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Construction Management Bachelor of Science

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Construction Management prepares students to work in an integrated team with a diverse group of owners, architects, engineers, construction craftspersons, and material suppliers. The manager helps to ensure that the owner's goals for cost, schedule, quality, and sustainability are met. Students may enter the Bachelor of Science program as first-year students or as transfer students. Our graduates have excellent placement rates and starting salaries.


The Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management at ESF is distinguished by a strong emphasis on project-based learning, a unique focus on sustainability, a hands-on laboratory environment, and a strong relationship with Syracuse University.

  • Students are engaged each semester in classes, clubs, and competitions that allow them to take on responsibility and deliver projects for the campus and community. Whether building bridges or tiny homes, planning net zero projects for displaced residents or autistic children, CM students are building our future. To read how the CM students won a national prize for their work, and then helped the project be built, click here.
  • ESF is a leader in sustainability, and the Construction Management program is no different. Our CM students take multiple courses on sustainability, and a majority take and pass the LEED Green Associate exam. CM students help to organize and run the NYS Green Building Conference, where they meet and engage with professionals on the cutting edge of the industry. For more on the Green Building Conference, click here.
  • The green building materials lab, the wood machining lab, and the material testing lab give students the hands-on experience to understand the materials and processes used for construction. For an example of how CM students used their project management skills and these laboratories to design, plan, and construct an innovative bridge for the campus community, click here.
  • ESF construction managers work alongside Syracuse University architects and engineers on integrated team projects and competitions. ESF Construction Management students taking classes at Syracuse University find themselves working with students from Real Estate, Management, Architecture, and Civil Engineering majors. See the video below about the ESF and SU first place team at the 2019 Solar Decathlon.

Department of Energy "Solar Decathalon"

Future Minded

The core curriculum in the Construction Management program is built around courses exploring construction materials and processes, building design principles, and management skills for ensuring successful projects. Students gain a deep technical construction understanding, and also develop skills for effective communication, efficient problem solving, and exemplary cooperation. For a list of courses in the Construction Management program, click here.

Our Construction Management curriculum is guided by accreditation standards and learning outcomes developed in collaboration with our industry advisory board. All of our students complete a required internship, many complete two or more. To learn more about our industry advisory board, click here.

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Outside of the classroom, our student club works with professional organizations like the Associated General Contractors, Associated Builders and Contractors, Sigma Lambda Chi, and the US Green Building Council to provide a wide range of professional development opportunities. Study abroad opportunities also abound, click here.

The CM program offers construction-specific opportunities in Denmark and in China. To read about one of our CM student's experiences during a semester abroad in Germany click here (PDF).

Environmental issues are incorporated within the program by addressing sustainable construction in a wide array of courses. Students in the introductory course learn the guiding principles, and many successfully earn the LEED Green Associate credential. In more advanced courses, students learn about net zero construction, and develop a proposal for a net zero retrofit of an existing building. Students in the materials courses learn about the properties of traditional and newer construction materials, all taught in a hands-on lab environment.

Minors

Construction Management students have a wide array of minors to choose from at ESF. Popular minors include Wood Products Engineering, Renewable Energy, Management, Landscape Architecture, Information Management and Technology, and more.

Certifications and Professional Designations

As part of the Bachelor 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 the first step in 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.

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In addition, required coursework can help to prepare students for the following certifications: LEED Green Associate, and the Accredited Professional; Autodesk Certified User Revit Architecture; Fundamentals in Engineering. Students interested in pursuing a career in engineering have coursework that partially fulfills the preparation required for the fundamentals in engineering examination.

The ESF Construction Management program was founded in 1970, and currently is a candidate for accreditation by the American Council for Construction Education.

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Handbooks

Students interested in more information are encouraged to review the SRM Undergraduate Student Handbook and the Handbook for Effective, Professional Communication (PDF).

Contact Us

Paul Crovella
Assistant Professor and Construction Management Coordinator
219 Baker Lab
One Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2788
(315) 470-6839

Careers in Construction Management

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Graduates of the construction management program are well prepared for careers in a very challenging and dynamic field. Positions held by alumni include:

  • construction project manager
  • safety director
  • project engineer
  • construction engineer
  • field engineer
  • planner/scheduler

Your Future

The construction management program objectives describe the skills and knowledge that are delivered in the coursework and that students will apply in their careers as construction managers.

Graduates of the program will have the ability to :

  1. Apply construction management fundamentals to successfully manage the delivery of construction projects within the contractually defined delivery system by completing a project on time, under budget, of desired quality in a safe manner
  2. Manage materials, equipment, cost and personnel in both office and field activities
  3. Provide professional construction services that meet client needs while upholding the principles of sustainability as applied to the client’s project
  4. Communicate in a professional manner through the development of writing skills, public speaking skills, and mastery of a variety of media and software applications; articulate what they have learned to be the best practice for each situation
  5. Read and interpret construction documents thereby having the ability to communicate with all project participants in a professional manner to deliver a successful construction project
  6. Apply the proper use of construction materials in construction projects with consideration of sustainable construction; specify and procure materials that have the least adverse impact on the environment within project constraints and the construction contract; implement practices that can serve to better our environment such as best and most efficient use and reuse of materials, and development and use of alternative energy sources;
  7. Maintain currency in the field including requirements for the successful delivery of construction projects, rating systems for sustainable construction projects, awareness of new materials, codes, and construction law
  8. Understand professional responsibility and ethics in construction management, including the need to look out for thepublic interest, and to deliver service that includes responsible, fair, and unbiased input to the client in accordance with current professional practice
  9. Understand and promote “stewardship of both the natural and the designed environments (from ESF Mission Statement)” through best professional practice of sustainable construction management and engineering, and material utilization
  10. Promote life-long learning in the profession.