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Undergraduate Program

Purdue's Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) program is respected by leaders in the construction industry across the United States as one of the best—many say the best—engineering degree in preparation for a professional future in construction.

CEM students, faculty, and staff at the annual spring cookout

Our undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering (BSCNE), is tailored to prepare students for professional work in the construction industry. Our curriculum includes approximately 80% construction engineering and 20% management courses focused on gaining technical and theoretical knowledge. The degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and many graduates go on to become registered professional engineers.

A unique and essential feature of our Construction Engineering degree program is the internship requirement focused on giving our students real-world experience before graduating. Each student is required to serve three work periods in the construction industry with an approved internship sponsor firm. This service typically begins in the summer following First Year Engineering.

Purdue works with each student to assign an internship location with a qualified sponsor firm. Wages and benefits always cover summer living expenses with some earnings left over each year. Upon graduation, students will have completed 36 weeks of actual on-the-job work experience in addition to their classroom work, giving them an edge in the job market. Graduates and employers consistently praise the CEM internship requirements as the best preparation for the "real world" of construction that a college student could have.

The CEM student body is a close-knit group with many lasting friendships. Total enrollment averages about 130 students, with about 30-35 graduates each year.


Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering (BSCNE)
Program Objectives

The educational objectives set by the Division of Construction Engineering and Management at Purdue University for graduates of the BSCNE degree program are as follows:

  • To obtain leadership positions within their industry organizations
  • To contribute to the advancement of the profession through participation in education, mentoring, and research
  • To pursue professional advancement through registration, certification, etc.
  • To continue their education through life-long learning opportunities, graduate studies, and/or self study
  • To engage in global/societal advancement through use of their professional talents to serve the communities in which they reside and by engaging in the dialogue surrounding the societal impact of engineering decisions

Student Outcomes

Students pursuing the BSCNE degree are expected to know and be able to do the following by the time of graduation:

  • Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Demonstrate an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • Demonstrate an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • Demonstrate an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively
  • Demonstrate the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • Demonstrate a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Demonstrate an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice