Construction

The construction major prepares you for a career designing structures and leading teams that bring blueprints to life.

Preparing You For Success

You gain a strong foundation in engineering, business and leadership as you learn how to navigate the construction process. To focus your career path, you can add a concentration in internationalization, sustainability or infrastructure. In addition, a management and leadership minor is an option to enhance leadership skills. You complete the degree with a yearlong senior design project for a local business. Beyond the classroom, you can apply knowledge to internships, student organizations, community service and research opportunities.

By the time you graduate, your experiences may include:

  • Networking and professional development through the department’s annual job fair, 16 engineering student organizations and seven honor societies
  • Opportunities to test your skills against other college engineering students at national events such as the annual ASCE concrete canoe and steel bridge competition
  • Community engagement through Habitat For Humanity design work and Bridge Pals outreach to Peoria-area schools
  • Research mentored by faculty

Making Your Mark

A construction degree is valuable for contractors, specialty subcontractors, project managers and manufacturers. In recent years, almost all CE majors found jobs or continued to graduate school within six months of graduation.

Major Requirements

Required Courses

  • CON 100: Introduction to Construction - 1 hr.
  • CON 114: Ethics in Construction - 1 hr.
  • CON 132: Construction Graphics - 2 hrs.
  • CON 224: CADD in Construction - 3 hrs.
  • CON 262: Mechanical and Electrical Systems I - 3 hrs.
  • CON 270: Construction Materials and Methods I - 3 hrs.
  • CON 320: Soil Mechanics - 3 hrs.
  • CON 326: Construction Estimating - 3 hrs.
  • CON 342: Construction Equipment - 3 hrs.
  • CON 356: Construction Safety - 3 hrs.
  • CON 372: Construction Productivity - 3 hrs.
  • CON 380: Construction Contracts - 2 hrs.
  • CON 392: Construction Scheduling - 3 hrs.
  • CON 487: Design of Steel and Concrete Structures - 3 hrs.
  • CON 489: Design of Wood and Masonry Structures - 3 hrs.
  • CON 493: Senior Project Planning - 1 hr.
  • CON 498: Senior Project - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 157: Accounting Principles - Financial - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 158: Accounting Principles - Cost Management - 3 hrs.
  • BLW 342: The Legal Environment of Business - 3 hrs.
  • CE 150: Mechanics I - 3 hrs.
    or IMT 222: Statics - 3 hrs.
  • CE 206: Surveying - 2 hrs.
  • CE 270: Mechanics - 3 hrs.
    or IMT 324: Strength of Materials - 4 hrs.
  • CIS 102 or Programming Elective - 3 hrs.
  • COM 103 Oral Communication Process - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 221: Microeconomics - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 222: Macroeconomics - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 115: Brief Calculus With Applications I - 4 hrs.
    or MTH 121: Calculus I - 4 hrs.
  • MIS 173: Information Systems and Business Applications - 3 hrs.
  • M L 350: Managing for Results in Organizations - 2 hrs.
  • PHY 107: General Physics I - 4 hrs.
    or Physics 110: University Physics I - 4 hrs.
  • QM 262: Quantitative Analysis I - 3 hrs.

Elective Courses (choose four) - 12 hrs.

  • CON 272: Construction Materials and Methods II - 3 hrs.
  • CON 330: Housing - 3 hrs.
  • CON 352: Sustainable Urban Environment - 3 hrs.
  • CON 368: Mechanical and Electrical Systems II - 3 hrs.
  • CON 394: Construction Labor and Unions - 3 hrs.
  • CON 395: Construction Claims and Change Orders - 3 hrs.
  • CON 435: Heavy and Highway Construction - 3 hrs.
  • CON 452: Green Construction and LEED - 3 hrs.
  • CON 490: Special Topics I (approved topic only) - 1-3 hrs.
  • CON 491: Special Topics II (approved topic only) - 1-3 hrs.
  • CON 494: Construction Practice - 3 hrs.
  • CON 520: Advanced Construction Practice - 3 hrs.
  • CON 522: Advanced CADD - 3 hrs.
  • CON 524: Building Information Modeling - 3 hrs.
  • CON 526: Advanced Cost Estimating - 3 hrs.
  • CON 528: Advanced Construction Scheduling - 3 hrs.
  • CON 529: Advanced Construction Contracts - 3 hrs.
  • CON 536: TQM Principles - 3 hrs.
  • CON 537: Construction Simulation - 3 hrs.
  • CON 540: Project and Company Management - 3 hrs.
  • CE 250: Dynamics - 3 hrs.
  • CE 356: Pavement Design - 4 hrs.
  • CE 591: Advanced Topics I (approved topic only) - 1-3 hrs.
  • CE 592: Advanced Topics II (approved topic only) - 1-3 hrs.