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Program Overview

Position yourself to pursue a career as a construction executive, project manager, field engineer, planning and scheduling engineer, cost engineer, cost estimator, as well as other positions in the field with the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management degree. You’ll learn to apply modern methods and metrics for surveying, use appropriate technical tools to solve engineering problems, and demonstrate a fundamental understanding of building mechanical and electrical systems.

The construction sector is growing rapidly and individuals with a well-rounded education in written and verbal communication, technical construction fundamentals, math, business, law, and other relevant courses are in high demand. The construction management program was developed with guidance and assistance from current leaders in the industry and provides relevant training for future managers in the field.

In support of the National University mission, the educational objectives of the Construction Management degree program are to prepare graduates to achieve success within a few years of graduation. The graduates are expected to:

  1. Succeed in pursuing chosen career path and demonstrate technical competence in utilizing construction management principles and skills in industry, academia, or the public sector.
  2. Engage in sustained learning through graduate education, professional development, and self-study in construction management, engineering, and other professionally related fields.
  3. Function well on a diverse and multidisciplinary team with effective communication skills. 
  4. Exhibit leadership, high standards of ethical conduct, and societal responsibility in the practice of construction management. 
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Course Details

Preparation for the Major

  • 10 courses; 42 quarter units

This class is an introduction to the principles and application of speaking effectively to diverse audiences in a variety of settings. Focus is on topic selection, organization, analysis of research, and delivery, with special attention on learning effective delivery skills.

PrerequisiteMTH 12A and MTH 12B, or Accuplacer test placement evaluation

Examines higher degree polynomials, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry and matrix algebra needed for more specialized study in mathematics, computer science, engineering and other related fields. Computer and/or graphing calculator use is highly recommended.

Prerequisite2 years of high school algebra and MTH 204, or MTH 215, or MTH 216A and MTH 216B

Non-calculus based general physics course for earth and life science majors. Study of force, laws of motion, heat, fluid mechanics, electricity, magnetism, light (optics) and modern physics.  


PHS 104A Introductory Physics Lab (1.50)

PrerequisitePHS 104, or PHS 171 for science majors

Non-calculus based general physics lab course for earth and life science majors. Laboratory experiments and exercises will include data analysis and evaluations of measurement. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following: force, gravity, laws of motion, fluid mechanics, electricity, and light (optics).


PHS 130A Physics Lab for Engineering (1.50)

Non-calculus based general physics lab course for Master of Science in Environmental Engineering online program. The course includes interactive illustrations, explorations, and problems in major parts of General Physics: Kinematics, Dynamics, Electric current and Optics.

PrerequisiteENG 102

A cross-disciplinary course that teaches effective report and research paper writing through the use of key computer technologies. Topics include library and Internet research; information organization, evaluation, and synthesis; MLA and APA style formats; and the use of document-production, image-editing, and presentation software.

PrerequisiteMTH 215

Introduction to the latest version of Auto CAD software for two- and three-dimensional modeling, engineering graphics and technical drawings.

PrerequisiteMTH 215

An examination of the major mathematical tools for engineers and scientists.

PrerequisiteEGR 220

Introduction to the key topics in strength of materials with focus on applications, problem solving and design of structural members, mechanical devices, and engineering systems.

A survey of basic accounting theory and the application of accounting principles, this course includes the recording and summarization of business transactions in the form of financial statements under the rules of generally accepted accounting principles. (GAAP). It is designed for students who have little or no prior knowledge of financial accounting, this course corresponds to Principles of Accounting I at other colleges.

PrerequisiteCSC 208, or MTH 220; EGR 220

Introduction to the theory and applications of probability and statistics. Topics include data and numerical summary measures, fundamental concepts of probability, conditional probability, random variables, common distributions, quality and reliability and statistical inference (estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression). The emphasis is on developing problem solving skills and application to business, social sciences and engineering.

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Requirements for the Major

  • 19 courses; 82.5 quarter units

Introduction to the roles of managers and the vision, mission and goals of organizations. Investigates management theories and explores the four primary functions of managers: Planning, Organizing, Leading and Controlling. Covers issues related to human resource management, organizational structure and behavior, creative problem solving, effective communication, and the management of teams, change and innovations.

PrerequisiteMTH 215

Economic Analysis for decision making with emphasis on rate of return, net present value, benefit-cost and multi-objective evaluation methods. Cost estimation and alternative analysis.

PrerequisiteCSC 208, or EGR 220

The scientific approach to problem solving through analysis and design are presented using modern computer science and engineering examples. Critical thinking and communication skills will be used to interpret and present results from real-world case studies where computers were used to solve scientific problems.

PrerequisiteEGR 320 with a minimum grade of C. The laboratory experiments in EGR 320L build on the content covered in EGR 320 (mechanical, electrical, and thermodynamics problem solving concepts).

Using hands-on computer tools, the scientific approach to problem solving through analysis and design is applied in this laboratory course. Results from these hands-on activities will be interpreted and presented both on an individual basis and in a team environment. Critical thinking and communication skills will be used to interpret and present results of scientific investigations.

