Department of Construction Science

“Every class you take—whether you are taking estimating, materials or culture—is related to what a project manager has to deal with. The classes give you the tools, vocabulary and point of view to approach construction management the right way.”

Derek E. Sparling ’11
San Antonio, TX

The Department of Construction Science offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Science and Management.

Admission to the Major in Construction Science and Management

Available openings within the Construction Science and Management Program (second to fourth year courses) are limited and, therefore, entry is competitive. Successful applicants entering the University from high school and transfer ­students will be directly admitted, as a pre-major, into the University College. At the completion of 30 credit hours of coursework, students may apply to the Construction Science and Management major. Applications will be reviewed at the end of each academic semester and students will be accepted to the major based on their grade point average (GPA) and number of available seats. Students who wish to transfer from another institution, or are currently enrolled in UTSA but wish to change their major, may apply to the major directly if they have more than 30 credit hours. The transfer and change of major applications will be reviewed at the end of each academic semester and students will be accepted to the major based on their GPA and number of available seats. Pre-CSM majors will be given preference in the application review.

Laptop Program

Students must have a laptop (notebook) computer upon entering the program. The computer should be upgradeable in order to be of productive use for the duration of the academic program.

Student Work

The Department of Construction Science reserves the right to retain, exhibit, and reproduce work submitted by students. Work submitted for grading is the property of the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning and remains such until it is returned to the student.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Science and Management

The Construction Science and Management degree combines courses in construction science, design and business to educate managers for the construction industry. The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the degree, including Core Curriculum requirements, is 120, at least 39 of which need to be at the upper-division level. Students obtaining a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Construction Science and Management pursue management careers in a wide variety of occupations throughout the construction industry. The degree also provides students with the opportunity to continue with their studies in a graduate program.

The curriculum prepares students to manage the construction process on the job site and effectively interact with architects, engineers, owners and other professionals who compose the team required by the complexities of modern construction projects. Project owners recognize the need for timely project delivery, indoor/outdoor environmental quality, and short-term and life-cycle costing. Therefore, the curriculum emphasizes environmentally sustainable building practice, project and cost controls, communication skills, understanding the technical aspects of construction and the construction process, and the application of information technology to the construction industry. In addition to the formal academic curriculum, students are required to complete a construction management internship in the building industry between their junior and senior years. The program maintains a close partnership with the construction industry to provide graduates with various opportunities.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Science and Management must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete WRC 1013, WRC 1023, MAT 1033 or MAT 1073, and PHY 1603 in their first year.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement3
Communication6
Mathematics (select one of the following)3
Algebra with Calculus for Business
Algebra for Scientists and Engineers
Life and Physical Sciences (select two of the following)6
Introduction to Environmental Science I
Introduction to Environmental Science II
The Third Planet
Language, Philosophy and Culture3
Creative Arts3
American History6
Government-Political Science6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (select one of the following)3
Introductory Macroeconomics
Introductory Microeconomics
Component Area Option3
Public Speaking
Total Credit Hours42

Degree Requirements

A. Construction Science and Management Program sequence. Must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better in each course
1. Required courses in design, construction science, and project management
CSM 2113Construction Materials and Methods3
CSM 2143Construction Materials and Testing3
CSM 3113Construction Surveying3
CSM 3123Technical Communication3
CSM 3143Structures I3
CSM 4013Construction Estimating I3
CSM 4023Construction Estimating II3
CSM 4143Structures II3
CSM 4513Project Management3
CSM 4523Project Planning and Scheduling3
CSM 4533Building Information Modeling for Construction Management3
CSM 4613Sustainable Building Practice3
CSM 4623Construction Safety3
CSM 4633Construction Law3
CSM 4643Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems3
CSM 4713Construction Capstone3
CSM 4933Summer Internship3
2. Required business and related courses:
ACC 2013Principles of Accounting I3
BLW 3013Business Law3
FIN 3003Survey of Finance3
GBA 2013Social and Ethical Issues in Business3
MGT 3013Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management3
3. One course in physics:
PHY 1603Algebra-based Physics I3
4. One course in statistics:
STA 1053Basic Statistics3
B. Two prescribed electives selected from the following list with a grade of “C-” or better in each course6
Construction Documents
Construction Culture and History
Internship I
Special Studies in Construction Science and Management
Intermediate Spanish II
Spanish for the Business/Management Fields
Principles of Marketing
Total Credit Hours78

