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The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree: 128 units

See “Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree” in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

The department has prepared a suggested Four Year Advising Plan to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current Hadvising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See “General Education Requirements” in The University Catalog and The Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Select an upper-division Humanities Thematic course and an upper-division Social Sciences Thematic course. For this major the upper-division Natural Sciences Thematic requirement is fulfilled by CM 190 except for Themes E and M, where all theme requirements must be met. Select only one course from Breadth Area C (C1, C2, or C3) because HIST 050 meets one Area and the other is waived. POLS 055 may be applied to General Education Breadth Area D1, D2, or D3.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See “Cultural Diversity” in The University Catalog. Most courses used to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the “American Institutions Requirement” under “Bachelor’s Degree Requirements.” For this major, this requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 050 and POLS 055. For this major, HIST 050 may also be applied to General Education Breadth Area C1, C2, or C3, and POLS 055 may also be applied to General Education Breadth Area D1, D2, or D3.

Literacy Requirement:

See “Mathematics and Writing Requirements” in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 93-98 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

DEGREE CORE: 41 units

Lower-Division Requirements: 29 units

8 courses required:

ACCT    015    Intro to Financial Accounting    3.0    FS

BLAW    100    Managing the Legal Environment    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: At least junior standing.

CM    091    Construction Graphics    3.0    FS

CM    093    Construction Materials & Systems    3.0    FS

CM    094    Analysis Construction Drawing    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CM 091; CM 093.

CM    095    Electrical & Mechanical Systems    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: PHYS 002A is a corequisite.

MATH    007A    Analytic Geometry and Calculus    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; both MATH 004 and MATH 006 (or high school equivalent); a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.

PHYS    002A    General Physics    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. High school trigonometry and second-year high school algebra or equivalent (MATH 003 and MATH 004 at CSU, Chico).

1 course selected from:

ARCH    014    Computer-Aided Project Mgmt Sys    3.0    FA

CM    140    Computer-Aid Construction Mgmt    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: PHIL 002.


The following courses or their equivalents must be completed with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 PRIOR to enrollment in any required 100-level CM course: ACCT 015, BLAW 100, ENGL 001, MATH 007A, and PHYS 002A.

Upper-Division Requirements: 12 units

4 courses required:

CM    190    Principles Soil Mech/Foundations    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: PHYS 002A. We recommend CM 093 as appropriate background.

CM    196    Principles of Statics    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: MATH 007A or equivalent; PHYS 002A.

CM    197    Mechanics of Materials    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CM 196.

CM    292    Project Control and Scheduling    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CM 296 or ARCH 296.


The following additional courses constitute the specific architectural project management curriculum, and must be completed by all students desiring this option.

Lower-Division Requirements: 21 units

7 courses required:

ARCH    021A    Dsgn Fundamntls for Architecture    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CM 091.
Corequisites: CM 093, CM 140, or permission of instructor.

ARCH    021B    Architectural Design    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ARCH 021A, ARCH 022A.

ARCH    022A    Computer Drafting    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CM 091.

ARCH    022B    Working Drawings    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ARCH 022A.

ART    001A    Art History Survey    3.0    FS *

CM    015    Build Codes/Municipal Process    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CM 093.

ECON    001    Introduction to Economics    3.0    FS *


The following additional courses or their equivalents must be completed with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 PRIOR to enrollment in any required 100-level ARCH course: ARCH 021B, ARCH 022B, ARCH 014 or CM 140, and CM 015.

Upper-Division Requirements: 36 units

9 courses required:

ARCH    121A    Architectural Design Project    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: ARCH 021B, ARCH 022B, CM 015, and successful completion of a portfolio review. (The portfolio is comprised of work from ARCH 021A, ARCH 021B, ARCH 022A, and ARCH 022B, and is reviewed by Construction Management faculty.)

ARCH    121B    Architectural Design Project    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ARCH 121A.

ARCH    125    Architectural History    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ART 001A.

ARCH    193    Arch Detailing & Specifications    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CM 093, CM 094, CM 095.

ARCH    221A    Design Build Project    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: ARCH 121B, ARCH 125.

ARCH    231    Project Administration    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ARCH 290.

ARCH    290    Law for Architects    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

ARCH    296    Estimating    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: ACCT 015, ARCH 121B.

ARCH    297A    Structures for Architects    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CM 190, CM 197.

9 units selected from:

In consultation with an adviser, select 9 units of Construction Management “restrictive electives.”


The following additional courses constitute the specific construction management curriculum and must be completed by all students desiring this option.

Lower-Division Requirements: 22 units

7 courses required:

ACCT    016    Intro to Managerial Accounting    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ACCT 015 (or ABUS 083 for ABUS majors only).

CHEM    027    Gen Chem for Applied Sciences    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: Intermediate Algebra.

CM    090    Concepts of Construction    2.0    FS

ECON    002    Principles of Macro Analysis    3.0    FS *

ECON    003    Principles of Micro Analysis    3.0    FS *

ENGR    002    Surveying for Non-Engineers    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: One semester of high school trigonometry or MATH 004.

PHYS    002B    General Physics    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: PHYS 002A.

Upper-Division Requirements: 30 units

9 courses required:

BLAW    214    Labor Law/Collective Bargaining    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: At least junior standing or faculty permission.

CM    193    Construction Method Analysis    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CM 093; CM 094.
Corequisite: CM 140.

CM    195    Construction Equipment    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ACCT 015; CM 190.
Corequisite: CM 140.

CM    209    Heavy Const Estimating    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CM 296.

CM    290    Legal Aspects of Construction    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; BLAW 100; CM 090; MGMT 129; senior standing.

CM    294    Temporary Structures    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CM 197.

CM    296    Construction Estimating    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: ACCT 016; CM 095; CM 140; CM 193; CM 195.

CM    297    Construction Cost Management    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CM 296.

MGMT    129    Communication in Business    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

3 units selected from:

ABUS    281    Land Economics    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: ABUS 080.

ACCT    110    Cost Accounting    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ACCT 016, BADM 003.

CM    015    Build Codes/Municipal Process    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CM 093.

FIN    090    Personal Investment Management    3.0    FS

FIN    150    Survey of Finance    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ACCT 015, ECON 003.

MGMT    131    Human Resource Management    3.0    FS

MGMT    145    Negotiation Techn for Conflict    3.0    SP

MGMT    149    Management of Organizations    3.0    Inq

MGMT    180    Managing People, Bus Proc, & Chg    3.0    FS

MINS    110    Corporate Tech Integration    3.0    FS

MKTG    170    Survey of Marketing    3.0    FS

POMG    143    Operations Management    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Business Administration or Business Information Systems status required for business majors. Completion of General Education Breadth Area A4 requirements required for all majors.

POMG    145    Cost Management for Operations    3.0    SP

PSY    260    Industrial/Organizational Psych    3.0    FS

R E    101    Principles of Real Estate    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ECON 002; ECON 003.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor’s degree, select additional elective courses from the total university offerings. You should consult with an adviser regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your university experience and apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program.
Consult your undergraduate adviser for specific information.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major.
It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

Your Honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair. Most importantly, however, the Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the university for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows; such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these 6 units are independent study (299H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.
2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.
3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department.
4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department.
5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.
6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your Honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major adviser for further information.