B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology

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.

At a Glance
120 credit hours
8 semesters
2 electives
How to Apply

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.

How to Earn Your 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:

Semester 1
CIET 101 Construction Materials
Course ID
CIET 101
Credit Hours
4

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.

ENGL 101 Composition I
Course ID
ENGL 101
Credit Hours
3

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.

GNET 101 Technical Physics I
Course ID
GNET 101
Credit Hours
4

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.

GNET 115 Technical Mathematics I
Course ID
GNET 115
Credit Hours
4

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.

Semester 2
CIET 110 Plane Surveying & Mapping
Course ID
CIET 110
Credit Hours
4

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.

ENGL 102 Composition II
Course ID
ENGL 102
Credit Hours
3

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.

GNET 116 Technical Mathematics II
Course ID
GNET 116
Credit Hours
4

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.

MEET 112 Computer Aided Drafting
Course ID
MEET 112
Credit Hours
3

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.

Elective
Credit Hours
3
Semester 3
ENGR 201 Statics
Course ID
ENGR 201
Credit Hours
3

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.

CIET 207 Geotechnics
Course ID
CIET 207
Credit Hours
4

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.

CIET 211 Control Surveying
Course ID
CIET 211
Credit Hours
4

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.

MATH 220 Calculus I
Course ID
MATH 220
Credit Hours
4

 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.

Semester 4
ENGR 202 Strength of Materials
Course ID
ENGR 202
Credit Hours
3

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.

CIET 212 Hydraulics
Course ID
CIET 212
Credit Hours
3

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.

CIET 220 Construction Estimating
Course ID
CIET 220
Credit Hours
3

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.

GNET 102 Technical Physics II
Course ID
GNET 102
Credit Hours
4

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.

Semester 5
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I
Course ID
CHEM 101
Credit Hours
3

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

CHEM 103L General Chemistry I Lab
Course ID
CHEM 103L
Credit Hours
1

Sessions consist of observing, reporting, and interpreting chemical phenomena. CO/PR: CHEM 101. Fall.

CIET 301 Environmental Systems
Course ID
CIET 301
Credit Hours
3

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.

MATH 230 Calculus II
Course ID
MATH 230
Credit Hours
4

Differentiation of transcendental functions; parametric equation; polar coordinates; methods of
integration; applications of the definite integral. Infinte Series. PR: MATH 220. Fall, Spring.

CIET 305 Hydrosystems
Course ID
CIET 305
Credit Hours
3

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.

COMM 201 Basic Communication
Course ID
COMM 201
Credit Hours
3

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.

*COMM 201: Instead of COMM 201, you may also take COMM 208.
Semester 6
CIET 302 Geotechnical Analysis & Design
Course ID
CIET 302
Credit Hours
3

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.

EGMT 317 Project Management
Course ID
EGMT 317
Credit Hours
3

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.

EGMT 472 Facilities Planning
Course ID
EGMT 472
Credit Hours
3

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.

EGMT 302 Dynamics
Course ID
EGMT 302
Credit Hours
3
*In addition to these courses, you will also need to take three or four credits via one of the following math courses: MATH 240, MATH 301, MATH 310 or MATH 311.
Semester 7

In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a Health and Wellness course.

CIET 403 Reinforced Concrete Design
Course ID
CIET 403
Credit Hours
3

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.

CIET 401 Structural Analysis
Course ID
CIET 401
Credit Hours
3

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.

ENGR 315 Engineering Economics
Course ID
ENGR 315
Credit Hours
3

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.

ENGL 201 World Literature I
Course ID
ENGL 201
Credit Hours
3

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.

*In place of ENGL 201 World Literature I, you may take ENGL 205 World Literature II.
Semester 8
CIET 402 Structural Steel Design
Course ID
CIET 402
Credit Hours
3

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.

CIET 415 Senior Design
Course ID
CIET 415
Credit Hours
3

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.

CIET 433 GIS Applications
Course ID
CIET 433
Credit Hours
3

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.

Elective
Credit Hours
3
Elective
Credit Hours
3

Special Exams

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.

Program Educational Objectives

  1. Graduates perform analysis and design in the structures, construction and public works disciplines of civil engineering.
  2. To provide breadth for additional job opportunities, graduates possess a working knowledge in geotechnics, hydraulics, hydrology, surveying, transportation systems, and water and wastewater systems.
  3. Graduates manage technical activities in support of civil engineering infrastructure.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students demonstrate an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly defined civil engineering technology activities.
  2. Students demonstrate an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to civil engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies.
  3. Students demonstrate an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes.
  4. Students demonstrate an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly defined civil engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives.
  5. Students demonstrate an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
  6. Students demonstrate an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly defined civil engineering technology problems.
  7. Students demonstrate an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  8. Students demonstrate an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  9. Students demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.
  10. Students demonstrate a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.
  11. Students demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement
  12. Students plan and prepare documents appropriate for design and construction.
  13. Students perform economic analyses and cost estimates related to design, construction, operations and maintenance of systems associated with civil engineering.
  14. Students select appropriate engineering materials and practices.
  15. Students perform standard analysis and design in at least three sub-disciplines related to civil engineering.

Number of Graduates

  • 2016 - 10
  • 2015 - 7
  • 2014 - 10
  • 2013 - 12
  • 2012 - 12