This program equips students with the practical skills necessary to design and construct public works, such as bridges, dams and other large infrastructure projects.
You will apply your knowledge of math, science, engineering and technology to develop real-world civil engineering solutions. A bachelor's-level degree will open the door to a career in engineering design and/or an advanced degree.
In order to apply for the B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology program, you must first complete Bluefield State’s A.S. in Civil Engineering degree.
Your advisor will work with you throughout your academic journey to make sure you're on track to earn your degree. Receiving the B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology requires taking the following courses—and successfully completing the first four semesters will earn you an A.S. in Civil Engineering Technology:
An introductory study of the materials used in building and highway construction. Topics studied include the physical and chemical properties, production, and subsequent use of selected materials. The laboratory sessions follow ASTM standards for sampling and testing of the materials discussed in the lecture. PR/CO: GNET 115, ENGL 101.
Practice in the techniques of effective academic writing with an emphasis on the writing process, including rhetorical methods, patterns of organization, and an introduction to APA formatting. Available to students scoring 18 or higher on the English section of the ACT, 450 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT-I, or 88 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Sentences Skills test. Fall, Spring.
A study of mechanics and heat. Topics discussed include vectors, concurrent and nonconcurrent forces, kinematics and linear motion, work, energy, simple machines, impulse, momentum, thermal expansion, specific heat, and change of state. PR: ACT score in mathematics of 19 or above, or GNET 098 or COMPASS Engineering Math score of 59 or higher. Fall.
A study of fundamental algebraic concepts and operations, functions and graphs, trigonometric functions and their graphs, linear equations and determinants, factoring, fractions, vectors, and triangles. PR: ACT score in mathematics of 19 or above, or GNET 098. Fall.
An introduction to plane surveying. Topics considered include: the care and use of surveying instruments, theory of errors in observations, leveling, distance measurement, cross-section and profiles plots, angles, azimuths and bearings, latitude and departure, traverse computations and adjustments, area and volume computations, introduction to contour lines and watersheds, introduction to mine surveying, introduction to state plane coordinates, introduction to boundary and construction surveys, and methods and procedures of map drafting using AutoCAD. PR/CO: MEET 112; PR: GNET 115.
Continued practice in reading and composition with an emphasis on the research process, including an introduction to literary analysis and MLA format. Students must earn a grade of a C or above or repeat this course to fulfill the general education requirement. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 50 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76 or higher. Fall, Spring.
A study of exponents and radicals, complex numbers, logarithms, systems of equations, theory of equations, inequalities, determinants, matrices, variations, progressions, properties of trigonometric functions, and inverse trigonometric functions. PR: GNET 115. Spring.
General introduction to the principles of computer aided drafting including the study of CAD system components, entity creation, and methods of editing and manipulation, with the major emphasis placed on hands-on practice in the CAD laboratory. Spring.
Vector mechanics course covering concepts of forces, moments, couples, and resultants; equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies in two and three dimensions; forces in trusses, frames and machines; centroids and centers of mass for lines, areas, and volumes; distributed loads, internal shear-force and bending-moment calculations for beams; dry friction and belt friction; area moments of inertia and the parallel-axis theorem. PR: GNET 101, GNET 116. Fall.
A study of the fundamentals of soil mechanics including the identification and description of soils, phase diagrams, soil investigations, permeability and drainage, subsurface soil stresses, compaction and stabilization, and an introduction to analysis and design of shallow foundations and retaining walls. The laboratory sessions follow ASTM standards and complement the lecture material. PR: GNET 116, GNET 101.
A study of survey adjustments, use of software in solving surveying problems, horizontal and vertical control networks, global positioning systems, fundamentals of geographic information systems, map projections, State Plane Coordinate Systems, introduction to rural and urban land surveys, and partitioning of land. PR: CIET 110, GNET 116, MEET 112.
A study of elements of plane analytical geometry, including polar coordinates, the derivative of a
function with applications, integrals and applications, differentiation of transcendental functions, and methods of integration. PR: MATH 109 and MATH 110, or GNET 116, or ACT Mathematics main score of 26 or COMPASS Trigonometry score of 46 or above. Fall, Spring.
Mechanics of materials course covering concepts of normal and shear stress and strain, deformation, factors of safety and stress s, axially-loaded members, torsionally-loaded members, shearing and bending of beams, internal shear-force and bending-moment diagrams, stresses resulting from combined loading, statically-indeterminate loading, thin-walled pressure vessels, stress transformation via equation and Mohr’s circle, beam deflection, column buckling, and thin-walled pressure vessels. PR: ENGR 201. Spring.
A study of basic fluid mechanics and hydrology. Topics discussed include the use of the continuity equation, Bernoulli’s equation, the impulse-momentum equation in solving hydraulics problems, flow in pipes and open channel flow. PR: ENGR 201.
A study of basic quantity estimating including earthwork, drainage, foundations, concrete, masonry, light framing, and mechanical systems. In addition, construction equipment cost, productivity rates, and labor costs will be examined for heavy construction projects. PR: CIET 110, CIET 207, GNET 116.
