B.S. in Construction Science & Management
If you have a passion for building structures, working with your hands, figuring out how things are made, being outdoors and making decisions, a bachelor’s degree in construction science and management may be right for you. Our construction science and management degree program offers hands-on work experience through labs, field trips, internships, team competitions and more. You’ll develop practical job skills utilizing the latest hand and power tools, as well as computer-based testing equipment and technology.
At Tarleton, we ranked No. 15 out of 50 Most Affordable Schools with a construction science and management bachelor’s degree in the United States. We provide a broad degree program with diverse training for undergraduate students with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Choose from the following concentrations:
- Construction Management
- Construction Contracts Administration
- Principles of Management
- Project Management
- Construction Safety Management
What is Construction Science & Management?
Construction, including residential, commercial, industrial and heavy civil projects, is one of the top industries in the world and is growing. Growth in population and business requires new residences, schools, office buildings, retail districts, hospitals, roads, bridges and other structures to be built. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the construction field is expected to grow by 22% regionally and 17% nationally. With over 28,000 available jobs in construction management, Texas has the largest workforce of this field in the country. Dallas and Houston are two of the top three cities in the nation for jobs in construction. Our undergraduate students typically receive job offers before graduating.
Construction science and management is an applied engineering field requiring a diverse set of skills while offering higher pay opportunities. On-site construction managers oversee complex construction projects, from bidding and contracting to design and implementation, to ensure a product gets delivered on time and on budget.
120 credit hours (4 years)
- Engineering & Computer Science
- Some online courses are offered
What Can You Do With Your Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Science & Management?
Our undergraduate degree program focuses on developing knowledge and skills that are valued by commercial, residential, industrial and heavy civil sectors of the construction industry. These include construction materials and methods, structural systems, soils and site development, surveying, computer-aided design, contract administration, codes, plans and specifications, planning and estimating, scheduling and evaluating project performance. You’ll learn to use cutting-edge tools such as Autodesk Revit, which is used in Building Information Modeling (BIM), a process for generating and managing digital data through physical and functional characteristics.
With a construction science and management bachelor’s degree, most of our graduates enter the workforce in technical or managerial roles, such as assistant construction superintendent, construction safety manager or construction cost estimator. Other jobs you may be qualified for include project manager, executive construction manager or field engineer. You may also be interested in earning a MS in Quality Engineering and Management, which will open even more doors for you in the industry or help pave the way for you to enter the teaching field.
Careers in Construction Science and Management
Approximately 98% of construction science and management majors are employed in the construction industry, landing jobs with some of the area’s leading contractors such as Manhattan Construction, MYCON General Contractors, M&W Builders, The Brandt Company and D.R. Horton Home Builders.
How Much Do Construction Science & Management Graduates Make?
The average starting salary for Tarleton graduates with a construction science and management bachelor’s degree is over $60,000. The median annual wage for construction managers was nearly $94,000 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Why Major in Construction Science and Planning?
Our construction degree program not only provides you with the credentials you need for a successful career, but it also develops your skillset and knowledge that will be applicable to real-world situations.
We have two labs equipped with power tools and block and brick masonry supplies for hands-on work. We have a site layout lab equipped with the latest surveying equipment such as laser levels and total stations. We have another lab equipped with the latest testing equipment that correlates with the ASTM Standards for testing construction materials.
A variety of internship and summer job opportunities are available for undergraduate students. Internships help you get a feel for the real world in construction while exposing you to different areas to help you decide which area of project and construction management best suits your interests. Many of these opportunities lead to full-time jobs after graduation.
Construction science and management majors typically participate in Service Day, making small improvements to a "needy" structure in the Stephenville community. In the past, this has included the American Legion Building, the local library and various military veterans’ homes.
Our specialty areas and research interests are wide ranging. They include various construction materials and testing, the most current composite building materials and sustainable or LEED certifiable construction methods.
What Classes Will You Take as a Construction Science and Management Major?
Our program curriculum focuses on project-based learning and hands-on experience. Study topics such as construction materials and methods, concrete and masonry, materials testing and inspection, soil study and analysis, construction law and ethics, surveying and cost estimating.
The program culminates in a capstone project, which is defined by local construction companies and provides possibilities for future full-time employment.
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
- In Candidate Status – ACCE
- Enrollment and Graduates
- Program Industry Advisory Committee
- Program Mission Goal and Objectives
- Program Quality Improvement Plan – QIP
How Do You Get Started on Your Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Science and Management?
Take the next step toward earning your bachelor’s degree in construction science and management. We have the resources to help you get started.
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Join our Construction Science and Management Students Association, a charter member of the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter of Constructors. We regularly compete and win at the Residential Construction Management Competition, attended by more than 75,000 builders, subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturers, business owners, students and faculty from all over the world.
Home to Tarleton’s School of Engineering, the $54 million facility in Stephenville is the university’s hub for education, research, and innovation in engineering, engineering technology, computer science, and construction science. It also brings together programs formerly scattered across the Stephenville campus.
The hallways build community by providing study areas, collaboration stations, open-access computers, and plenty of whiteboards available to students.
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