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School of Construction Management Technology

The School of Construction Management Technology focuses on the preparation of students for a lifelong challenging and rewarding career in the construction industry. The department offers a program that prepares students to become professional managers of the construction process. The program emphasizes the management of people; the construction process; and the machines, materials and financial assets with which structures are built. It stresses production rather than design, and management skills rather than craft skills.

Project managers are familiar with both the technical and management aspects of construction. They determine the appropriate construction methods, estimate the projected costs and schedule all required construction activities in a logical sequence. Computers and other technologies are used to evaluate various construction methods and determine the most cost-efficient and time-saving plan. Project managers must communicate with owners, other construction managers and design professionals on a regular basis to synchronize all phases of the construction project.

Large and small general construction firms, specialty construction firms, users of construction services (owners), government agencies and architectural and engineering firms often employ graduates. Experienced graduates fill positions such as project manager, estimator, scheduler, cost analyst, resource controller, safety director, procurement officer, project controls manager, project superintendent, field engineer and other executive positions.

Construction Work Experience

A minimum of 800 hours of construction work experience in any segment of the construction industry are required before graduation. Summer jobs, full-time employment during the academic year, part-time work or cooperative (co-op) education may be used to satisfy this requirement. The purpose of this work experience is to expose the student to the construction industry.

Students may elect to satisfy this requirement with the five-year cooperative education program. Through this program, the student has the opportunity to work in the construction industry as well as attend the University. Alternating periods of study with periods of work will provide the student with a variety of experiences related to, and integrated with, the field of study. As experience and demonstrated abilities grow, so do responsibilities and salary. Those who successfully complete the co-op program and qualify for a degree from Purdue University are awarded a co-op certificate of completion by the Purdue Board of Trustees.

Read more at www.tech.purdue.edu/bcm.

Building Construction Management (B.S.)

Accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)

The BCM curriculum is based on general commercial construction practices and has construction classes throughout the four-year plan of study. Principles of ethics, profitability, responsibility, decision-making and leadership are core to the courses. Upon successfully completing the required courses, students will receive the bachelor of science degree. In addition to the general commercial construction management core program, students may elect to take specialized courses in areas such as demolition and reconstruction, electrical construction management, healthcare construction management, mechanical construction management, residential construction management, or disaster restoration and reconstruction management. During the last two years of study, electives permit the student to orient his or her program toward a variety of specific segments of the construction industry. Professional certifications are also offered as part of the curricula.

Credit Hours Required for Bachelor's Degree: 128

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(3) BCM 10001 (Introduction to Construction) (4) BCM 17500 (Construction Materials and Methods)
(2) CGT 16400 (Graphics for Civil Engineering and Construction) (2) BCM 11201 (Construction Surveying Fundamentals)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(5) MA 15900 (Precalculus) (3) MA 22100 (Calculus for Technology I)
(3) TECH 12000 (Technology and the Individual) (3) OLS 27400 (Applied Leadership)
(17) (15)

Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(3) BCM 21200 (Construction Layout) (2) BCM 21601 (Electrical Construction)
(3) BCM 21500 (Mechanical Construction) (2) BCM 25001 (Construction Contracts)
(3) BCM 27500 (Construction Plans and 
(4) BCM 28500 (Construction Mechanics)
(4) PHYS 21800 (General Physics) (3) MGMT 20010 (Introductory Accounting for Non-Majors)
(3) Human relations selective* (3) General education elective†
    (4) Laboratory science selective
(16)   (18)  

Junior Year

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) BCM 34500 (Scheduling) (2) BCM 30101 (Introduction to Construction Company Financial Management)
(3) BCM 37500 (Estimating) (3) BCM 35000 (Construction Site Planning)
(3) BCM 38000 (Concrete Construction) (2) BCM 38501 (Soils in Construction)
(3) TECH 32000 (Technology and the Organization) (2) BCM 45701 (Construction Safety)
(3) Technical elective‡ (3) MGMT 45500 (Legal Background for Business I)
    (3) Technical elective‡
(15)   (15)  

Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(2) BCM 35501 (Construction Site Supervision) (3) BCM 48701 (Construction Capstone)
(3) BCM 45500 (Construction Company 
(3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods) or IT 34200 (Introduction to Statistical Quality)
(3) BCM 47500 (Construction Costs) (3) TECH 33000 (Technology and the Global Society)
(3) ECON 21000 (Principles of Economics) (3) BCM elective
(3) ENGL 42000 (Business Writing) or
ENGL 42100 (Technical Writing: 
Engineering and Science Applications)
(3) Communication selective§
(3) Technical elective‡    
(17)   (15)  

* Human relations selective: PSY 12000, SOC 10000, OLS 25200 or equivalent.

† General education elective: a course in the liberal arts or communication area.

‡ Technical elective: a course in a construction management concentration, a College of Technology course, a management or engineering course or an approved course related to the student's career goal.

§ Communication selective: Choose from: COM 31400, 31500, 31800, 32000, 32400, 32500, 41500; or AGEC 33100.

Note: BCM majors must earn a grade of "C-" or better for all BCM courses and all courses that are prerequisite to a BCM course. The "C-" grade must be earned before registering in subsequent courses. BCM courses can be repeated only once.

Building Construction Management Concentrations

Students desiring to have a concentration designated on their transcripts should consult with the appropriate concentration coordinator. Students may be limited to one concentration depending on space availability.

Demolition and Reconstruction Management (DEMR) Concentration
(3) BCM 33000 (Introduction to Demolition and Reconstruction Management)
(3) BCM 33100 (Advanced Demolition and Construction Management)

Disaster Restoration and Reconstruction Management (DRRM) Concentration
(3) BCM 32000 (Introduction to Disaster Restoration and Reconstruction Management)
(3) BCM 32100 (Disaster Restoration and Reconstruction Project Management)
(2) BCM 42100 (Disaster Restoration and Reconstruction Industrial Problems) (optional)

Electrical Construction Management (ECLM) Concentration
(3) BCM 31600 (Electrical Construction Estimating)
(3) BCM 31700 (Mechanical and Electrical Construction Management)
(3) BCM 41700 (Design/Build for MEP Contractors)
(3) BCM 41900 (Sustainable Construction)

Healthcare Construction Management (HLCM) Concentration
(3) BCM 34000 (Introduction to Healthcare Construction Management)
(3) BCM 34100 (Advanced Healthcare Construction Management)

Mechanical Construction Management (MCNM) Concentration
(3) BCM 31500 (Mechanical Construction Estimating)
(3) BCM 31700 (Mechanical and Electrical Construction Management)
(3) BCM 41700 (Design/Build for MEP Contractors)
(3) BCM 41900 (Sustainable Construction)

Residential Construction Management (RSCM) Concentration
(3) BCM 36000 (Residential Construction)
(3) BCM 36100 (Residential Field Management)
(3) BCM 36200 (Construction Competition) (optional)
(3) BCM 36200 (Residential Land Management)
(3) BCM 46100 (Residential Design Build)

School of Construction Management Technology Minors

Building Construction Management Minor: Students will learn about construction management principles to better prepare for one of the many related professions in the built environment.

Construction Graphics - Building Information Modeling Minor: With access to the latest technology, the minor in construction graphics - building information modeling (BIM) will expose students to BIM in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.

Disaster Restoration Demolition and Reconstruction Minor: Students in the disaster restoration, demolition, and reconstruction (DRDR) minor will gain an understanding of the actions competent contractors must complete and how they must be guided.