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(Effective Fall 2012)

This curriculum is designed to equip graduates to face the challenge of modern engineering practice. The major emphasizes applications-based engineering studies involving the analysis of civil engineering/surveying projects. Modern approaches to the analysis of highways, structures, hydraulic systems, and site development are emphasized. The major also provides an overview of the field and prepares students for technician certification tests and for advanced study. This technical instruction with modern instrumentation, hardware, and software is reinforced with foundation courses emphasizing written and oral communication, and physical sciences. All of the instruction is presented with problem solving in mind and with a strong emphasis on applications and critical thinking.

Educational objectives, student outcomes, and enrollment/graduation data for this major

Career Opportunities

Engineering technician, engineering surveyor, inspector, draftsperson, CAD operator, cartographer, design technician, construction manager.

Recommended High School Subjects

Strong preparation in mathematics, sciences, and communication skills. Course work in computer usage, drafting, and surveying at the high school level would be helpful but not necessary.

Remediation Strategies

Success in college-level coursework requires minimum levels of proficiency in math, reading, and English. Therefore, all new students must meet placement requirements to demonstrate their skills in these three areas.

Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting). Students testing at Math placement level 2 or lower will not be permitted to schedule for Civil Engineering/Surveying (CET) courses until MTH 005 has been successfully completed or Math placement level 3 has been reached.  

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools to narrowly defined civil engineering technology activities.
  • apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to civil engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
  • conduct standard tests and measurements, and conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.
  • function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  • identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined civil engineering technology problems.
  • develop an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments, as well as an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • understand the need for and engage in self-directed, continuing professional development.
  • demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
  • exhibit a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.


First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
CET115 Surveying I 3 2 3 M REQ
CET150 Computer Applications for Civil Engineering and Surveying 3 2 3 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CET124 Surveying II 3 2 3 M REQ
CET126 Topographic Surveys and Mapping 3 2 3 M REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 3 S REQ
PHS115 College Physics I 4 3 3 S REQ
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CET230 Statics 3 3 M REQ
CET238 Origin, Distribution and Behavior of Soils 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 2 3 M REQ
CET234 Highway Engineering 3 3 M REQ
ECO111 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 3 M REQ
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
MTH240 Calculus I 4 4 S REQ
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CET242 Fluid Mechanics 3 2 3 M REQ
CET243 Strength of Materials 3 3 M REQ
CET312 Hydraulics and Hydrology 3 2 3 M REQ
CET246 Materials of Construction 3 2 3 M REQ
PHS125 College Physics II 4 3 3 S REQ

Eligible students may substitute MTH 240/242 for MTH 180/182. Students taking the MTH 240/242 option may substitute PHS 201/202 for PHS 115/125. MTH 240/242 is recommended for students desiring to transfer to the BCT major after completing the A.A.S. requirements.


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