Engineering Technology - Civil - Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

The Civil Engineering Technology (CET) Program at NMSU will prepare graduates with the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter careers in the planning, design, construction and operation of the built environment and global infrastructure. Graduates with the baccalaureate degree have strengths in their knowledge of design, construction, testing and operation of buildings and infrastructure with the ability to produce and utilize construction documents, analyze and design systems, specify project methods and materials, perform cost estimates and analyses, and manage technical activities in support of civil projects. Graduates from our ABET accredited CET program can pursue professional licensure and become professional engineers.

Program Educational Objectives

  1. graduates are competent in at least one of the following areas:
    1. Land Development
    2. Infrastructure Development
    3. Heavy Civil Construction
    4. Cost Estimating
    5. Characterization and mechanical properties of construction materials.
  2. graduates are proficient in the assessment of Engineering Alternatives.
  3. graduates are:
    1. meeting the engineering needs of the region, both in the government and private sectors
    2. leaders in their specialized field of endeavor
  4. graduates are pursuing their professional registration (Professional Engineer License)

The Civil Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET



Types of jobs that graduates pursue in this field

  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Design Engineer
  • Construction Inspector
  • Owner
  • Estimator
  • Distribution and Sales

Engineering Technology - Civil (No Concentration)

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I4
or ENGL 1110H Composition I Honors
English Composition - Level 23
Professional & Technical Communication (Recommended)3
Oral Communication3
Introduction to Communication (Either are Recommended)3
Introduction to Communications Honors
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 1511GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I 13-4
or MATH 1435 Applications of Calculus I
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences 11
Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors)4
Choose one sequence from the following for four credits:
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
Calculus -Based Physics I
and Calculus -Based Physics I Lab
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 credits) 2
Area V: Humanities 23
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 23
General Education Elective
MATH 1521GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II3-4
or MATH 1440 Applications of Calculus II
Viewing A Wider World
Courses must be taken from two different colleges, one being from the College of Business 36
Departmental/College Requirements
ENGR 100GIntroduction to Engineering3
SUR 222Plane Surveying3
or DRFT 222 Surveying Fundamentals
E T 154Construction Methods and Communications3
E T 240Applied Statics3
or C E 233 Mechanics-Statics
E T 241Applied Dynamics3
E T 254Concrete Technology3
E T 308Fluid Technology3
E T 308 LFluid Technology Lab1
E T 310Applied Strength of Materials3
E T 310 LApplied Strength of Materials Lab1
E T 332Applied Design of Structures I4
E T 354Soil and Foundation Technology4
E T 355Site/Land Development and Layout3
E T 410Senior Seminar1
E T 412Highway Technology3
E T 418Applied Hydraulics3
E T 420Senior Internship3
or E T 421 Senior Project
E T 432Applied Design of Structures II4
I E 451Engineering Economy3
Geomatics/Surveying Electives - must come from pre-approved list. 43
Technical Electives 4, 59
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
Select one course from the following:3-4
Algebra-Based Physics II3
Calculus -Based Physics II3
Applied Circuits4
A ST 311Statistical Applications3
E T 109Computer Drafting Fundamentals3
or DRFT 109 Computer Drafting Fundamentals
E T 200Special Topics (Civil Drafting Funamentals)3
or DRFT 143 Civil Drafting Fundamentals
or DRFT 153 Survey Drafting Applications
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 60-3
Total Credits120

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and ENGL 1110G Composition I. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGR 100G Introduction to Engineering 3
E T 154 Construction Methods and Communications 3
Choose one sequence from the following: 4
Algebra-Based Physics I
and Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
Calculus -Based Physics I
and Calculus -Based Physics I Lab
MATH 1511G
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 1
or Applications of Calculus I
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 2 3
ENGL 1110G
Composition I
or Composition I Honors
MATH 1521G
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 1
or Applications of Calculus II
E T 240
Applied Statics
or Mechanics-Statics
E T 254 Concrete Technology 3
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
Second Year
E T 109
Computer Drafting Fundamentals
or Computer Drafting Fundamentals
SUR 222
Plane Surveying
or Surveying Fundamentals
ENGL 2210G Professional & Technical Communication 3
COMM 1115G
Introduction to Communication
or Introduction to Communications Honors
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
E T 308
308 L
Fluid Technology
and Fluid Technology Lab
Choose one from the following: 3-4
Algebra-Based Physics II  
Calculus -Based Physics II  
Applied Circuits  
CHEM 1120G Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors) 4
Elective Course 3 3
Third Year
E T 310
310 L
Applied Strength of Materials
and Applied Strength of Materials Lab
E T 200
Special Topics (Civial Drafting Fundamentals)
or Civil Drafting Fundamentals
or Survey Drafting Applications
E T 354 Soil and Foundation Technology 4
E T 241 Applied Dynamics 3
E T 332 Applied Design of Structures I 4
E T 355 Site/Land Development and Layout 3
Geomatics/Surveying Elective Course 4 3
Technical Elective Course 5 3
Viewing a Wider World Course 6 3
Fourth Year
E T 432 Applied Design of Structures II 4
I E 451 Engineering Economy 3
A ST 311 Statistical Applications 3
Technical Elective Course 5 3
Viewing a Wider World Course (from the College of Business) 6 3
E T 418 Applied Hydraulics 3
E T 412 Highway Technology 3
E T 410 Senior Seminar 1
E T 420
Senior Internship
or Senior Project
Technical Elective Course 5 3
 Total Credits120-123