Construction Management Bachelor of Science
Department of Construction Management
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Do you marvel at big construction projects: buildings, bridges, airports, and roads? Have you always wondered how projects come together, how the materials, machines, and people are coordinated in space and time to produce those immense structures? Are you someone who would like to apply business, engineering, and management practices to complex real world projects? Would you enjoy knowing your work may endure the ages? Do you enjoy working in dynamic, fast-paced teams? If your answers to any of these questions are “yes” then a major in Construction Management may be the one for you.

The Construction Management (CM) program at Colorado State University is one of the top-ranked programs in the nation. Since its inception in 1946, more than 5,000 students have graduated, many of them going on to become leaders in their field. The program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education.

Construction management is the overall planning, coordination, and control of a project from inception to completion. The CM major addresses issues related to the management of multiple project sites and the applications of resource management, schedule control, cost control, design and other requirements of the construction process. Design elements concentrate on the relationship between the built environment and the comfort of its inhabitants while safety education emphasizes the health of the individual worker.

A major in Construction Management provides a strong foundation for professional careers in the construction industry. The curriculum integrates technology and innovative management systems with the basics of civil engineering, business and management, and the communication skills required to be successful in today’s world. Coursework includes construction methods, estimating, scheduling, computer technologies, architectural principles, fundamentals of management and law, steel and concrete structures, and soils. The curriculum incorporates hands-on labs for most courses. This diverse program creates a broad range of career options for graduates.

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Independent, self-motivated, with ability to work in dynamic teams
* Goal oriented
* Ability to conceptualize complex processes and relationships
* Aptitude for understanding physical relationships and processes
* Ability to work with large diverse groups of people
* Strong organizational skills
* Strong communications skills
* Leadership ability

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
The construction industry has become a highly technical industry marked by continuous and dramatic change. There is a continued demand for capable and highly trained construction management professionals who can adapt and become effective leaders in the field. CM continues to boast one of the highest placement rates and entry level salaries of all majors.

In addition to the campus Career Center, the CM Department prides itself on its in-house career support. Services provided by the Phelps Placement Office include internship and career placement, bi-annual CM career fair, in-house industry interviews, graduate resume publication, year-round intern and job postings, resume and business correspondence resources, and career assessment counseling.

Recruiting Industries:
* Commercial
* Heavy Civil and Heavy Highway
* Industrial and Utility
* Mechanical and Electrical
* Project Controls and Consulting
* Residential Development
* Specialty Contracting
* Transportation

Entry-level occupations include but are not limited to:

* Project Engineer
* Assistant Project Manager
* Field Engineer
* Assistant Superintendent
* Safety Engineer
* Project Scheduler
* Assistant Estimator
* Quality Control Engineer
* Sustainability Consultant
* Business Developer

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* CM Student Board of Directors (CM BoD)
* American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE)
* Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
* Associated General Contractors (AGC)
* Colorado Contractors Association (CCA)
* Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)
* Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)
* Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)
* National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
* National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
* Sigma Lambda Chi (SLX)
* USGBC Students
* Women in Construction (WIC)
* CM Competition Teams compete nationally with other universities, offering students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to real world construction management scenarios.
* The CM Cares program partners CM students with industry mentors to complete need-based construction related projects in our community while developing well-rounded, self-motivated individuals with a passion for service

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MORE INFORMATION
Department of Construction Management
CM Advising Office
222B Guggenheim Hall
1584 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1584
CMAdvising@colostate.edu
970-491-7353
http://www.cm.colostate.edu/
* Academic and career advising for majors


Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA)
TILT Building
801 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1033
970-491-7095
http://www.casa.colostate.edu
* Academic advising/Major exploration


Career Center
120 Lory Student Center
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-5707
http://career.colostate.edu
* Major and career exploration/Job search information


Admissions and Undergraduate Recruitment
Ammons Hall
711 Oval Drive
8008 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-8008
970-491-6909
http://www.admissions.colostate.edu
* Admission applications/University visits and tours


General Catalog Online
http://www.catalog.colostate.edu/

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