B.S. in Construction Science and Management – Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
MAT 1033 or 1073Algebra with Calculus for Business (core) 3
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (core) 3
American History (core) 3
Language Philosophy and Culture (core) 3
Spring
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (core) 3
PHY 1603Algebra-based Physics I 3
American History (core) 3
Creative Arts (core) 3
Physical Science Elective (core) 3
Second Year
Fall
ACC 2013Principles of Accounting I 3
CSM 2113Construction Materials and Methods 3
CSM 3123Technical Communication 3
ECO 2013 or 2023Introductory Macroeconomics (core) 3
Physical Science Elective (core) 3
Spring
CSM 2143Construction Materials and Testing 3
CSM 4013Construction Estimating I 3
COM 2113Public Speaking (core) 3
GBA 2013Social and Ethical Issues in Business 3
STA 1053Basic Statistics 3
Third Year
Fall
BLW 3013Business Law 3
CSM 3143Structures I 3
CSM 4023Construction Estimating II 3
CSM 4513Project Management 3
CSM 4533Building Information Modeling for Construction Management 3
Spring
CSM 4143Structures II 3
CSM 4523Project Planning and Scheduling 3
CSM 4623Construction Safety 3
CSM 4643Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems 3
MGT 3013Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management 3
Summer
CSM 3113Construction Surveying 3
CSM 4933Summer Internship 3
Fourth Year
Fall
CSM 4613Sustainable Building Practice 3
CSM 4633Construction Law 3
FIN 3003Survey of Finance 3
POL 1013Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Spring
CSM 4713Construction Capstone 3
POL 1133 or 1213Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Prescribed Elective 3
Prescribed Elective 3
 Total Credit Hours: 120.0

Construction Science and Management (CSM) Courses

CSM 2113. Construction Materials and Methods. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Enrollment as an Architecture, Interior Design, or Construction Science and Management major or permission of instructor. Introduction to materials, methods, equipment and sequences of the construction process including structural elements, components, and assemblies.

CSM 2143. Construction Materials and Testing. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: CSM 2113, PHY 1603, and enrollment as a Construction Science and Management major or permission of instructor. Analysis of materials and methods used in the design and construction process with a particular emphasis on quality control, quality assurance, and testing including soils, concrete, steel, masonry, and wood.

CSM 2323. Construction Documents. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Construction Science and Management major or permission of instructor. Introduction to construction documents and applicable software for use in communicating building design intentions to field personnel, including an understanding of how to interpret, explain, quantify and use construction documents to bid, construct and manage construction projects.

CSM 2333. Construction Culture and History. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

History of construction and building technologies in Western and non-Western cultures. Emphasis on work traditions, graphical illustrations, social and political concerns.

CSM 3011. Construction Industry Contemporary Issues. (1-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Construction Science and Management major or permission of instructor. Exploration of various professional options and specialties across the construction industry, professional ethics and introduction to professional societies. Must be taken on a credit/no-credit basis.

CSM 3113. Construction Surveying. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Construction Science and Management major or permission of instructor. Practical applications of surveying, including distance, grade and angular measurements, surveying equipment and its application to construction layout and control, surveying documentation and field work. (Formerly CSM 3111. Credit Cannot be earned for both CSM 3113 and CSM 3111.).

CSM 3123. Technical Communication. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: MAT 1033 or MAT 1073 and enrollment as a Construction Science and Management major or permission of instructor. Visualization, interpretation and communication of graphical geometry in construction design and engineering; graphical analysis of problems; plan reading; computer aided design, and fundamentals of information modeling software; introduction to common quantitative tools in construction.

CSM 3143. Structures I. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: PHY 1603 and enrollment as a Construction Science and Management major or permission of instructor. Introduction to the physical principles that govern classical statics and strengths of materials through the design of concrete, timber, and steel components of structures.

CSM 3621. Construction Safety I. (1-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Construction Science and Management major or permission of instructor. Introduction to safety and safety programs, workers’ compensation, OSHA organization and structure, safety policies, standards, and record keeping. Emphasis on communication and job-site safety ethics and management. Generally offered: Summer.

CSM 4013. Construction Estimating I. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: CSM 2113 and CSM 3123. Introduction to estimating procedures for buildings related to quantity surveying, cost of materials and labor, life-cycle costs, and applicable software. (Formerly ARC 4013. Credit cannot be earned for both CSM 4013 and ARC 4013.) Generally offered: Spring.

