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Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil and Construction Engineering

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 What is Civil and Construction Engineering (CVCE)?

Civil engineers design infrastructure and public works¬† that¬†support transportation, commerce, and public health. Construction engineers design and manage the processes that allow¬†projects to be built. Through required and elective courses,¬†UALR’s program exposes students to¬†all of¬†the major areas of civil engineering, including:

  • Materials engineering: properties of¬†building materials, such as aggregates, cement, concrete, steel, masonry, timber, asphalt, etc.
  • Geotechnical engineering: properties of soil and rock; design of shallow and deep foundations, slope stability, etc.
  • Geomatics engineering: surveying and¬†geographic information systems (GIS).
  • Structural engineering: design of columns, beams, and frames to support vertical and lateral loads.
  • Water resources engineering: design of pipelines, pipe networks, and open channels, to carry drinking water, storm water, and wastewater.
  • Environmental engineering: design and operation of water and wastewater treatment plants.
  • Transportation¬†engineering: geometric design of highways, pavement design, traffic analysis, etc.
  • Construction¬†engineering and management: Construction drawings, materials, methods, and equipment; estimating, bidding, contract administration, building information modeling (BIM), planning, scheduling, and safety.

The civil and construction engineering program prepares students to design and manage construction in the following areas:

  • Public Works and Infrastructure: Highways, bridges, locks, dams, levees, airports, railroads, water/wastewater treatment plants, power plants, buildings, etc.
  • Temporary Structures: Formwork, falsework, scaffolding, shoring, bracing, temporary bridges, cofferdams, heavy lift rigging, etc.,¬†to¬†support construction.

Admission Policy

Interested students should meet with an advisor in the civil and construction engineering (CVCE) program to declare a major. Full admission to the CVCE major requires readiness to take MATH 1451 Calculus I, CHEM 1406 Engineering Chemistry, and RHET 1311 Composition I. However, students who are not prepared to take these courses will be admitted to the CVCE major as pre-engineering students.   Students should request the CVCE major as early in their academic career as possible, so that they can receive proper advising.

Advising

Dr. Nickolas S. Jovanovic is the advisor for all civil and construction engineering (CVCE) majors and pre-engineering majors. Advising for spring semester is usually done in November, and advising for summer and fall is usually done in April. Dr. Jovanovic can be found in ETAS 202F or contacted at nsjovanovic@ualr.edu. The department office can be contacted at (501) 569-8133.

Transferring from Another Institution

Students planning to transfer to UALR from other institutions are encouraged to contact Dr. Jovanovic to discuss the courses that will apply toward the civil and construction engineering degree at UALR. Most community colleges do not offer all of the necessary freshman and sophomore level courses in math, science, and engineering. Most students transferring from community colleges should not expect to be able to complete the civil and construction engineering major in two or even three years. In fact, an engineering major generally requires at least four years starting from the semester in which the calculus sequence is started.

Potential transfer students from community colleges should also be aware that the civil and construction engineering program requires a much smaller number of general education (core, basics, etc.) courses than are required for most associate degrees. Taking additional general education courses at the community college will delay entry into and completion of the civil and construction engineering program. The civil and construction engineering program requires:

  • English Composition I and II (6 hours)
  • U.S. Government or U.S. History (3 hours)
  • Three¬†electives in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, or foreign languages (9 hours)

In order to transfer into civil and construction engineering as a sophomore, the following courses generally must have been completed elsewhere:

  • Calculus I and II (differential and integral calculus)
  • General Chemistry I with Lab (the introductory chemistry course for chemistry majors)
  • University Physics I with Lab (calculus-based physics)

In order to transfer into civil and construction engineering as a junior, the following additional courses generally must have been completed elsewhere:

  • Calculus III (vector calculus)
  • Engineering Statics (mechanics of rigid bodies)
  • Mechanics¬†of Materials (mechanics of deformable bodies)

Work Experience Requirement

All CVCE students are required to complete a minimum of 800 contact hours of practical work experience in an approved construction-related activity. This stipulation provides the graduate with valuable industry experience and insights.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil and Construction Engineering

The civil and construction engineering program combines courses in civil engineering with courses in construction engineering and management to prepare graduates to practice engineering within the construction industry, at an engineering design firm, or in a government agency.

Basic courses in engineering science prepare students for the required passage of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, the first step toward licensure as an Engineer Intern (EI) or Professional Engineer (PE). Construction engineering and management courses prepare students for the required passage of the Construction Fundamentals (CF) examination, the first step toward becoming an Associate Constructor (AC) or Certified Professional Constructor (CPC).

Students seeking a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil and Construction Engineering must pass each required CNMG course with a grade of C or higher. The degree requires at least 48 credit hours of engineering courses, and at least 32 credit hours of mathematics and laboratory science courses. For graduation, a grade point average of 2.00 or above is required in these engineering, mathematics, and science courses, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above is required for all work completed at UALR.

A minor is not required for the civil and construction engineering degree.

Student Activities

UALR civil and construction engineering students have the oppurtunity to become involved with several engineering organizations, including the Construction Institute (CI) and the Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and Engineers Without Borders (EWB).

Civil and construction engineering students have recently participated in several regional student competitions, including ASCE/AISC steel bridge competitions (Baton Rouge, LA in 2013, Martin, TN in 2012), and ASC/TEXO construction competitions (Dallas, TX in 2013 and 2012).

Accreditation

New engineering programs are not eligible to seek accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET until at least one student has graduated. The initial class graduated in May 2013, and the civil and construction engineering program received an on-site review by ABET in October 2013. The final accreditation decision will be made by ABET in July 2014 and posted on the ABET website on or about October 1, 2014.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Three students graduated from the civil and construction engineering program during the 2012-13 academic year. One hundred percent of the 2012-13 graduates passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination and 100% of the 2012-13 graduates passed the Associate Constructor (AC) examination.

During the 2013-14 academic year, 70 students were enrolled in the civil and construction engineering program.

The civil and construction engineering program was approved by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education in April 2010, and the program produced its initial graduating class in May 2013.