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The Bachelor of Science in Concrete Industry Management

Student success is the primary goal of the concrete industry management faculty. Upon completion of this program, graduates will have the knowledge, skill, and ability to manage facilities, equipment, materials, processes, technology, information, and people.

Concrete Industry Management Program Goals

Student success in this program is best described by the following attributes of its graduates:

1. First and foremost, CSU, Chico concrete industry management graduates understand how concrete materials and products are produced, used, and tested.

2. They have a thorough understanding of contemporary concrete blending, mixing, transport, placement, and finishing processes.

3. They understand the fundamental behavior of materials and have experience testing material properties.

4. They understand project, quality, and safety management methods and the impact of their application on the financial and economic aspects of concrete materials, products, and services.

5. They use contemporary computer applications, information systems, and software packages.

6. They effectively communicate their ideas in oral, written, and graphical form.

7. They have experience working in teams.

8. They have developed an appreciation for the legal and ethical implications of their work and are aware of the impact of their actions on individuals, society, and the environment.

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See Bachelor's Degree Requirements in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. You can view MAPs on the Degree MAPs page in the University Catalog or you can request a plan from your major advisor.

General Education Pathway Requirements: 48 units

See General Education in the University Catalog and the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Pathway Requirements and course offerings.

  • MATH 118 is an approved advanced course substitution for Quantitative Reasoning (A4).
  • CHEM 107 or PHYS 202A are approved advanced course substitutions for Physical Science (B1).
  • CIMT 363 is an approved major course substitution for Upper Division Natural Sciences.

Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See Diversity Requirements in the University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education .

Literacy Requirement:

See Mathematics and Writing Requirements in the University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or higher to receive WP credit. See the Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130I or JOUR 130I (or equivalent) with a C- or higher before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 87 units

Completion of the following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, is required of all candidates for this degree.

Lower-Division Requirements: 30 units

10 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement, Intermediate Algebra.
A survey of the principles of chemistry, primarily for students in agriculture, industry and technology, and pre-nursing. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. (001826)
Corequsiite: May be taken concurrently with CIMT 231 with faculty permission.
An overview of the history, career opportunities, job functions, and professional organizations in the concrete industry. Students are introduced to the Concrete Industry Management curriculum, its instructional expectations and methodologies. 2 hours discussion. (020294)
Prerequisites: CIMT 101 with a grade of C- or higher, CHEM 107, MATH 105.
Effects of concrete-making materials (aggregates, cements, admixtures, etc.) on the properties of fresh and hardened concrete. Concrete mixture proportioning calculations and statistical analysis of strength tests are also studied. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (020297)
Prerequisites: CIMT 231 with a grade of C- or higher, CIVL 110, PHYS 202A.
Forming, shoring, placing, and reinforcing operations. Transporting, placing, consolidating, finishing, jointing, and curing concrete for cast-in-place foundations, pavements, on-ground slabs, structural frames, and other structural members are studied. Other topics include waterproofing concrete foundations and erecting precast concrete members. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (020298)
Prerequisites: High school trigonometry and algebra.
This course introduces the fundamentals of creating and reading civil engineering drawings by referencing architectural plans, subdivision maps and site plans, in addition to utilizing computer-aided drafting software to produce basic plans. Applications of the computer software include drawing accuracy, layer managing standards, dimensioning standards, sheet layouts, data extraction and drawing management. Topics are reinforced by a drawing project that requires sketching and measuring of existing features to create a set of as-built drawings. Additional course topics related to descriptive geometry include orthographic projections, auxiliary views, perspective drawings, and graphical solutions to vector analysis. 4 hours activity. (020120)
An introductory survey of macroeconomic analysis. Use of fundamental economic concepts to analyze the over-all economy. Determination of gross national product, rates of unemployment, problems of inflation, recession, and the use of governmental policies. Discussion of current problems. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002636)
Prerequisites: High school chemistry or physics is recommended; students with no previous science courses are advised to enroll in GEOS 101. No college credit for those who have passed GEOS 101.
Physical and chemical processes in the earth, including origin and identification of rocks and minerals; earth's interior; movements and major features of the earth's crust; erosion and sedimentation; geological structures; topographic maps; mineral resources. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. (004069)
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.
Summary of numerical data, elementary probability, distributions, and introduction to statistical inference. A grade of C- or higher is required for GE credit. 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005501)
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.
Trigonometric functions, graphs, identities and conditional equations, logarithms, solutions of triangles, and complex numbers. A grade of C- or higher is required for GE credit. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005500)
Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. High school trigonometry and second-year high school algebra or equivalent (MATH 051 and MATH 118 at CSU, Chico).
Mechanics, properties of matter, wave motion, sound, heat. Science majors are encouraged to take PHYS 204A instead of this course. 3 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (007394)

