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Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management

College of Professional & Continuing Education

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Program Description

A new level of management

Wentworth’s Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management (BBCM) provides well-rounded instruction in the core principles of construction management. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Wentworth awards the most bachelor’s degrees in construction management in the United States.

The BBCM program offers a number of important benefits, including:

  • Courses that are taught by instructors with firsthand experience in the construction industry.
  • The ability to transfer up to 80 credits into the program from prior educational and professional experiences. Depending on the number of credits transferred, you can complete the degree in as little as three years on a part-time basis.
  • Access to all of Wentworth’s resources and support services, including the library, academic advising, career counseling and technical support.
  • Program Objectives

    Once you have earned your BBCM at Wentworth, you will:

    • Be prepared for management-level positions in construction and building design firms, as well as for graduate-level coursework, including in Wentworth’s Master of Science in Construction Management program.
    • Have the necessary skills to carry out a construction project from conception to completion, which includes maximizing human resource potential and monitoring and controlling, time, cost and quality.     
    • Be ready to pursue such positions as construction manager, project manager, field engineer, estimator, scheduler and superintendent.
    • Boost your earning potential. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction managers’ median annual salary in Massachusetts was approximately $101,250 in 2012; nationally, the occupation is projected to grow at a faster-than-average rate of 16% through 2020.
  • Admissions Requirements & Process

    Applicants to the BBCM program should be at least 22 years old and have a minimum of three years of work experience. Other admissions requirements include:

    • Online application
    • Official high school, GED or college transcripts
    • Current resume
    • Online math placement exam (if necessary)
  • Program Curriculum

    This 128-credit program includes the following required courses, plus six electives.

    • BLDG115 – Construction Graphics. This course covers the development and interpretation of civil, architectural, structural and electrical drawings; freehand sketching of construction details and sections; and computer-aided construction drafting.
    • BLDG150 – Contracts and Codes. This is a comprehensive study of construction contracts, including conditions of agreement and modifications.
    • BLDG155 – Construction Methods. This is a detailed study of current methods and equipment used in timber, masonry and steel construction.
    • BLDG200 – Construction Estimating. In this course,students learn the fundamentals of construction estimating. They will make quantity surveys for various building components and determine prices for labor and materials using a current pricing handbook. They will also prepare standard estimators’ forms and examine computer techniques and applications.
    • BLDG208 – Horizontal Construction. This is a survey of methods and equipment used in heavy construction projects, including highways, tunnels, bridges, dams, storm drains and sewers.
    • BLDG241 – Structural Design. Students will study and develop techniques used in analyzing, selecting and designing structural building elements such as footings, retaining walls, slab systems, beams, columns and more.
    • BLDG355 – Basic Building Services. This course covers basic building services, which include heating, water, plumbing, drainage, ventilation, air conditioning, vertical transportations, acoustical control, electrical controls and associated building code requirements.
    • BLDG362 – Testing Materials. Students learn the properties of common construction materials, including soils, aggregates, asphalt, concrete, steel, wood and masonry.
    • BLDG420 – Construction Operations. This course coversmaterials handling in heavy construction and the selection and application of heavy construction equipment, including equipment productivity and cost.
    • BLDG425 – Construction Project Scheduling. Topics in this course include project network planning, scheduling and cost-control models. Computer applications to PERT and CPM will be explored and used by the student.
    • BLDG445 – Construction Project Control and Cost Analysis. Students learn techniques for analyzing costs for both vertical and horizontal construction, and the factors and methods that affect construction costs.
    • BLDG460 – Finance the Construction Project. Topics in this course include permanent loans, construction loans, sources of mortgage funds and venture capital, and tax and interest considerations.
    • BLDG550 – Construction Management Theory. This course covers feasibility studies, site selection, planning, programming, design coordination and contracting procedures, as well as organizational leadership.
    • BLDG625 – Construction Safety and Risk Management. Students in this course gain the knowledge and skills required to effectively manage safety compliance and risk associated with construction.
    • BLDG655 – Senior Project. Students explore and present on a construction management topic of their choice. A final oral presentation is required.
    • ECON110 – Economics. [Need description.]
    • ENGL105 – English Composition. This course emphasizes writing coherent paragraphs, short essays, basic rhetorical strategies and techniques of rewriting and editing.
    • ENGL116 – Literature and Composition. Students will focus on literature and literary themes in the genres of short story, poetry, drama and novel, as well as the development of effective writing skills.
    • HUMN105 – Intro to Art and Architecture. Through readings, guest lectures and field trips, students explore and report on examples of art and architecture in Boston.
    • MATH225 – College Math A. Math A covers exponents, radicals, complex numbers, polynomials, factoring, algebraic fractions, equation solving techniques, functions and graphs, and linear functions.     
    • MATH230 – College Math B. Math B covers functions and graphs; composite and inverse functions; applied functions and variation; quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions; systems of equations; and applications.
    • MATH235 – College Math C. Math C coversalgebra and trigonometry, including trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations, and applications.
    • MGMT390 – Financial Accounting. In this course, students explore thebasics of the accounting process, including analyzing financial transactions and trial balances and preparing financial statements.
    • MGMT415 – Leadership and Management. This course examines the purpose and design of contemporary organizations and explores the impact of change in the workplace of the 21st century. Students are introduced to the structures, functions and responsibilities of organizations, including the various roles of managers in the process of organizing human, financial, physical and technical resources to achieve organizational goals.
    • MGMT418 – Management Law. In this course, students will explore the legal aspects of business and management, with special emphasis on torts, contracts, choice of business entity, and the creditor and consumer issues they may encounter in their careers.
    • PHYS205 – Physics A. This class is a general introduction to mechanics, including Newton’s Laws, equilibrium, work, energy and momentum. A lab is required.
    • SURV100 – Construction Surveying. Students learn thetheory and techniques of horizontal and vertical measurements using tape, transit and level.

