Concentrations

In addition to completing all of the following General Education, University-wide, lower division and elective requirements, students pursuing a the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management must also select one of the five concentrations listed below and complete all courses listed for that concentration.

Required Courses (110 Credit Hours)

General Education (44 Credit Hours)
See listing of KSU's General Education requirements

  • Foundations for Healthy Living Requirement (3 Credit Hours)

    All students entering Kennesaw State University are required to take the Foundations for Healthy Living (WELL 1000) course. Students who previously completed HPS 1000 - Fitness for Living have met the Foundations for Healthy Living requirement. This requirement is WAIVED for majors in the following three colleges: 1) College of Architecture and Construction Management, 2) College of Computing and Software Engineering, and 3) College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. This course examines priority health issues impacting KSU students through a focus on health promotion and disease prevention. Emphasis is placed on achieving and maintaining healthy lifestyles by developing effective strategies to adapt to changing personal and environmental factors. Topics of exploration include physical activity, nutrition, weight management, stress, emotional health, and behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disabilities in the United States. WELL 1000 cannot be used to satisfy free elective requirements.


    First-Year Curriculum Requirement

    All first-year full-time students entering Kennesaw State University with fewer than 15 semester hours are required to complete a First-Year Seminar or enroll in a Learning Community and complete all courses that comprise it. This requirement must be satisfied during a student’s first term of enrollment at Kennesaw State University. Students with 30 or more credit hours are not eligible to enroll in a First-Year Seminar or a Learning Community designated for first-year students. First-Year Seminar courses are KSU 1101, KSU 1111, KSU 1121, and KSU 1200. A learning community (LC) is a small cohort of students intentionally co-enrolled in two or more courses with the purpose of integrating learning across courses and creating a sense of belonging in order to promote persistence, engagement, and academic success. LCs are intentionally small (i.e., 25 students or fewer), and at least one course in the LC is limited to LC students only. LC courses are identified by a “C” in front of section numbers in the Registrar’s Schedule of Courses. Learning communities are administered by the Learning Communities Program in the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies, which is part of University College.

  • CM 1000 - Orientation to Construction and Development

    An introduction to construction industry careers; an overview of construction industry sectors and the industry's impact on the economy; and discussion of the basics of the construction process. Also includes a preview of the construction degree curriculum and an overview of Southern Polytechnic policies, procedures, and resources.

    Credits: 2


    CM 2000 - Construction Graphics

    A study of the fundamentals of graphic language used by construction professionals, with an emphasis on developing skills in expressing concepts in visual form and in reading architectural and engineering construction documents.


    Credits: 3


    CM 2210 - Introduction to Structures

    The study of basic structural design and analysis. Primary aim of this course is to develop and present structural concepts, introduce structural theory, provide a sound understanding of statics and strength of materials to establish a basis for understanding structural principles as it relates to building components.

    Prerequisites: PHYS 1111
    Credits: 3


    ACCT 2100 - Introduction to Financial Accounting

    An introduction to the language of business. Focuses on financial statements and their use in decision-making. Designed for business and non-business majors.

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 and MATH 1101 or higher
    Credits: 3


    BLAW 2200 - Legal and Ethical Environment of Business

    Covers torts, contracts, government regulation of business and the legal system. Also addresses ethical issues arising in business internal and external relationships.

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1101
    Credits: 3


    SURV 2200 - Construction Measurements

    Use and care of engineers level, transit and tape; leveling, traversing, stadia, contours, horizontal and vertical field layouts for buildings; reading and interpretation of site survey maps. (No credit for CET or Surveying and Mapping majors.)

    Prerequisites: MATH 1113
    Credits: 4

Choose One of the Following Concentrations (12 Credit Hours)

  • General Curriculum Flow Chart

    CM 3500 - Building Codes

    This course will provide an overview of building codes from the perspective of construction managers and superintendent. Various issues related to building codes, which must be considered by the PM/CM/superintendent, will be discussed and follow the scheduled reading assignments.

