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Conference Paper

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2007 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings


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Conference Name

2007 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 24-27


Construction programs at many universities are diversified and provide students with opportunities to examine topic areas that include mechanical and electrical systems, safety, business administration, residential construction, real estate, and management. It is impossible for small civil engineering technology programs with a construction emphasis to encompass all of these expertise areas. As industry looks for students with a knowledge base in these areas, it is incumbent upon programs to find avenues to provide these educational opportunities to their students.

To meet the upper division general education requirements for Old Dominion University, students must have either a minor, second major or a cluster, which is similar to a minor except that it is interdisciplinary in nature. Civil Engineering Technology (CET) students have historically taken advantage of minors that provide expertise in the areas of mechanical systems and engineering management. Both of these minors are offered by academic units which are housed in the same college as the CET program. Upon examination of minors available at the university in other academic units, it is apparent that additional expertise is available. This additional expertise can be found in the College of Health Sciences and the College of Business and Public Administration which offer minors in the areas of safety, business administration, real estate, and management.

The construction advisory committee for the CET program has examined the academic minors that are available in the College of Health Sciences and the College of Business and Public Administration and made recommendations regarding these minors. A CET Minor Recommendation Form has been developed as an outcome of the construction advisory committee recommendations. This paper examines the minor recommendations from that committee, examines the content of these minors, and evaluates the academic impact on students who may choose this route as a way to obtain knowledge in these specialized areas.


© 2007 American Society for Engineering Education, ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 24-27, 2007.

Original Publication Citation

Lewis, V., & Considine, C. (2007). Identifying university minors to support the construction specialization area within a civil engineering technology program. Paper presented at the 2007 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii.