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Construction Management

Construction Management Major

Construction management is a combination of technology, construction techniques, and management to meet the needs of the rapidly growing construction industry. The program is designed to prepare students for the art of achieving maximum profit by efficient use of people, machines, materials and money to complete a construction project on time and to the satisfaction of the owner. A meld of engineering, construction, management and business gives the student a background and understanding of a management point of view in the construction industry. The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management Program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education .

The Pre-Program (Freshmen Level)

The Department of Construction Management and Engineering has a policy of no pre-selection for incoming freshmen. However, transfer students (internal and external) must have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.50. New students are placed into the pre-professional plan of the program.

Professional Program (Sophomore, Junior and Senior Level)

Applications for admission to the Construction Management Professional Program will be approved subject to the following condition:

  • The Construction Management Pre-Program must be completed with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.75.

Graduation Requirement

Juniors and seniors are required to maintain a minimum CGPA to enroll in upper division courses offered by the College of Business . A minor in Business Administration with a CGPA of 2.50 is required to graduate with a B.S. in Construction Management.

Educational Objectives

  1. Provide to construction students the basic skills necessary to plan, organize and control resources to manage the overall construction process.
  2. Provide to construction students the technical knowledge and problem solving skills for a career in construction.
  3. Provide to construction students the knowledge and skills necessary to identify, define and compare design alternatives.
  4. Provide to construction students necessary communication skills for the successful practice of the construction profession.
  5. Provide to construction students the professional opportunities and skills to pursue life-long learning within the broader societal context of the construction profession.

Major Requirements

Major: Construction Management

Degree Type: B.S.Cons.M.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 127

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
UNIV 189Skills For Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take UNIV 189. (PP))1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I (PP)3
ENGL 120College Composition II (PP)3
ENGL 320Business and Professional Writing3
or ENGL 321 Writing in the Technical Professions
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking (PP)3
Quantitative Reasoning (R):
MATH 146Applied Calculus I (PP)4
Science & Technology (S):
CHEM 121
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory (PP)
PHYS 211
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
GEOL 105Physical Geology3
Humanities & Fine Arts (A): Select from current general education list6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B):
ECON 105Elements of Economics (PP)3
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology (PP)3
Wellness (W): Select from current general education list2
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list
Global Perspectives (G):
Elements of Economics
Total Credits42

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements40
Construction Management Core Requirements
CM&E 111Introduction to Construction Management and Engineering (PP)1
CM&E 200Construction Documents and Codes (PP)3
CM&E 203Building Construction: Methods and Materials3
CM&E 204Construction Surveying3
CM&E 212Construction Graphic Communications (PP)3
CM&E 240Financial Cost Concepts for Construction Managers3
CM&E 250Construction Statics and Mechanics3
CM&E 260Soils and Foundations3
CM&E 301Construction Technology and Equipment3
CM&E 305Pre-Construction Management3
CM&E 315Specifications and Contracts3
CM&E 380Construction Estimating: Quantities and Costs3
CM&E 403Scheduling and Project Control3
CM&E 405Construction Support Operations3
CM&E 421Electrical and Mechanical Construction3
CM&E 430Land Development3
CM&E 450Steel Design and Construction3
CM&E 453Concrete Design and Construction3
CM&E 488Construction Management Capstone3
Additional Courses:
BUSN 431Business Law I-Contracts, Property and Torts3
MATH 105Trigonometry (PP)3
or MATH 107 Precalculus
STAT 330Introductory Statistics3
Business Minor Courses:24
Students must apply for the minor through the College of Business and maintain a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA to be eligible to enroll in all 300/400 level courses offered by the College of Business
Total Credits127

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A student must complete at least 60 semester credits of professional level course work in his/her program while in residence and enrolled in the college. Students transferring into the college from programs with professional accreditation are exempt from this residency requirement but are subject to the residency requirement of NDSU.
  • Admission to the Pre-Professional Construction Management program requires a 2.50 cumulative GPA in college-level coursework if a student transfers from another NDSU program or from another university.
  • Admission to the Construction Management Professional program requires a 2.75 cumulative GPA.
  • A minor in Business Administration with a CGPA of 2.50 is required to graduate with a B.S. in Construction Management.