CSM 4023. Construction Estimating II. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: CSM 2143 and CSM 4013. Continuation of CSM 4013 with emphasis on pricing work, subcontracting, and bidding strategies utilizing applicable software. (Formerly ARC 4023. Credit cannot be earned for both CSM 4023 and ARC 4023.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

CSM 4143. Structures II. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CSM 3143. Analysis and design of structural members in steel, reinforced concrete, reinforced masonry and their relationship to design and construction.

CSM 4513. Project Management. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CSM 3123. Introduction to project management of the construction process and integration with allied professions. Introduction to applicable software. (Formerly ARC 4613. Credit cannot be earned for both CSM 4513 and ARC 4613.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

CSM 4523. Project Planning and Scheduling. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CSM 4513. Continuation of CSM 4513 with emphasis on scheduling and project delivery methods utilizing applicable software. (Formerly ARC 4623. Credit cannot be earned for both CSM 4523 and ARC 4623.) (Formerly titled “Construction Management II.”) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

CSM 4533. Building Information Modeling for Construction Management. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CSM 3123. Introduction to techniques used in development and management of Building Information Models. Emphasis on constructability and management. Generally offered: Spring.

CSM 4613. Sustainable Building Practice. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Construction Science and Management major or permission of instructor. Ethics and application of environmental sustainability practice in building construction. Introduction to U.S. Green Building Council LEED program standards, methods, and procedures as applied to construction documents interpretation and construction. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

CSM 4623. Construction Safety. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Construction Science and Management major or permission of instructor. Development and management of safety programs, worker’s compensation, OSHA compliance, safety policies, standards, and record keeping.

CSM 4633. Construction Law. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Construction Science and Management major or permission of instructor. Legal and ethical aspects of construction contracts, bonds, insurance, and bidding. Owner, architect, contractor, and subcontractor relationships. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

CSM 4643. Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CSM 4533 or permission of instructor. Building systems with an emphasis on design, installation and control of heating, ventilation and cooling, plumbing and drainage, electrical, fire and lightning protection systems. Generally offered: Fall.

CSM 4713. Construction Capstone. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: CSM 4523, CSM 4023, CSM 4633, and CSM 4643. Senior capstone project emphasizing integration of the design and construction processes. Project delivery systems, project development, estimating, scheduling and project controls of various types of construction projects. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

CSM 4911. Independent Study. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Scholarly research under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, may apply to a bachelor’s degree. Generally offered: Fall.

CSM 4913. Independent Study. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Scholarly research under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, may apply to a bachelor’s degree.

CSM 4916. Independent Study. (0-0) 6 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Scholarly research under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, may apply to a bachelor’s degree.

CSM 4931. Summer Internship. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: CSM 2323, CSM 3011, and CSM 3621. This is a full-time, on-site, construction work experience. Supervision by qualified construction manager and intern mentor to prepare the intern for building construction management functions. Instructor prior approval of details for individual work experience required. Must be repeated for credit and taken in consecutive five-week summer sessions. Generally offered: Summer.

CSM 4932. Internship. (0-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: CSM 2323, CSM 3011, and CSM 3621. This is a part-time, on-site, construction work experience. Supervision by qualified construction manager and intern mentor to prepare the intern for building construction management functions. Instructor prior approval of details for individual work experience required. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

CSM 4933. Summer Internship. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CSM 4623. This is a full-time, on-site, construction work experience during summer semester. Supervision by qualified construction manager and intern mentor to prepare the intern for building construction management functions. Instructor prior approval of details for individual work experience required.

CSM 4943. Internship I. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CSM 4623. This is a part-time, on-site, construction work experience during fall or spring semesters. Supervision by qualified construction manager and intern mentor to prepare the intern for building construction management functions. Instructor prior approval of details for individual work experience required.

CSM 4946. Internship II. (0-0) 6 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CSM 4623. This is a full-time, on-site, construction work experience during fall or spring semesters. Supervision by qualified construction manager and intern mentor to prepare the intern for building construction management functions. Instructor prior approval of details for individual work experience required.

CSM 4951. Special Studies in Construction Science and Management. (1-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 3 hours for CSM 4951, 6 hours for CSM 4953, or 12 hours for CSM 4956, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

CSM 4953. Special Studies in Construction Science and Management. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 3 hours for CSM 4951, 6 hours for CSM 4953, or 12 hours for CSM 4956, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

CSM 4956. Special Studies in Construction Science and Management. (0-12) 6 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 3 hours for CSM 4951, 6 hours for CSM 4953, or 12 hours for CSM 4956, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.