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  • Foreign: $ 40.4k / Year
  • Deadline:
  • 1 May 2017
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 546pts.
  • Duration:
  • 4 years

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    Construction engineering (CONE) is a program of the Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. The construction engineering major integrates engineering, construction and management courses. This program is designed for persons fulfilling the construction industry’s need for licensed professional engineers. It resembles the construction management program but provides a greater emphasis on engineering, scientific, and technical courses to meet requirements for licensure as a professional engineer. The courses focus on the application of engineering principles to solve real-world construction problems. They include instruction in civil engineering, structural principles, material testing and evaluation, project management, computer-assisted design, 3D animation, sustainability and graphic communication.

    The Durham School Construction Engineering program is accredited by EAC-ABET, Inc.

    The educational objectives of the construction engineering program are to produce graduates who will (in three to five years after graduation):

    • Possess knowledge acquisition skills enabling them to remain current throughout their careers;
    • Apply engineering principles of analysis and design to the systems being constructed;
    • Employ technical skills with innovation and dedication to pursue improved functionality, increased efficiency and decreased costs;
    • Use communication skills to effectively share their ideas with many forms of media;
    • Adapt to the constantly changing, interdisciplinary design and construction fields by applying teamwork and team building skills; and
    • Apply appropriate construction practices including business organization, estimating, scheduling, project delivery and ethics.

    Under the stimulus of increasing demand for global services, many Nebraska companies have expanded their reach well beyond U.S. borders. This demand gives the construction engineering graduate an unprecedented number of opportunities for employment (locally, nationally, and internationally), and for pursuing an advanced degree at UNL or elsewhere.

    Construction engineers participate in the preparation of engineering and architectural documents, including specifications, which they translate into finished projects, such as buildings for housing, commerce and industry, highways, railroads, waterways, airports, power plants, energy distribution systems, military bases and space center complexes. These projects involve thousands of details shared by a team of owners, architects, engineers, general constructors, specialty constructors, manufacturers, material suppliers, equipment distributors, regulatory bodies and agencies, labor resources and others. The constructor assumes responsibility for delivery of the completed project at a specified time and cost and also accepts associated legal, financial and management obligations. Because of the broad scope of the construction engineer’s project responsibility, he/she must assure the project’s constructability as well as its capability to be operated and maintained.

    Construction engineering students are required to enroll in a set of courses specifically designed for a general construction education. Each student selects, with the guidance of an advisor, a set of approved electives. The program outlined below leads to the bachelor of science degree in construction engineering.

    First Semester

    • CHEM 109 General Chemistry I4
    • COMM 286 Business & Professional Communication3
    • CONE 103 Introduction to Construction Engineering1
    • CSCE 155N Computer Science I: Engineering & Science Focus3
    • ENGR 10 Freshman Engineering Seminar0
    • MATH 106 Calculus I5


    Second Semester

    • MATH 107 Calculus II4
    • JGEN 200 Technical Communication I3
    • PHYS 211 General Physics I4
    • PHYS 221 General Physics I Lab1
    • ACE Elective3

    Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 7, or 9.


    Third Semester

    • CIVE 221 Geometric Control Systems (CONE 221)3
    • CNST 225 Introduction to Building Information Modeling3
    • ENGR 20 Sophomore Engineering Seminar0
    • MATH 208 Calculus III4
    • MECH 223 Engineering Statics3
    • PHYS 212 General Physics II4


    Fourth Semester

    • CONE 211 Construction Business Methods3
    • BSEN 206 Engineering Economics (CONE 206)3
    • MATH 221 Differential Equations3
    • MECH 325 Mechanics of Elastic Bodies3
    • MECH 373 Engineering Dynamics3


    Fifth Semester

    • CIVE 341 Introduction to Structural Engineering4
    • CONE 319 Construction Methods & Equipment3
    • CONE 378 Construction Estimating (CNST 378)3
    • MATH 380 Statistics & Applications (STAT 380) or MECH 321 Engineering Statistics & Data Analysis3
    • MECH 310 Fluid Mechanics (CIVE 310)3


    Sixth Semester

    • CIVE 334 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering4
    • CIVE 378 Materials of Construction3
    • ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics3
    • ELEC 211 Elements of Electrical Engineering I3
    • ACE Elective3

    Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 7, or 9.


    Seventh Semester

    • CIVE 440 Reinforced Concrete Design I3
    • CONE 414 Accident Prevention in Construction or CNST 344 Construction Site Safety Management3
    • CONE 476 Project Budgets & Controls (CNST 476)3
    • CONE 485 Construction Planning, Scheduling & Controls (CNST 485)3
    • Technical Elective3


    Eighth Semester

    • CIVE 441 Steel Design I3
    • CONE 489 Construction Engineering Capstone Course3
    • BLAW 371 Legal Environment3
    • Technical Elective3

    ACE Elective3

    Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 7, or 9.


    Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation125


    Students are required to enroll in a predetermined set of courses specifically designed for general construction education. Each student selects, with the approval of his/her advisor, a set of approved electives.

    Technical electives are selected from the following list. One (3 credit hour) of the required two electives needs to be considered a design technical elective.

    Design Technical Electives

    • CONE 416 Wood/Contemporary Materials Design
    • CONE 417 Formwork Systems
    • CONE 481 Highway & Bridge Construction
    • CONE 483 Support of Excavation
    • CIVE 443 Structural Analysis
    • CIVE 444 Structural Design & Planning
    • CIVE 446 Steel Design II
    • CIVE 447 Reinforced Concrete Design II

    Technical Electives

    All previously listed Design Technical Electives

    • CNST 379 Construction Estimating II
    • CNST 434 The Design/Build Project Delivery System
    • CONE 450 Sustainable Construction
    • CONE 466 Heavy/Civil Estimating
    • CONE 498 Special Topics in Construction
    • MECH 420 Heat Transfer

    USA requirements for international students

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    University requirements

    Program requirements

    • There is a $45 application fee payable online with a credit card.
    • Secondary school transcript
    • Secondary school certificate/diploma
    • Non-native English speakers must submit an IELTS or TOEFL score demonstrating proficiency in English.
    • In order to be issued an I-20, you must submit a bank statement showing sufficient support for the first year of study.


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