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Bachelor of Science in Civil and Construction Engineering

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Recipient of a 2015 NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education

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Accreditation Information

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The civil and construction engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Enrollment, Graduation, and Employment Data

Four students graduated from the civil and construction engineering program during the 2014-15 academic year. One hundred percent of the 2014-15 graduates passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination and 100% of the 2014-15 graduates passed the Associate Constructor (AC) examination. At the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year, 88 students were enrolled in the civil and construction engineering program, including pre-engineering students, freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and postbaccalaureate students. 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. Graduates of the program have been employed by:

  • CDI Contractors (Little Rock)
  • AFCO Steel (Little Rock)
  • Prospect Steel (Little Rock)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District
  • The Holloway Firm (Maumelle)
  • Rogers Group (Conway)
  • Austin Bridge & Road (Irving, Texas)

Graduates of the program have attended graduate school at:

  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee)

2014 Salary Data by Major (from the Washington Post)

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:

  • Geotechnical engineering: properties of soil and rock; design of shallow and deep foundations, slope stability, etc. Courses in this area:
    • ERSC 4371 Engineering Geology
    • CNMG 3347 Engineering Soil Mechanics
    • CNMG 4351 Foundation Design
  • Structural engineering: properties of construction materials anddesign of columns, beams, and frames to support vertical and lateral loads. Courses in this area:
    • CNMG 1313 Civil Engineering Materials
    • CNMG 2370 Engineering Statics
    • CNMG 3376 Engineering Structural Mechanics
    • CNMG 3312 Engineering Structural Analysis
    • CNMG 4371 Structural Steel Design
    • CNMG 4321 Reinforced Concrete Design (elective)
  • Water Resources/Environmental engineering: design of pipelines, pipe networks, and open channels, to carry water and treat drinking water, storm water, and wastewater. Courses in this area:
    • ERSC 4372 Surface Water Hydrology
    • CNMG 3357 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
    • CNMG 3374 Hydraulic Engineering
    • CNMG 4357 Water and Wastewater Engineering
    • CNMG 4362 Water Resources Engineering (elective)
  • Construction engineering/management: Construction drawings, materials, methods, and equipment; estimating, bidding, contract administration, planning, scheduling, and safety. Courses in this area:
    • CNMG 1305 Drawings and Specifications
    • CNMG 2313 Construction Materials and Methods
    • CNMG 2314 Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems
    • CNMG 3302 Engineering Economy
    • CNMG 3324 Heavy Civil Construction
    • CNMG 3327 Field Engineering and Construction Equipment
    • CNMG 3339 Estimating I
    • CNMG 4323 Construction Administration
    • CNMG 4329 Construction Planning and Scheduling
    • CNMG 4334 Construction Contracts and Law
    • CNMG 4342 Construction Safety
  • Transportation engineering: geomatics and geometric design of highways, pavement design, traffic analysis, etc. Courses in this area:
    • CNMG 2316 Construction Surveying
    • CNMG 4354 Highway Engineering (elective)

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 from September-November, and advising for summer and fall is usually done in February-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 to make an appointment with Dr. Jovanovic.

Admission Policy

Admission to the civil and construction engineering major requires readiness to take:

  • MATH 1451 Calculus I
  • CHEM 1406 General Chemistry for Engineers

Students may be provisionally admitted into the major before this, but they may require more than four years to complete the degree requirements.

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. In general, courses from other accredited institutions will transfer to UALR if the earned grade was a C or higher. Engineering courses from programs accredited by EAC/ABET will generally apply toward the major, if they are similar to the courses required 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. 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:

  • RHET 1311 and 1312 English Composition I and II (6 hours)
  • POLS 1310 American National Government (3 hours)
  • HIST 1311 or 1312 History of Civilization I or II (3 hours)
  • ECON 2301 or 2322 Survey of Economics or Microeconomics (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society (3 hours)
  • A fine arts elective (3 hours)

In order to transfer into civil and construction engineering as a 2nd year student, the following courses (or equivalents) 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 3rd year student, the following additional courses (or equivalents) generally must have been completed elsewhere:

  • Calculus III (vector calculus)
  • Civil Engineering Materials (steel, aggregates, concrete, asphalt)
  • 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- or engineering-related activity. This stipulation provides the graduate with valuable industry experience and insights.

Bachelor of Science in Civil and Construction Engineering Degree Requirements

The civil and construction engineering program focuses on structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental and water resources engineering, and construction engineering. However, the program also exposes students to other major areas of civil engineering, including materials engineering, highway engineering, and surveying. A minor is not required. Students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Construction Engineering must pass each CNMG course with a grade of C or greater, must achieve at least a 2.00 grade point average (GPA) in the major (all required MATH, STAT, CHEM, PHYS, CNMG and SYEN courses), and also must pass both the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and the Associate Constructor (AC) examinations.

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 Deep South Conference Engineering Competitions
    • Lake Charles, LA in 2016 – ???
    • Oxford, MS in 2015 – steel bridge, surveying, mystery event, concrete bowling ball
    • Memphis, TN in 2014 – steel bridge, surveying, mystery event
    • Baton Rouge, LA in 2013 – steel bridge
    • Martin, TN in 2012 – steel bridge
  • ASC/TEXO Construction Competitions
    • Dallas, TX in 2016 – ???
    • Dallas, TX in 2015 – commercial building, heavy civil
    • Dallas, TX in 2014 – commercial building, heavy civil
    • Dallas, TX in 2013 – commercial building, heavy civil
    • Dallas, TX in 2012 – commercial building, heavy civil
  • ASCE Construction Institute Student Days Competition
    • Orange County, CA in 2015 – ???
    • Portland, OR in 2014 – pipeline design