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Earn your Construction Engineering Technology degree from Southern Miss!

Construction Engineering Technology BS
Program Overview

The complexity of today’s construction projects requires greater skills and knowledge than ever before. If you want to join a team of experts who can manage the entire design and building process, your journey starts here. USM offers the only accredited Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology online degree in the nation. Learn to coordinate and supervise a project from the conceptual development stage through final construction.

Construction Engineering Technology is about making sure jobs are done right. Learn the business from the ground up with USM and Online at Southern Miss.

Interested?

Your Future

Check out some of the jobs our graduates landed after earning this degree.

ENTRY LEVEL ROLES:

  • Junior Estimator
  • Junior Scheduler
  • Assistant Project Manager
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Construction Material Sales
  • Assistant Safety Manager
  • Junior Contract Administrator
  • Field Engineer
  • Field Inspector
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Acceptance Officer

WITH 3 – 5+ YEARS JOB EXPERIENCE:

  • Estimator
  • Scheduler
  • Project manager
  • Superintendent
  • Safety Manager or EHS Manager
  • Contract Administrator
  • Construction Manager-Agent
  • Building Information Manager (BIM)
  • Facilities Manager
  • Construction Superintendent

Your future starts at Southern Miss!

Qualifications

Before you can get started on your career path, you’ll have to meet the basic requirements for entrance in the program.

Core Requirements:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of mathematics
  • 3 units of sciences
  • 3 units of social studies
  • 2 units of advanced electives
  • ½ unit of computer applications

If you don’t meet the above core requirements, you may still be considered for admission to the summer developmental program through an interview and screening.

If you have an ACT sub-score of 16 and below in reading and English, you’ll be required to enroll in English 099 your first semester. If you have an ACT Math sub-score 20 and below, you must enroll in Math 099 your first semester. If you’re required to enroll in both English 099 and Math 099, you must also enroll in LS 101 (Learning Skills Strategies).

More specific information regarding freshman and transfer student requirements can be found here.

Degree Requirements


  • ENG 101 – Composition One 3 hrs.
  • ENG 102 – Composition Two 3 hrs.


Science Requirement (8 hours minimum)

Select 2 courses with labs:

 

  • BSC 103 – Biology and Society 3 hrs. ◊AND
  • BSC 103L – Biology and Society Laboratory 1 hr ◊
  • BSC 110 – Principles of Biological Science I 3 hrs. ◊AND
  • BSC 110L – Principles of Biological Science I Laboratory 1 hr. ◊
  • BSC 111 – Principles of Biological Science II 3 hrs. ◊AND
  • BSC 111L – Principles of Biological Science II Laboratory 1 hr. ◊

 

  • CHE 104 – Chemistry and Our Environment 3 hrs. * AND
  • CHE 104L – Chemistry and Our Environment Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • CHE 106 – General Chemistry I 3 hrs. * AND
  • CHE 106L – General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • CHE 107 – General Chemistry II 3 hrs. * AND
  • CHE 107L – General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr. *

 

  • PHY 111 – General Physics I 3 hrs. * AND
  • PHY 111L – General Physics I Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • PHY 112 – General Physics II 3 hrs. * AND
  • PHY 112L – General Physics II Laboratory 1 hr. *
Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)
  • MAT 100 – Quantitative Reasoning 3 hrs. ***
  • MAT 101 – College Algebra 3 hrs. *
  • Higher-level MAT course*


  • ENG 203 – World Literature 3 hrs.
Select 2 courses, 1 History required:
  • HIS 101 – World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs.
  • HIS 102 – World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs.
  • PHI 151 – Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs.
  • REL 131 – Comparative Religion 3 hrs.


Select 1 course:

  • ART 130 – Art Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • DAN 130 – Dance Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • MUS 165 – The Enjoyment of Music 3 hrs.


Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101 – The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs.
  • GHY 101 – World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs.
  • PS 101 – American Government 3 hrs.
  • PSY 110 – General Psychology 3 hrs.
  • SOC 101 – Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs.


  • BCT 400 – Senior Project 3 hrs. (Capstone)


  • BCT 478 – Applications of Construction Law 3 hrs. (WI)
  • ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites


Select 1 course:

  • CMS 111 – Oral Communication 3 hrs. (SI)


  • BCT 400 – Senior Project 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites

Note:

*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.

