Engineering Construction Engineering

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College: Engineering
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering
Hours Required: 125
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.4 for graduation
Minor Available: No
Advisor: Garrett Gassman (Omaha), Kevin Sueper (Lincoln)
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Construction Engineering

COLLEGE: Engineering

MAJOR: Construction Engineering

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering


MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.4 for graduation


ADVISOR: Garrett Gassman (Omaha), Kevin Sueper (Lincoln)


Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction

School Director: Jay Puckett

Program Coordinator: Kevin Grosskopf

Professors: Foster, Goedert, Morcous

Associate Professors: Bernstein, Bonsell, Jensen, Norton, Schwer, Stentz

Assistant Professors: Ahn, Esmaeili, Woldesenbet

Construction engineering (CONE) is a program of the Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. The construction engineering major integrates engineering, construction and management courses. This program is designed for persons fulfilling the construction industry’s need for licensed professional engineers. It resembles the construction management program but provides a greater emphasis on engineering, scientific, and technical courses to meet requirements for licensure as a professional engineer. The courses focus on the application of engineering principles to solve real-world construction problems. They include instruction in civil engineering, structural principles, material testing and evaluation, project management, computer-assisted design, 3D animation, sustainability and graphic communication.

The Durham School Construction Engineering program is accredited by EAC-ABET, Inc.

The educational objectives of the construction engineering program are to produce graduates who will (in three to five years after graduation):

  • Possess knowledge acquisition skills enabling them to remain current throughout their careers;
  • Apply engineering principles of analysis and design to the systems being constructed;
  • Employ technical skills with innovation and dedication to pursue improved functionality, increased efficiency and decreased costs;
  • Use communication skills to effectively share their ideas with many forms of media;
  • Adapt to the constantly changing, interdisciplinary design and construction fields by applying teamwork and team building skills; and
  • Apply appropriate construction practices including business organization, estimating, scheduling, project delivery and ethics.

Under the stimulus of increasing demand for global services, many Nebraska companies have expanded their reach well beyond U.S. borders. This demand gives the construction engineering graduate an unprecedented number of opportunities for employment (locally, nationally, and internationally), and for pursuing an advanced degree at UNL or elsewhere.

Construction engineers participate in the preparation of engineering and architectural documents, including specifications, which they translate into finished projects, such as buildings for housing, commerce and industry, highways, railroads, waterways, airports, power plants, energy distribution systems, military bases and space center complexes. These projects involve thousands of details shared by a team of owners, architects, engineers, general constructors, specialty constructors, manufacturers, material suppliers, equipment distributors, regulatory bodies and agencies, labor resources and others. The constructor assumes responsibility for delivery of the completed project at a specified time and cost and also accepts associated legal, financial and management obligations. Because of the broad scope of the construction engineer’s project responsibility, he/she must assure the project’s constructability as well as its capability to be operated and maintained.

Construction engineering students are required to enroll in a set of courses specifically designed for a general construction education. Each student selects, with the guidance of an advisor, a set of approved electives. The program outlined below leads to the bachelor of science degree in construction engineering.


Requirements for the Degree (Lincoln campus)

First Semester

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I4

COMM 286 Business & Professional Communication3

CONE 103 Introduction to Construction Engineering1

CSCE 155N Computer Science I: Engineering & Science Focus3

ENGR 10 Freshman Engineering Seminar0

MATH 106 Calculus I5


Second Semester

MATH 107 Calculus II4

JGEN 200 Technical Communication I3

PHYS 211 General Physics I4

PHYS 221 General Physics I Lab1

ACE Elective3

Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 7, or 9.


Third Semester

CIVE 221 Geometric Control Systems (CONE 221)3

CNST 225 Introduction to Building Information Modeling3

ENGR 20 Sophomore Engineering Seminar0

MATH 208 Calculus III4

MECH 223 Engineering Statics3

PHYS 212 General Physics II4


Fourth Semester

CONE 211 Construction Business Methods3

BSEN 206 Engineering Economics (CONE 206)3

MATH 221 Differential Equations3

MECH 325 Mechanics of Elastic Bodies3

MECH 373 Engineering Dynamics3


Fifth Semester

CIVE 341 Introduction to Structural Engineering4

CONE 319 Construction Methods & Equipment3

CONE 378 Construction Estimating (CNST 378)3

MATH 380 Statistics & Applications (STAT 380) or MECH 321 Engineering Statistics & Data Analysis3

MECH 310 Fluid Mechanics (CIVE 310)3


Sixth Semester

CIVE 334 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering4

CIVE 378 Materials of Construction3

ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics3

ELEC 211 Elements of Electrical Engineering I3

ACE Elective3

Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 7, or 9.