A study of the basic concepts of electricity and the application of these concepts to fundamental direct and alternating current circuits. The principles of electromagnetism and electrostatics are also studied and applied to problems involving the production and utilization of electric energy. PR: ACT score in mathematics of 19 or above, or GNET 098. Spring.
A presentation of the principles of chemistry through a study of the structure and reactions of representative elements and compounds. Principles covered include stoichiometry, thermochemistry, chemical bonding, and the gaseous state. CO/PR: MATH 109 or GNET 115. Fall
Sessions consist of observing, reporting, and interpreting chemical phenomena. CO/PR: CHEM 101. Fall.
A study of environmental laws and regulations, water resource management, water quality, stream sanitation, water distribution and sanitary sewer systems, water and wastewater treatment processes, solid waste management, and environmental evaluations. CO: CHEM 101/103; PR: CIET 212.
Differentiation of transcendental functions; parametric equation; polar coordinates; methods of
integration; applications of the definite integral. Infinte Series. PR: MATH 220. Fall, Spring.
A study of hydraulic and hydrologic systems and the design applications utilized in water resources engineering. Topics include hydrologic analysis and storm runoff prediction, erosion and sediment control, floodplain studies, and design of hydraulic structures, and storm water retention/detention basins. PR: CIET 212, MEET 112.
This introductory course in human communication develops communication competence by exploring the foundations of communication, interpersonal communication, group communication and public speaking. Emphasis is on developing practical skills in the following areas: critical thinking, research, listening, language, nonverbal, ethics, conflict management and resolution, self-confidence, perception, relationships, teamwork, interviewing, public speaking, and diversity. PR: ENGL 102 and Computer Literacy course. Fall, Spring.
A study of the movement of water through soils, combined stresses using Mohr’s Circle, subsurface stresses, shear strength theory and tests, settlement of soils including consolidation, shallow and deep foundation analysis and design, geotechnical report writing, lateral earth pressures and retaining wall analysis and design, and slope stability analysis. PR: ENGR 201, CIET 207, CIET 212.
A study of the fundamental terminology, skills, tools, and techniques applied to manage project activities in order to exceed client expectations for an engineering or computer science project. Coursework will include an introduction to the context of project management processes, team development, problem solving, scheduling & time management, cost control, quality monitoring & evaluation, documentation & communication, risk management, and continuous improvement. PR: COSC Prefix course, Junior Standing. Fall.
Introduces facilities concepts including product design, process design, schedule design, machine requirement planning, space and activity relationships, product, process and cellular layout, material handling systems, computer aided facilities layout and single and multiple facility location problems. PR: ENGR 315, EGMT 323. Spring.
In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a Health and Wellness course.
A study of reinforced concrete design including the basic factors involved in analysis and design of reinforced concrete components. Solutions to practical design problems are developed in an orderly and systematic manner. Components presented are singly and doubly reinforced rectangular and t-beams, shear, bond, deflections, slabs, columns and footings. PR: ENGR 201, ENGR 202.
A study of the analysis of statically determinate structures. Topics include the identification and determination of structural loads, structural system loading and behavior, reactions, shear and moment, plane truss analysis, influence lines for beams and trusses, and deflection of beams and trusses. Computer applications will be presented. PR: ENGR 201, ENGR 202.
The study of the relative economy of engineering alternatives, compound interest in relation to calculation of annual costs, present worth and prospective rates of returns on investments, methods of depreciation, sinking cost, increment cost, general studies with emphasis on retirement and replacement of equipment, consideration of taxes, public works, and manufacturing costs as related to economic solutions of engineering proposals. Principles of engineering ethics are presented and related to costing. PR: MATH 220. Fall.
A study of representative works of world literature from antiquity to 1750. The course emphasizes the study and consideration of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions. This course gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural diversity. PR: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 102. HIST 101 is recommended. Fall, Spring.
A study of the fundamental theories and principles used in the design of simple steel structures using LRFD methods. Topics include specifications, loads, and methods of design, analysis and design of tension members, analysis and design of compression members, analysis and design of beams considering moment, shear, and deflection, the combined effects of bending and axial loads, and bolted and welded connections. PR: CIET 401.
A senior capstone course for Civil Engineering Technology students in which a comprehensive design project is completed. The project will involve working within multiple disciplines of civil engineering technology as well as estimating, scheduling, and project management skills. Upon completion, students will prepare design drawings, engineering specifications, and an engineering report that will be presented to an audience, which may include their peers as well as available professionals. CO: 402; PR: CIET 305, CIET 401, CIET 403.
A study of basic GIS concepts in cartography and digital mapping, geospatial data structures, geodetic datums, databases, topology, spatial queries/analysis, digital elevation models, and engineering applications. PR: CIET 211, MEET 112.
After receiving your B.S. in Civil Engineering degree, you may visit the West Virginia Board of Registration for Professional Engineers to take the required exam and meet any service requirements in order to be registered as a professional engineer.