Undergraduate CEM Concentration

The CEM track offers Civil Engineering undergraduate students wishing to pursue a career in construction a skill-focused education, grounded in engineering and business foundations, synergized with tangible on-site CEM experiences and professional networking. Thus:

  • CE students of the track will increase their professional value by delving into CEM experiential learning, achieving early notable high performance as new project/field engineers, and setting solid foundations for rapid progress in their careers and/or further studies/training in CEM.
  • Students minoring in Real Estate will learn the basics of managing construction projects and how the construction and real estate businesses interact and shape each other.
  • Students from other programs taking specific CEM courses will find them inclusive and useful, due to their inductive approach - knowledge, and skills are developed from the principles of projects and management, and then specifically applied to the construction industry and building project cases.

Undergraduate Civil Engineering students opting for the CEM track should take: one (1) required construction course, two (2) CEM Electives, and one (1) CEM Elective II from the following lists: 

  • Construction Required Course

    CE 2030: Management of Engineering and Construction projects
    As an introductory course to Construction Engineering and Management, this course covers the essential aspects of the field: project definition, scoping, scheduling, budgeting, and control techniques. The project stages and the way they interact with each other are considered as a whole object of study to be managed - the Project Life Cycle. This course also provides an overview of how the construction industry works and what it is like to have a career in CEM.

    Semester: Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Fall 2022

  • CEM Electives I

    CE 3010: Project Business Planning 
    Construction projects only occur when the needs of the market, sponsors, end-users, and society are sustainably met. In this course, students will learn how to: 1) plan successful business cases for construction projects considering technical, societal, financial, legal, environmental, and market limitations, 2) evaluate and select the best alternative, and 3) express it through a business plan while increasing their entrepreneurship competencies.

    Semester: Spring 2021, Spring 2022

    CE 4015: Industry Workshop: Bringing Theory to Practice 
    Uniqueness is part of a construction project's nature. However, if you study real-world cases hand-in-hand with CEM practitioners; patterns, and principles of decision-making emerge. This course is co-taught in partnership with field engineers, project managers, subject matter experts, and executives from the top construction companies of the region, in a series of case-study sessions designed to bring the theory and practice of CEM into the same room.

    Semester: Fall 2021, Fall 2022

    CE 4025: VDC Coordination and Control 
    Technologies are revolutionizing the way 21st-century construction projects are delivered. In this course, students will learn how to use Building Information Modeling (BIM) to 1) support the decision-making over a project life cycle and 2) improve coordination between stakeholders throughout the design and construction stages. With this hands-on course, students will learn how to integrate all models of a project to visualize construction processes and better predict, manage, and communicate project outcomes.

    Semester: Spring 2022

    CE 3030: Land Development Engineering
    This course has been structured to provide an experience similar to working in a professional site/civil engineering design firm.  Project work will require the use of technology design tools (CAD), leadership, and problem-solving.  Management experience will come from project team assignments based on real design scenarios.  A series of five modules throughout the course will focus on project procurement, road design, utility/stormwater design, site grading design, and construction.  Each module includes lectures with individual assignments, a design workshop, and a group presentation where project teams will communicate and defend their design.

    Semester: Fall 2021, Fall 2022

    CE 4040: Sustainability and Systems in the Built Environment
    This course takes a systems perspective to study and design for sustainability in the built environment at various scales (e.g., materials, buildings, cities, and regions) and for different types of systems (e.g., physical, social, information). Students from SEAS, A-School, and other majors are welcome in this course, which emphasizes interdisciplinary design collaboration and diversity of thought.

    Semester: Spring 2021, Spring 2022

  • CEM Electives II

    Any CEM Elective I or any course from the following list. And as appropriate, select special topics classes (CE3500, CE4500, CE 5500, or SYS 4582) may be approved for use. 

    CE 5500: Construction Scheduling and Control
    This course focuses on teaching theoretical concepts and practical techniques for scheduling and controlling construction projects. The course provides students with the ability to prepare a comprehensive schedule for a project, including bar charts, network diagrams, resource profiles, and an earned value analysis. It emphasizes manual and computer-based approaches.

    Semester: Fall 2021, Summer 2021, Summer 2022

    CE 5035: Construction Estimating and Bidding
    This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of how a general contractor pursues, estimates, bids and procures work. The course will cover the full range of activities from conceptual estimating, to scoping and bidding projects, to the submission of proposals to the general contractor’s clients as well as the procurement types and the corresponding strategies that a general contractor employs in the pursuit of these procurements.

    Semester: Spring 2021, Spring 2022

    ENGR 4880: Business and Technical Leadership in Engineering 
    This course on Business and Technological Leadership is normally taught by a senior-level corporate executive with broad experience who serves as the Brenton S. Halsey Distinguished Visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering and Related Disciplines. The instructor provides experienced insight on business and professional issues likely to be faced by engineers early in their careers. The course normally covers major business skills and competencies in career management, leadership, working in teams, problem solving, and change management as well as international issues facing global companies.

    SYS 4582: Introduction to Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma

    CE 3220: Water Resources Engineering 
    Covers topics related to hydraulics and hydrology, including complicated pipes designs, pumps, open channels, rainfall, evaporation, and surface runoff applied to stormwater and BMP design. Applications include water supply, drainage, flood control, and water control, and computer modeling

    CE 3400: Transportation Infrastructure Design
    Fundamentals of transportation infrastructure design will be covered. Topics include analysis of the characteristics of the driver, pedestrian, vehicle, and road; highway geometric design; intersection design and operations; highway drainage and drainage structures; highway pavement design.