Construction Management, B.S.
Bachelor of Science Degree -
Construction Management Major Requirements
The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education, the professional accreditation organization of the construction industry.
Students in construction management (CM) are exposed to a wide variety of topics, ranging from courses in management and administration of construction companies, projects, people, and equipment to courses focusing on specific techniques for project planning and control work improvement and estimating. The Construction Management program also provides opportunities to develop a strong background in computer applications in construction. Computer skills combined with a solid management and technical background are major assets of the construction management graduate.
Opportunities for construction management graduates are excellent. Examples of positions held by construction management graduates are project manager, construction manager, project administrator, estimator, scheduler, architectural representative, project superintendent, and construction administrator. Students should consider this challenging, satisfying, and high-paying profession.
Mission of Construction Management
The mission of the Construction Management Program is to develop character, build leaders, and sustain learning.
Educational Objectives of the Instructional Program
- Provide students with the ability to recognize and independently diagnose construction related problems accurately, develop creative alternatives, and implement practical and effective solutions.
- Provide students with the ability to plan, schedule, and control work activities; motivate and provide accurate and timely constructive alternatives; and implement practical and effective solutions.
- Provide students with the ability to apply construction related techniques, skills, and tools to construction materials as necessary for a managed construction project.
- Provide students with the ability to understand technical issues related to the fields of architecture, engineering, business and construction accounting, and finance. Work effectively and efficiently with personnel from these disciplines to properly apply related fundamentals, techniques, and procedures.
- Provide students with the ability to apply basic construction related design theory within the areas of structural, mechanical, electrical, thermodynamics, civil, and soil mechanics.
Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
Construction Management Major
1. Major requirements (56 units) and additional requirements (34-35 units)
Additional requirements (34-35 units)
Construction Math and Science Pathways – Choose one pathway (15 - 16 units):
- Electives (6 units)
Select two upper-division construction, business, or other courses approved by the academic advisor.
Upper-division elective courses may include: CM 124; BA 101, 105W, 150, 151, 154, 176, 177; FIN 120, 121, 122, 128, 129, 131, 178, 180, 181, 182, 183, 185, 186; DS 123; IS 106, 130, 140, 150, 181, 186; ENTR 151, 153, 155, 161, 163, 165, 167, 169; MGT 106, 110, 124, 127, 131, 158; MKTG 100S, 101, 103, 110, 114, 115, 126, 132, 134, 140, 144, or 153.
- Note 1: CM majors cannot take BA 174 to fulfill this requirement.
- Note 2: MGT 110 will count toward MGT 104 and 3 of the 6 elective units.
2. General Education requirements (49 units)*
3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)
Construction management students are encouraged to take BA 104 or MKTG 100S to double-count toward the business minor and the MI requirement.
4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
5. Total (120 units)**
* This total indicates 14 units for PHYS 2A or PHYS 4A and 4AL [B1], MATH 75 [B4], ECON 40 or 50 [D3], and CM 180B [IB] are used to satisfy the General Education requirements. Additionally, construction management majors are exempt from G.E. third course in Area C and Area E and Area ID.
** G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details.
- Courses in mathematics and the physical sciences taken CR/NC are not counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements in construction.
- If the upper-division writing skills requirement is not met by passing the university Upper-Division Writing Examination (0 units), students need to take a 3- to 4-unit W course (e.g., PLANT 110W or ENGL 160W) and pass with a grade of C or higher.
- All construction management students must consult with their academic advisors at least once per academic year.
- All students enrolled in construction management courses are required to follow the “DISCOVERe Mobile Device Requirements” as established by the Department of Construction Management. The current version of these requirements can be found on the department website: http://www.fresnostate.edu/engineering/cm/documents/mobile-device-requirements2019real.pdf.
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B. S. in Construction Management
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Construction Management (CM) is an interdisciplinary degree program that is committed to educating future professionals in the architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) industry. A construction manager is a professional that uses specialized techniques to manage the planning, design, and construction of a project, from concept through operation. These professionals manage the time, cost, safety, quality, and many other aspects of a built environment project.
Graduates from CM degree programs manage all types and sizes of projects; from a small residential home to multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects, CM’s are an integral part of any project.
What You Can Earn
Average starting salary for Construction Management graduates is $70,000 (Source: PayScale.com)
Annual Mean Wage for a Construction Manager is $99,510 (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, United States [BLS 2017])
What You Can Do
- Become a Certified Construction Manager
- Become a Certified Professional Constructor
- Become a Licensed Contractor
Interesting Classes You Might Take
- Architectural Design
- Building Information Modeling
- Construction Graphics
- Construction Scheduling
- Construction Project Controls
- Estimating and Bidding
- Sustainable Construction
What You Can Learn
- How to manage large design/build projects
- Construction materials and their application to different structural systems
- Federal and State labor-oriented regulations as applied to construction industry practices
- Conceptual planning and construction of a large-scale building project
- Sustainable practices for the design and construction of projects
About the College
The Lyles College of Engineering is the only publicly supported engineering college in the San Joaquin Valley. The mission of the college includes developing each student's potential to the greatest extent possible, provide a quality engineering education to all students and to serve students from groups that historically have not participated in a university education.
Contact the College
Office of the Dean
2320 E. San Ramon Avenue MS/EE94
Fresno CA 93740-8030
FAX: (559) 278-4475
Campus Mail Stop: M/S EE94
Room 124 in the Engineering East Building, on San Ramon east of Jackson Avenue.
Department Contact Information
Engineering East Building Room 192
(559) 278-4475 FAX
Construction Management Program
California State University, Fresno
2320 E. San Ramon Ave. MS/EE94
Fresno CA 93740-8030