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Department of Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering

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The web version of the ESF Catalog is updated as needed throughout the year. To view the version officially associated with a particular date of entry to the College, please refer to the appropriate catalog of record.

Department of Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering

SUSAN E. ANAGNOST, Chair
204 Baker Laboratory, 315-470-6880; FAX 315-470-6879

The mission of the Department of Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering is to provide education in construction management and renewable materials and to promote the use of sustainable construction practices and renewable materials through teaching, research and outreach.

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The Department of Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management, which prepares students for a wide variety of professional careers in the construction industry and graduate degrees in Sustainable Construction Management and Wood Science. Graduate programs leading to M.S., M.P.S. or Ph.D. degrees are offered in three options: Construction Management, Sustainable Construction, and Wood Science.

A concentration in Wood Products Engineering provides optional coursework in the manufacturing, properties and marketing of wood products.

Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

The construction management degree prepares students for management careers in the construction industry. Students may enter the bachelor of science program as first-year students or as transfer students. Students who are preparing to transfer to ESF as juniors must have earned at least 62 credits of college coursework, in courses comparable to the lower-division course requirements.

As part of the bachelors degree in Construction Management, students are required to take the Associate Constructor Level I Exam for constructor certification.  Students who successfully complete the exam receive the Associate Constructor (AC) designation from the American Institute of Constructors.  This designation is part 1 of the process to become a Certified Professional Constructor (CPC).

Students who successfully complete the course on construction safety receive the OSHA 30 Hour Construction Outreach Card. Students may enter the bachelor of science program as first-year students or as transfer students. Students who are preparing to transfer to ESF as juniors must have earned at least 62 credits of college coursework, in courses comparable to the lower-division course requirements.

Lower Division Required Courses

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 104College Algebra and Precalculus G3
APM 105Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I G4
CME 132Orientation Seminar: Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering 1
CME 151Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
CME 202Introduction to Professional Communications 1
CME 215Sustainable Construction 3
CME 226Statics and Mechanics of Materials 4
CME 252Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
CME 306Engineering Materials for Sustainable Construction 3
CME 342Light Construction 3
EWP 190Writing and the Environment G3
EWP 222Presentation Skills for Managers 2
EWP 290Research Writing and HumanitiesG3
FCH 110Survey of Chemical Principles 3
FCH 111Survey of Chemical Principles Laboratory 1
FOR 207Introduction to Economics G3
FOR 360Principles of Management 3
PHY 211General Physics IG3
PHY 221General Physics I Laboratory 1

Lower Division Electives

Course Codes* Credits
Electives G 9 or 12

General Education courses

Course Codes* Credits
General Education Course in two of the following categories: American History, The Arts, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations G 6

Upper Division Required Courses

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 391Introduction to Probability and Statistics G3
CME 255Plan Interpretation and Quantity Takeoff 3
CME 304Environmental Performance Measures for Buildings 3
CME 305Sustainable Energy Systems for Buildings 3
CME 327Site Investigations and Solutions 3
CME 331Construction Safety 3
CME 335Cost Engineering 3
CME 343Construction Estimating 3
CME 387Renewable Materials for Sustainable Construction 3
CME 404Applied Structures 3
CME 405Building Information Modeling for Construction Management 3
CME 422Composite Materials for Sustainable Construction 3
CME 453Construction Planning and Scheduling 3
CME 454Construction Project Management 3
CME 455Construction Contracts and Specifications 3
CME 497Senior Ethics Seminar 1
EEE 370Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises 3
ERE 371Surveying for Engineers 4
FOR 485Business and Managerial Law 3

Upper Division Electives

Course Codes* Credits
Electives 6

Concentration in Wood Products Engineering

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 322Mechanical Processing 3
CME 326Fluid Treatment of Wood 3
CME 376Decay of Wood Products 3
CME 388Wood and Fiber Identification Laboratory 2
CME 444Materials Marketing 3

Total Minimum Credits For Degree: 127

Graduate Program

Graduate options in construction management, sustainable construction and wood science allow students with technical degrees to engage specific topics of current interest. There is an overall objective of having students look at the broad environmental implications of the construction process and the use of wood as a material, to be efficient and environmentally responsible in their use of materials, and to integrate current technology to a practicum, thesis or dissertation, as appropriate to the graduate degree.

Ph.D.

The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum total of 60 graduate credits. These credits must include a minimum of 30 credits of coursework, and include not more than 30 credits for dissertation. As tool requirements, students must demonstrate competence in one of the three following areas: computer science, statistics or advanced mathematics, or a language other than English commonly used in science or engineering practice. A study plan that formally identifies an individual’s program requirements is developed for each student as soon as possible, but at least during the first year of graduate study. This plan includes all required and elective courses as well as a tentative schedule for completion.

M.S.

