B.S. in Construction Management

Below you will learn more about courses and requirements for acquiring a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. Contact the CM Advising Office at (970) 491-7354 or for assistance with admission or curriculum questions.

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Change of Major or Minor

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CM Prerequisite Policy

  • The Department of Construction Management strictly enforces the following Prerequisite Policy: Students must complete and pass prerequisite courses before moving to subsequent courses. At the conclusion of each semester, the CSU system will verify that all prerequisites for registered courses have been successfully passed. If a student does not complete a prerequisite course, either because they did not pass, received a grade of “I” or dropped the course, he/she will be automatically dropped from the course for which the previous course was a prerequisite
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you have met all prerequisite requirements before enrolling in subsequent courses.

CON Course Descriptions

CON 101 Introduction to Construction Management3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Identify and understand the relationships among the participants in the construction process and its history.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  • Understand basic construction history.
  • Examine responsibilities and risks involved in the construction process.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of construction law, regulations, and means of project delivery.
CON 131 Graphic Communications/CAD2 (0-4-0)

Reading technical drawings, manual drafting techniques, reprographic technologies; CAD applications are introduced. CON 131 is a 2 credit class with 4 contact hours a week comprised of (2) 2 hour labs each week. CON 131 is divided into a hand drafting portion and a CAD portion. Most of the first portion will be spent completing a set of hand-drafted plans for a simple residence.

OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  • Understand basic techniques of graphic communication and begin to confidently and effectively communicate by graphic means.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of manual drawing instruments.
  • Show beginning level working competence in computer aided design
  • Improve ability to visualize objects in 2-dimensional as well as 3-dimensional representation.
  • Prepare students in visualization and graphics to advance to upper level courses in design, construction, manufacturing, landscaping and engineering.
CON 151 Construction Materials and Methods3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: This course will present the basic knowledge of materials and methods utilized in construction. The information covered in this course will include principle materials and methods used to design and construct most buildings and are the basis for material covered in subsequent courses in Construction Management. Two important themes will be incorporated into all sections of materials and methods presentation: sustainability and ethics in relation to the specification, ordering, and installation of construction materials.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  • Identify the background and history of materials and systems of principle materials and methods used to design and construct most buildings.
  • Obtain a basic understanding of the general physical properties of construction materials and methods of installation.
  • Understand concepts used in construction; CSI divisions, proper terminology, specifications and installation.
CON 251 Materials Testing and Processing2 (1-2-0)
DESCRIPTION: The content of this course builds upon the information learned in CON 151, Construction Materials and Methods I. The focus of this course will be the testing of construction materials for standards and quality. The students will learn how to conduct common quality tests and document the results.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  • Demonstrate ability to set up and execute common materials tests
  • Document results in standard industry format
  • Interpret the results of common materials testing reports
CON 261 Construction Surveying3 (2-3-0)
DESCRIPTION: Surveying fundamentals to field of construction, building layout, measurement procedures, vertical controls, line and grade, surveying, instrument operation.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  • Develop an understanding of the concepts of land and construction surveying as they apply to the construction of various facilities such as buildings, utilities, roads, highways, and bridges
  • Develop an understanding of the essential elements of surveying practices
  • Develop proficient understanding and use of various surveying instruments and equipment
  • Develop a basic understanding of surveying activities encountered in the field
CON 265 Plan Reading and Quantity Survey3 (2-2-0)
DESCRIPTION: The construction materials and methods discussed will be presented as integrated aspects of different construction systems that will be incorporated in residential, commercial and/or heavy/civil construction projects.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  • Understand residential, commercial, and heavy/civil construction systems, materials, and practices.
  • Integrate knowledge of plans, specifications, and other construction documentation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to do detailed quantity take-off for all CSI divisions covered.
  • Understand relationships among the owner, architect, constructor, and other key players on the construction team and delivery systems.
CON 267 Construction Management Pre-Internship1 (0-0-1)
DESCRIPTION: This course will provide a model for career development through a process of self-assessment and career exploration. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the construction industry and the concepts and skills related to successful employment within this industry. **Note: This course is a prerequisite course for the first/only CON487 internship course taken. This course should be taken the semester directly prior to internship.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  • Explore the construction industry, the job market, and a career within.
