Program: B.S., Construction Management

Program Description

The construction industry is the single largest industry in America, accounting for 14 percent of the nation’s Gross National Product (GNP). Students interested in becoming a construction manager need a solid background in building science, business and construction management. They need to understand contracts, plans and specifications, and they have to be knowledgeable about construction methods, materials and laws and regulations. Familiarity with computers and software programs for job costing, scheduling and estimating also is important.

Educational Objectives

The CSUN undergraduate Construction Management program prepares students for lifelong careers in the construction industry that will allow them to make productive contributions to the construction field and society, and to find job satisfaction. To accomplish this overall goal, graduates of this program should have the following attributes during the first few years following graduation:

  1. Demonstrate the managerial skills to organize and control construction projects from conception to closeout.
  2. Establish a record of effective application of undergraduate educational tools to accomplish tasks assigned in the workplace.
  3. Develop leadership capabilities through practical application and team-building techniques.
  4. Present a sense of exploration and the ability to maintain lifelong learning in the areas of emerging construction methods and management technologies.
  5. Provide evidence of strong communication skills and delivery.

Program Requirements

Special Grade Requirements

  1. A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses in the major.
  2. Senior-level (400-plus) courses cannot be taken unless the student has previously completed or is concurrently completing all freshman-, sophomore- and junior-level core requirements.

Course Requirements

1. Lower Division Required Courses (44-45 units)

Freshman Year

BIOL 106 Biological Principles I (3)
BIOL 106L Biological Principles I Lab (1)
COMP 100 Computers: Their Impact and Use (3)
CM 110/L Construction Drawings and Lab (1/1)
ECON 160 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
PHYS 100A General Physics I (3)
PHYS 100AL General Physics I Lab (1)
PHYS 100B General Physics II (3)
PHYS 100BL General Physics II Lab (1)

Sophomore Year

2. Upper Division Required Courses (59 units)

Junior Year

CM 309 Computer Applications in Construction Management (2)
CM 310/L Construction Estimating and Lab (2/1)
CM 312/L Project Cost Control, Planning and Scheduling and Lab (2/1)
CM 321 Introduction to Mechanical and Electrical Installation (2)
CM 326/L Soil Mechanics for Technology and Lab (2/1)
CM 334/L Construction Equipment and Methods (2/1)
CM 336/L Fundamentals of Green Buildings and Lab (2/1)
CM 340 Statics and Strength of Materials (3)
ENGL 306 Report Writing (3)
MGT 360 Management and Organizational Behavior (3)
MSE 300 Construction Technology Economy (3)

Senior Year

BLAW 481 Real Estate Law (3)
CM 401 Construction Contract Administration (3)
CM 415/L Fundamentals of Construction Management and Lab (2/1)
CM 434 Site Planning and Logistics (3)
CM 440/L Structural Design and Lab (2/1)
CM 441/L Highway Design and Lab (2/1)
CM 449 Dispute Prevention (1)
CM 480 Construction Law (3)
CM 488A Construction Senior Design I (2)
CM 488B Construction Senior Design II (2)
CM 494 Cooperative Educational Experience (2)

3. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog, including 3 units of coursework meeting the Ethnic Studies (ES) graduation requirement.

27 units are satisfied by the coursework in the major. Completion of the Construction Management major satisfies A3 Critical Thinking. PHYS 100A satisfies B1 Physical Science; BIOL 106 satisfies B2 Life Science; PHYS 100AL satisfies B3 Science Laboratory Activity; MATH 255A satisfies Basic Skills B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning; CM 336/L satisfies B5 Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning; ENGL 306 satisfies C2 Humanities; ECON 160 and MSE 300 satisfy D1 Social Sciences; and COMP 100 satisfies E Lifelong Learning and fulfills the Information Competence requirement.

Total Units in the Major: 103-104

General Education Units: 21

Total Units Required for the B.S. Degree: 124-125

More information

For more information about this program, please contact


Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management
Chair: Mohamed Hegab
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 4507
(818) 677-2166

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management will be able to:

  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. Understand construction management skills as a member of a multidisciplinary 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.