Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Construction Management Bachelors Degree (BS)

In addition to providing general education, the degree is designed to develop critical skills in three main areas: engineering, construction science, and management. In particular, the degree furthers students' knowledge in construction management, project controls, construction scheduling, construction cost estimating, bidding process, construction contract administration, specification writing, field operations, economics, construction law, business management, written and oral communications.

A student needs to complete 120 credit-hours to earn this degree. An internship experience is also a graduation requirement. The program attracts an equal number of full-time and part-time students, and encourages completing this degree while engaged in construction-related employment. A full-time student should be able to complete this degree in approximately four years.

Degree Requirements and Course Listing:

The program educational objectives for the
Construction Management program are:

The Program Education Objectives reflect career and professional accomplishments of the program’s graduates a few years after graduation. They are as follows:

  • Meet the needs of construction industry employers through successful support, management, or administration of construction-related operations.
  • Receive professional recognition and/or advancement consistent with a successful career in construction management.
  • Demonstrate continued interest in professional growth by participating in professional organizations, education, and industry service.

Construction Management Student Outcomes:
Upon completion of the BS degree, students will be able to::

A.  Select and apply the knowledge, skills and modern tools of the discipline to broadly defined engineering technology utilizing techniques that are appropriate to administer and evaluate construction contracts, documents, and codes.

B.  Select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies by applying fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub-disciplines related to construction engineering.

C.  Conduct standard tests and measurement; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments, and to apply experimental results to improve processes; an ability to estimate costs, estimate quantities, and perform economic analyses and cost estimates related to design, construction, and maintenance of systems associated with construction engineering and utilizing measuring methods, hardware, and software that are appropriate for field, laboratory, and office processes related to construction.

D.  Design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program education objectives; an ability to select appropriate construction materials and practices, and evaluate materials for construction projects.

E.  Function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.

F.  Identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems and an ability to perform standard analysis and design in at least one sub-discipline related to construction engineering.

G.  Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments; identify and use appropriate technical literature, produce and utilize design, construction, and operations documents.

H.  Understand the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.

I.  Understand and commit to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity by applying appropriate principles of construction management, law, and ethics.

J.  Possess a  knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.

K.  Exhibit a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

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Our Bachelor of Science degree combines the necessary skills from three important fields: engineering, construction science, and management. These skills are necessary to successfully manage construction projects. In our program, students learn how to build projects, prepare construction estimates, generate project schedules, handle field operations, administer construction contracts, use surveying equipment, perform structural designs (wood, concrete, and steel structures), understand accounting principles, determine economic feasibility, and communicate with others effectively. These skills position our students to succeed employments as:

  • Project Managers
  • Construction Managers
  • Superintendents
  • Field Engineers 
  • Estimators
  • Schedulers
  • Construction Supervisors
  • Owners Representatives

The department and school invest heavily in cultivating relationships with our industry partners to ensure the availability of internship and part-time work experience for our students throughout their educational career. The Office of Career Services and Professional Development was established to accomplish the mission of assisting students in finding well-suited employment during their study and upon the completion of their degrees. Our students get internship opportunities with General Contractors, Specialty Contractors, Design-Build Firms, Owners’ Organizations, Public Agencies, and other Related Fields.

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