**This particular GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

GEC 06 – GEC 09 courses are specific to this major.



  • ACT 234 – Architectural CADD 3 hrs.
  • ACT 380 – Specifications and Contract Documents 3 hrs.
  • ACT 450 – Building Information Modeling 3hrs.
  • AEC 132 – Architectural Graphics 3 hrs.
  • AEC 204 – Materials and Methods of Construction 3 hrs. AND
  • AEC 204L – Materials and Methods of Construction Laboratory 1 hr.
  • AEC 270 – Statics and Strengths of Materials 3 hrs.
  • AEC 300 – Seminar 1 hr.
  • AEC 315 – Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems 3 hrs.
  • AEC 315L – Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems Lab 1 hr.
  • AEC 254 – Estimating I 3 hrs.
  • AEC 344 – Structural Design 3 hrs.
  • AEC 390 – Engineering Economics 3 hrs.
  • AEC 496 – Industrial Internship 1-6 hrs.
  • BCT 205 – Surveying 3 hrs. AND
  • BCT 205L – Surveying Laboratory 1 hr.
  • BCT 174 – Construction Organization 3 hrs.
  • BCT 445 – Soils and Foundations 3 hrs. AND
  • BCT 445L – Soils and Foundations Laboratory 1 hr.
  • BCT 365 – Estimating II 3 hrs.
  • BCT 258 – Construction Planning and Scheduling 3 hrs.
  • BCT 377 – Construction Project Management 3 hrs.
  • BCT 478 – Applications of Construction Law 3 hrs. (WI)
  • BCT 380 – Construction Safety 3 hrs.
  • BCT 400 – Senior Project 3 hrs. (Capstone)


  • ACT 234 – Architectural CADD 3 hrs.
  • ACT 380 – Specifications and Contract Documents 3 hrs.
  • ACT 450 – Building Information Modeling 3hrs.
  • AEC 132 – Architectural Graphics 3 hrs.
  • AEC 204 – Materials and Methods of Construction 3 hrs. AND
  • AEC 204L – Materials and Methods of Construction Laboratory 1 hr.
  • AEC 270 – Statics and Strengths of Materials 3 hrs.
  • AEC 300 – Seminar 1 hr.
  • AEC 315 – Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems 3 hrs.
  • AEC 315L – Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems Lab 1 hr.
  • AEC 254 – Estimating I 3 hrs.
  • AEC 344 – Structural Design 3 hrs.
  • AEC 390 – Engineering Economics 3 hrs.
  • AEC 496 – Industrial Internship 1-6 hrs.
  • BCT 205 – Surveying 3 hrs. AND
  • BCT 205L – Surveying Laboratory 1 hr.
  • BCT 174 – Construction Organization 3 hrs.
  • BCT 445 – Soils and Foundations 3 hrs. AND
  • BCT 445L – Soils and Foundations Laboratory 1 hr.
  • BCT 365 – Estimating II 3 hrs.
  • BCT 258 – Construction Planning and Scheduling 3 hrs.
  • BCT 377 – Construction Project Management 3 hrs.
  • BCT 478 – Applications of Construction Law 3 hrs. (WI)
  • BCT 380 – Construction Safety 3 hrs.
  • BCT 386 – Project Controls 3 hrs.
  • BCT 400 – Senior Project 3 hrs. (Capstone)

DEG 02. Additional Requirements (29 hours)


  • ACC 200 – Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 hrs.
  • BA 200 – The Legal Environment of Business 3 hrs.
  • MAT 101 – College Algebra 3 hrs. or Technical Elective♦ *
  • MAT 103 – Plane Trigonometry 3 hrs. *
  • MAT 167 – Calculus I with Analytic Geometry 3 hrs. *
  • MGT 300 – Management for Organizations 3 hrs.
Select 2 courses with labs:

  • CHE 104 – Chemistry and Our Environment 3 hrs. *AND
  • CHE 104L – Chemistry and Our Environment Laboratory 1 hr.
  • CHE 106 – General Chemistry I 3 hrs. *AND
  • CHE 106L – General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • CHE 107 – General Chemistry II 3 hrs. *AND
  • CHE 107L – General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • PHY 111 – General Physics I 3 hrs. *AND
  • PHY 111L – General Physics I Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • PHY 112 – General Physics II 3 hrs. *AND
  • PHY 112L – General Physics II Laboratory 1 hr. *
Select 1 course:

  • BA 201 – Managerial Statistics I 3 hrs.
  • CSS 211 – Statistical Methods I 3 hrs.