The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. A minimum of 18 credits of coursework and a minimum of 6 thesis credits are required to complete the M.S. degree. Undergraduate courses do not meet the requirements for minimum number of graduate credit hours. Students select a study option at the time of application for admission to the program. Specific options may require specific coursework requirements. If so, they are listed under that option. The student’s study plan (Form 3B) must be approved by the steering committee and graduate coordinator or department chair by the end of the first semester in residence.

M.P.S.

The purpose of the M.P.S. degree is to update current professional skills and/or to prepare graduate students for higher levels of management in their general area of expertise. The M.P.S. degree is intended to be a terminal degree, therefore acceptance to the M.P.S. degree does not guarantee admission to the M.S. or Ph.D. programs and vice versa.

A minimum of 30 credit hours are required for the M.P.S. degree including 24-27 credits of graduate-level coursework; a 3- to 6-credit hour practicum or synthesis project of committee-approved coursework devoted to the investigation of a relevant topic in the profession, and documented in a written report; and a capstone seminar presenting the practicum/synthesis project.

Graduate Options

Construction Management (M.S., M.P.S., Ph.D.)

This option is for students who plan to specialize in construction management. Studies depend upon the student's previous education, professional objectives and interests. Recent graduates have matriculated upon completion of undergraduate degrees in architecture, mechanical engineering, construction management and civil engineering.

Ph.D. and M.S. in Construction Management

Applicants for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in the construction management option are required to have a bachelor’s degree in one of the following: science, construction management, business, management, architecture or engineering.

Topics for the M.S. or Ph.D. research may include the following:

  • Construction project management
  • Estimating, cost engineering, building codes and zoning
  • Lean construction
  • Green construction
  • Production management
  • Computer graphics and computer applications in engineering
  • Structural design

For the M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Construction Management the following courses are required (or equivalent with committee approval):

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 543Construction Estimating 3
CME 653Construction Planning and Scheduling 3
CME 654Construction Project Management 3
M.P.S. in Construction Management

The M.P.S. degree is open to students with a demonstrated interest in construction management. A bachelor’s degree in one of the following is strongly recommended: science, construction management, business, management, architecture, engineering, or related field of study.

Two coursework options are available:

Coursework and practicum M.P.S. option—Engineering/construction management courses (12-21 credits), resource management courses (3-6 credits), environmental studies courses (3-6 credits), practicum (3-6 credits).

Engineering/construction management courses (12-21 credits). These courses (group A or group B) are required: (Students who plan to complete their degree in one calendar year should select group B)

Group A

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 543Construction Estimating 3
CME 653Construction Planning and Scheduling 3
CME 654Construction Project Management 3

or Group B

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 643Estimating for Construction in a Green Global Economy 3
CME 663Managing a Construction Project through Construction Planning and Scheduling 3
CME 664Urban Project Management 3

Select additional courses from the following or similar courses with committee approval:

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 525Construction Methods and Equipment 3
CME 531Construction Safety 3
CME 535Cost Engineering 3
CME 658Construction Contracts and Specifications 3

Resource management courses (3-6 credits) from the following or similar courses with committee approval:

CourseCodes*Credits
FOR 665Natural Resources Policy 3
FOR 670Resource and Environmental Economics 3
FOR 680Urban Forestry 3
FOR 685Business and Managerial Law 3
FOR 687Environmental Law and Policy 3
FOR 689Natural Resources Law and Policy 3
FOR 770Ecological Economics and Policy 3

Environmental studies courses (3-6 credits) from the following or similar courses with committee approval:

CourseCodes*Credits
EST 550Environmental Impact Analysis 3
EST 603Research Methods and Design 3
EST 604Social Survey Research Methods for Environmental Issues 3
EST 605Qualitative Methods 3
EST 626Concepts and Principles of Sustainable Development 3
EST 627Environmental and Energy Auditing 3
EST 635Public Participation and Decision Making: Theory and Application 3
EST 640Environmental Thought and Ethics 3
EST 660Land Use Law 3

Practicum (3-6 credits):

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 898Professional Experience/Synthesis 1 - 6

Coursework and synthesis M.P.S. option—Core courses (10 credits), engineering/construction management courses (9 credits), application electives (5-8 credits), professional experience/synthesis (3-6 credits).

Core courses (minimum 10 credits): These courses are required (group A or group B): Students who plan to complete the degree in one calendar year should select group B.

Group A

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 543Construction Estimating 3
CME 653Construction Planning and Scheduling 3
CME 654Construction Project Management 3
CME 658Construction Contracts and Specifications 3

or Group B

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 643Estimating for Construction in a Green Global Economy 3
CME 663Managing a Construction Project through Construction Planning and Scheduling 3
CME 664Urban Project Management 3
CME 658Construction Contracts and Specifications 3

Engineering/construction management courses (9 credits) from the following or similar courses with committee approval:

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 525Construction Methods and Equipment 3
CME 531Construction Safety 3
CME 535Cost Engineering 3
Building Information Modeling/ Construction Management3

Application electives (5-8 credits):

Course Codes* Credits
As approved by the steering committee 5-8

Professional experience/synthesis (3-6 credits):

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 898Professional Experience/Synthesis 1 - 6

Sustainable Construction (M.S., M.P.S., Ph.D.)