  • Identify and demonstrate principles of effective oral and written communication integral to the role of a construction manager.
  • Develop an understanding of administrative procedures necessary to the organization of construction projects.
  • Be exposed to multiple guest speakers representing a variety of industry sectors discussing common and practical intern/new hire daily responsibilities in preparation for their upcoming internship.
CON 270 Introduction to Road Construction (Elective)3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Introduces the steps necessary to construct a paved roadway from conception, land acquisition and finance through paving operations and trafficking.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  • Understand the process for planning a new roadway pavement
  • Recognize the complexities associated with financing new roadways
  • Appreciate the interdisciplinary skills needed to construct a roadway
  • Identify the differences between unsurfaced, portland concrete and asphalt concrete roadways
  • Understand the processes needed to maintain a paved roadway
CON 317 Safety Management2 (2-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: In this course, you will explore the role and function of safety management in preventing accidents, controlling hazards in construction, and complying with the various federal, state, and local laws governing safety, hazardous chemicals, and drugs in the work place.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  • Learn history and philosophy of construction safety.
  • Utilization of administrative/managerial procedures, including those required by OSHA Act 1970.
  • Identify safety hazards present in required activities performed on a construction project.
  • Students will observe accident prevention procedures on construction work sites and exchange ideas with managers responsible for construction accident prevention programs; hazardous chemical (right to know) requirements for construction companies, and drug-abuse related problems, including testing, detection, and disciplinary action on construction job sites.
CON 351 Construction Field Management2 (1-2-0)
DESCRIPTION: To help students synthesize the course materials covered in CON131, CON151, and CON251 in a manner that solidifies the construction process as well as the integration of the course information into the construction process as a whole. The students will gain exposure to course material that will broaden their ability to relate course content to other classes leading to their senior capstone class and to industry practices. To achieve this objective emphasis will be placed on teamwork, project coordination, system integration, and sequential processing.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  • Planning Phase:
    1. Interpret and analyze solid model drawings and blueprints that visualize construction components and elements.
    2. Interpret material requirements from drawings and quantify those materials by developing a quantity take-off (QTO) list.
    3. Estimate the cost of the project based on QTO list.
    4. Understand the administration and organizational plans used in the construction industry and apply that knowledge on a small scale construction project.
    5. Assimilate and implement a management plan to include field staffing requirements and other resource allocation requirements.
    6. Conceptualize and draft a schedule using a bar chart to include construction and deconstruction of a project.
    7. Comprehend and realize the significance of recordkeeping systems of documents related to the construction project.
  • Layout Phase:
    1. Perform survey instrumentation and analytical calculations from an established survey benchmark to transfer control to a construction site location.
    2. Create a site utilization plan to include site safety issues, optimization of material and traffic flow and equipment accessibility.
  • Construction Phase:
    1. Communicate daily construction activities through the use of journals and job logs and oral communication.
    2. Graphically record and communicate construction activities through photo documentation.
    3. Generate cost reports and summaries.
    4. Lead and conduct progress report meetings and communicate the results of meetings via written and oral communication.
    5. Understand the significance of inspections and the liability issues surrounding those inspections.
  • Deconstruction Phase:
    1. Develop a schedule and site plan for the sequential deconstruction and reuse/recycle of construction materials.
    2. Perform site cleanup and restoration.
CON 352 Metal Fabrication for the Construction Industry (Elective)2 (1-2-0)
DESCRIPTION: The intent of this course is to provide students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the metal fabrication industry as it pertains to construction industry. Students will learn to interpret architectural structural drawings, calculate material and production costs and then fabricate a metal assembly. Students will also be taught and perform various metal fabrication processes associated with the construction industry.
OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course the student will have the knowledge and understand the theory and applications of the following construction processes. Students will:
  1. Interpret architectural structural drawings and shop drawings used for structural steel fabrication.
  2. Quantify and estimate all direct and indirect costs associated with fabrication of a steel structure.
  3. Demonstrate a level of proficiency in joining metals with the following processes: Oxyacetylene, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding and Tungsten Inert Gas welding.
