Construction

Program of Study

The construction industry is large, varied, and complex. It is intimately interwoven with, and exerts significant influence on, the overall economy of our nation. Constructors—the modern construction professionals—are educated in engineering and architectural principles in the building process, allowing effective communication with the many persons with whom contact is necessary: the design professionals (engineers and architects), specialty subcontractors, manufacturers and distributors of construction materials and products, financiers and others. Additionally, and most importantly, the constructor is a manager. The constructor’s education must include the essentials of contemporary management philosophy, sound business and construction practice, emerging trends in sustainable development, and enlightened human relations. This multidisciplinary curriculum has been developed from these aims which are in consonance with the goals of the Associated Schools of Construction, and with the philosophy of the American Institute of Constructors.

The program described below was developed for the typical student interested in general preparation for a construction career. A minor in business administration or management is possible by careful selection of electives and a total of 131 semester hours.

The Bachelor of Science in Construction (BSC) degree requires a minimum of 126 approved semester hours. (Courses taken to remove deficiencies, e.g., MTH 109, MTH 110, and PHY 100, must be taken in addition to the approved 126 semester hours.)

Degree Requirements

1See Gen. Ed. list in the Schedule of Classes each semester.
2 Electives must be chosen from list available from the academic advisor.

A Typical Curriculum is outlined below.

Accreditation criteria are met by the following groups of courses:

Group I—General Education

1 ENG 101 English Composition - 3 hrs.
1ENG 300, 301, 304, 305, or 306 Advanced Writing - 3 hrs.
1COM 103 Oral Communication Process - 3 hrs.
1Western Civilization - 3 hrs.
1Non-Western Civilization - 3 hrs.
1Human Values - 3 hrs.
1Fine Arts - 3 hrs.

21 hours

Group II—Mathematics and Science

1MTH 115 or 121 Calculus I - 4 hrs.
QM 262 Quantitative Analysis I - 3 hrs.
1PHY 107 or 110 Physics I - 4 hrs.
CIS 102 Introduction to Computer Information Systems with Basic - 3 hrs.
2Science Elective - 4 hrs.

18 hours

Group III—Business Management

1ECO 221 Microeconomics - 3 hrs.
1ECO 222 Macroeconomics - 3 hrs.
ATG 157 Accounting-Financial - 3 hrs.
ATG 158 Accounting-Managerial - 3 hrs.
BMA 342 The Legal Environment of Business - 3 hrs.
BMA 352 Business Management - 3 hrs.
2Business Electives - 6 hrs.

24 hours

Group IV—Construction Science

CE 124 Emerging Technologies in CEC - 1 hr.
CON 132 Construction Graphics 2
CON 262 Mechanical and Electrical Systems I - 3 hrs.
CON 270 Construction Materials and Methods I - 3 hrs.
CON 487 Design of Steel and Concrete Structures - 3 hrs.
CON 489 Design of Wood and Masonry Structures - 3 hrs.
CE 150 or IMT 222 Statics - 3 hrs.
CE 206 Surveying 2
CE 224 CADD - 3 hrs.
CE 270 or IMT 324 Strength of Materials 3, - 4 hrs.
CON 320 Soil Mechanics - 3 hrs.

29-30 hours

Group V—Construction Management

CON 100 Introduction to Construction - 1 hr.
CON 326 Construction Estimating - 3 hrs.
CON 342 Construction Equipment - 3 hrs.
CON 356 Construction Safety - 3 hrs.
CON 372 Construction Productivity - 3 hrs.
CON 380 Construction Contracts 2
CON 392 Construction Scheduling - 3 hrs.
CON 493 Senior Project Planning - 1 hr.
CON 498 Senior Project - 3 hrs.

22 hours

Minimum semester hours required for BSC Degree: 126

Areas of Emphasis

Students may choose to take their electives in one of the following areas of emphasis.

Internationalization

Students take two courses through the CEC Department Global Explorer Program and/or Bradley’s Study Abroad program and take an approved semester abroad.

Sustainability

Students take four courses, chosen from:

CON 272 Materials and Methods of Construction II
CON 368 Mechanical and Electrical Systems II
CE 393 Sustainability and Public Policy
CE 555 Environmental Regulations and Policy
ME 537 Building Energy Management

(Note: additional options will become available.)