This option is for students interested in sustainable construction practices including topics such as energy use in buildings, material use in sustainable construction, life cycle analysis, environmental rating systems and environmental performance measures.

Ph.D. and M.S. in Sustainable Construction

Applicants for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in sustainable construction are required to have a bachelor’s degree in one of the following: science, construction management, architecture or engineering. Students must have completed courses in physics, chemistry and calculus.

Topics for the M.S. or Ph.D. research may include the following:

  • Energy systems in buildings
  • Sustainable materials
  • Environmental performance measures
  • Building codes
  • Renewable materials
  • Deconstruction and reuse
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Structural design

For the M.S. degree in Sustainable Construction, students must complete coursework in construction project management if this was not part of their undergraduate degree. For the M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree, the student’s study plan is developed with the steering committee according to the general college guidelines described earlier.

M.P.S. in Sustainable Construction

The M.P.S. degree is open to students with a demonstrated interest in sustainable construction. A bachelor’s degree in one of the following is strongly recommended: science, construction management, architecture, engineering, or related degree. Students must have completed courses in physics, chemistry and calculus.

Two coursework options are available:

Coursework and practicum M.P.S. option—Engineering/construction management courses (12-21 credits), resource management courses (3-6 credits), environmental studies courses (3-6 credits), practicum (3-6 credits).

Engineering/construction management courses (12-21 credits) from the following or similar courses with committee approval:

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 543Construction Estimating 3
CME 653Construction Planning and Scheduling 3
CME 654Construction Project Management 3
CIE 678Rehabilitation of Civil Infrastructure 3

Resource management courses (3-6 credits) from the following or similar courses with committee approval:

CourseCodes*Credits
FOR 665Natural Resources Policy 3
FOR 670Resource and Environmental Economics 3
FOR 680Urban Forestry 3
FOR 685Business and Managerial Law 3
FOR 687Environmental Law and Policy 3
FOR 689Natural Resources Law and Policy 3
FOR 770Ecological Economics and Policy 3

Environmental studies courses (3-6 credits) from the following or similar courses with committee approval:

CourseCodes*Credits
EST 550Environmental Impact Analysis 3
EST 603Research Methods and Design 3
EST 604Social Survey Research Methods for Environmental Issues 3
EST 605Qualitative Methods 3
EST 626Concepts and Principles of Sustainable Development 3
EST 627Environmental and Energy Auditing 3
EST 635Public Participation and Decision Making: Theory and Application 3
EST 640Environmental Thought and Ethics 3
EST 660Land Use Law 3

Practicum (3-6 credits):

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 898Professional Experience/Synthesis 1 - 6

Coursework and synthesis M.P.S. option—Core courses (10 credits), engineering/construction management courses (9 credits), application electives (5-8 credits), professional experience/synthesis (3-6 credits).

Core courses (10 credits) from the following or similar courses with committee approval:

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 532Mechanical and Electrical Equipment 3
CME 565Sustainable Innovations in Residential Construction 3
ERE 519Green Entrepreneurship 3
Sustainable Energy Systems for Buildings3
Environmental Performance Measures for Buildings3

Engineering/construction management courses (12-21 credits) from the following or similar courses with committee approval:

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 543Construction Estimating 3
CME 653Construction Planning and Scheduling 3
CME 654Construction Project Management 3
CIE 678Rehabilitation of Civil Infrastructure 3

Application electives (5-8 credits):

As approved by the steering committee

Synthesis (3-6 credits):

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 898Professional Experience/Synthesis 1 - 6

Wood Science

Ph.D. and M.S. in Wood Science

Applicants for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in the wood science option are required to have a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering. Applicants must have the appropriate undergraduate degree for the option they pursue. Applicants must have completed at least one semester of coursework in chemistry, biology, physics and calculus.

M.P.S. in Wood Science

The M.P.S. degree in Wood Science is open to students with a demonstrated interest in wood science or the wood products industry. A bachelor’s degree in science or engineering is strongly recommended. Applicants to the M.P.S. in wood science and technology should have completed at least one semester of coursework in chemistry, biology, physics, and calculus.

Two coursework options are available:

Coursework and practicum M.P.S. option—Engineering/construction management courses (12-21 credits), resource management courses (3-6 credits), environmental studies courses (3-6 credits), practicum (3-6 credits). Courses are selected in consultation with the steering committee.

Coursework and synthesis M.P.S. option—Core courses (10 credits), engineering/construction management courses (9 credits), application electives (5-8 credits), professional experience/synthesis (3-6 credits). Courses are selected in consultation with the steering committee.


* Special Course Codes (Code indicates course meets certain program or accreditation requirements. Ignore if there is no relevance to this program of study.) G = General Education Course (GenEd), E = Engineering, ES = Engineering Sciences, M = Mathematic, NS = Natural Sciences, PE = Professional Education, S = Summer-only


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