A.S. Civil Engineering Technology

CIVIL ENGINEERING OR CIVIL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY?

The College of The Bahamas offers two distinctive paths in preparing students for careers in the broad field of civil engineering and civil engineering technology.

Civil Engineering focuses on scientific, theoretical and conceptual design. Civil engineers, in their routine pursuits, are involved in the design, construction and monitoring of

  • large and complex buildings, bridges, dams, sea defense and other structures,
  • subsurface foundation systems
  • water resources for urban use, industry and recreation
  • networks for water transmission
  • water treatment and quality control systems
  • liquid and solid waste collection, treatment and disposal,
  • transportation systems including highways, mass transit, airports, railroads, pipelines, canals, and harbor facilities.

Additionally many civil engineers bring innovation to the information systems for design and management of engineering projects and seek solutions for environmental problems including air pollution, ground pollution, water pollution, and noise pollution.

In their practice, Civil Engineers pursue a delicate blending of constructed facilities with the natural and social environments, creating an optimum relationship between humans and the environment to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Civil Engineering Technology, on the other hand, while closely related to civil engineering, focuses on application and implementation of the conceptual designs of civil engineers. By the use of engineering codes of practice, working drawings, and specifications, civil engineering technologists translate the innovative concepts of the engineer into functioning systems and structures. They are, in a sense, those who bring to reality, the “abstract.”

For a more general comparison of engineering and engineering technology, please see here.

Programme Choice and Curricular Focus

Students who wish to develop careers in Civil Engineering may enroll in the School’s Associate Engineering programme. This is a two-year programme which leads to a non discipline-specific Associate of Science degree in Engineering. The student may then transfer to a four-year discipline-specific engineering programme for the final two years of a full baccalaureate degree.

Aspiring civil engineering technologists may enroll in the School’s Associate of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology. The programme constitutes the first two years of typical four-year full baccalaureate. The programme typically focuses on algebra, trigonometry, applied calculus, non-calculus based natural sciences and other courses such as surveying, construction cost estimating that are more practical than theoretical in nature. In the past many graduates of the Civil Engineering Technology programme who chose not to further their study, entered the construction job market as site engineers and surveyors. Others have branched out into related fields as construction managers, construction cost estimators and quantity surveyors.


CURRICULUM FOR THE A.S. CIVIL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMME

Please click on "Curriculum" above for a current sequence of courses. This is periodically reviewed to bring our programme in line with offerings in other reputable and accredited institutions elsewhere.


ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE A.S. CIVIL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMME

The entrance requirements are identical to The College's (COB’s) minimum general entrance requirements, as described here.  However, prospective high school students are encouraged to include subjects in their portfolio at high school that are appropriate for direct entry into first-year college-level courses in Science & Technology – namely, English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Graphical Communication and Computer Technology. Success in these subjects at BGCSE will obviate the need to make up deficiencies in Pre-Tech or College Prep at the COB and ensure timely graduation.