Department of Construction Management
What is Construction Management?
The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program prepares students for leadership and management roles in the rapidly expanding field of construction. It is the offspring of the marriage of the architecture, engineering, and business professions.
What will I study?
The construction management curriculum is a combination of architecture, engineering, and business courses. Students are given a blend of course work and real-life experience including academic work in the classroom, application of concepts in laboratory workshop, and cooperative education experiences with construction businesses. Students learn blueprint reading, building material properties, math, quantity take off, structural analysis, computer applications, cost estimating, scheduling, surveying, safety, contracts, problem solving, people and networking, management and leadership skills. You can view course requirements and course descriptions for more information.
What type of jobs can I get with a construction management degree?
The graduates of our program have been project managers, construction managers, estimators, planners and schedulers, owner representatives, and/or inspectors. Over the years, many of them become executives in construction firms or owners of general contracting/subcontracting firms.
Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from start to finish. They manage construction projects through the coordination of different subcontractors and construction trades. Some also estimate the construction cost through the deductive reasoning process and/or plan and schedule construction projects.
The employers of our graduates are typically general contractors or subcontractors; however, many of our graduates also work for owners, architectures, engineers, and/or government agencies. Some examples of these employers include: Rudolph Libbe Group, Kokosing Construction Company, E.S. Wagner Company, Kiewit Corporation. While the majority of our graduates work around the Midwest region, a good percentage of them work in the western and southern regions.
Do I need a bachelor's degree in construction management to work in construction?
Historically, construction projects were led by a master architect, engineer, or craft person who would design and build the project. However, as the construction projects became more complex, the architect, engineer, and construction professional evolved into their own professional disciplines. Consequently, the construction management education evolved to produce construction professionals with bachelor and master degrees in construction management. The majority of construction firms require a bachelor degree in construction management or related field for the employees who fulfill the above cited roles.
This degree educates students on how to manage and coordinate the different trades, subcontractors, material, and equipment to complete the project within budget and allocated duration. The construction manager acts as a symphony conductor who coordinates every musician in the orchestra to create music, serving in key roles to deliver quality residential, commercial, industrial and heavy civil projects on-time and on-budget.
Are scholarships available?
Bowling Green State University offers several scholarships for incoming students. One of the most popular scholarships are the renewable Freshmen Academic Scholarships, which are based on ACT or SAT and GPA. These are automatic and granted just for being accepted to BGSU within a certain time frame. Full-tuition scholarships are also offered.
Is construction management a good career for women and men?
More women are pursuing construction careers—and the construction companies are seeking them. In addition, construction management is an exercise of educational and intellectual skills to efficiently and economically complete the project. Our women mentoring program pairs our students with women in the construction industry to help them be successful.
Do I need construction experience?
No. Construction management students are required to complete three co-op experiences with construction firms; in addition, the program offers the students many opportunities to learn from and interact with the construction industry. The key areas to success are leadership, communication and people skills.
What is the job market and salaries like for this industry?
Our conversation with construction management students during graduation indicates that almost all of them have job offers by the time they graduate, even during the recession of 2009. However, certain segments of the industry like housing and commercial construction are sensitive to the economic cycle. On the other hand, the heavy civil construction industry is usually increased to stimulate the economy and reduce unemployment.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, (BLS) the median annual wage for Ohio construction managers in May 2015 was $87,400. BLS also provides occupational employment and wages for construction managers. The majority of our graduates have a starting salary that ranges from 35K and 50K.
Where can I find co-ops?
The construction management program maintains a strong connection with the construction industry for the mutual benefit of the industry and the students. Many successful construction firms rely on our students and visit our campus regularly to recruit for co-op opportunities and employment after graduation. In addition, the college co-op office and the BGSU career center offer the students the needed job hunting skills to efficiently land good co-ops and jobs. Historically, our students have high success landing co-ops and full-time jobs after graduation.
How do I schedule a tour?
To schedule a tour and meet with a recruiter, adviser or professor, email Julie Ault at email@example.com. You can also arrange to sit in on a class.
Is this an engineering degree?
The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management is not an engineering degree, but it is the combined product of the architecture, engineering, and business professions.
Can taking certain courses in high school help me?
We do not require certain courses. We do recommend, though, that you take two years of the same foreign language in high school to meet BGSU's requirements.
How do I apply?
BGSU has rolling admission, which means we are always accepting applications.
As a working professional, can I still finish my degree in a reasonable time?
Yes. A good percentage of our students are working professionals who aspire to improve their lives. We accommodate these professionals by offering many classes during the evening and rotating the classes to be offered every two or three years during the summer and evening.
Where do I find more information as a transfer student?
Transfer students are an integral part of our program.
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GSW 1110 or BGP
MATH 1280 or 1230
What is the Construction Management Community?
The Construction Management Community provides the opportunity to room with construction management majors and participate in extracurricular activities under the guidance of the construction faculty. All students in this theme community live in the McDonald residence hall.