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Construction Science and Management

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The Construction Science and Management (CSM) Program, which is part of the Engineering Technology Department at Texas State University, is accredited through the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). As part of the accreditation process to keep the public informed, helpful information is provided on the undergraduate program, accreditation and the Program’s assessment process.

The CSM Program had its beginning in 1984 and since then has grown to over 450 majors and 10 fulltime Faculty members. Students in the program can attend the two Construction Job Fairs while searching for internships, summer employment or fulltime careers in the Construction Industry. Employment opportunities are currently strong with a vast majority of our students find a position in the Construction Industry either before or shortly after graduation and salaries average close to sixty thousand dollars per year. The Program also seeks input from its Construction Advisory Board, to insure the degree is providing the educational background required Industry.

Following are informational topics that students, parents, Industry, and the general public will find useful in learning more about the Construction Science and Management Program at Texas State University.

CSM Undergraduate Program

  • CSM Program’s History
  • Admission into the CSM Program
  • Curriculum
  • Enrollment Trends
  • Construction and Concrete Industry Job Fairs
  • Job Placement Record
  • Construction Industry Placement by Sectors
  • Degrees Awarded by Semester
  • Student Achievements – Scholarships
  • Alumni Survey Results
  • Student Awards

Construction Science and Management Program History

The CSM Program had its beginnings in 1984 and has gone through many changes over the years. In 2006, the Construction Advisory Board (CAB) was created and consisted of representatives from the Construction Industry, whom provide guidance to the program. Soon after its creation one of their major goals was to work with the CSM Faculty to obtain accreditation through the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), which happened in 2013. At that time, the Program was only the third in the state and the seventieth in the nation to receive this accreditation. Today, the Degree has grown to 456 majors (Spring 2017) and nine dedicated Faculty, with our first “Professor of Practice” joining the faculty in the Fall of 2017, raising the number of CSM Faculty to 10. Also, because of the high demand for our graduates, two specific Construction and Concrete Industry Job Fairs are held in the Fall and Spring semesters, which attract over 60 employers. Students attend these Job Fairs seeking internships, summer jobs or fulltime employment. About 75% of graduating seniors find employment before they graduate and over 93% are employed within 6 months after graduation.

Admission into the CSM Program

All students who meet the entrance requirement for Texas State University, also meet the requirements to enter the CSM Major. The University has general admission standards for (A) students with no previous college work, (B) students with 1-29 transferable college hours, (C) students with 30 or more transferable hours, and (D) former Texas State students seeking readmission. Please see the University’s Admission website at: http://www.admissions.txstate.edu/, for all current admission requirements.  Also, the admission application is available electronically at: http://www.applytexas.org/ or prospective students can call (512) 245-2364.

Curriculum

The Construction Science and Management Degree consists of 120 prescribed hours (no electives), which also includes an 18 credit hour Business Administration Minor. A student who enters Texas State University with zero college credits should be able to complete the degree in four (4) years, if they enroll in an average of 15 credit hours each Fall and Spring semesters. All students entering the CSM Major are required to complete a 30 hour set of Pre-Construction courses, in which they must receive a “C” or higher grade and an overall average of a 2.5 GPA in these courses, before they can apply to become a “Full” Major and be allowed to enroll in the upper level CSM courses. Enforcement of this requirement provides the students with the necessary background to be successful in the advanced level Construction courses. Following is a list of Pre-Construction, Advanced CSM courses and Business Administration courses required for graduation. Also, students will need to complete a set of “General Education” courses required for all students in the State of Texas seeking an undergraduate degree. Because the year a student entered the program, the University Catalog should always be consulted for the exact list of required courses (http://mycatalog.txstate.edu/undergraduate/science-engineering/technology/construction-science-management-minor-business-administration-bs/).

Pre-Construction (Courses)

  • Chemistry for Engineers
    • General Chemistry Lab
  • Architectural Design I – Construction Documents
  • Introduction to the Construction and Concrete Industry
  • Construction Materials and Process
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Elementary Statistics
  • General Physics I
    • General Physics I Lab
  • General Physics II
    • General Physics II Lab
  • Statics and Strength of Materials

 

 Advanced Construction Courses (Taken after Pre-Construction)

          CSM 2160 – Introduction to Construction Surveying

          CSM 2360 – Residential Construction Systems

          CSM 3360 – Structural Analysis

          CSM 3361 – Commercial Building Construction Systems

          CSM 3363 – Heavy, Civil, and Highway Construction Systems

          CSM 3366 – Soils and Foundation

          CSM 3367 – Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems

          CSM 4313 – Architecture Design II – Technology in Construction

          CSM 4360 – Senior Construction Management Capstone

          CSM 4361 – Construction Estimating

          CSM 4364 – Construction Project Management and Scheduling

          CSM 4368 – Environmentally Conscious Design and Construction

          CSM 4369 – Construction Contracts, Liability and Ethics

          TECH 2190 – Industrial Internship

          TECH 4380 – Industrial Safety

    

Business Administration Courses

  • Accounting in Organization and Society
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Principles of Economics
  • Management of Organization
  • Principles of Marketing
  • E-Business

 

General Education

  • See University Catalog for exact listing of these courses

Enrollment Trends

The following table shows the enrollment trends in the growing CSM Program.

Fall 2014

Spring 2015

Fall 2015

Spring 2016

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

301

308

392

381

448

454

Construction and Concrete Industry Job Fairs

The CSM Program began offering its own Job Fairs in the Fall of 2009, which today commonly attract 60-70 employers seeking students for internship, summer employment and fulltime employment.  Following is a table showing the number of both employers and students attending these very popular events.

Fall 2014

Spring 2015

Fall 2015

Spring 2016

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

Employers

Students

Employers

Students

Employers

Students

Employers

Students

Employers

Students

Employers

Students

66

253

70

222

67

297

72

268

66

420

62

380

The Job Fair dates for the 2017/2018 Academic year are September 28, 2017 and February 15, 2018. This event is typically held in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom, from 1:00-4:00 pm.

Job Placement Record

Students in the CSM Degree have a very high job placement rate, because of the high demand for these professionals in the Construction Industry. The demand is particularly high in Texas, as the population continues to grow as more companies move to or expand in the state, partially because of relatively low land cost, low state taxes and low utility costs. It is predicted that population of the state will double by 2050, thus requiring an expanded “Built Environment” to accommodate the growth. Following is our Job Placement rate our Senior Exit Surveys for the last two academic years, based on the time it took CSM Graduates to find their first job.

2015/2016

2016/2017

Before Graduation

0-6 months

Total

Before Graduation

0-6 months

Total

76%

17%

93%

 

 

 

Construction Industry Placement by Sector

Based on information provided by graduating CSM majors on their Senior Exit Survey, they found employment in the following industries.

Year

Commercial

Residential

Heavy Civil & Highway

Industrial & Offshore

Other

2014/2015

60%

33%

0%

0%

7%

2015/2016

62%

15%

23%

0%

0%

2016/2017

 

 

 

 

 

Degrees Awarded by Semester

The following table shows the number of CSM majors that graduate per year by semesters. The University holds three (3) graduation ceremonies, which are held in the middle of May, August and December, with Fall and Spring graduations being the most common for CSM majors.

Semester

2014

2015

2016

2017

Spring

16

22

20

 

Summer

8

8

9

 

Fall

7

24

26

 

TOTAL

31

54

55

 

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)