    Prerequisites: ENGL 3110
    Credits: 3


    CM 3260 - Temporary Structures

    A study of structural design and analysis concepts of temporary structures used in the construction process. Topics include formwork design, scaffolding, and material handling equipment and staging.

    Prerequisites: CM 3210
    Credits: 3


    CM 3420 - Construction Estimating and Bid Preparation

    The continued study of the estimating process emphasizing pricing the general contractor’s work, including estimating procedures, development of direct and indirect unit costs, evaluation of subcontractor bids, bidding strategy and bid opening. The completion of an estimate, bid submission, and development of a schedule of values are required. Also included is an introduction to conceptual estimating.

    Prerequisites: CM 3410
    Credits: 3


    CM 4660 - Advanced Scheduling & Project Management

    Course focuses on Communication, Industry Software, Target Value Design and other best Practices as they pertain to Project Management. Erosion Control Supervisor, and Work Zone Traffic Control Certification requirements are examined. Skills generally required for sound project management in a variety of management settings are studied in addition to specific management issues typically associated with construction companies.

    Prerequisites: CM 4510, CM 4560
    Credits: 3

  • Land Development Curriculum Flow Chart

    CM 3310 - Real Estate Development Practices

    The course provides an overview of the land development process and provides a foundation for the advanced land development courses. The course focuses on the steps in planning and carrying out the land development project and on the legal issues encountered in the land development profession. The course includes lectures, readings from the texts and closed library reserves, class discussion, problems, exercises and student presentations.

    Prerequisites: ACCT 2100, CM 3110
    Credits: 3


    CM 3440 - Heavy Estimating

    Advanced estimating techniques and bid preparation for heavy construction projects. Study of the principles used in developing cost estimates for heavy construction projects. Includes interpretation of contact documents, quantity take-off, pricing, and preparation of unit-price bid documents. Introduction and practice with takeoff software for bidding earthwork, paving, utilities, roads, and bridges.

    Prerequisites: CM 3410
    Credits: 3


    CM 3710 - Market and Site Analysis

    An integrated theory and applications course that provides an exposition of theoretical principles associated with the site planning process, and then involves the students in hands-on application. The inter-relationship between site planning decisions and their potential consequences will be demonstrated through practical exercises.

    Prerequisites: CM 3310
    Credits: 3


    CM 4620 - Development Process and Finance

    Students in this course will study financial feasibility and economic desirability of income producing properties. They will learn various financial feasibility analysis techniques and prepare financial pro-forma models for various stages of the development process. The concepts that will be covered are net operating income, time value of money, different forms of financing, and business entities for development process. Acquisition, development, and construction (ADC) loans will be studied and student will prepare their loan amortization schedule.

    Prerequisites: CM 3800
    Credits: 3

  • Specialty Construction Curriculum Flow Chart

    CM 3280 - Building Mechanical and Electrical Codes and Loads

    Study of building mechanical and electrical system loads and applicable codes. Emphasis on how they affect the construction project. Topics will include air conditioning, heating, plumbing, fire protection, electrical power, electrical lighting and building control systems. The analysis of current construction drawings will be integrated into each topic.

    Prerequisites: CM 3180
    Credits: 3


    CM 3480 - Mechanical and Electrical Systems Estimating

    A continuation of the study of the estimating process emphasizing the specialty contractors portion of the construction project. Topics covered will include the estimating procedure, soft costs, using standard industry references and software, and bidding strategy. A current set of mechanical, plumbing and electrical plans will be estimated.

    Prerequisites: CM 3180
    Credits: 3


    CM 4190 - Sustainable Operation & Maintenance

    This course will emphasize the techniques and methods used in sustainable operations and maintenance. Importance of a collaborative team effort from owner, occupant, facility management, and maintenance providers will be integrated into the course. Influences on the Environment, society, maintenance and energy needs will be analyzed. Topics will include LEED green building operations and maintenance (Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation In Operations). MEP systems such as ventilation, air conditioning, heating, electrical lighting and building control systems will be discussed from a sustainable operations and maintenance perspective.

