CEC

Bachelor of Science in Construction

A bachelor degree in construction will prepare students to oversee construction projects in all stages. You’ll work as part of a team with architects and engineers, budget with cost estimators, and manage construction with laborers.

Our hands-on construction program is accredited by the American Council of Construction Education since 1995, and our graduates have enjoyed successful careers in the field.

Georgia Southern’s Bachelor of Science in Construction degree program prepares graduates to:

  • Manage project resources including personnel, equipment, materials, money, and time
  • Understand dispute resolutions and construction contract laws
  • Remain knowledgeable of safety standards
  • Schedule project activities  and assess construction costs
  • Manage and coordinate the project to ensure the team maintains timelines and quality while remaining within a client’s budget

For more information about this program, see our Construction Program brochure

Student Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the Construction program are the same as the minimum requirements for admission to the university. These requirements include:

  1. Graduation from an approved secondary school;
  2. Satisfactory completion of college preparatory subjects in high school which should include the following: 4 units of English, 3 units of Social Studies, 4 units of Mathematics (courses should include Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and Trigonometry or other higher math), 2 units of a Foreign Languages (must be the same language), and 3 units of Science (2 with labs);
  3. Submission of satisfactory scores on the college entrance examination board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) – minimum 1030 SAT total – or American College Test (ACT) – 20 composite;
  4. U.S. Citizen or Resident Aliens for whom English is not the native language may be required to take Michigan test upon arrival. Resident aliens must submit a copy of their green card; Submission of an official high school transcript and record of good conduct;
  5. Major or continued difficulty with the school or civil authorities may make an applicant ineligible regardless of academic qualifications;
  6. Submission of a Medical History form (provided with acceptance for admission).

Degree Requirements and Transfer credit information

Use the Construction Degree Curriculum Sheet to plan your course selections each year and graduate on time.

Graduation Requirements

  • The requirements of the core curriculum must be satisfied
  • The requirements of the CM program must be satisfied
  • A minimum of 129 hours is required for graduation
  • At least 30 semester hours of approved construction management courses must be taken at Georgia Southern University
  • A minimum of 30 hours of upper-division credits must be earned at Georgia Southern University
  • The total institution cumulative GPA of all courses applying to the degree must be 2.0
  • A grade of at least a “C” must be earned in all construction management courses
  • An approved work experience of 400 hours in the construction management industry prior to graduation
  • 100 hours of approved community service hours prior to graduation
  • Students must take an Associate Constructor (Level 1) Exam prior to graduation

Transfer Credits

  • Credits for core courses are transferable across all schools within the University System of Georgia
  • Any major-specific requirements will be evaluated by the Admissions Office and /or the major department, and appropriate credit will be assigned
  • Students who transfer from outside of the University System of Georgia will be evaluated by the Admissions Office and/or the major department, and the appropriate transfer credit will be assigned

 

                                                  Enrollment and Graduation Data                                               
                                                         Catalog 2020-2021                                                              

Program Objectives

  1. Effective Communication and Teamwork: Upon graduation, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to effectively explain and justify their construction solutions to a range of audiences, as well as work in multi-disciplinary teams with an appreciation of diverse perspectives
  2. Project Management Skills: Upon graduation, students shall be able to demonstrate an understanding of effective management practices for personnel, materials, equipment, costs, and time
  3. Fundamental Construction Knowledge: Upon graduation, students will be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of construction processes by demonstrating the ability to define problems, evaluate critical technical information, recognize potential solutions, and creatively implement those solutions
  4. Professional Ethics: Upon graduation, students will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of ethics in professional decision-making

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Create written communications appropriate to the construction discipline
  2. Create oral presentations appropriate to the construction discipline
  3. Create a construction project safety plan
  4. Create construction project cost estimates
  5. Create construction project schedules
  6. Analyze professional decisions based on ethical principles
  7. Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes
  8. Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects
  9. Apply construction management skills as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  10. Apply electronic-based technology to manage the construction process
  11. Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control
  12. Understand different methods of project delivery and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process
  13. Understand construction risk management
  14. Understand construction accounting and cost control
  15. Understand construction quality assurance and control
  16. Understand construction project control processes
  17. Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project
  18. Understand the basic principles of sustainable construction
  19. Understand the basic principles of structural behavior
  20. Understand the basic principles of mechanical, electrical, and piping systems

Hands-on Learning

The College of Engineering & Computing and the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction emphasize hands-on learning to make sure that students are ready to start a dynamic career when they graduate.  Activities like labs, participation in competitions through student groups, and co-ops and internships are an important part of the college career in Construction.  The department also emphasizes community service learning for meaningful practical experience.  Employers from around the region and the country appreciate the practical experience our graduates have from putting their classroom lessons into real-world practice.

Specializations in Construction at Georgia Southern:

  • Construction estimating and scheduling
  • Building information modeling (BIM)
  • Project Cost Analysis
  • Green and sustainable construction
  • Project Management
  • Construction Safety
  • Construction Equipment

Construction managers are expected to be in high demand due to an anticipated increase in construction activity over the next decade. The U.S Bureau for Labor Statistics predicts an 11% growth in the profession.  The median annual wage for construction managers was $91,370 in 2017.

Last updated: 8/13/2020

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