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Construction engineering focuses on planning, design and management for the construction of infrastructure projects such as highways, bridges, pipelines, airports, railroads, industrial plants, buildings, dams and reservoirs. The construction engineering degree prepares students intending to gain a professional engineer license, while working at the interface of design activities and field construction.

ASU's degree program is the third in the Southwestern U.S. and one of about 20 worldwide.

The undergraduate degree program objectives and student outcomes can be found here.

What will I study?

The construction engineering degree program combines engineering design and construction management courses with a focus on sustainability and building information modeling topics. This includes coursework in contract management, construction methods, cost and schedule control, people management and project estimating. The design content includes structures, geotechnical and transportation engineering. You will be further prepared to succeed with computer, management and people skills.

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What do graduates do?

As a construction engineering graduate, you will be prepared to begin as a field engineer, project engineer, or project designer working for facility owners, design firms, construction companies, specialty subcontractors, or material suppliers. As your career progresses, you should be able to take on leadership roles in the delivery of sustainable facilities in the built environment and then progress through successively higher levels of management responsibility.

Is this a four-year college degree?

Yes, our bachelor of science (B.S.E.) in construction engineering is a four-year degree. The curriculum combines engineering design and construction management and prepares students for licensed Professional Engineer (PE) registration.

Is this an engineering program?

Yes, construction engineering is part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and is housed in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE).

The construction engineering B.S.E. program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Student enrollment and graduation data are available at

What is the starting salary?

The annual starting salary range is typically between $50,000-$60,000, plus benefits, and often the use of a company vehicle.

How large are my classes?

Although ASU is one of the nation's largest universities, many courses are divided into small class sections to enable greater interaction between students and instructors.

Are scholarships available?

There are a number of scholarships available for students entering construction engineering. Historically, the average scholarship award has been $2,500 per academic year with a high of $6,000.

Is construction engineering a good career for women?

Yes. Women are increasingly seeking construction engineering as a career in response to the demand by government agencies, engineering firms and construction companies. Currently, enrollment in our school is 20 percent women.

How does the program rank nationally?

The construction engineering program at ASU is the newest in the U.S. and one of about 15 nationwide. Our students take classes from our outstanding civil engineering and construction management programs.

What classes should I take in high school?

A college preparation curriculum including math, physics, chemistry, English and computer courses will help prepare you for college-level work. Since strong presentation and communication skills will be important to your success, we also recommend public speaking and writing courses. You will need a minimum 3.0 GPA to be accepted into our program.

Do I need any construction experience to enter this program?

No, we will teach you engineering design, management, leadership and communication skills needed to succeed in industry. All construction engineering students are required to take at least one summer internship.

What is the jobs outlook for construction engineering?

A July 2009 Wall Street Journal report listed the civil and project (construction) engineering degrees as the second best degree investment in higher education—citing the nation's need to address long-term infrastructure. There are also numerous opportunities to work on monumental international projects. Our graduates are well positioned to pursue graduate or advanced professional degree programs such as business or law.

Our students

Coming from a family that has four
generations in the construction industry,
Jon Serfilippi knows the field well. He,
too, is pursuing a career in the field
and found his niche in construction
engineering, noting that it is the perfect
combination of the technical skills of
civil engineering and the business
mindset of construction management. Read Jon's story

Jon Serfelippi

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undergraduate applications

ASU prefers online applications for all new students. Get started at ASU’s student website or go directly to the online application.

graduate applications

Priority applications dates for our programs are July 1 for spring semester admission and January 1 for fall semester.

Online applications are made through ASU’s Graduate Education Office and not directly to the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.

Learn more about graduate applications to SSEBE.


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