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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 online Construction Engineering Technology Degree (BS) 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).

Degree Requirements

All classes are fully online, but students will be required to complete an NCCER Performance Verification. If you haven’t already completed this in-person demonstration of skills, you are responsible for finding an assessment center near you that provides the required verification.

You can find an NCCER assessment center by following this link: https://www.nccer.org/get-involved/individuals-seeking-training/find-a-training-or-assessment-center

For additional information concerning the Performance Verification, click here.

You also have the option to complete your NCCER Performance Verification on the Hattiesburg campus. The NCCER module on the Hattiesburg campus is offered every week during the month of June (four options.)

For questions concerning the NCCER module, please contact Carlos Sterling, NCCER Module Administrator, at 601-266-4305 or Carlos.Sterling@usm.edu.


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


Select 2 courses with labs:

  • AST 111 – General Astronomy I 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 111L – General Astronomy I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • AST 112 – General Astronomy II 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 112L – General Astronomy II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • 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. ◊
  • BSC 250 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 250L – Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • BSC 251 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 251L – Human Anatomy and Physiology 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. *
  • GHY 104 – Weather and Climate 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 104L – Weather and Climate Laboratory 1 hr.
  • GHY 105 – Land and Water 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 105L – Land and Water Lab 1 hr.
  • GLY 101 – Physical Geology 3 hrs. * AND
  • GLY 101L – Physical Geology Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • GLY 103 – Historical Geology 3 hrs. * AND
  • GLY 103L – Historical Geology Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • MAR 151 – Introduction to Ocean Science 3 hrs. AND
  • MAR 151L – Introduction to Ocean Science Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 103 – Introductory Physics 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 103L – Introductory Physics 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. *
  • PHY 201 – General Physics I with Calculus 4 hrs. * AND
  • PHY 201L – General Physics I with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • PHY 202 – General Physics II with Calculus 4 hrs. * AND
  • PHY 202L – General Physics II with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • PSC 190 – Living in a Material World 3 hrs. AND
  • PSC 190L – Lab for Living in a Material World 1 hr.


  • 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.
  • PHI 171 – Ethics and Good Living 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.
  • THE 100 – Theatrical Expressions 3 hrs.


Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101 – The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs.
  • COH 100 – Concepts of Wellness 3 hrs.
  • ECO 101 – Basic Economics 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.


  • MAT 100 – Quantitative Reasoning 3 hrs. ***
  • MAT 101 – College Algebra 3 hrs. *
  • Higher-level MAT course*


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


Select 1 course:

  • CMS 111 – Oral Communication 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 330 – Small-Group Communication 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 320 – Business and Professional Speaking 3 hrs. (SI)


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

Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites



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

*Note:


These courses require National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Verification of Performance Tasks (VPT).



  • ACC 200 – Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 hrs.
  • BA 200 – The Legal Environment of Business 3 hrs.
  • ECO 101 – Basic Economics 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. *
  • GLY 101 – Physical Geology 3 hrs. *AND
  • GLY 101L – Physical Geology Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • GLY 103 – Historical Geology 3 hrs. *AND
  • GLY 103L – Historical Geology 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. *
  • PHY 201 – General Physics I with Calculus 4 hrs. *AND
  • PHY 201L – General Physics I with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • PHY 202 – General Physics II with Calculus 4 hrs. *AND
  • PHY 202L – General Physics II with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr. *
Select 1 course:

  • BA 201 – Managerial Statistics I 3 hrs.
  • CSS 211 – Statistical Methods I 3 hrs.
  • PSY 360 – Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3 hrs.


Choose electives with adviser approval.

Note:


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

NCCER modules required prior to graduation.


Hours to Degree


120 hours are needed to graduate with a BS in Construction Engineering Technology. 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 student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions


Additional course fees for the Construction Engineering Technology Degree may apply.  Fees range between $20 – $100.



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



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 for the online Construction Engineering Technology Degree.



You should NOT be charged out-of-state fees because the Construction Engineering Technology Degree classes are considered in-residence.



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.


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 for the Construction Engineering Technology Degree 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.


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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 online 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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