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Construction Management

CM student


The Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management (CM) is designed for students interested in the technical aspects of managing a construction project from inception to completion. The CM program provides insight into the inner workings of the construction industry.

Eight Semester Plan

The B.S. in Construction Management requires 120 total hours. For more information on the suggested sequence of courses required for a degree in Construction Management please view the plan or visit the WCU course catalog.

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Internship Opportunities

Undergraduate students who are working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management are required to complete an internship, which can be fulfilled in one of the three semesters (summer, fall or spring) prior to graduation.

Students receive two credits for successfully completing a one-semester internship prior to graduation. Work experience of 400 hours in the construction industry approved in advance by the Instructor of Record. Upon completion of this course, students will have gained experience in project-based work in the construction industry and will have learned how to:

  • Apply construction management concepts to construction projects
  • Work in a project-team environment
  • Meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Interface with the various different members of the construction industry

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the CM program will move up through the profession either through the project superintendent career path or through a construction management career path to the position of project manager. The next level of advancement is either manager of multiple projects, vice president, president or chief executive officer of a construction firm or owner of a company.

With a degree in construction management, students have the option of several different career paths. Typical starting positions include the following:

  • Inspector
  • Contract administrator
  • Scheduler
  • Estimator
  • Cost control
  • Project controls
  • Procurement
  • Facilities manager
  • Assistant construction manager
  • Construction manager
  • Assistant project manager
  • Project manager

Minor in Construction Management

Undergraduate students at WCU may also choose to minor in construction management. The minor in Construction Management is open to non-CM majors and requires 24 credit hours and the following courses:

  • CM 121 - Introduction to Construction Credits: 3
  • CM 142 - Construction Graphics and Plan Reading Credits: 3
  • CM 211 - Construction Methods and Materials I Credits: 3
  • CM 242 - Estimating I Credits: 3
  • CM 342 - Estimating II and Bidding Credits: 3
  • CM 362 - Construction Planning and Scheduling Credits: 3
  • CM 430 - Construction Legal Aspects Credits: 3
  • CM 431 - Construction Project Management Credits: 3

For more information on the course requirements, visit the WCU course catalog.

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