The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management is an interdisciplinary program in the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering. The program prepares students for a challenging career in the construction industry-as future leaders in a dynamic and ever-changing environment. It concentrates on the skills and understanding necessary to excel as a construction management professional and to compete in the marketplace. Graduates are engaged by owners, developers, construction managers, contractors, architects and engineers, lenders and other construction industry participants.
The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program covers a broad range of subjects in engineering and construction management, such as planning, cost estimating, scheduling, project management and construction administration. The program also exposes students to the latest applications in construction research and technology. The program teaches students the fundamentals of engineering and construction science, as well as business aspects of construction and the application of traditional and emerging construction methods and technologies. Students also study basic economics, accounting and management principles.
Courses and projects in the program’s junior and senior years illustrate current project management principles and methods by using materials from, and site visits to, construction projects led by experienced mentors.
Beyond the classroom, real-world work experience is available through internships and summer and part-time employment and through professional organizations and associated student chapters, including the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and the New York Building Congress (NYBC). NYU’s Career Management Center also supports these efforts.
Goals and Objectives
The objective of the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management is to provide the following for its students:
• A solid foundation of knowledge in mathematics and the basic sciences as applied to construction management.
• The knowledge and skills to excel at an entry-level position as a construction professional and/or continue graduate study in construction management or a related field.
• The necessary written and oral communications skills to enable graduates to pursue leadership opportunities.
• A thorough understanding of state-of-the-art techniques and tools in construction management involving three-dimensional computer modeling, building information modeling (BIM), integration of information technology and the application of innovative planning, design and construction administration methodologies.
• A broad education in preparation for lifelong learning and individual growth. Students are required to take courses in writing and the humanities. Electives allow students to further customize their education to enhance individual interests.
Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. The Department has adopted the eleven (11) fundamental outcomes specified by ABET, as they cover the full breadth and depth of the abilities and skills needed:
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences;
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
(c) an ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet desired needs;
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
(e) an ability to identify and solve applied science problems;
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
(g) an ability to communicate effectively;
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context;
(i) a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice.
The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program is advised by a Department Industry Advisory Board, comprising leaders from the engineering and construction professions to help assess and update the program curriculum. The general requirements of the curriculum accommodate the continually expanding requirements of the profession, advancements in knowledge and the contributions of related disciplines.
Table 1 summarizes the Construction Management curriculum by subject category. A typical four-year schedule for the program is included at the end of this section of the bulletin.
Table 1: Curriculum for the BS in Construction Management
Required Courses in Mathematics: 12 Credits
Required Courses in the Physical Sciences: 7 Credits
Required Courses in Humanities and Social Sciences: 24 Credits
Required Courses in Business and Management: 16 Credits
See Footnote 5
Required Courses in Civil Engineering: 9 Credits
Required Courses in Construction Management: 43 Credits
Other Required Courses: 18 Credits
Total Credits for Degree: 128 Credits
Footnotes for Table 1
1 Students may substitute MA-UY 1324 , which includes two additional contact hours, for MA-UY 1024 .
2 The department recommends that students take MA-UY 1124 Calculus II (or MA-UY 1424 Integrated Calculus II ) as the MA Elective.
3 All students take a writing placement examination. Students for whom English is a second language may be placed in an ESL section, which includes additional hours of language education. Students also may be placed in a remedial section, based upon the exam results, which may or may not carry degree credit.
4 Student must complete 16 additional credits in Humanities and Social Sciences. At least one elective shall contain at least one credit of ethics. At least one elective must be a 3xxx/4xxx level course. At least one elective must be a writing-intensive course, labeled by “W.”
5 Students are required to complete 16 credits of Business and Management courses, with at least two courses (5 credits) from level III or higher courses. (One additional business and management credit is attributed to CE-UY 4533 Construction Law ). A level II course has a 2xxx number, while a level III course has a 3xxx number. Level III electives generally have a prerequisite of a related level II elective. Since courses may be three or four credits, the number of courses necessary to complete this requirement may vary.
6 CE elective is any non-construction management course with a CE prefix for which the student has the approved prerequisites.
7 Students must complete 60 credits in liberal arts and sciences, which includes mathematics, physical sciences and humanities and social sciences.
8 Two unallocated credits may be satisfied by additional credits in any subject area courses.
Typical Course of Study for the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
Fall Semester: 16 Credits
Spring Semester: 16 Credits
Fall Semester: 17/18 Credits
Spring Semester: 17/18 Credits
Fall Semester: 16/17 Credits
Spring Semester: 14/15 Credits
Fall Semester: 14-18 Credits
Spring Semester: 16/17 Credits
Total credits required for the degree: 128