Construction Engineering

Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering

The Construction Engineering Program is housed in the School of Sustainable Engineering & the Built Environment (SSEBE) within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (IAFSE). The IAFSE incorporates a world-class Construction Engineering program with Barrett, The Honors College, one of the country’s top honors colleges. Construction Engineering Honors students have numerous options to fulfill honors contracts through many of their required courses. All of our graduates have received excellent employment in the construction engineering industry upon graduation. Any Barrett student who is considering a major in Construction Engineering should contact the lead FHA, Dr. Samuel Ariaratnam at

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Faculty Honors Advisors

Samuel Ariaratnam

Thesis/Creative Projects: 

A typical thesis can either be a research project, an applied project, a business plan, or a creative project study on a specific topic. The student and FHA decide upon the topic and thesis/creative project. SSEBE abides by the Barrett requirements for committee members. The thesis director must be a continuing faculty member with a terminal degree and the second committee can either be a faculty member or an industry participant with expertise in the thesis topic.

Academic Preparation: 

Construction Engineering Honors students must fulfill the requirements of Barrett, The Honors College. Students should work with their Honor Faculty advisor to integrate the following requirements into their programs of study.

Lower-division requirements (must be completed by all students entering the honors college with fewer than 60 college credit hours complete)

  • The Human Event sequence – Honors students are required to complete HON 171 (3-credit hours) and HON 272 or 273 (3-credit hours) within their first three semesters in the honors college
  • 12-credit hours of honors coursework, in addition to The Human Event sequence
  • Upper-division requirements (must be completed by all honors students in order to graduate from Barrett, The Honors College)
  • Minimum 18-credit hours of upper-division (300- and 400-level courses) honors coursework
  • Thesis or Creative Project – All students will complete a thesis or creative project, which will count for up to 6 of the required 18 upper-division honors credits. Please note: Students can take CNE 486 as a springboard for their thesis/creative project.

Students admitted to Barrett, The Honors College with 60-hours or more of earned credit-hours must complete the upper-division requirements listed above AND are also required to successfully complete HON 371, 373, 374 or 394 in order to graduate from the honors college.

Listed courses in Construction Engineering for honor contracts include: CNE 213; CNE 321; CNE 353; CNE 400; CNE 421; CNE 455; and CNE 495. CNE 213 is an automatic honors credit, while the other six courses serve as honors enrichment courses. However, an honors student can speak with any professor about an honors contract in any course.

Other Honors Opportunities: 

Some Barrett internship opportunities are available. Information on these can be found at on the Barrett site.

Honors enrichments contracts are created on a case-by-case basis. Contract courses in Construction Engineering include:

Subject: CNE 213 “Introduction to Deformable Solids”
Professor: Hjelmstad

Subject: CNE 321 “Structural Analysis and Design”
Professor: Rajan

Subject: CNE 353 “Civil Engineering Materials”
Professor: Mamlouk/Neithalath

Subject: CNE 400 “Earth Systems Engineering and Management”
Professor: Allenby

Subject: CNE 421 “Concrete Structures”
Professor: Neithalath

Subject: CNE 455 “Construction Project Management II”
Professor: Ariaratnam

Subject: CNE 495 “Construction Planning and Scheduling”
Professor: Knutson