  4. Design and construct a fabricated metal project.
CON 359 Structures4 (4-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce the student to the behavior of structural components and systems, and will give the student a broad overview of the structural engineering analysis/design process.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of structural behavior, both of entire systems and of individual components.
  2. Design simple structural components and systems in structural steel, reinforced concrete, and wood, including connections.
  3. Recognize and evaluate faulty design details and suggest corrective action.
CON 360 Electrical and Control Systems3 (2-2-0)
DESCRIPTION: This course will provide an introduction to electrical and control systems and their application in the construction industry.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  • Gain an understanding of the terminology, theory, and components of electrical and control systems
  • Perform plan reading and quantity take-offs of electrical and control systems.
CON 365 Construction Estimating II3 (2-2-0)
DESCRIPTION: Industry-recognized methods of work item analysis, quantity surveying, resource estimating, and bid development using work breakdown structures. This course is a 3 credit-hour course with traditional grading, has a lecture and a lab section, and is restricted to Construction Management majors/minors only.
OBJECTIVES: This course is designed to enable students to meet the following objectives, both individually as well as members of a team, in a timely, accurate and professional matter.
  • To gain an understanding of how construction cost estimating integrates into the planning, organizing, directing and controlling of construction projects.
  • To gain an understanding of the construction cost estimating process, both from a component and an overall perspective.
  • To gain an understanding of the various types of estimates and develop the ability to determine the most appropriate time to use each.
  • To develop the ability to prepare a detailed work breakdown structure of a construction project.
  • To enhance the ability to accurately perform and document to quantity surveying process.
  • To develop the ability to perform and document the pricing and appropriate adjustments of quantified work.
  • To enhance to ability to use the computer and other technologies to make the estimating process more efficient.
  • To demonstrate the stated objectives by clearly communicating the results of the cost estimating process in the form of a formal bid packet.
CON 366 Construction Equipment and Methods3 (2-2-0)
DESCRIPTION: This course is aimed at providing a basic understanding of general equipment and methods employed in different sectors of construction industry: building; heavy-highway; and utility construction. A detailed analysis of earth-moving operations is undertaken with an emphasis on the type of soil and the appropriate choice of equipment for each operation. This course also covers areas mainly dealing with identifying the factors affecting the selection of equipment, determination of ownership and operating costs, estimating earthwork quantities, calculation of equipment and fleet production, equipment and quality control in paving operations, and information resources pertinent to equipment management.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  • understand the processes involved in earthmoving, rock excavation and road building
  • understand the processes necessary to construct shallow and deep foundations, concrete forms and concrete structures
  • estimate the costs involved in constructing a heavy construction project
CON 367 Construction Contracts and Project Administration3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce students to the responsibilities and risks that the project team will experience on a typical project. Students will learn how to utilize field engineering systems and procedures to effectively meet project objectives.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  • Examine responsibilities and risks that the project team will encounter
  • Differentiate and compare the basic project delivery systems and determine appropriate contract types
  • Evaluate project issues and generate appropriate documentation required for construction project administration
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply basic field engineering project administration techniques
  • Interpret construction contracts and determine roles and responsibilities of parties
  • Understand the regulatory environment and licensing
  • Examine dispute resolution regarding lien laws, contractors rights, and administrative procedures to avoid disputes
  • Recognize national and local labor law issues and trends
  • Understand the use of computer applications for project administration
CON 370 Asphalt Pavement Materials and Construction (Elective) 3 (2-2-0)
DESCRIPTION: Describes the components used in the construction of asphalt pavements. Asphalt concrete mixture properties are explained including design processes, manufacturing, asphalt pavement construction methods and forensics. Included are the manufacture of asphalt cement, emulsions and cutbacks, material properties and behavior.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  • relate the complex processes involved in the manufacture of asphalt binders used for paving construction
  • optimize performance of asphalt paving mixtures
  • optimize economy of asphalt paving mixtures
  • analyze the construction processes for asphalt pavements
  • analyze the maintenance processes for asphalt pavements
  • describe the failure mechanisms of asphalt pavements
CON 371 Mechanical and Plumbing Systems3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, and fire suppression with emphasis on design, operation, and interaction.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  • Gain a basic understanding of the terminology, theory, and components of plumbing, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and fire suppression systems
  • Interpret mechanical and plumbing information from sets of shop and construction drawings
  • Perform plan reading and quantity take-offs of mechanical and plumbing systems.
