Bachelor of Science in Construction Science

The Construction Science Program prepares college graduates for entry-level management positions in the construction industry. The program is part of the School of Architecture at Prairie View A&M University. Combined with the Architecture and Community Development programs, it offers a unique, comprehensive and cooperative approach to the design/build process by aligning all three programs to work together on the virtual and built environment. The school has approximately 400 students enrolled and occupies the internationally acclaimed Nathelyne Archie Kennedy Architecture Building.

The new Fabrication Center, totaling over 26,000 square feet, is scheduled to open on March 19, 2018. This state of the art facility will house the latest technology in laser cutters, CNC routers, wood and metal tools as well as 3d printers. The intent is for the process of modeling and construction to be done in one location offering opportunities of peer-to- peer learning, collaboration and cross-disciplinary interaction.

Construction is one of the largest industries in the U.S. Construction spending $1 trillion dollars each year. Nearly 10 million people are employed in some aspect of construction. Construction is broken down into major sectors: commercial [offices, schools, shopping centers, etc.]; residential [single and multi-family]; highway; industrial [power plants and petrochemical facilities]; and specialty. All of these sectors need new talent and are constantly recruiting college graduates to work in project management, estimating, scheduling, and procurement.

Employment in the construction industry is not just with construction contractors, although contractors in all sectors eagerly recruit college construction graduates with excellent starting salaries. Owners-cities, counties, school districts and state agencies such as TXDOT-all have a demand for construction science graduates to manage various aspects of the design/build process. Excellent construction positions are also available with developers, consultants, suppliers and vendors. Many college construction graduates go to work for the industry for several years and then establish their own construction businesses.

The State of Texas is growing 25% faster that the U.S and double its population by 2040. Recent reports indicate that the state will need 3.8 million more residential units and 3 billion SF of non-residential space, replacement of 2.2 million current residences, and renovation of 9.2 billion SF of non-residential space. This will be an economic impact of $3.3 trillion. In fact, one-half of the buildings we will use in 2030, did NOT exist in 2005.

The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported that an additional 1,000,000 construction jobs from 2002-2012 (15%↑) will be needed nationwide. This will result in a total employment of employment of 7.8 million jobs and construction will remain among our economy’s top 10 sources of job growth.

A major concern of the Texas Workforce Commission and the Associated General Contractors is the shortage of labor-particularly MANAGEMENT! BLS predicts the need for 47,000 new Construction Manager positions by 2012!

The Construction Science degree is a blend of engineering and design, management, and construction technology. Students will learn the fundamentals of architectural design and structural, mechanical and civil engineering concepts. They will also take business courses in accounting, finance, management and law. Courses in estimating, scheduling, safety and project cost accounting will round out the student’s administrative foundation and prepare the student for entry level management positions. Each student will also complete two (2) paid an internships within the industry to gain experience. The degree received is a Bachelor of Science degree and prepares students for employment as well as future graduate work in a number of career options.

Suggested Degree Program Schedule

For the official requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science, see the Prairie View A&M University Catalog.

First Year – Freshman

First Semester (Fall)

  • ARCH 1233 – Visual Communications (3)
  • ARCH 1253 – Architecture Design I (3)
  • ENGL 1123 – Freshman Composition I (3)
  • HIST 1313 – The U.S. to 1876 (3)
  • ECON 2003 – Fund of Economics (3)

Total Hours = 15

Second Semester (Spring)

  • ARCH 1273 – Intro to Multimedia Computing (3)
  • ENGL 1143 – Technical Writing (3)
  • POSC 1113 – American Government I (3)
  • PHSC 1123 – Physical Science I (3)

Total Hours = 12

Second Year – Sophomore

First Semester (Fall)

  • ACCT 2113 – Financial Accounting (3)
  • ARCH 2223 – Computer Aided Design (3)
    Pre-requisite to ARCH 4443
  • ARCH 2273 – Materials & Methods I (3)
  • HIST 1323 – The U.S. 1876 to Present (3)
  • MATH 2003 – Elementary Statistics (3)
  • POSC 1123 – American Government II (3)

Total Hours = 18

Second Semester (Spring)

  • ARCH 3283 – Materials and Methods II (3)
  • ECON 2113 – Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • PHSC 2123 – Physical Science II (3)
  • BLAW 2203 – Legal environment of Business (3)

Total Hours = 12

Summer

  • CONS 4403 – Internship #1 (3)

Total Hours = 3

Third Year – Junior

First Semester (Fall)

  • CONS 3013 – Construction Estimating (3)
  • ARCH 32943 – Structures I (3)
  • ARCH 3453 – Environmental Systems (3)
  • CONS 3533 – Managing Operations (3)
  • MATH 2183- Informal Geometry (3)
    Pre-requisite to CONS 3633

Total Hours = 15

Second Semester (Spring)

  • ARCH 4443 – CAD Construction Documents and Codes (3)
  • ARCH 3463 – Sustainable Building (3)
  • ARCH 4433 – Structures II (3)
  • CONS 3633 – Surveying and Soils (3)
  • ARCH 2243 – History and Theory of Architecture and Construction II (3)

Total Hours = 15

Summer

  • CONS 4403 – Internship #2 (3)

Total Hours = 3

Fourth Year – Senior

First Semester (Fall)

  • Capstone Course (3)
  • CONS 4603 – Labor and Safety (3)
  • MGMT 3103 – Principles of Management (3)
  • CONS 4753 – Scheduling and Cost Control (3)
  • ARCH 4733 – Advanced CADD (3)

Total Hours = 15

Second Semester (Spring)

  • CONS 4633 – Law and Ethics (3)
  • CONS 4773 – Project Controls (3)
  • MGMT 3103 – Principles of Marketing (3)
  • ARCH 4743 – BIM (3)

Total Hours = 12

Total Hours = 120 HRS