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Construction Engineering and Management

Why Choose This Major?

Construction engineers lead the most dynamic phase of civil and environmental engineering projects, procurement and construction of the physical facility, and there has never been a more exciting time to be involved in this field.

Technologies such as building information modeling, virtual reality, and visualization are revolutionizing the industry by providing construction engineers with unprecedented insight into the building process. Facilities can be virtually constructed before ground is broken to help identify potential problems, refine construction techniques, ensure safe and productive job sites, and facilitate success. New processes employing techniques from integrated manufacturing reduce waste and facilitate sequencing of activities through integrated project delivery, while new materials and methods promise to change the way business is done in the future.

We provide our students with the engineering foundation essential for professional licensure, valuable experience through co-op requirements, and formalized training in business essentials through an integrated business certificate program. Together, these elements prepare our students for leadership and success in the construction industry.



Construction Engineering and Management at University of Delaware

Areas of Study

Construction Engineering

Construction Management

Construction Law and Regulations

Planning and Scheduling

Estimating and Cost Control

CAD and BIM in Construction

Environment, Health and Safety

Productivity and Lean Construction

Quality Management and Control

Experiential Learning

All students in the program participate in a 26-week co-op program, which provides valuable experience working in the profession. All degree requirements, including the co-op program, are designed to be completed within four years.

Well-qualified Construction Engineering and Management majors may apply to the 4+1 program to earn a bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management and a Master of Civil Engineering degree within 5 years. The program is limited to University of Delaware undergraduates in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a minimum GPA of 3.25 at the time of application.


National employer demand for construction engineering and management skills increase from 2010 to 2013

Build The Future

Career Options

Construction Manager

Construction Engineer



Safety Officer

Field Engineer

Sample Curriculum

Fall Semester
Course Description Credits
CHEM103 General Chemistry I 4
CISC106 General Computer Science for Engineers 4
MATH241 Analytical Geometry and Calculus A 4
EGGG101 Introduction to Engineering 3
Breadth Course 3
Spring Semester
Course Description Credits
 CIEG191 Introduction to Construction Engineering and Management  3
MATH242  Analytical Geometry and Calculus B  4
PHYS207  Fundamentals of Physics I  4
ENGL110  Seminar in Composition 3
Breadth Course 3
Fall Semester
Course Description Credits
CIEG315 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 3
CIEG211 Statics 3
CIEG/PLSC222 Introduction to Surveying 3
CIEG291 CAD and BIM in Construction 3
Science/Math Elective 4
Spring Semester
Course Description Credits
MATH349 Elementary Linear Algebra 3
CIEG212 Solid Mechanics 3
CIEG213 Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory 1
CIEG214 Construction Materials 3
COMM212 Oral Communication in Business 3
CIEG292 Environment, Health and Safety 3
Fall Semester
Course Description Credits
CIEG486 Engineering Project Management 3
CIEG396 Structural Analysis and Design 4
CIEG397 Soils and Foundations 4
CIEG391 Construction Estimating and Cost Control 3
Breadth Course 3
Spring Semester
Course Description Credits
CIEG459 Optimal Design 3
CIEG394 Construction Law and Regulations 3
CIEG392 Construction Planning and Scheduling 3
Breadth Course 3
ACCT200 Survey of Accounting 4
Fall Semester
Course Description Credits
CIEG393 Construction Means and Methods 3
Technical Elective 3
CIEG481 Co-op Experience 3
CIEG398 Fluids, Hydraulics and Water Resources 3
Breadth Course 3
Spring Semester
Course Description Credits
CIEG491 Senior Design 4
Technical Elective 3
Free Elective* 3
Breadth Course 3
*Free elective at the discretion of the student.
CEM Breadth Courses (University and College Breadth)
Course Description Credits
ECON100 Economic Issues and Policies 3
PLSC170 Soils and Environmental Quality 3
BUAD100 Introduction to Business 3
FINC200 Fundamentals of Finance 3
ENGL410 Technical Writing 3
Upper-level creative arts and humanities elective to fulfill University Breadth requirements 3
Technical Electives (not all offered every semester)
Course Description Credits
CIEG492 International Construction 3
CIEG493 Construction Productivity Improvement 3
CIEG494 Bridges and Heavy Construction 3
CIEG495 Residential and Commercial Construction 3
CIEG343 Site Engineering 3
CIEG402 Introduction to Sustainability Principles in Civil Engineering 3
Science/Math Electives
Course Description Credits
BISC207 Introductory Biology 1 4
GEOG152 Climate and Life 4
GEOL107 Geology of Dynamic Earth 4
GEOL105/115 Geological Hazards (with Lab) 4
MATH243 Analytical Geometry and Calculus C 4
PHYS208 Fundamentals of Physics II 4
PLSC204/205 Introduction to Soil Science (with Lab) 4
Optional Minor
The program is structured for all students to complete a Certificate in Business Essentials offered by the Lerner College of Business and Economics. A student could opt for a Minor in Business Administration by taking BUAD301, 306 and 308 in lieu of BUAD 100.
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