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Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Science and Management

The Construction Science and Management degree combines courses in construction science, design and business to educate managers for the construction industry. The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the degree, including Core Curriculum requirements, is 120, at least 39 of which need to be at the upper-division level. Students obtaining a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Construction Science and Management pursue management careers in a wide variety of occupations throughout the construction industry. The degree also provides students with the opportunity to continue with their studies in a graduate program.

The curriculum prepares students to manage the construction process on the job site and effectively interact with architects, engineers, owners and other professionals who compose the team required by the complexities of modern construction projects. Project owners recognize the need for timely project delivery, indoor/outdoor environmental quality, and short-term and life-cycle costing. Therefore, the curriculum emphasizes environmentally sustainable building practice, project and cost controls, communication skills, understanding the technical aspects of construction and the construction process, and the application of information technology to the construction industry. In addition to the formal academic curriculum, students are required to complete a construction management internship in the building industry between their junior and senior years. The program maintains a close partnership with the construction industry to provide graduates with various opportunities.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Science and Management must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

MAT 1033 or MAT 1073 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. PHY 1943 should be used to satisfy one of the core requirements in Life and Physical Sciences. ECO 2023 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. COM 2113 should be used to satisfy the Component Area Option core requirement.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete WRC 1013, WRC 1023, MAT 1033 or MAT 1073, and PHY 1943 in their first year.

Degree Requirements

  1. Construction Science and Management Program sequence. Must be completed with a grade of “C–” or better in each course

    1. Required courses in design, construction science, and project management

      CSM  2113  Construction Materials and Methods
      CSM  2143  Construction Materials and Testing
      CSM  3113  Construction Surveying
      CSM  3123  Technical Communication
      CSM  3143  Structures I
      CSM  4013  Construction Estimating I
      CSM  4023  Construction Estimating II
      CSM  4143  Structures II
      CSM  4513  Project Management
      CSM  4523  Project Planning and Scheduling
      CSM  4533  Building Information Modeling for Construction Management
      CSM  4613  Sustainable Building Practice
      CSM  4623  Construction Safety
      CSM  4633  Construction Law
      CSM  4643  Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems
      CSM  4713  Construction Capstone
      CSM  4933  Summer Internship

    2. Required business and related courses (ECO  2023 may also be used to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements):

      ACC  2013  Principles of Accounting I
      BLW  3013  Business Law
      ECO  2023  Introductory Microeconomics
      FIN   3003  Survey of Finance
      GBA  2013  Social and Ethical Issues in Business
      MGT  3013  Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management

    3. One course in statistics:

      STA  1053  Basic Statistics

  2. Two prescribed electives selected from the following list with a grade of “C–” or better in each course

    CSM  2323  Construction Documents
    CSM  2333  Construction Culture and History
    CSM  4943  Internship I
    CSM  4953  Special Studies in Construction Science and Management
    SPN  2023  Intermediate Spanish II
    SPN  3153  Spanish for the Business/Management Fields
    MKT 3013  Principles of Marketing

  3. Two physical science electives selected from the following list with a grade of “C–” or better in each course (One of the physical science electives may also be used to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements)

    CHE  1033  Chemistry in Our Daily Lives: A Pathway to Scientific Literacy
    ES    2013  Introduction to Environmental Systems I
    ES    2023  Introduction to Environmental Systems II
    GEO 1013  The Third Planet


B.S. in Construction Science and Management — Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
MAT 1033 or MAT 1073 Algebra with Calculus for Business (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
American History (core)   3
Language Philosophy and Culture (core)   3
Spring
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
PHY 1943 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (core) 3
American History (core)   3
Creative Arts (core)   3
Physical Science Elective (core)   3
Second Year
Fall
ACC 2013 Principles of Accounting I 3
CSM 2113 Construction Materials and Methods 3
CSM 3123 Technical Communication 3
ECO 2023 Introductory Microeconomics (major and core) 3
Physical Science Elective   3
Spring
CSM 2143 Construction Materials and Testing 3
CSM 4013 Construction Estimating I 3
COM 2113 Public Speaking (core) 3
GBA 2013 Social and Ethical Issues in Business 3
STA 1053 Basic Statistics 3
Third Year
Fall
BLW 3013 Business Law 3
CSM 3143 Structures I 3
CSM 4023 Construction Estimating II 3
CSM 4513 Project Management 3
CSM 4533 Building Information Modeling for Construction Management 3
Spring
CSM 4143 Structures II 3
CSM 4523 Project Planning and Scheduling 3
CSM 4623 Construction Safety 3
CSM 4643 Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems 3
MGT 3013 Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management 3
Summer
May Mini-mester  
CSM 3113 Construction Surveying 3
Ten-week Term  
CSM 4933 Summer Internship 3
Fourth Year
Fall
CSM 4613 Sustainable Building Practice 3
CSM 4633 Construction Law 3
FIN 3003 Survey of Finance 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Spring
CSM 4713 Construction Capstone 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Prescribed Elective   3
Prescribed Elective   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

 

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