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The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

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 39 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 Major Academic Plans page or you can request a plan from your major advisor.

Courses in this program may complete more than one graduation requirement.

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.

This major has approved GE modification(s). See below for information on how to apply these modification(s).

  • Take only one course in either Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2). The other is waived.
  • CMGT 330 fulfills 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 .

Upper-Division Writing Requirement:

Writing Across the Curriculum (Executive Memorandum 17-009) is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of four Writing (W) courses, two of which are designated by the major department. See Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning and Writing Requirements in the University Catalog for more details on the four courses.  The first of the major designated Writing (W) courses is listed below.

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: GE Oral Communication (A1) requirement, GE Written Communication (A2) requirement, ACCT 201, CMGT 210 (with a grade of C or higher).
This course reinforces the construction project life-cycle from conception through completion. The processes to effectively manage a construction project are introduced and practiced, including: project delivery systems and contracts, pre-construction services, construction safety practices, RFI's and submittals, quality control processes, cost control, project closeout, and commissioning. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (020325)
Prerequisite: CMGT 450.
This course studies construction cost monitoring and analysis techniques. The industry tools of budgets, billing instruments, earned value, forecasting and cost data collection are reviewed. Students create a schedule of values, including development of overhead allocation. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved Writing Course. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (002081)

The second major-designated Writing course is the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GW) (Executive Order 665). Students must earn a C- or higher to receive GW credit. The GE Written Communication (A2) requirement must be completed before a student is permitted to register for a GW course.

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.

The following courses or their equivalents must each be completed with a grade of C or higher prior to enrollment in any required 300- level CMGT course: CMGT 100, CMGT 105, CMGT 110, CMGT 135, CMGT 210, and CMGT 235.

Enrollment in any mathematics course requires a grade of C- or higher in all prerequisite courses or their transfer equivalents.

Course Requirements for the Major: 90 units

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

Minimum GPA for acceptance in the major: for both continuing and transfer students, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is prerequisite for being accepted as a Construction Management major.

Priority for enrollment in all Construction Management (CMGT) courses will be given to CMGT majors. Construction Management students taking any CMGT course for the first time will be granted priority over CMGT students who are attempting to repeat a course.

Laptop Requirement

Construction Management students are required to have their own personal laptop for completion of their major coursework. The laptop must be able to run the latest Microsoft Windows operating system (winOS) and is recommended to have a multi-core processor with a 3D-class video card that supports hardware acceleration. The use of laptops using the Macintosh operating system (macOS) with a partitioned winOS hard-drive is discouraged due to performance issues and incompatibility with Construction Management industry software. Please consult the Construction Management Department website for current hardware and software requirements. Students qualify to receive special education discounts on computers and software sold through the Associated Students Bookstore.

Lower-Division Requirements: 45 units

14 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 lecture. (000077)
Prerequisites: ACCT 201.
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 lecture. (000078)
Prerequisite: At least sophomore standing.
A study of the role of law in business environments, including the study of legal institutions and their role in facilitating and regulating business. Includes a study of the legal system, civil litigation, torts and the formation and performance of contracts, and additional related business law topics. 3 hours lecture. (021824)
Prerequisites: GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Ready, 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)
This course introduces fundamental construction management concepts including the roles and responsibilities of project stakeholders, project delivery systems, contract types, estimating, scheduling, safety, quality control, cost management, trade coordination, and documentation of the work. 3 hours discussion. (002055)
Corequisite: CMGT 100.
This course introduces industry foundation technical computing for Construction Managers. It introduces commercial software commonly used in the management and control of construction projects. Application areas include office suite of programs, paperless workflows, estimating, and scheduling. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (022069)
Prerequisites: CMGT 100, CMGT 105 both with a grade of C or higher.
This course introduces the use of lines, symbols, and annotations in construction drawings. It also includes 3D modeling software to visualize and build a model of a commercial building from a set of construction documents. This model is used to produce 2D construction documents. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (002056)
Prerequisites: CMGT 100, CMGT 105 both with a grade of C or higher.
This course includes a comprehensive study of the principal materials used in the construction industry and the various systems employing these materials to build structures. 3 hours discussion. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (002057)
Prerequisites: CMGT 110, CMGT 135 both with a grade of C or higher.
This course includes a detailed and interactive study of construction drawings and specifications. Software is utilized to aid in understanding the plans and specifications and extract key project information with emphasis on material quantity takeoff. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (002058)
Prerequisite: CMGT 210 with a grade of C or higher.
This course includes an introduction to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems; integration of these systems into the building design and construction process; with an emphasis on sustainability. 3 hours discussion. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (002059)
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)
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: GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Ready; both MATH 118 and MATH 119 (or college equivalent); first-year freshmen who successfully completed trigonometry and precalculus in high school can meet this prerequisite by achieving a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.
Limits and continuity. The derivative and applications to related rates, maxma and minima, and curve sketching. Transcendental functions. An introduction to the definite integral and area. 4 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005506)

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Ready; MATH 118, MATH 119 (or high school equivalents).
This course covers the fundamental concepts and techniques of differential and integral calculus with an introduction to differential equations. Emphasis on applications from the Life Sciences. This course is not intended for majors in mathematics, physics, chemistry, or engineering. No credit for students with credit in MATH 120. A score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam must be achieved by those who claim high school equivalence. 4 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005512)
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. This is an approved General Education course. (007394)

Upper-Division Requirements: 45 units

The following courses or their equivalents must each be completed with a grade of C or higher prior to enrollment in any required 300- level CMGT course: CMGT 100, CMGT 105, CMGT 110, CMGT 135, CMGT 210, and CMGT 235.

