Mar 25, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil Engineering Technology Major, B.S.

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Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology  

College of Health and Applied Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

The Bachelor of Science degree is awarded upon completion of the required program. The program emphasizes theory and practice. 

The Civil Engineering Technology curriculum provides a foundation of knowledge in applied engineering by merging the analytic skills of the engineer with the practical skills of the technician. The combination of theory and application prepares graduates for a transition to rewarding employment in a variety of industries. 

Civil engineering technology graduates apply engineering principles in performing many of the tasks necessary for the planning and construction of highways, buildings, railroads, bridges, reservoirs, dams, irrigation works, water systems, airports, and other structures. Graduates may participate in estimating costs, preparing specifications for materials, and in surveying, drafting, and design work. In recent years, a major work area for civil and environmental engineering technology has involved environmental problems. This area includes design and construction of water supply facilities and the design of wastewater collection and treatment facilities. 

Under the revised rules and regulations of the Colorado State Board for Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors, students within 30 semester hours of graduation may take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination. 

This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET, Ill Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, Phone: 410-347-7700. 

If considering graduate school studies in engineering or physical science, students are encouraged to elect the mathematics minor. 

If considering graduate school studies in architectural engineering, students are encouraged to elect the architecture minor.

Student Outcomes

The program must have documented student outcomes that support the program educational objectives. Attainment of these outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.

  1. an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve well-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  2. an ability to design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with the engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the discipline;
  3. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  4. an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results; and
  5. an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • Any course identified in the CET major core, the concentrations, and the optional minors must be passed with a grade of “C” or better. 
  • All MTH, PHY, CHE courses must be passed with a grade of “C-” or better. 
  • CET majors must comply with all University General Studies requirements. 
  • A total minimum of 128 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor is not required for this program. 

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Multicultural Requirement (0 or 3 credits)

  • Students should consult the Multicultural Graduation Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the Multicultural Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

Required Prerequisites: 17 credits

The department recommends that this requirement be met along with the General Studies requirements.

Select one of the following two concentrations:

Structures Concentration: 21 credits

Construction Concentration: 21 credits

Recommended Optional Minors for CET Majors

The minor cannot be used to replace the concentration.

Architecture Minor


Mathematics Minor: 23-24 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Required Prerequisites 17 credits
Required Courses 52 credits
Concentration Selection 21 credits
Additional Required Courses 14 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Total for the Civil Engineering Major, B.S. Minimum of 128 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.

Up to 12 of the 33 General Studies credits in this program may be fulfilled through requirements for the degree.

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