Seventh Semester

CIVE 440 Reinforced Concrete Design I3

CONE 414 Accident Prevention in Construction or CNST 344 Construction Site Safety Management3

CONE 476 Project Budgets & Controls (CNST 476)3

CONE 485 Construction Planning, Scheduling & Controls (CNST 485)3

Technical Elective3


Eighth Semester

CIVE 441 Steel Design I3

CONE 489 Construction Engineering Capstone Course3

BLAW 371 Legal Environment3

Technical Elective3

ACE Elective3

Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 7, or 9.


Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation125


Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

All course work must be of C grade level or higher to be credited toward graduation requirements or to be valid as a prerequisite for another course.


Students are required to enroll in a predetermined set of courses specifically designed for general construction education. Each student selects, with the approval of his/her advisor, a set of approved electives.

Technical electives are selected from the following list. One (3 credit hour) of the required two electives needs to be considered a design technical elective.

Design Technical Electives

CONE 416 Wood/Contemporary Materials Design

CONE 417 Formwork Systems

CONE 481 Highway & Bridge Construction

CONE 483 Support of Excavation

CIVE 443 Structural Analysis

CIVE 444 Structural Design & Planning

CIVE 446 Steel Design II

CIVE 447 Reinforced Concrete Design II

Technical Electives

All previously listed Design Technical Electives

CNST 379 Construction Estimating II

CNST 434 The Design/Build Project Delivery System

CONE 450 Sustainable Construction

CONE 466 Heavy/Civil Estimating

CONE 498 Special Topics in Construction

MECH 420 Heat Transfer

ACE Requirements

The CONE program follows the UNL ACE general education requirements. Because of the specific needs of the program, several of these courses are specified in the curriculum. Please contact Melissa Hoffman at or 402-554-4482, if you are interested in more information about this program.


College Admission

College Admission

College Entrance Requirements

Students must have high school credit for (one unit is equal to one high school year):

1. 4 units of mathematics: 2 of algebra, 1 of geometry, 1 of precalculus and trigonometry.

2. 4 units of English.

3. 3 units of natural science that must include 1 unit of physics and 1 unit of chemistry (chemistry requirement waived for students in construction management).

4. 2 units of a single foreign language.

5. 3 units of social studies.

6. Students having a composite ACT score of 28 or greater (or equivalent SAT score) will be admitted to the College of Engineering even if they lack any one of the following: trigonometry, chemistry, or physics.

7. Students having an ACT score of 19 or less in English (or equivalent SAT score) must take ENGL 150 or ENGL 151.

A total of 16 units is required for admission.

Students must have an ACT (enhanced) score of 24 or greater (or equivalent SAT). Students who lack entrance requirements may be admitted based on ACT scores, high school rank and credits, or may be admitted to pre-engineering status in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center. Pre-engineering students are advised within the College of Engineering.

Students for whom English is not their language of nurture must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements of the University.

Students who lack entrance units may complete precollege training by Independent Study through the UNL Office of On-line and Distance Education, in summer courses, or as a part of their first or second semester course loads while in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center or other Colleges at UNL.

Students should consult their advisor, their department chair, or the Office of the Dean if they have questions on current policies.

Other Admission Requirements

Students who transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from other accredited colleges or universities and wish to be admitted to the College of Engineering (COE) must meet COE freshman entrance requirements and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for Nebraska residents or 3.0 for non-residents. Students not meeting either of these requirements must enroll in the Explore Center or another UNL college until they meet COE admission requirements.

The COE accepts courses for transfer for which a C or better grade was received. Although UNL accepts D grades from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Omaha, not all majors in the COE accept such low grades. Students must conform to the requirements of their intended major and, in any case, are strongly encouraged to repeat courses with a grade of C- or less.

All transfer students must adopt the curricular requirements of the undergraduate bulletin current at the time of transfer to the COE—not that in use when they entered UNL. Upon admission to UNL, students wishing to pursue degree programs in the COE will be classified and subject to the policies defined in the subsequent section.

College Degree Requirements

Grade Rules

Grade Appeals

In the event of a dispute involving any college policies or grades, the student should appeal to his/her instructor, and appropriate department chair or school director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved, the student may appeal his/her case through the College Academic Appeals Committee on his/her campus.

Bulletin Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the bulletin for the academic year in which they are first admitted at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent bulletin for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Engineering. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single bulletin year. The bulletin which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.


This is the site for old bulletin data. Please head to UNL's Course Catalog for updated course and program information.