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Construction Engineering at The Citadel

We are very enthusiastic regarding our Construction Engineering program at The Citadel! From a solid foundation in the School of Engineering and extensive history of engineering education at The Citadel, our Construction Engineering program is prepared to fulfill a prominent academic leadership role in this crucially important and growing construction field within the economy. In addition to robust curriculum preparation, graduates will be prepared for successful careers in construction engineering with the following unique Citadel program attributes:

  • Focus on principled leadership that provides a valuable foundation for meeting demands in construction and engineering professions.
  • Academic environment that requires students learn, understand and embody high ethical standards needed to fulfill the fundamental canons of engineering licensure.
  • Learning environment that fosters high standards of student conduct, which develop character and help ensure ability to attain background checks and future security clearances.

The four-year program will prepare graduates to ethically and judiciously apply knowledge of science, mathematics, and engineering methods to solve a wide range of technologically complex construction problems. The full-time undergraduate program is offered to cadets, veterans, and active-duty students. Additionally, a full-time evening undergraduate program is available for non-military students through a 2+2 program with Trident Technical College offering courses in the first two years, and The Citadel providing courses through junior and senior years. The construction engineering program will provide students with:

  • Preparation for careers to apply and implement engineering methods, analysis tools and equipment applications needed to conduct and/or lead construction engineering projects.
  • Self-development attributes to value and pursue lifelong learning to keep current in the construction engineering field and sustain awareness of engineering-related contemporary issues needed to address evolving societal demands.
  • Prepare for graduate education and/or professional registration, as desired or required.
  • Readiness to serve in professional roles as principled leaders with strong communications and team-building skills necessary to lead people, manage resources, solve complex problems, communicate information, and influence decisions.

Construction Engineering graduates will be prepared to for success through the following Program Educational Objectives, which graduates to attain within 3-5 years after graduation:

  • Design: Graduating students who are successful in engineering based on a course of study focused on design, including a solid theoretical and practical foundation that leads to successful employment in the private and public sectors.
  • Sustainable Success: Graduating students who have sustainable career success and participate in leadership roles through demonstration of lifelong learning, effective communication, contributions on multidisciplinary teams, and broad-based perspective of engineering and societal needs.
  • Broad Based Education: Graduating students who have a broad educational background that leads to good citizenship through leadership, management, decision making and problem-solving abilities.

 Construction Engineering graduates will be prepared to for success by achieving skills and knowledge in the following student outcomes:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Our Construction Engineering curriculum focuses on constructability, sustainability, construction equipment, temporary structures, vertical and horizontal construction, business principles, scheduling, estimating, and project management. The Citadel offers Construction Engineering courses to all cadet and day program students, as well as full-time evening students transferring from Trident Technical College and other colleges/universities.

If you are interested in attending The Citadel as a cadet, veteran, or active duty student, or entering our evening undergraduate program, please contact me, review materials provided with this program website, and/or visit The Citadel Office of Admissions to obtain further information.

You can reach me at:

William J. Davis, Ph.D., P.E. (AL)
Dept. Head, Program Director & D. Graham Copeland Professor of Civil Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering, Construction Engineering"
The Citadel, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409
Phone: 843-953-7687

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