2024-2025 Catalog 
    May 29, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Civil Engineering Technology - Highway Emphasis (CETH-AAS), A.A.S.

Location(s): Ferris Main Campus

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Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology - Highway Emphasis incorporates small hands-on laboratory courses to provide well-rounded technical instruction in construction materials, methods, administration/operations, and equipment. The program has a specific focus on paving materials, highway technology, hydraulics, and construction equipment. Graduates of this high-demand program may choose employment in the heavy civil construction sector with a contractor, material supplier, transportation agency, or testing agency. They may also continue their education and obtain a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management through our American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) accredited program. This program is offered full-time at the main campus in Big Rapids, MI..

Program Outcomes

  1. Meet Industry Needs - Provide a curriculum that responds to the changing needs of industry.
  2. Communication - Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively using written and graphical methods throughout the construction process.
  3. Team Building - Function as a member of the construction project management team.
  4. Methods - Demonstrate an understanding of the design, layout, materials, means, and methods of the built environment.
  5. Process - Analyze construction documents for project planning and management with all stakeholders in the construction process.
  6. Ethics - Apply professional and ethical standards of behavior in dealing with all stakeholders in the construction process.
  7. Structures - Understand the basic principles of structural behavior.
  8. Technology - Apply technology to manage the construction process.

Admission Requirements

New Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.75 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale) (2.50 -2.74 with college approval)
  • Minimum Composite Score of ACT 18/SAT 950, Math Score of ACT 19/SAT 580
  • Placement into MATH 120 

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.00 College GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Minimum 12 credits, including English and Mathematics
  • Placement into MATH 120 

University Requirements - 20 Credits Required

First Year Seminar Requirement (FSUS 100 or Equivalent) - 1 Credit Required

All First-Time-In-Any-College Freshmen (FTIACs) must complete a one-credit FSUS 100  course, or its equivalent. Additional information and the definition of FTIAC for FSUS purposes can be found in the: Ferris State University Academic Affairs FSUS Policy

University General Education Requirements - 19 Credits Required

Courses in this section are required to satisfy the University General Education Requirements for an associate degree. The University General Education requirements can be found on the: Ferris State University General Education Requirements Webpage

Communication Competency - 6 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)

Quantitative Literacy Competency - 3 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)

  • Choose 1 of 4

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Official Pre-2016 Math SAT Score of 590 or Higher
  • Official Post-2016 Math SAT Score of 620 or Higher
  • Official Math ACT Score of 26 or Higher

Natural Sciences Competency - 4 Credits Required

One course is required with a minimum of 3 credits: must be a lab course.

Self and Society Competency - 3 Credits Required

College Requirements - 45 Credits Required


  • Students who return to the university after an interrupted enrollment, not including summer semester, must normally meet the requirements of the curriculum which are in effect at the time of their return, not the requirements which were in effect when they were originally admitted.
  • Credit Variance - Credits required may vary based on course placement, prerequisites, etc. If you have questions, contact your advisor.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from Ferris State University, students must meet both University and Programmatic Graduation Requirements.

University Graduation Requirements

These are the minimum graduation requirements for an associate degree at Ferris State University:

  • All requirements as specified in the University Requirements section must be met.
  • A minimum of 60 credits must be earned.
  • A 2.00 or higher cumulative Ferris State University GPA is required.
  • A minimum of 15 credits must be earned from Ferris State University to meet the Residency requirement.

Programmatic Graduation Requirements

These are the additional graduation requirements mandated by the program:

  • All requirements as specified in the College Requirements section must be met.
  • A minimum of 32 credits in CETM and CONM courses must be earned from Ferris State University.
  • A minimum of three of the four CETM courses must be completed at Ferris State University.

Suggested Semester Layout

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First Year

Fall Courses

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 16

Second Year

Contact Information

Construction Technology & Management Programs
(231) 591-3773
[email protected]

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