Construction Management, BS

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In Short

The Construction Management major provides you with the skills necessary to prepare construction documents, cost estimates, project schedules, perform site inspections, manage resources, and work with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.

Program Objectives
  • To educate students by providing a comprehensive curriculum to meet the needs of the construction industry.
  • To promote professional opportunities and pursue life-long learning through continuing education and advanced degree in construction management and related fields.
  • To develop individuals who are innovative and collaborative in problem solving, have high ethical standards, and are responsible for a sustainable future.

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Program Overview

The Construction Management major prepares you with knowledge and skills essential for construction management practice. You're exposed to a planned sequence of courses preparing you to assume effective roles in construction project management and implementation, including the ability to prepare construction documents, cost estimates, and project schedules; perform site inspections; manage resources; and work with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.

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The mission of the program is to prepare students to succeed in the construction management profession by providing them with essential technical, managerial, and communication skills and practical experiences. 

We now have a 100% online master's program in Construction Management if you want to continue your studies at some point in your career. 

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Experiential Opportunities


Internships are a great opportunity to get valuable, real-world experiences before entering a competitive job market.
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Study Abroad

Faculty-led study abroad course opportunities also increase student life-transforming experiences, as do student/faculty cooperative research projects.
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Curriculum and Other Information

Graduates of the program will be able to (as per ACCE accreditation requirements):

  • Create written communications appropriate to the construction discipline. 
  • Create oral presentations appropriate to the construction discipline. 
  • Create a construction project safety plan. 
  • Create construction project cost estimates.
  • Create construction project schedules. 
  • Analyze professional decisions based on ethical principles. 
  • Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects. 
  • Apply electronic-based technology to manage the construction process. 
  • Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control. 
  • Understand different methods of project delivery and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process. 
  • Understand construction accounting and cost control. 
  • Understand construction quality assurance and control. 
  • Understand construction project control processes. 
  • Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project. 
  • Understand the basic principles of sustainable construction. 
  • Understand the basic principles of structural behavior. 
  • Understand the basic principles of HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems.   

You'll be able to work in construction management firms, architecture and consulting firms, construction companies, and government sectors in various roles, such as project manager, project engineer, site superintendent, estimator, and scheduler, among others.