Note:


♦ If Math ACT score is less than 24, students will be required to take MAT 101.


Hours to Degree:

124 hours are needed to graduate with this degree. At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The last 25 percent of course work must be earned from Southern Miss. The student must earn at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss.

Frequently Asked Questions


Additional course fees may apply.  Fees range between $20 – $60.



The following link will provide information for the steps you’ll need to complete in order to be admitted to Southern Miss.



As an online student, you may complete an online application to Southern Miss and do not have to make an in-person visit to the campus. The online student academic advisor for the School of Construction will advise you via e-mail, fax, or phone. Once you’ve been advised and cleared to register for classes, you may add classes via SOAR.



For pricing information, click here.  For financial aid information, click here.  For detailed tuition information, click here.



Follow this link and choose the term that applies to view the costs associated with part-time enrollment.



What is the deadline for paying tuition and fees?

Click here for deadlines.


What is a 2+2 curriculum?

It is an agreement that certain community or junior college courses are accepted into a Southern Miss degree program.


How do I know if my credits from another school will count towards my degree?

For questions regarding transfer credits, please refer to http://www.usm.edu/construction/construction-engineering-technology and use the tools under the “Menu” tab.  For questions, please call 601-266-4895.


Are there any job placement programs available that could help me start my career after earning my degree?

Yes, the university has a career services program that assists students in finding jobs post graduation. Click here to get more information.


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What is the deadline for registering for classes?

Follow this link and choose the term that applies.


What is the minimum number of classes that I can take to be considered full time?

You must enroll in at least 12 credit hours in order to have full-time status in the spring and fall semesters and at least 9 credit hours in order to have full-time status in the summer semester.


Does enrollment in the online program follow the standard academic calendar?

Yes, you’ll start and end classes on the same date as the in-person students do.


Can the degree in Construction Engineering Technology be earned completely online?

Yes, the major (construction specific) courses required for the degree are offered in an on-line format. The construction program has an alliance with Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC) that offers additional on-line core courses (English, History, Psychology, etc.).


After I complete a semester at Southern Miss can I take classes at a different college?

Once you’ve transferred to Southern Miss, you can complete a “Permission to Transfer Credit” form prior to taking a class offered at another institution if you want to use the class to satisfy the requirements of the Construction Engineering Technology degree at Southern Miss. Completing this form ensures that the course you take somewhere else will be an acceptable substitute for the Southern Miss class. A few rules must be noted related to this process:

  • The last 21 of 30 credit hours of the degree must be completed at Southern Miss.
  • 45 credit hours of the total degree hours must be 300-400 level (junior or senior).
  • 50% (or 62 credit hours—2014-2015 bulletin requires 124 total hours) must be from a senior university.

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Will there be any courses that have face-to-face requirements?

No, you will not be required to conduct face-to-face meetings. However, in an online course an instructor may also require synchronous meetings (often in the form of chats or web cam real-time meetings).


If the degree can be earned online, how are labs conducted?

The instructor of the course determines how he/she sets up the labs. You may be asked to perform job site visits and observations or a course lab may involve the use of simulation or Virtual Reality to learn concepts and perform lab assignments.


Are the exams required to be proctored?

It is up to the instructor of a course if exams require a proctor. You should always read the content in the syllabus and on-line course site to determine if a proctor is needed. There is an application that must be completed at least 15 days prior to taking an exam. For information about proctoring click here.


Are you a military veteran or service member?

If yes, visit online.usm.edu/military for more information on how Southern Miss can serve you and your needs.   We will help you with funding and scholarship information, admissions and course enrollment.


What other online degrees are offered by Online at Southern Miss?

Please visit our programs page here: https://online.usm.edu/programs/


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