Tech Elective & Proficiency Recommendations

Technical Electives

CVEN students must complete 12 credits of technical electives that meet the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 6 credits must be upper-division (3000+) AREN or CVEN courses
  2. The remaining 6 credits may be chosen from the following:
    • Any upper‐division (3000+) AREN or CVEN course
    • Any course listed on the CEAE Approved Technical Elective List
    • Up to 3 credits of independent study (must be approved by the CEAE Department)

Any other course must be petitioned and approved by the CEAE Department to count as a technical elective.  Contact your academic advisor for guidance before petitioning.  Technical electives must be upper‐division (3000+) and are generally math, science, or engineering courses with technical content.

Technical elective requirements and approved courses vary by major/department.  Courses that are approved technical electives for other majors may not be accepted by the CEAE Department.  Make sure you're referring to the information above when choosing technical electives, and contact your advisor with questions.

Proficiency courses

CVEN students must complete 3 of the following proficiency courses:

  • CVEN 3256 Construction Equipment & Methods (prereq CVEN 3246) - fall and spring
  • CVEN 3424 Water and Wastewater Treatment (prereq CVEN 3414) - spring
  • CVEN 3718 Geotechnical Engineering 2 (prereq CVEN 3708) - fall and spring
  • CVEN 4333 Engineering Hydrology (prereq CVEN 3313, pre/co-req CVEN 3227) - fall and spring
  • CVEN 4545 Steel Design (prereq CVEN 3525) - spring
    OR CVEN 4555 Reinforced Concrete Design (prereq CVEN 3525) - fall
     Important to know: CVEN 4545 or 4555 can be counted as a proficiency, not both.  Students who want to take both courses may count one as a proficiency and the other as a technical elective.

How to choose Technical Electives and Proficiency courses