A.S. in Civil Engineering Technology

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.

At a Glance
60 credit hours
4 semesters
1 elective
How to Apply

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.

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 A.S. in Civil Engineering Technology requires completing the following courses:

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.

Program Educational Objectives

  1. Graduates produce and utilize basic construction documents and perform basic analysis and design of system components in civil engineering infrastructure.
  2. Graduates function effectively on professional teams and communicate with speaking, writing, and graphical skills.
  3. Graduates respect professional, ethical, and social issues as well as a commitment to quality and dependability.
  4. Graduates remain current professionally.

Student Outcomes

  1. Students demonstrate an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined civil engineering technology activities.
  2. Students demonstrate an ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
  3. Students demonstrate an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.
  4. Students demonstrate an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  5. Students demonstrate an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined civil engineering technology problems.
  6. 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.
  7. Students demonstrate an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  8. Students demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
  9. Students demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
  10. Students utilize principles, hardware, and software that are appropriate to produce drawings, reports, quantity estimates, and other documents related to civil engineering.
  11. Students conduct standardized field and laboratory tests related to civil engineering.
  12. Students utilize surveying methods appropriate for land measurement and/or construction layout.
  13. Students apply fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub-disciplines related to civil engineering.

Number of Graduates

  • 2016 - 8
  • 2015 - 8
  • 2014 - 9
  • 2013 - 4
  • 2012 - 2