This program equips students with the technical skills to design and construct public works, such as bridges, dams and other large infrastructure projects.
You will combine your knowledge of math, science, engineering and technology to develop real-world civil engineering solutions.
There are no special requirements to apply. In order to enroll in the program, all you need to do is select Civil Engineering Technology as your major when you apply to Bluefield State College.
Your advisor will work with you throughout your academic journey to make sure you're on track to earn your degree. Receiving the A.S. in Civil Engineering Technology requires completing the following courses:
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.