  • Apply problem solving and technical communication skills to analyze mechanical and plumbing problems
CON 459 Structures II4 (4-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce the student to the design of formwork, falsework, shoring, and other temporary structures necessary to support permanent construction while the latter is under construction. The course will apply the structural principles learned in Structures I to the design and construction of both heavy and light temporary structures.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  • Design heavy formwork, falsework, shoring, and other temporary support structures.
  • Plan the construction of these support systems.
  • Derive engineering solutions to complex temporary support problems
  • Recognize and evaluate safety issues related to temporary support structures
CON 461 Construction Project Scheduling and Cost Control3 (2-2-0)
DESCRIPTION: Students will apply industry-recognized scheduling methodology to construction projects. Emphasis will be placed on the student's ability to professionally communicate project schedules in written and oral presentations. This course is designed to enable students to meet the course objectives, both individually as well as members of a team, in a timely, accurate and professional manner.
OBJECTIVES: Students will:
  • Generate project activities based on the work breakdown structure
  • Assess and critique project schedule constraints
  • Generate a project network with precedence relationships
  • Determine schedule parameters based on CPM methodology
  • Evaluate impact of limited resources on the project schedule. Emphasis is placed on practical and applied procedures.
  • Assess the benefits and limitations of existing scheduling methodologies and software
CON 462 Financial Management for Construction3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Study of financial management issues relevant to the construction professional, including the interpretation of financial statements, financial ratios, applications of engineering economy, cash flow analysis, construction financing, and cost information systems.
OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to discuss and solve numerical problems for the following topics, at a level consistent with class readings and assignments.
  • Using basic engineering economy techniques to analyze the worth of capital investments.
  • Computing recognized income and taxes for different organizational alternatives. This topic will be treated at a conceptual level, not replacing the need for specialized professional help.
  • Planning a company's budget and its cash needs.
  • Reading financial statements with an understanding of their purpose, layout and main items. Special emphasis will be placed in understanding what are the typical issues found in the construction industry.
  • Using financial data to assess the financial status of a company. This topic entails the computation of financial rations and the comparison of financial data across construction specialties.
  • Setting profit margins using financial data.
  • Analyzing the profitability of different sources of income within a company.
  • Discussing the conditions, advantages and drawbacks of financing sources for a construction business.
CON 464 Construction Leadership (Elective)3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Non-technical aspects of running a construction business and application of those skills in a construction-based community service project.
OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
  • Develop a leadership style, principles, and habits which will be used during their lifelong careers.
  • Identify responsibilities and tasks that a project team will encounter and are necessary to lead volunteer-based projects.
  • Evaluate volunteer project issues and generate appropriate documentation required for construction project administration.
  • Apply administrative procedures to minimize project-related conflicts and communication issues.
  • Apply technologies previously learned in CM classes for efficient contract administration, project administration, scheduling and communication.
  • Apply contract and project administration techniques throughout the lifecycle of a volunteer construction project.
  • Identify and assess proper ethical behavior for construction professionals.
CON 465 Construction Management Professional Practice3 (1-0-2)
DESCRIPTION: This course explores professional practice as a constructor, requiring an understanding of the working and contractual relationship among all participants in any project process. Students will be required to participate in a "real" construction situation involving all aspects of managing a project; from initial planning to completion, including budgets, estimating, scheduling, financing and creating contracts and other construction forms as necessary. Case studies will be utilized to develop critical thinking skills
OBJECTIVES: Each student as a result of the exercises, assignments and discussions in this class should be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Application of the role and responsibilities of a professional constructor.
  • An ability to work in a team environment.
  • Evaluate project issues and generate appropriate documentation required for construction project administration.
  • Determine and utilize the appropriate application of management and contractual tools.
  • Application and analysis of the legal relationships and methods of communication among the responsible parties in a construction project.
  • Examine and assess dispute resolution methods regarding contractors rights and procedures.
