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Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Science and Management

The Construction Science and Management (CSM) Program combines courses in construction science, architecture 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 125, 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, skilled trades, technologists and craftspeople on the job site and effectively interact with architects, engineers, owners and other professionals who compose the team required by the complexities of modern building 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 obtain 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 who are in great demand.

Admission to the Major in Construction Science and Management: Available openings within the Construction Science and Management Program (second to fourth year courses) are limited and, therefore, entry is competitive. Successful applicants entering the College of Architecture from high school and transfer ¬students will be directly admitted, as a pre-major, into the Foundation Year Program. Entry into the CSM major and second year courses is determined by the grade point average (GPA) of the 28 semester credit hours required in the Foundation Year of the College of Architecture. Students must complete all 28 hours of Foundation Year courses to be considered for acceptance into the Construction Science and Management Program. Acceptance to the Construction Science and Management Program is reviewed and granted only after the completion of the Spring Semester each year.

Laptop Initiative: Students must have a laptop (notebook) computer upon entering the program. Software recommendations are designed to provide students with the basis for purchasing a computer that will be powerful enough to run the latest construction management, CAD, 3-D modeling, word-processing, business presentation, and spreadsheet software. The computer should be upgradeable in order to be of productive use for the duration of the academic program. A copy of the recommended minimum laptop specifications is available in the College of Architecture or online at http://utsa.edu/architecture/.

Student Work: The College of Architecture reserves the right to retain, exhibit, and reproduce work submitted by students. Work submitted for grading is the property of the College of Architecture and remains such until it is returned to the student.

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

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 1093 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. ES 2013, PHY 1603 or PHY 1903, and GEO 1103 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Natural Sciences as well as major requirements. ARC 2413 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Visual and Performing Arts. ARC 1413 or ARC 1513 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in World Society and Issues.

Degree Requirements

  1. Foundation Year sequence (28 semester credit hours):

    1. 13 semester credit hours of mathematics, science, and writing Core Curriculum courses:

      MAT  1093  Precalculus

      PHY  1603, 1611  Algebra-based Physics I and Laboratory
      or
      PHY  1903, 1911  Engineering Physics I and Laboratory

      WRC  1013  Freshman Composition I
      WRC  1023  Freshman Composition II

    2. 15 semester credit hours of required courses completed with a grade of “C-” or better in each course:

      COA  1113  Introduction to the Built Environment
      COA  1133  Building Technology I
      COA  1213  Design I
      COA  1223  Design II
      COA  1313  Design Visualization

  2. Construction Science and Management Program sequence (70 semester credit hours). Must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better in each course:

    1. 52 semester credit hours in architecture, construction science and management, and science (ARC 2413 and ES 2013 or GEO 1103 may also be used to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements):

      ARC  2223  Building Technology II
      ARC  2413  History of Architecture: Prehistory through Medieval
      ARC  3233  Building Technology III
      ARC  3343  Building Technology IV
      ARC  3353  Building Technology V
      CSM  2323  Construction Documents
      CSM  3011  Construction Industry Contemporary Issues
      CSM  3111  Construction Surveying
      CSM  3621  Construction Safety I
      CSM  4013  Construction Estimating I
      CSM  4023  Construction Estimating II
      CSM  4513  Construction Management I
      CSM  4523  Construction Management II
      CSM  4613  Sustainable Building Practice
      CSM  4633  Construction Law
      CSM  4713  Construction Capstone
      CSM  4931  Internship (must be repeated for credit in consecutive summer sessions)
      ES   2013  Introduction to Environmental Systems I
      ES   2021  Introduction to Environmental Systems I Laboratory
      GEO 1103  Introduction to Earth Systems
      GEO 1111  Introduction to Earth Systems Laboratory

    2. 18 semester credit hours in business and related courses (ECO 2013 or ECO 2023 may also be used to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements):

      ACC  2013  Principles of Accounting I
      ACC  2033  Principles of Accounting II
      BLW  3013  Business Law
      ECO  2013  Introductory Macroeconomics
      ECO  2023  Introductory Microeconomics
      MGT  3013  Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management

  3. 12 semester credit hours of electives completed with a grade of “C-” or better in each course:

    1. 6 semester credit hours of prescribed electives selected from the following list (ARC 1413 or ARC 1513 may also be used to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements):

      ARC  1413  Architecture and Culture
      ARC  1513  Great Buildings and Cities of the World
      ARC  3433  Topics in Architecture and Thought
      CSM  2333  Construction Culture and History
      CSM  4533  Building Information Modeling for Construction Management
      CSM  4623  Construction Safety II
      CSM  4643  Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems
      CSM  4953  Special Studies in Construction Science and Management
      SPN   2023  Intermediate Spanish II
      SPN   3153  Spanish for the Business/Management Fields

    2. 3 semester credit hours of a communication elective selected from the following list:

      COM  1053  Business and Professional Speech
      COM  2113  Public Speaking

    3. 3 semester credit hours of a social and behavioral science elective (may also be used to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements)

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

FOUNDATION YEAR (Pre-Construction Science and Management/PRC)
Fall Spring
COA 1113 3 COA 1133 3
COA 1213 3 COA 1223 3
COA 1313 3 PHY 1603/1611 or PHY 1903/1911 (core) 4
MAT 1093 (core) 3 WRC 1023 (core) 3
WRC 1013 (core) 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 13
GATEWAY TO MAJOR
SECOND YEAR
Fall Spring
ARC 1413 or 1513 (core) 3 ACC 2013 3
ARC 2413 (major and core) 3 ARC 3233 3
ARC 2223 3 CSM 4013 3
CSM 2323 3 ECO 2013 3
ECO 2023 (major and core) 3 Communication Elective 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
THIRD YEAR
Fall Spring
ARC 3343 3 ACC 2033 3
CSM 4023 3 ARC 3353 3
CSM 4513 3 CSM 3011 1
POL 1013 (core) 3 CSM 4523 3
U.S. History & Diversity core 3 POL 1133 or 1213 (core) 3
    U.S. History & Diversity core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 16
Summer
May Mini-mester Five-Week Terms
CSM 3111 1 CSM 4931 1
CSM 3621 1 CSM 4931 1
Total semester hours 2 Total semester hours 2
FOURTH YEAR
Fall Spring
CSM 4613 3 BLW 3013 3
CSM 4633 3 CSM 4713 3
ES 2013/2021 (major and core) 4 GEO 1103/1011 4
MGT 3013 3 Prescribed Elective 3
Literature core 3 Social & Behavioral Science core 3
Total semester hours 16 Total semester hours 16

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