15 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Written Communication (A2) requirement, sophomore standing.
Emphasis is on solving business problems through the strategic design of verbal, print, and electronic messages. Models for effective business documents, presentations, meetings, and interpersonal as well as electronic project interaction are applied to business communication problems. Related technology use, etiquette, cultural differences, and ethical considerations are highlighted. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (005687)
Prerequisites: CHEM 107, CMGT 210 (with a grade of C or higher), MATH 109 or MATH 120 (either with a grade of C- or higher), PHYS 202A.
This course includes a study of the properties and behaviors of soils, aggregates, and concrete when used as construction materials. Introduction to concrete including mix design, slump tests, and compressive strength. Fundamentals of surveying including staking, layout, and elevation control. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (002063)
Prerequisites: GE Oral Communication (A1) requirement; CMGT 210, CMGT 235 both with a grade of C or higher.
This course analyzes methods and techniques of a construction project in a multi-team planning environment. Using Building Information Modeling, students analyze constructability through jobsite logistics, clash detection, log books, and short term resource scheduling. Jobsite labor risk is studied with a focus on productivity tracking, analysis, methods improvement, and safety. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (002064)
Prerequisites: CMGT 330.
This course includes a study of the equipment used in the construction industry. Included are the types, capabilities, selection, purchase/lease/rent options, and balancing of equipment. 3 hours discussion. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (002066)
Prerequisites: MATH 109 or MATH 120 with a grade of C- or higher, PHYS 202A.
This course includes a study of applied engineering mechanics including forces, static equilibrium, and simple truss analysis. An emphasis is placed on the concepts and mathematical calculations of stress, strain, and deflection within structural elements encountered in construction. The rationale and factors of safety for sizing and design of these elements is reviewed. 3 hours discussion. (022067)
Prerequisites: GE Oral Communication (A1) requirement, GE Written Communication (A2) requirement, ACCT 201, CMGT 210 (with a grade of C or higher).
This course reinforces the construction project life-cycle from conception through completion. The processes to effectively manage a construction project are introduced and practiced, including: project delivery systems and contracts, pre-construction services, construction safety practices, RFI's and submittals, quality control processes, cost control, project closeout, and commissioning. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (020325)
Prerequisite: CMGT 235 with a grade of C or higher.
This course evaluates green building techniques, sustainable practices, and Lean Construction throughout the entire project life cycle. Students are introduced to the various requirements for green building rating systems and certifications. Content is provided to assist students in their self-study to take the LEED Green Associate exam. 3 hours lecture. (022068)
Prerequisite: CMGT 350.
This course includes a study of temporary structures used in construction, including scaffolding, support of excavations, decking and ramps, temporary bridges and trestles, concrete shoring formwork, and support of existing structures. The engineering basis for design is studies, with an emphasis placed on factors affecting cos and risks. 3 hours discussion. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (002079)
Prerequisites: ACCT 202, CMGT 332, CMGT 360W, CMGT 385.
This course leads the students through the steps of creating a detailed building estimate utilizing construction documents. Direct costs are generated by performing quantity take-offs and pricing with historical construction data, labor, and productivity rates. Students analyze subcontractor bid, generate indirect costs, and apply project margin to complete a building estimate. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (002080)
Prerequisite: CMGT 450.
This course studies construction cost monitoring and analysis techniques. The industry tools of budgets, billing instruments, earned value, forecasting and cost data collection are reviewed. Students create a schedule of values, including development of overhead allocation. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This is an approved Writing Course. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (002081)
Prerequisites: CMGT 332, CMGT 360W.
This course involves the study of the methods used to plan and control construction projects. Critical path scheduling techniques, project planning processes, Lean practices of scheduling, and schedule diagramming are developed. Students create and update cash and resource loaded digital schedules using current industry scheduling software. Schedule update reports are analyzed and narratives produced. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (002078)
Prerequisite: CMGT 335.
This course explores the process involved in creating a heavy construction estimate. Direct costs are formulated using production rates developed from cycle time analyses, burdened labor rates, quantity take-off, equipment rates, and material pricing. Estimates are prepared using industry standard unit-price computer applications. Distribution of indirect, overhead, and markup into bid items are applied to complete a unit-price estimate. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (002072)
Prerequisites: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement, BLAW 203, MGMT 303, senior standing, BCOM 300W for CMGT majors only.
This course provides an overview of basic construction laws, construction-related acts and orders, rules and regulations affecting construction, and construction contracts. Construction risks are identified and methods to allocate and mitigate these risks are developed. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (002075)
Prerequisite: CMGT 460W.
This course reviews current contracting systems and documents utilized for construction contracts. Students examine and analyze the US Department of Labor Laws and the California Labor Code as these laws pertain to construction labor contracts, employment regulations, workers' compensation, and safety. 3 hours lecture. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (021409)
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)

Advising Requirement:

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

Honors in the Major:

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It requires 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

The Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the University for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or academic competition. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and professional life. Your honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are:

  • You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. All 6 units are honors classes (marked by a suffix of H), and at least 3 of these units are independent study (399H, 499H, 599H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.
  • You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements for your major carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.
  • Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
  • Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
  • Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.
  • Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major advisor to apply.

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