Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Construction Management, Bachelor of Science (533)

Program Coordinator

Jason C. Wilson, jason.wilson@wku.edu, (270) 745-2322

Construction Management involves planning, coordination, and control of projects from inception to completion. Construction Managers work out of a main or field office to perform a variety of important functions, including Project Planning, Cost Management, Time Management, Quality Management, Safety Management, and Contract Administration.

Career Opportunities

Graduates obtain employment in a wide variety of organizations, including construction management firms, general contractors, and specialty contractors serving the commercial, industrial, heavy civil, and residential construction sectors. They may choose to become specialists in estimating, scheduling, safety, quality, or field supervision. Typical job titles include project manager, project engineer, office engineer, field engineer, estimator, quantity surveyor, and superintendent, along with many others.

Program Description

The program in Construction Management is designed to provide students with technical and managerial skills needed to assume leading positions in the construction industry. A minor or second major is not required. Course requirements for the major are shown below. Students should consult with an advisor in planning their four-year degree program.

Program Requirements (71 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

AS 163Architectural Drafting3
MFGE 217Industrial Materials3
CM 261Construction Methods and Materials3
CM 262Construction Laboratory1
MFGE 271Industrial Statistics3
CM 282Building Structures3
AS 305Building Codes3
MFGE 310Safety in Industry3
SEAS 325Survey of Building Systems3
MFGE 371Quality Assurance3
MFGE 390Project Management3
MFGE 394Lean Systems3
SEAS 398Internship I1
MFGE 430Technology Management / Supervision / Team Building3
CM 490Senior Research for Construction Management3
CM 250Contract Documents3
or CE 303 Construction Management
CM 346Applied Soil Mechanics and Foundations3
or CE 410 Soil Mechanics
CM 363Construction Estimating and Bidding3
CM 462Construction Scheduling3
Select one of the following:3-4
Principles of Surveying
and Principles of Surveying Lab
Introduction to Agricultural Mechanization
and Introduction to Agricultural Mechanization Laboratory
CE 316Equipment & Methods3
MGT 210Organization and Management3
Select one of the following introductory accounting-financial courses:3
Principles of Financial Accounting
Basic Marketing Concepts
Personal Selling
Personal Finance
Personal Finance
Essentials of Real Estate
Introduction to Commerce and Organizational Structures
Introduction to Ethical Issues in Organizations
Basic Bookkeeping and Performance Reporting
Entrepreneurship and Organizational Innovation
Selling and Sales Supervision
Select one of the following Business Law courses:3
Business Law
Management of Nonprofit Organizations
Select one of the following Intro to Economics/Principals of Economics:3
Agricultural Economics
Introduction to Economics
Principles of Economics (Micro)
Principles of Economics (Macro)
Moral Issues of Capitalism
Economics, Law, and Public Choice
Introduction to Economics
Principles of Economics (Micro)
Principles of Economics (Macro)
Total Hours71-72

Additional Course

MATH 117Trigonometry3
Choose a Chemistry Course and Lab4-5
Fundamentals of General Chemistry
and Fundamentals of General Chemistry Laboratory
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
Total Hours7-8

Finish in Four Plan

First Year
AS 1633CHEM 105
CHEM 106 (or CHEM 120 and CHEM 121)
MATH 1173Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences3
ENG 1003HIST 101 or HIST 1023
Colonnade: Arts & Humanities3Colonnade: Human Communication3
Economics Elective3Colonnade: Literary Studies3
 15 16
Second Year
CM 2823World Language3
MFGE 3103MFGE 3713
CE 1603CM 2613
CE 1611CM 2621
MFGE 2173MGT 2103
Accounting/Finance Elective3General Elective2
 16 15
Third Year
CM 3633CE 3163
AS 3053CM 4623
CM 2503Business Law Elective3
MFGE 3943Colonnade - Social & Cultural3
ENG 3003Colonnade - Local to Global3
 15 15
Fourth Year
MFGE 4303CM 4903
SEAS 3253MFGE 3713
CE 4103SEAS 3981
MFGE 3903Colonnade - Systems3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 13
Total Hours 120