Infrastructure

Students take four courses, chosen from:

BMA 395 Real Estate Principles
CE 356 Pavement Design
CE 580 Highway Safety and Risk Management
CON 352 Sustainable Urban Environment

Typical Curriculum

Freshman Year

First Semester

CON 100 Introduction to Construction - 1 hr.
COM 103 Oral Communication Process - 3 hrs.
MTH 115 or MTH 121 Calculus I - 4 hrs.
1General Education—Western Civilization - 3 hrs.
2Science Elective - 4 hrs.

15 hours

Second Semester

CON 132 Construction Graphics - 2 hrs.
ENG 101 English Composition - 3 hrs.
General Education—Human Values - 3 hrs.
PHY 107 or Physics 110 - 4 hrs.
2CIS 102 or Programming Elective - 3 hrs.
CE 124 Emerging Technologies - 1 hr.

16 hours

Sophomore Year

First Semester

CE 150 Mechanics I or IMT 222 Statics - 3 hrs.
ECO 221 Microeconomics - 3 hrs.
ATG 157 Accounting—Financial - 3 hrs.
CON 270 Construction Materials and Methods I - 3 hrs.
CE 206 Surveying - 2 hrs.
CE 224 CADD - 3 hrs.

17 hours

Second Semester

CE 270 Mechanics of Materials or IMT 324 Strength of Materials - 3-4 hrs.
ECO 222 Macroeconomics - 3 hrs.
ATG 158 Accounting-Managerial - 3 hrs.
CON 262 Mechanical and Electrical Systems I - 3 hrs.
QM 262 Quantitative Analysis I - 3 hrs.

15-16 hours

Junior Year

First Semester

1ENG 300, 301, 304, 305, or 306 Advanced Writing - 3 hrs.
CON 320 Soil Mechanics - 3 hrs.
CON 326 Construction Estimating - 3 hrs.
CON 372 Construction Productivity - 3 hrs.
BMA 342 The Legal Environment of Business - 3 hrs.

15 hours

Second Semester

CON 356 Construction Safety - 3 hrs.
CON 342 Construction Equipment - 3 hrs.
CON 380 Construction Contracts 2
CON 392 Construction Scheduling - 3 hrs.
BMA 352 Business Management - 3 hrs.
2Construction or Construction Science Elective - 3 hrs.

17 hours

Senior Year

First Semester

CON 487 Design of Steel and Concrete Structures - 3 hrs.
CON 493 Senior Project Planning - 1 hr.
1General Education—Fine Arts - 3 hrs.
1General Education—Non-Western Civilization - 3 hrs.
2Construction or Construction Science Elective - 3 hrs.
2Management Elective - 3 hrs.

16 hours

Second Semester

CON 489 Design of Wood and Masonry Structures - 3 hrs.
CON 498 Senior Project - 3 hrs.
2Construction or Construction Science Elective - 3 hrs.
2Construction or Construction Science Elective - 3 hrs.
2Management Elective - 3 hrs.

15 hours

Total Hours: 126-127

Admission Requirements

Generally, minimum curriculum requirements for all entering freshmen are as follows: 4 units (years) of English (1/2 or 1 unit of which may be speech), 3 units of college preparatory mathematics, 2 units of laboratory science, and 2 units of social sciences. See listings below for special requirements within the individual colleges and programs. (Applicants deficient in special admission requirements may be admitted but will be required to take preparatory courses in addition to the program described elsewhere in the catalog.) 

Additional requirements for the Construction Program

Required:            2 units of algebra, 1 unit of plane geometry, 1/2 unit of trigonometry, 1 unit of physics.

Recommended:      1/2 unit of solid geometry and 1/2 unit of graphics.

Career Prospects

The construction industry is large, varied, and complex. It is intimately interwoven with, and exerts significant influence on, the overall economy of our nation. Constructors – the modern construction professionals – are educated in engineering, business, and architectural principles in the building process, allowing effective communication with the many persons with whom contact is necessary: the design professionals, specialty subcontractors, manufacturers and distributors of construction materials and products, financiers and others. Additionally, and most importantly, the constructor is a manager. The constructor’s education must include the essentials of:

  • Contemporary management philosophy
  • Sound business and construction practice
  • Enlightened human relations

Our program’s multidisciplinary curriculum has been developed from these aims which are in consonance with the goals of the Associated Schools of Construction, the philosophy of the American Institute of Constructors and is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. Students may emphasize in (1) Sustainability, (2) Infrastructure or (3) Internationalization.  Construction program graduates are typically hired as estimators, schedulers, and project managers with starting salaries averaging around $50,000 per year.