Program Curriculum

  • YEAR ONE

    Semester one

    • BLDG1100: Construction Methods (4)
    • MATH1005: College Math A (3)

    Semester two

    • BLDG1050: Contracts & Codes (4)
    • MATH1035: College Math B (3)

    Semester three

    • BLDG1015: Construction Graphics (4)
    • MATH1065: College Math C (3)
  • YEAR TWO

    Semester one

    • BLDG1900: Basic Building Services (4)
    • ENGL1050: English Composition (3)

    Semester two

    • BLDG200: Construction Estimating (4)
    • PHYS1005: Physics A  (3)

    Semester three

    • BLDG3200: Construction Project Scheduling (4) 
    • BLDG4250: Construction Safety & Risk Management (3)
  • YEAR THREE

    Semester one

    • BLDG2000: Structural Design I (4)
    • BLDG445: Construction Project Control & Cost Analysis (4)

    Semester two

    • ENGL2050: Literature & Composition (3)
    • ECON1102: Economics (3)

    Semester three

    • MGMT3050: Leadership & Management (4)
    • ELECTIVE: Humanities/ Lower Level Social Science (3)
  • YEAR FOUR

    Semester one

    • BLDG3600: Construction Management Theory (4)
    • ELECTIVE: Upper Level Humanities (3)

    Semester two

    • MGMT418: Management Law (4)
    • ELECTIVE: Lab Science/Physics B  (3)

    Semester three

    • BLDG420: Construction Operations (4)
    • SURV1000: Construction Surveying  (4)
  • YEAR FIVE

    Semester one

    • MGMT2700: Financial Accounting  (3)
    • ELECTIVE: Upper Level Social Science (3)

    Semester two

    • ELECTIVE: General Elective (4)
    • BLDG1600: Horizontal Construction (2)
    • BLDG2600: Testing of Materials  (2)

    Semester three

    • ELECTIVE: General Elective  (4)
    • ELECTIVE: General Education Elective (3)
  • YEAR SIX

    Semester one

    • BLDG4250: Financing the Construction Project (4)
    • ELECTIVE: Upper Level Social Science (3)

    Semester two

    • ELECTIVE: General Elective (4)
    • ELECTIVE: General Education Elective (3)

    Semester three

    • BLDG5500: Senior Project  (4)
    • ELECTIVE: General Elective (4)

Building & Construction Management at Work

Earnings in 2015

Building Construction Managemers on average brought home more than 40K per year

Top 3 Job Titles for Building Construction Managers:

  • Estimator
  • Project Manager
  • Assistant Project Manager
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