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Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

Construction management represents an industry that organizes or brings together numerous independent businesses and trades to create and build. The constructor works closely with engineers, architects and sub-contractors throughout the construction process to assure timely completion of a project. Our program provides education in technical aspects, such as graphics, equipment, materials, planning and estimating techniques; extensive computer applications exposure; and, the fundamentals of business management techniques. Upon completion of the plan of study, all students will have also earned a minor in business.

Construction careers are broadly diversified. Graduates of this program find employment in many parts of the construction industry, including residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, as well as infrastructure and heavy construction. Typical careers include supervising construction projects, estimating and cost control, scheduling and project management. Entry level positions vary. Graduates who enter larger companies will usually be placed into a formal multi-year training program that will move the new employee through a variety of office and field level positions on the road to a role as a project manager. Other graduates move directly into the home office in estimating, scheduling or project controls or into the field level engineering or supervisory positions.

Roger Williams University is a member of the Associated Schools of Construction, an organization devoted to the development and enhancement of construction education. The Construction Management Program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). Specific program educational objectives and outcomes include:

Program Educational Objectives

During the first few years after graduation, we expect our graduates to:

  1. Demonstrate exemplary technical knowledge and skills while achieving success as a practicing constructor and leader and always displaying the highest standards of ethical conduct.
  2. Value the concept of life-long learning and continue to grow intellectually while keeping informed of new concepts and developments in the construction process.
  3. Advance the construction management profession by becoming actively involved in professional associations and societies, serving in professional and community volunteer positions, and acting as a role model for the future generation of constructors and the Roger Williams University Construction Management students.

Degree Requirements

The major in construction management leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. Students normally will complete a minimum of 130 credits, including satisfaction of all University Core Curriculum requirements. The approved outline is as follows:

First Year (16 credits) - Fall

CNST 100 Introduction to Construction Management (3 credits)
CNST 130 Plans, Specifications and Building Codes (3 credits)
CORE 102 History and the Modern World (3 credits)
MATH 136 Pre-Calculus (4 credits)
WTNG 102 Expository Writing (3 credits)

First Year (16 credits) - Spring

CNST 116 Computer Applications for Construction (3 credits)
CNST 200 Construction Methods and Materials & Lab (4 credits)
CORE 103 Human Behavior in Perspective (3 credits)
MATH 207 Applied Calculus (3 credits)
WTNG 220 Critical Writing for the Professions (3 credits)

Second Year (17 credits) - Fall

ACCTG 201 Accounting I: Financial (3 credits)
CHEM 191 Chemistry I & Lab (4 credits)
CNST 201 Advanced Construction Methods and Materials & Lab (4 credits)
COMM 210 Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits)
CORE 104 Literature, Philosophy and the Ascent of Ideas (3 credits)

Second Year (16 credits) - Spring

CNST 250 Construction Equipment (3 credits)
CNST 260 Construction Estimating and Scheduling (3 credits)
CORE 105 The Artistic Impulse (3 credits)
ECON 102 Microeconomics (3 credits)
PHYS 109 Physics I Algebra based and Lab (4 credits)

Third Year (16 credits) - Fall

CNST 302 Surveying and Lab (4 credits)
CNST 321 Advanced Building Estimating (3 credits)
ENGR 210 Engineering Statics (3 credits)
MGMT 200 Management Principles (3 credits)
    Core Concentration #1 (3 credits)

Third Year (18 credits) - Spring

CNST 304 Applied Structures (3 credits)
CNST 450 Construction Planning and Scheduling (3 credits)
CORE   Core Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar (3 credits)
MATH 124 Basic Statistics (3 credits)
MRKT 200 Marketing Principles (3 credits)
    Core Concentration #2 (3 credits)

Fourth Year (16 credits) - Fall

CNST 445 Construction Project Management and Safety & Lab (4 credits)
CNST 475 Construction Project Control (3 credits)
LS 220 Fundamentals of Law Contracts (3 credits)
or      
BUSN 305 Legal Environmental of Business (3 credits)
    Core Concentration #3 (3 credits)
    Core Concentration #4 (3 credits)

Fourth Year (15 credits) - Spring

CNST 455 Mechanical/Electrical Design (3 credits)
CNST 480 Capstone Project, Ethics and New Technology (3 credits)
    Construction Management Elective  
    Business Elective (3 credits)
    Core Concentration #5 (3 credits)

Total: 130 Semester Credits

The business elective must be selected from 200-level or higher courses with ACCTG, BUSN, ECON, FNCE, MGMT or MRKT prefix.