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Construction Engineering Degree

Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 130
Entry Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer

When you’re a construction engineer, you’re the one person on site who is an engineering expert, a business leader and a project manager all rolled into one. 

What is Construction Engineering?

Construction engineering is the professional field that focuses on designing, planning and managing the construction, maintenance and rebuilding of infrastructure facilities. These include:

  • roads
  • tunnels
  • bridges
  • airports
  • buildings
  • water treatment facilities

Construction engineers are the key to successfully completing a construction project. They’re equipped with the knowledge and skills to coordinate a team including civil engineers and construction managers to solve the technical challenges of complex construction projects to meet the unique demands of a particular environment. While a civil engineer generally focuses on design, and the construction manager focuses on the management of time and resources, the construction engineer bridges the gap between these two professions with additional engineering, technical and management skills necessary for the efficient and safe delivery of complex projects.

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Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Degree Curriculum

With a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering, you’ll have the technical skills, business knowledge, and communication capability to serve as a leader on construction projects. You’ll survey the area where the job is to be built, paying special attention to environmental issues and government regulations (such as building codes) so you can prepare reports on your findings and consult with environmental groups, government agencies and third-party construction companies.

In Georgia Southern University’s Department of Civil Engineering and Construction, you’ll get classroom lessons that incorporate real-world practice. Our B.S. in Construction Engineering program emphasizes hands-on learning and community service as the keys to preparing for a dynamic career in construction engineering. You’ll have access to many experiences, resources, and organizations outside of the classroom, ranging from labs, competitions, co-ops, internships and undergraduate research.

Specializations in Construction Engineering

Graduates of the B.S. in Construction Engineering have gone on to work for companies such as PDC Engineering, RaceTrac Petroleum, Dominion Energy, Massana Construction, Southern Aquatics, and more.

Specialize in an exciting range of construction engineering areas, including:

  • Bridge structures
  • Building/Civil information modeling
  • Environmental engineering
  • Green and sustainable construction
  • Operations management
  • Quality and risk management
  • Soils and foundations
  • Transportation engineering
  • Water and wastewater systems

Jobs in Construction Engineering

The B.S. in Construction Engineering degree at Georgia Southern meets the growing demand from students and employers for engineering programs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in all branches of civil engineering (including construction engineering) are expected to grow by 8% between now and 2030. In 2020, the average median salary for civil engineers was $88,570 per year, or $42.58 per hour.

$88,570 per year
in 2020

Growth rate of 8%
expected through 2030

Jobs in construction engineering include:

  • Construction manager
  • Engineering technician
  • Design engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Maintenance supervisor
  • Project engineer
  • Transportation engineer
  • Bridge engineer
  • Highway civil engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • CAD technician
  • Facilities manager

Construction Engineering Student Organizations

We encourage our construction engineering students to go beyond simple classroom instruction, and get involved in student organizations that provide great opportunities for networking, internships, scholarships and more.

More About the Construction Engineering Program at Georgia Southern

Construction Engineering Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Construction Engineering Program is to produce graduates with a strong foundation of mathematical, scientific and technical skills who are capable of analyzing, designing and building practical engineering applications. As individuals or team members, graduates will be prepared to effectively communicate and work in a broad spectrum of construction projects. Graduates are fully aware of their ethical, social and environmental responsibilities, and do recognize the need for life-long learning and professional development. The Construction Engineering Program supports the University’s mission of bridging theory with practice, extending the learning environment beyond the classroom, and promoting student growth and life success.

Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) of Construction Engineering at Georgia Southern University are to prepare its graduates to:

  1. be successfully employed in Construction Engineering or a closely related field with the ability to apply principles of construction engineering and management to solve practical construction engineering problems.
  2. actively engage in professional development activities such as attaining professional licensure, participating in professional societies, and pursuing continuing educational opportunities that may lead to advanced certifications.
  3. demonstrate the ability to effectively explain and justify their technical and management solutions to a range of audiences, as well as work in multi-disciplinary teams with an appreciation of diverse perspectives.

Student Outcomes

Students completing the Construction Engineering program will be able to demonstrate the following outcomes:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Professional License

The Department of Civil Engineering and Construction anticipates that graduates of this program will seek the following professional state licenses or certifications: registered professional engineer (PE).

For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for a professional engineer license or certificate, click HERE to check the requirements of your state or territory.

The Department of Civil Engineering and Construction has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this academic program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the exam for a professional engineering license in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Do You Have Questions? Contact Us!

Department of Civil Engineering and Construction

Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8077
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: 912-478-1894
Fax: 912-478-1885

Physical Address

Engineering Building, Rm. 1120A
201 COBA Drive, Building 232
Statesboro, GA 30458

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Last updated: 5/18/2023