Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology, B.S.

Program Code: SDCET_BS

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology, a minimum of 125 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 2-10
Requirements for the Major 95-102

20-24 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GHW courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
CET 308Construction Methods and Materials3
CET 342Civil Engineering Materials - Concrete and Bituminous3
CET 343Soils Mechanics3
CET 434Foundations3
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
ET 200Graphic Communications3
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
SSET 295Internship1
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CE 254Personal & Occupational Safety Keystone/General Education Course3
CE 333WConstruction Management I3
CET 430Structural Analysis3
CET 431Structural Design-Steel3
CET 432Structural Design-Reinforced Concrete3
CET 435Construction Estimating3
Additional Courses
CE 310Surveying3
or SUR 111 Plane Surveying
EGT 101
EGT 102

and Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting
2-3
or EDSGN 100 Cornerstone Engineering Design
ET 323Strength of Materials Laboratory1
or MET 214 Strength and Properties of Materials Laboratory
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
or STAT 200 Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Technical Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Technical Physics II Keystone/General Education Course
General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Economics Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Programming Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course
Programming for Engineers with C++ Keystone/General Education Course
CMPSC 202
Select one of the following:3-4
Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
Survey of Management
Basic Management Concepts
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select one of the following:3
Statics
Mechanics I: Statics (does not require a grade of C or better)
Mechanics for Technology: Statics
Select one of the following:3
Strength of Materials
Strength of Materials
Strength and Properties of Materials
Requirements for the Option
Select an option19-22

Requirements for the Option

Construction Management Option (19-21 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CE 456Planning and Scheduling3
CE 458Construction Management II3
CE 488CCapstone Project - Construction4
Additional Courses
Select one of the following:3-4
Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
Survey of Management
Basic Management Concepts
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning
Highway Engineering
Sustainable Engineering
Building Energy Systems
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3-4 credits from approved program list3-4
Structural Design Option (19-20 credits)
Prescribed Courses
EMCH 212Dynamics3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CE 445Advanced Structural Analysis3
CE 449Advanced Structural Design3
CE 488DCapstone Project - Structural Design4
Additional Courses
CET 361Fluid Flow3
or CE 360 Fluid Mechanics
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3-4 credits from approved program list3-4
General Option (22 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CE 445Advanced Structural Analysis3
CE 449Advanced Structural Design3
CE 456Planning and Scheduling3
CE 458Construction Management II3
Additional Courses
AE 310Fundamentals of Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning3
or MET 435 Building Energy Systems
CE 360Fluid Mechanics3
or CET 361 Fluid Flow
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CE 488CCapstone Project - Construction4
or CE 488D Capstone Project - Structural Design

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Harrisburg

Seroj Mackertich, Ph.D.
Program Chair
Olmsted Building, W236
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6131
oct@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Harrisburg Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303General Education Course3
EDSGN 100 or 100S3ECON 102 or 1043
CE 100S1CAS 1003
MATH 413PHYS 150, 211, or 2503-4
CHEM 1103MATH 1404
CHEM 1111 
General Education Course3 
 17 16-17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education Course3General Education Course3
PHYS 151, 212, or 2513-4CMPSC 101, 121, 200, or 2013
MATH 141 or STAT 2004ENGL 202C3
ET 300 or EMCH 211*3ET 322 or EMCH 213*3
ACCTG 211 or MGMT 3013-4ET 3231
 General Education Course3
 16-18 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ET 2003CET 3433
CE 333W*†3CET 3083
CET 3423CET 435*3
ET 321 (or (S)(G) EMCH 212 )3(S) (G) CET 361 or (C) ACCTG 211 or (C) MGMT 301 3-4
SUR 111 or CE 3103CET 430*3
 SSET 2951
 15 16-17
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CET 431*3CET 4343
CET 432*3(C) (G) CE 321 Highway Engineering or (C) (G) MET 435 Building Energy Systems or (C) (G) ENVE 430 Sustainable Engineering3
CE 254*†3(S) (G) CE 480D Capstone Project: Structural Design or (C) CE 488C Capstone Project: Construction*3
(C) (G) CE 456 *3(S) (G) CE 445 Advanced Structural Analysis*3
(S) (G) CE 488D or (C) CE 488C *1(S) (G) CE 449 Advanced Structural Design*3
(C) (S) Approved Slection3(C) (G) CE 458 Construction Management*3
 16 18
Total Credits 130-134

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

Students must complete an option in one of the following areas: Construction (C), Structural Design (S), or General (G). 

Program Notes:

  • Students must complete a 3-credit course in "United States Cultures (US)" and a 3-credit course in "International Cultures (IL)."
  • Entrance into SDCET major require a minimum of 29.1 credits and a 2.0 GPA.
  • Graduation in this major: Courses listed with an * requires a grade of C or better and an option area.
  • SDCET Approved Selections
  • Other engineering or business courses may be accepted with permission of the program chair. 
  • An option-required courses cannot be used for an Approved Selection

List of Approved Courses

  • ACCTG 211 FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
  • MET 435 HVAC
  • B LAW 243 (4) or B LAW 242 and 241 (2) (2) LEGAL ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS
  • CET 361 FLUID FLOW
  • C E 321 HIGHWAY ENGINEERING
  • C E 424 PROJECT INFORMATION MODELING
  • C E 445 ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS
  • C E 449 ADVANCED STRUCTURAL DESIGN
  • C E 456 PLANNING & SCHEDULING
  • C E 458 CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT II
  • ENVE 415 HYDROLOGY
  • ENVE 430 SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING
  • EET 320 INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICITY and ELECTRONICS
  • ET 495 INTERNSHIP
  • E MCH 212/MET 321 DYNAMICS
  • MET 435 BUILDING ENERGY SYSTEMS
  • M E 201 INTRODUCTION TO THERMAL SCIENCE
  • M E 300 ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS
  • MGMT 301 BASIC MGMT CONCEPT

Career Paths

The SDCET program is designed to prepare students for careers in the highly specialized construction industry. It allows for flexible scheduling, enabling students to focus their specialization in either construction or design. Study through these options could lead to opportunities as structural designers for bridges, buildings, or other projects or as project managers for commercial construction projects. Career options may also be available in government for state and federal highway projects and with construction firms in the specialty areas of scheduling, estimating, and cost control. Finally, opportunities may exist for graduates to pursue opportunities as designers, owners, or contractor representatives.

Careers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects excellent employment opportunities in the construction industry for the coming years. Penn State Harrisburg graduates in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology have had impressive job placements in the last eight years.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE STRUCTURAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

Professional Resources

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ABET ACCREDITATION

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

Contact

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND TECHNOLOGY
Olmsted Building, W236
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6124
mab56@psu.edu

http://harrisburg.psu.edu/science-engineering-technology/civil-structural-engineering/bachelor-science-structural-design-and-construction-engineering-technology