Upper-Division Requirements: 33 units

9 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: CIMT 241 with a grade of C- or higher, GEOS 102.
This course provides an understanding of historic concrete building practices leading to informed evaluation and repair of older structures for reuse. The causes of service failures, including material failure, improper design, maintenance failure, and environmental effects are studied. The presentation of case studies in failure analysis and repair approaches occur throughout the course, along with participation in ongoing, long-term studies of repair systems. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (020300)
An introduction to the fundamental concepts of sustainability. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the interaction of the built environment with natural systems, and the role of technical and non-technical (economic, ecological, ethical) issues in shaping engineering decisions. Issues such as green buildings/developments, renewable energies, and concrete's role in helping to meet LEED certification are discussed. This course is open to engineers and non-engineers interested in all aspects of the built environment. A grade of C- or higher is required for CIMT majors. 3 hours discussion. (020301)
Prerequisites: SMFG 352 and approval of faculty internship coordinator prior to off-campus assignment.
Technical and managerial experience in an industrial setting with opportunities to apply course work to professional practice. Students are evaluated by their supervisor, and a final report must be submitted by each student detailing the internship experience. The minimum duration is 400 hours under the direct supervision of an on-site manager in a concrete-related company. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (020305)

Note: CIMT 389 must be taken for 3 units.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Senior standing, faculty approval.
Provides students an opportunity to practice laboratory skills acquired in previous course work and to assist an instructor with hands-on instruction and industry standard testing procedures. 6 hours independent study. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 2.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (020307)
Prerequisites: SCMS 306.
Management of the manufacturing processes common to all concrete product production facilities. Emphasis is on planning, organizing, and controlling production. A study of the differences in the manufacturing process of ready-mixed concrete, concrete masonry, pre-cast concrete, pre-stressed concrete, and concrete pipe is explained through product-specific guest lectures and plant tours. 3 hours discussion. (020309)
Prerequisites: CIMT 348, CIMT 453 both with a grade of C- or higher.
An intensive study of a problem(s) appropriate to the major and the student's career interests, requiring knowledge from previous technical and business course work. Solutions to the problem(s) are presented to a committee of concrete industry representatives. Presentation must emphasize depth of analysis, completeness and effectiveness of solutions, and presentation skills. 1 hour discussion, 6 hours laboratory. (020310)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, junior standing.
A study of effective industrial safety management practice and the philosophy and principles of industrial accident prevention. Coverage includes examination of current industrial safety practices and how sustainability naturally augments and fortifies industrial safety. Federal and state programs designed to improve safety in an industrial environment. Instruction in effective technical safety documentation -- gathering, organizing, and reporting industrial safety data. 4 hours discussion. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (005670)
Prerequisites: Senior standing.
This course familiarizes students with techniques for managing technical projects while they design, plan, and implement a manufacturing project through the mock-up stage. Students work in groups on projects of mutual interest to gain experience in planning and updating schedules. Students learn to define requirements, estimate and manage resources, and structure decisions and trade-offs. Discussion includes global project management and supply chain responsibility. Emphasis is placed on group dynamics in communication and problem solving. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (005291)
Prerequisites: Business Administration or Business Information Systems status required for business majors. Completion of GE Pathway Foundation Quantitative Reasoning required for all majors.
An overview of the operations function in organizations; topics include operations strategy, manufacturing philosophies, process selection, supply chain management, inventory management, forecasting, production planning and control, capacity planning, material requirements planning, quality management and project management. 3 hours lecture. (005774)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: SCMS 306 or faculty permission.
This course is also offered as SCMS 451 .
The study and application of the quality management process in both the manufacturing and service sectors of the economy. Topics include process analysis and improvement, statistical process control, cost of quality, quality measurement, and quality in the global marketplace. 3 hours lecture. (005784)
Prerequisites: SCMS 306 or faculty permission.
This course is also offered as SMFG 451 .
The study and application of the quality management process in both the manufacturing and service sectors of the economy. Topics include process analysis and improvement, statistical process control, cost of quality, quality measurement, and quality in the global marketplace. 3 hours lecture. (005784)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: CIMT 101 with a grade of C- or higher.
This course includes the design, development, and on-site manufacture of specialty fixtures, using concrete-based mixtures. Concrete surface treatments, such as staining, texturing, imprinting, skim coats, overlays, and engraving are also addressed. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (020302)
Prerequisites: CHEM 107, PHYS 202A. We recommend CMGT 135 as appropriate background.
A study of the properties and behaviors of soils when used as construction material. Included are compaction, permeability, compressibility, shear strength, etc. Laboratory and field tests are performed. Introduction to the design principles of foundations and earth structures. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. (002063)

