B.S. in CSM Degree Description
The Construction Science and Management (CSM) Program combines courses in construction science, architecture and business to educate managers for the construction industry. The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the degree, including Core Curriculum requirements, is 120, at least 39 of which need to be at the upper-division level. Students obtaining a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Construction Science and Management pursue management careers in a wide variety of occupations throughout the construction industry. The degree also provides students with the opportunity to continue with their studies in a graduate program.
The curriculum prepares students to manage the construction process, skilled trades, technologists and craftspeople on the job site and effectively interact with architects, engineers, owners and other professionals who compose the team required by the complexities of modern building projects. Project owners recognize the need for timely project delivery, indoor/outdoor environmental quality, and short-term and life-cycle costing. Therefore, the curriculum emphasizes environmentally sustainable building practice, project and cost controls, communication skills, understanding the technical aspects of construction and the construction process, and the application of information technology to the construction industry. In addition to the formal academic curriculum, students are required to obtain a construction management internship in the building industry between their junior and senior years. The program maintains a close partnership with the construction industry to provide graduates who are in great demand.