Course focuses on basic principles and new developments in the legal aspects of architectural, engineering and construction processes. Coverage includes contractor licensing, professional design services, liability, intellectual property, and competitive bidding.

PrerequisiteEGR 219

Introduction to simulation modeling and analysis, model development, intermediate and detailed modeling, modeling issues and techniques.

PrerequisiteEGR 219

Land and topographic surveying with global position systems and geographic information systems (GIS). Fundamentals of distance, leveling angles, theodolites, transverse surveys and computations. Hands-on with ArcView GIS to understand the basic GIS concepts and applications in land planning.

PrerequisiteEGR 220 and EGR 225

Introduction to analysis of wood, steel and concrete structures. Basic structural loads, forces and moments in beams, columns and trussed systems. Internal reactions and method of sections. Stress, sheer and deformation in beams and columns. Basic design fundamentals.

PrerequisiteCEN 323

An introduction to soil mechanics and foundation engineering. The course teaches the students how to solve certain fundamental problems related to consolidation, shear strength, and design of shallow and deep foundations; and familiarizes students with relevant terms and soil tests so that they can work effectively with geotechnical engineering specialists. The course features soil basics, including their derivation, identification and classification. The principles of water flow in soils, settlement and heave, and shear strength of soils will be discussed. Consolidation problems, factors of safety for foundations, and foundation settlement prediction will also be covered.

PrerequisiteMTH 215

An overview of the basic materials and methods utilized in construction projects. Wood, steel, masonry, glass, and concrete and other material are introduced along with their associated construction systems in foundations, framing, cladding, windows, doors, finishes and roofing.

PrerequisiteEGR 219

Drawing and interpretation of plans, sections, details, symbols, notes and details in architectural, construction and shop drawings. Coordination and reference between drawings. Specification creation incorporating material properties, construction techniques and legal factors. Industry standards from AIA and CSI are presented.

PrerequisiteMTH 215

The impact of M/E systems on the design and construction process including energy considerations. Fundamentals of HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, electrical distribution, lighting, information systems, and vibrations in the building system.

PrerequisiteCEN 410

An introduction to the fundamentals of construction management, estimating, scheduling and control. Quantity takeoff estimations for material, time, equipment and overhead are presented. Activity durations, scheduling and project updating for control are covered.

This course focuses on project management concepts and definitions, network scheduling techniques, strategic planning, risk management, cost control, and project implementation.

Prerequisite: CEN 419

An advanced course built on the fundamentals of construction management, estimating, scheduling and control introduced in CEN 419. Topics concerning quantity takeoff estimations for material, time, equipment, overhead, critical path, and precedence networks for activity durations, scheduling, and project updating for control are presented.

PrerequisiteCEN 410

Integration of safety and productivity into daily field operations through inspection and accountability. Examines accident costs and contributing factors and techniques for risk minimization. Presents the relationship between safety and quality and techniques for site, structure, general and mechanical and electrical system inspections.

PrerequisiteACC 201

Application of business accounting and financial principles to the construction industry. Construction accounting systems, depreciation and financial analysis are introduced. Labor, overhead, and profit management are presented. Cash flow, time value of money, and legal aspects specific to construction industry contracts are introduced.

An introduction to the detailed processes of construction management and the relevant tools, processes and techniques that are involved. Students will be developing skills and knowledge to integrate and manage the overall construction process including the project proposal and design, cost estimate, contract document drawings and specifications, construction schedule, and project presentation.

An introduction to the basic principles of sustainability as it applies to construction. Sustainability encompasses the 3Es of economics, environment and equity. Sustainable construction is examined in all stages of a building life-cycle from design to commissioning and beyond. This course provides both broad knowledge of sustainable construction techniques and uses in-depth design tools for integrating sustainable principles into modern construction management processes.

Construction Senior Project

  • 3 courses; 13.5 quarter units

PrerequisiteCompletion of 10 core courses in construction program.

A team capstone project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the construction program. This is the first part of a three-part sequence. Students will form teams and begin research leading to a senior project proposal.

PrerequisiteCEN 486A

A team capstone project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the construction program. This is the second part of a three-part sequence. Students begin to implement the project that was proposed in CEN 486A.

PrerequisiteCEN 486B

A team capstone project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the construction program. This is the third part of a three-part sequence. Students finalize the project that was proposed in CEN 486A and CEN 486B.

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, students must complete at least 180 quarter units to include a minimum of 69 units of the University General Education requirements; 76.5 units must be completed at the upper-division level and 45 units must be taken in residence, including the capstone project classes. In the absence of transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the total units for the degree. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering and its application in identifying, formulating, and solving construction problems.
  • Design a construction system, process, or procedure to meet desired needs.
  • Indicate a fundamental understanding of mechanical, electrical and structural systems, and sustainability.
  • Integrate and apply field inspection and survey techniques, safety standards, and regulatory compliance.
  • Apply the principles of project management, accounting, cost estimating and scheduling techniques in construction processes.
  • Develop and test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data, and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Communicate effectively through written, verbal, and graphical media with a range of audiences.
  • Understand legal aspects, ethical issues, and professional responsibilities in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • Function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.


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