:

  1. Provide a compelling education based in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering sciences, and business, and in the fundamental paradigms, concepts, understandings, applications, and knowledge of civil and construction engineering and construction management.

  2. Develop students' abilities through their education to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information, solve engineering problems, and be prepared to effectively perform project engineering and management tasks for effective execution of construction projects.

  3. Provide education for modern professional practice including the abilities for effective communication, collaborative work in diverse teams, ethical decision-making, successful management of personal and professional career objectives, and continual development through lifelong learning and professional involvement.

  4. Prepare our graduates for either immediate employment or for graduate school opportunities in construction or business.

  5. Provide students with knowledge of contemporary societal issues and a sensitivity to the challenge of meeting social, environmental, and economic constraints within a global community.

Construction Engineering Management (BA, BS, HBA, HBS)

Pre-Construction Engineering Management

Freshman Year (43)

CCE 101. Civil and Construction Engineering Orientation (2)5
CCE 102. Civil and Construction Engineering: Problem-Solving and Technology (3)E
CH 201. Chemistry for Engineering Majors (3)5
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)1
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)1
ECON 201. *Introduction to Microeconomics (4)1
ECON 202. *Introduction to Macroeconomics (4)1
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)1
HHS 241. *Lifetime Fitness (1)1
   or any PAC course (1–2)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)E
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)E
PH 211. *General Physics with Calculus (4)E
WR 121. *English Composition (3)1,E
*Perspectives: Cultural Diversity Course (3)1
*Perspectives: Literature and the Arts Course (3)1

Sophomore Year (44)

Approved Biological Science Course (4)5
BA 215. Fundamentals of Accounting (4)E
BA 230. Business Law I (4)
CCE 201. Civil and Construction Engineering Graphics and Design (3)1,E
CCE 203. Introduction to Virtual Design and Construction (3)
CEM 263. Plane Surveying (3)5
ENGR 211. Statics (3)E
ENGR 213. Strength of Materials (3)E
ENGR 390. Engineering Economy (3)E
PH 212. *General Physics with Calculus (4)E
PHL 205. *Ethics (4)1
ST 314. Introduction to Statistics for Engineers (3)E
WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)1

Professional Construction Engineering Management

Junior Year (46)

CCE 321. Civil and Construction Engineering Materials (4)
CE 365. Highway Location and Design (3)
CE 424. Contracts and Specifications (4)
CEM 311. Hydraulics (4)
CEM 341. Construction Estimating I (4)
CEM 381. Structures I (4)
CEM 407. Seminar (1)
CEM 441. Heavy Civil Construction Management (4)
CEM 442. Building Construction Management (4)
CEM 471. Electrical Facilities (4)
CEM 472. Mechanical Facilities (3)
FE 315. Soil Engineering (4)
   or CE 372. Geotechnical Engineering I (4)
*Difference, Power, and Discrimination Course (3)1

Senior Year (47)

BA 351. Managing Organizations (4)
CE 427. Temporary Construction Structures (4)
CEM 342. Construction Estimating II (4)
CEM 343. Construction Planning and Scheduling (4)
CEM 383. Structures II (4)
CEM 431. Obtaining Construction Contracts (4)
    or CEM 432. Construction Project Planning (3)
CEM 443. ^Project Management for Construction (4)
H 385. Safety and Health Standards and Laws (3)
   or CEM 326. Construction Safety (3) 
MGMT 453. Human Resources Management (4)
Restricted Upper-Division Business Elective (4)
Upper-Division Engineering Elective (3)
*Synthesis Course (6)1

Degree total=180


* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)
E Required for entry into the professional program.
1 Must be selected to satisfy baccalaureate core requirements.
5 Prerequisite for several upper-division courses. Recommended for completion prior to entry into the professional program.

Geomatics (Surveying and Mapping)

Construction engineering management graduates are eligible to take the Fundamentals of Land Surveying Examination by completing:

CE 365. Highway Location and Design (3)
CEM 263. Plane Surveying (3)

Plus 10 credits from the following:
CE 461/CE 561. Photogrammetry (3)
CE 463/CE 563. Control Surveying (4)
CE 465/CE 565. Oregon Land Survey Law (3)
CE 469/CE 569. Property Surveys (3)
CE 562. Digital Terrain Modeling (4)

Pre-Construction Engineering Management Major Code: 368

Major Code: 338

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