Formal Business Administration Minor Requirement: 24 units

Concrete Industry Management majors are required to complete a formal Minor in Business Administration. The College of Business requires the following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, of all candidates for this minor.

8 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Introductory study of the information system that measures, records, and communicates the economic activity of an entity, in monetary terms, to stakeholders outside of the organization. The study of assets, liabilities, owners' equity, revenues, expenses, gains, and losses as they relate to the preparation of financial statements communicating an entity's financial position, results of operations, and cash flows. 3 hours discussion. (000077)
Prerequisites: ACCT 201 (or ABUS 261 for ABUS majors only).
Introductory study of the process of identification, measurement, accumulation, summarization, preparation, interpretation, analysis, and communication of financial and non-financial information to assist managerial planning, controlling, and decision-making within an organization to assure appropriate use of and accountability for the organization's resources. Students study terminology, cost behavior, cost estimation, cost assignment, cost accounting systems, cost of quality, financial and operational budgeting, performance evaluation, profitability analysis, pricing methodologies, and short-term and long-term decision-making techniques. 3 hours discussion. (000078)
Prerequisites: At least junior standing.
Increasingly, managers are faced with legal and ethical challenges in their decision making. This course adopts an integrative strategy which explores the legal and ethical environments of business by focusing on those issues which most affect the major functional areas of business (accounting, marketing, information systems, human resource management, etc.). Students learn strategies which can later be employed not only to avoid litigation but also to pursue more effectively strategic goals of business. This course applies to those working in organizations which employ only a few employees as well as to those which employ thousands. 3 hours lecture. (001342)
An introductory survey of microeconomic analysis. Analysis of individual economic units: household, firms, and markets. Analysis of individual decision making. Supply and demand analysis. Type of market organization: competition, oligopoly, and monopoly. Discussion of current problems. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002638)
Prerequisites: ACCT 201, ECON 103.
An introduction to financial management, providing a background in the areas of financial institutions, the time value of money, analysis of financial statements, working capital management, financial structure of the firm, capital budgeting, and related tools of financial analysis. 3 hours lecture. (003729)
Using a combination of theory and application, this course focuses on the human side of organizations, including issues of 1) making good decisions, 2) enhancing performance, 3) steering through a turbulent global environment, 4) combining and unifying multiple business functions and 5) enabling change. Students gain an understanding of management and how and why organizations are structured. The themes of quality, technology, ethics, and adaptation are emphasized. 3 hours lecture. (005704)
Nature and functions of marketing systems and marketing in the individual firm. Study of the marketing mix, marketing institutions, and the environments in which marketing decisions are made. 3 hours lecture. (005872)
This course introduces students to the concept of information systems as the application of technical resources to support organizational processes. Given this foundation, students build an integrative, process-oriented understanding of information systems and their deployment, management, and use within distributed and global organizations. Projects focus on introductory enterprise systems, fundamentals of database systems, and basic Web programming. For this course, students are expected to have demonstrated proficiency in the use of microcomputers and office automation software including word processing, spreadsheets, and desktop databases. A proficiency exam is given during the first week of each semester and students are encouraged to take this exam in advance of the semester they intend to enroll in the class. Students who lack such knowledge may wish to enroll in appropriate undergraduate courses prior to attempting this course. This course is designed for BADM majors. 3 hours lecture. (005770)

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.

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