College of Engineering and Technology

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 also provides insight into the inner workings of the construction industry.

In addition to a B.S. in Construction Management, the school also offers a CM minor and a minor in Land Development.

The Kimmel School's undergraduate Construction Management program is fully accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).

Eight Semester Plan

The B.S. in Construction Management requires 124 total hours. Click here for more information on the suggested sequence of courses required for a degree in Construction Management or visit the WCU course catalog.

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. In addition, those majoring in CM can consider a minor in land development. Learn more about the requirements for each minor here:

Construction Management Minor

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.

Land Development Minor

The land development minor is open to all majors and requires 16 hours of coursework. Students study site analysis, conceptual design and planning, environmental regulations, project financing and budgetary controls and contract administration.

This minor offers critical skills in the effective use of land for CM majors and for other students interested in professions related to the built environment such as land use planning, regional economic development, real estate sales, environmental studies and business administration.

This minor enhances skills required for entry-level positions in the construction industry and should help students develop a competitive edge in the job market.

NOTE: Students must have their advisers request that a land development minor be added to their records or it will not show up on their transcripts.

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

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