  • An ability to perform and present in a professional manner all of the above as part of an integrated construction system.
  • Recognize and comprehend national and local labor law issues and trends.
CON 469 Soils Engineering for Construction Managers3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Soil mechanics, foundation engineering, and foundation construction.
OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, students will:
  • Achieve an understanding of the influence of soils mechanics on construction.
  • Achieve an ability to recognize the geologic and geotechnical aspects of a construction site.
  • Begin to develop an understanding of soil behavior as it relates to construction.
CON 476 Sustainable Practices-Design and Construction (Elective)3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: The course will focus on the major components of sustainable design and construction, including energy, healthy buildings, cultural, natural resource use and other environmental and economic issues of sustainable built environments.
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this course are to:
  • Focus on the breadth of sustainable design and construction and assist each student to develop a personal definition and vision statement for use in their career.
  • Develop the student's awareness of sustainable practices in:
    • Building design and construction
    • Land-use planning, site and landscape development
    • Healthy building systems
  • Explore examples of notable case studies in sustainable practice through guest speakers (and field trips when applicable).
  • Familiarize the student with the decision-making processes incorporating sustainable practices.
  • Involve students in a hands-on, game-building project to further develop their understanding of the complexities involved in the design of sustainable projects and to foster the growth of sustainable practices in the local community.
CON 477 Residential Aging-in-Place and Green Building (Elective)3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: This course will allow students focusing on residential construction to understand and excel in the areas of green building and aging-in-place, enabling them to respond effectively to client needs. These students will have a competitive advantage when entering the market with the green building professional designation.
OBJECTIVES: Students will demonstrate proficiency in two areas:
  • From the green building perspective students will gain advanced knowledge in:
    • Principles of energy, water, and resource efficiencies
    • Indoor air quality
    • Lot and site development
    • Homeowner education
    • Business challenges and solutions
    • Management and marketing skills as they pertain to green residential construction
  • From the Aging-in-place perspective students will gain advanced knowledge in:
    • Heightened awareness of this special market segment and better understanding the needs of the adult population enabling them to provide superior service.
    • Developing designs using proven methods to meet common needs of clients. In special needs cases students will understand how to effectively partner with healthcare providers and decision-makers to meet or surpass the client's current needs and identify and plan for future needs in a cost effective manner.
    • Integration of design solutions for clients in either proactive or reactive topical areas to provide a superior product for the client.
    • Management and marketing skills as they pertain to Aging-in-place construction.
CON 487 Internship
  • This internship is intended to prepare students for, and provide sponsor companies with, beginning management experience.
  • Students must be of at least Junior standing in the Construction Management program, having completed the prerequisite courses of CON267, CON317, CON367, and if opting for the 3-month internship - must have prior approval of Petition for Internship Reduction Packet.
  • 3-month interns will work for an organization for a minimum of 12 weeks AND a minimum of 480 hours. 6-month interns will work for an organization for a minimum of 24 weeks AND a minimum of 960 hours.
  • Internships must overlap/occur over the students final summer as an undergraduate student. 6-month interns will incorporate a fall or spring semester into their internship with start and end dates as agreed upon by intern and sponsor company. Any days or time off the intern takes must be agreed to by sponsor company.
  • Application of classroom knowledge to "real-world" experiences.
  • Enhancement of "people" skills, including written and verbal communication, listening, and critical thinking skills.
  • Introduction to the complex inter-relationships that exist between prioritizing tasks and working with project participants and multiple business entities that exist on a project, including owners, architects, engineers, city officials, and other contractors.
  • Exposure to numerous management functions performed within a construction organization.
  • Creation of a career portfolio to demonstrate learned knowledge and skills and showcase your best works that meet important career-technical and academic standards.
CON 568 Construction Industry Institute Best Practices (Elective)3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: The Construction Industry Institute (CII) Best Practices program brings together executives from CII member organizations and students in engineering and construction management. The course is broadcast from the University of Texas - Austin via video-conferencing systems.
OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
  • Identify the critical issues inherent in a construction project (e.g., safety, constructability, materials management, risk allocation, change management, etc.)
  • Evaluate a number of best practices developed by CII and implement such practices to address noted critical issues.