The undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree in construction management (CM) is designed for students who are interested in the technical and managerial aspects of moving a construction project from inception to completion. Your CM studies also will give you insight into the inner workings of the engineering and construction industry.
Note - Computer Requirement
Because of proprietary software provided for their use, students in construction management will need more powerful computers with greater memory than those required for other majors. Students will need a minimum of 4 mg and preferably 8 mg to download free building-information-modeling software such as Autodesk (trademark) Design Suite, which integrates design and visual communication software(usa.autodesk.com). Please contact the Department of Construction Management to discuss this additional requirement.
Curriculum and Course Descriptions
You will find curriculum and course descriptions in the WCU Course Catalog for undergraduate students. In the catalog pull-down menu, click on the current or proposed undergraduate catalog.
- Be sure to review information for the academic year in which you are admitted. (Requirements may be different in other years.)
- Next, go to the catalog search pull-down menu on the left side of the online catalog and search for “programs.” For the keyword, type “construction management.”
- Click on your major to see the requirements.
- Click on each course name for a brief description of what you will be studying.
If you are transferring from a community college in North Carolina, some of your credits may be applied to your CM degree. Check the Lookup Tool provided by the Registrar's Office for credits earned elsewhere and talk with the construction management program director for further details.
Track Your Progress
You can find all of the CM degree requirements for your program in the online Course Catalog. Plan to meet with your faculty adviser every semester. He or she can help select the proper courses for you to stay on track for graduation. You can use the degree audit in MyCat to prepare for your advising appointment. Note that requirements listed in the course catalog prevail throughout your course of study. The CM Eight-Semester Plan suggests the sequence of courses required for a degree in construction management.
Undergraduate students who are working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management are required to complete an internship, which can be completed in any one of the three semesters (summer, fall or spring) prior to graduation.
CM majors are not required to take additional courses in order to earn a minor in business administration. However, you will need additional courses to earn a minor in land development or in other fields. Please talk with your faculty adviser about requirements for other minors and about adding the extra hours to the official record so that they can be included on your transcript.
An undergraduate degree in CM will prepare you for jobs throughout the construction industry. Depending on your area of interest, you could expect to find employment opportunities in construction, construction law, managing projects, engineering design, forensic engineering, heavy construction, industrial construction, residential construction or project management.
The Kimmel School's undergraduate construction management program is fully accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).
If you want to know more about construction management majors, the admission criteria, or the courses that are offered, please contact Michael Smith or the administrative assistant.
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