Construction and Fire Protection

General Requirements

The following elective course listings and requirements apply to all programs in the Construction Systems (CS) department, including the CET and FPT programs.

It is possible to combine fire protection studies with a construction program. Details must be arranged with an adviser.

Departmental Controls

The department reserves the right to change or update programs. Classes which are dropped from a required curriculum may no longer apply to degree requirements. Classes added to a required curriculum may be required of all subsequent graduates. Some prerequisites may not apply after two years. A non-continuous student (one who drops out for one semester, or longer) will face revised or updated graduation requirements. Prior approvals, acceptances or other advising agreements will no longer apply in such cases of non-continuous enrollment. Access to departmental courses is controlled by the department. Students whose GPAs are below certain limits, and students who fail to acquire prior departmental approval to enroll, may not be eligible. If space is limited in classes, priority may be given to those students who are near to graduation, and need such classes for graduation.

Academic Performance

The minimum acceptable grade for required courses in a student’s major field is “C.” In the construction and fire protection programs, this applies to all courses prefixed by “CONE”, “CNST”, “FPT,” and the specific courses: EMEC 2200 (Statics) and EMEC 3240 (Strength of Materials). In addition, the minimum acceptable grade is “C”; “C-” is not an acceptable grade.

  1. in mathematics and science courses completed after January 1, 1991, and
  2. in all transfer courses in mathematics and science.
  3. in any construction, fire protection, math or science elective course requiring a prerequisite, that prerequisite course must have a completed grade of “C” or better. A student will be allowed to pre-enroll in a course prior to completing the prerequisite course, but will be withdrawn from the course if the prerequisite course is not completed by the beginning of the new course semester with the “C” grade or better.

A student may retake any one single course, previously taken and not passed (“F”), only once. This rule also provides that he or she may retake no more than three different courses, previously taken and not passed, in such a manner. This rule applies only to courses offered in the College of Engineering. If required courses are involved, application of this rule may put the student in a position of not being able to meet graduation requirements for the program major involved. Since changing majors may involve considerable loss of time and effort, it is critical that the student withdraw from, or change status to “audit” in, any course which he or she is in jeopardy of not passing. Such changes must be made prior to the end of the eleventh week of classes.

Transfer Students

Transfer students’ equivalency credit will be evaluated by the departmental adviser for official acceptance toward degree requirements. It is the students’ responsibility to confer with the adviser as soon as possible to have their past work evaluated so that they do not start out in the wrong courses. The actual total number of credit hours transferred into the University may include courses which are not applicable to a given degree. For this reason credits applied to specific course-by-course graduation requirements may be less than the total credits transferred.


To assist the students in the graduation process, students should write a letter to the chair one year in advance of their intended date of graduation stipulating when they intend to graduate.