    Prerequisites: CM 3180
    Credits: 3


    CM 4480 - Design/Build MEP Systems

    A study of the design-build delivery method applied to construction projects. The study starts with details of the process and how it differs from other project delivery methods. Topics will include building MEP systems (air-conditioning, heating, ventilation, plumbing, electrical power, electrical lighting and building control) and how they are planned and delivered in a design-build project. The analysis of current construction drawings will be integrated into the course.

    Prerequisites: CM 3280
    Credits: 3

  • Heavy Construction Curriculum Flow Chart 

    CM 3170 - Heavy Construction Practices

    Introduction to the various heavy construction systems such as roads, bridges, sewer/water treatment facilities, and other transportation systems.Ê Topics include: contract analysis, work breakdown, equipment selection, site logistics planning, and project scheduling, cost productivity and performance management, quality control, and risk management.

    Prerequisites: CM 3110
    Credits: 3


    CM 3440 - Heavy Estimating

    Advanced estimating techniques and bid preparation for heavy construction projects. Study of the principles used in developing cost estimates for heavy construction projects. Includes interpretation of contact documents, quantity take-off, pricing, and preparation of unit-price bid documents. Introduction and practice with takeoff software for bidding earthwork, paving, utilities, roads, and bridges.

    Prerequisites: CM 3410
    Credits: 3


    CM 4230 - Heavy Materials & Temporary Structures

    Origin, classification, and physical properties of soil as used in engineering and construction applications, together with loads and stresses of soil on, and the more common types of engineering structures. To include an introduction of field sampling and testing for earthwork construction.

    Prerequisites: CM 3170
    Credits: 3


    CM 4660 - Advanced Scheduling & Project Management

    Course focuses on Communication, Industry Software, Target Value Design and other best Practices as they pertain to Project Management. Erosion Control Supervisor, and Work Zone Traffic Control Certification requirements are examined. Skills generally required for sound project management in a variety of management settings are studied in addition to specific management issues typically associated with construction companies

    Prerequisites: CM 4510, CM 4560
    Credits: 3

  • Facilities Management Curriculum Flow Chart 

    CM 3270 - Facility Management Strategies

    Students in this course will learn about the history, practice and profession of Facility Management (FM). Core competencies of the FM profession as detailed by key FM organizations such as IFMA, BIFM, and FMAA will be introduced and analyzed for similarities and differences. Students will also learn about the organizational, ethical, and leadership strategies for the delivery of facility management services.

    Prerequisites: CM 3180
    Credits: 3


    CM 3290 - Facilities Management Practices

    Students in this course will study the methods and techniques for managing facilities. The core consists of knowledge on process and techniques for strategic planning, estimating and budgeting, life cycle costing, and integrated decision making. Students also learn about the role and responsibilities of facility manager in different business forms and organization models. FM technology and its future is discussed and explored.

    Prerequisites: CM 3270
    Credits: 3


    CM 3310 - Real Estate Development Practices

    The course provides an overview of the land development process and provides a foundation for the advanced land development courses. The course focuses on the steps in planning and carrying out the land development project and on the legal issues encountered in the land development profession. The course includes lectures, readings from the texts and closed library reserves, class discussion, problems, exercises and student presentations.

    Prerequisites: ACCT 2100, CM 3110
    Credits: 3


    CM 4190 - Sustainable Operation & Maintenance

    This course will emphasize the techniques and methods used in sustainable operations and maintenance. Importance of a collaborative team effort from owner, occupant, facility management, and maintenance providers will be integrated into the course. Influences on the Environment, society, maintenance and energy needs will be analyzed. Topics will include LEED green building operations and maintenance (Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation In Operations). MEP systems such as ventilation, air conditioning, heating, electrical lighting and building control systems will be discussed from a sustainable operations and maintenance perspective.

    Prerequisites: CM 3180
    Credits: 3

Required Electives (6 Credit Hours)

Students are required to completed two 3-hour elective courses. Choose two courses from any of the above concentrations, other than your selected concentration.

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