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Program Mission

Construction Science and Management Mission Statement

The Mission of the Construction Science and Management program is to achieve a nationally recognized, student-centered, industry-oriented, construction program that prepares graduates to become outstanding future leaders, well versed in relevant management practices, current construction techniques and methods used to construct the built environment.

Program Outcomes

The following ten “Program Outcomes” and associated 20 student learning outcomes are used to support the above mission:

Outcome Number 1
Students will an understanding of construction fundamentals.

  • Create construction project estimates (SLO 4)
  • Create construction project schedules (SLO 5)

Outcome Number 2
Students will demonstrate an understanding of construction processes.

  • Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes (SLO 7)
  • Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects (SLO 8)

Outcome Number 3
Students will apply effective communication skills.

  • Create written communications appropriate to the construction discipline (SLO 1)
  • Create oral presentations appropriate to the construction discipline (SLO 2)

Outcome Number 4
Students will understand project risk management and project control processes.

  • Understand construction risk management (SLO 13)
  • Understand construction project control processes (SLO 16)

Outcome Number 5
Students will demonstrate strong leadership, management and teamwork skills.

  • Apply construction management skills as an effective member of a multi-disciplinary team (SLO 9)
  • Understand different methods of project delivery and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process (SLO 12)

Outcome Number 6
Students will apply modern technology to solve construction related problems.

  • Apply electronic-based technology to manage the construction process (SLO 10)
  • Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control (SLO 11)

Outcome Number 7
Students will recognize and apply high professional practices, sustainability and ethical standards.

  • Analyze professional decisions based on ethical principles (SLO 6)
  • Understand the basic principles of sustainable construction (SLO 18)

Outcome Number 8
Students will demonstrate an understanding and application of construction building systems.

  • Understand the basic principles of structural behavior (SLO 19)
  • Understand the basic principles of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems (SLO 20)

Outcome Number 9
Students will demonstrate an understanding of construction business fundamentals.

  • Understand construction accounting and cost control (SLO 14)
  • Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project (SLO 17)

Outcome Number 10
Students will demonstrate and understanding of safety plans and quality assurance protocols.

  • Create a construction project safety plan (SLO 3)
  • Understand construction quality assurance and control (SLO 15)

Program Goals and Objectives

The Construction Science and Management Program developed a list of five (5) goals and their associated objectives it wishes to accomplish during the next six (6) year strategic planning cycle.  These goals are as follows:

  1. Develop a master's degree in Construction Management that will support both the CSM and CIM programs
  2. Balance the CSM faculty between tenure and non-tenure faculty
  3. Work with architects on remodel of the RFM building (space allocations)
  4. Review and implement CSM level program changes
  5. Work towards becoming an independent department of Construction and Concrete Management (CCM)

See link below to view CSM Program's Strategic Plan in its entirety:

Program Assessment Tools

Program Delivery Assessment

             Direct Measures

1.      Reviews from the Senior Capstone Course CSM 4360.

2.      Review of individual course notebooks.

3.      Review of each Instructor’s “Course Assessment and Improvement Plan” using subjective and objective methods of measurement.

4.      Review of Program Outcomes by way of Course Outcomes.

5.      Construction Advisory Board’s review of the Construction Program.

6.      Construction Program Coordinator’s assessment of the progress made in meeting the program's Mission.

Indirect Measures

1.      Alumni Survey Results (Graduating Seniors).

2.      Construction Alumni Survey (conducted every three years by the department).

3.      Employers Evaluation of Texas State University Construction Science and Management Employee(s).

Assessment Results and Improvement Plan

Student Achievements

The following scholarships are available to all Construction Science and Management (CSM) Majors through the Department of Engineering Technology.  The application forms are available in the Main Office of the Roy F. Mitte (RFM) Building, room 2240, the first Monday of October and are to be completed and submitted by the first Monday in November.  The scholarships awardees are announced in December, with funds made available for the following spring semester.  Below is a list of the Departmental Scholarships available to CSM majors along with a summary of their requirements (See scholarship application for a complete list of qualifications).

Construction Science and Management specific scholarships

  • Construction Excellence Fund Scholarship
    • 3.0 minimum major GPA
    • 2.75 minimum overall GPA
    • 75 counting hours completed towards the CSM Degree
  • Home Builders of Greater Austin Scholarship
    • Interested in the Home Building Industry
    • 3.0 minimum major GPA
    • 2.75 minimum overall GPA
    • 60 counting hours completed towards the CSM Degree
  • K-W Construction Scholarship
    • 2.5 minimum major GPA
    • 2.25 minimum overall GPA
    • 60 counting hours completed towards the CSM Degree
  • Ron Mostyn Construction Scholarship
    • 3.25 minimum major GPA
    • 3.0 minimum overall GPA
    • 60 counting hours completed towards the CSM Degree
  • Joseph E. Winek Construction Scholarship
    • Freshman and sophomore scholarship
    • 3.0 minimum overall GPA
    • 0-59 counting hours towards the CSM Degree


General Departmental Scholarships available to all Departmental Majors

  • The William L. Deck Scholarship
    • 3.0 minimum overall GPA
    • 2.75 minimum GPA in major
    • 60 counting hours completed towards the student’s degree
  • Dr. Joe Walker Education Grant
    • 3.0 minimum major GPA
    • 2.5 minimum overall GPA
    • 60 counting hours completed towards the student’s degree

See link below for 2016/2017 scholarship honorees:

Student Awards (DOCX, 15 KB)

Program Admission Requirements

Entrance requirements to Texas State University for students with no previous college experience are: 

1)      Required SAT I or ACT test scores and high school class rank.

2)      Satisfy general admission requirements.

3)      Submit the Apply Texas Application which includes an essay.

4)      Submit official high school transcript.

Please visit the University Catalog for more details.