Construction Science - BS

The Construction Science Program is a 120 hour program accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. Strong ties are maintained with the construction industry via the Construction Industry Advisory Council, an organization of construction and construction-related companies and individuals committed to supporting the Construction Science Program at Texas A&M University.

The undergraduate program integrates the principles of architecture, technology, engineering, business and project management, which prepares students to effectively manage the total construction process. Specialized course work in building systems, materials and methods of construction, scheduling, cost estimating, structures, construction management, law, and business/labor relations are taught. This interdisciplinary approach provides the student with the best possible exposure to the various tools needed to become a construction industry leader.

Construction management graduates quickly become valued members of a construction team and participate in planning, cost estimating, scheduling, supervision, and commissioning of complete facilities in a timely, safe and quality manner. They also possess the professional knowledge to confidently interact with professional engineers, registered architects, and owners to solve problems that may arise.

In addition to the academic coursework, each student is required to accomplish an approved internship of full-time practical work experience with a construction company, or in a construction-related work activity. For more information, please visit the Department of Construction Science website.

Because of the important role of computing in the disciplines housed within the College of Architecture, all entering students are required to possess a portable, network-ready personal computer capable of running software appropriate to their academic program. Financial aid is available to assist students in their computer purchases. No student will be denied admission to Texas A&M University based on an inability to purchase a computer. Additional information is available on the College of Architecture website.

This program is approved to be offered at the Texas A&M Higher Education Center in McAllen, Texas.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
COSC 153 Introduction to the Construction Industry 3
COSC 184 Construction Safety I 1
ECON 202
Principles of Economics
or Principles of Economics
3
HIST 105 History of the United States 3
MATH 140 Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences 3
History of Construction 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ACCT 209 Survey of Accounting Principles 3
COSC 175/AREN 175 Construction Graphics Communication 3
COSC 284 Introduction to Applied Workplace Ethics, Etiquette and Communications 1
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
HIST 106
History of the United States
or History of Texas
3
MATH 142 Business Calculus 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
COSC 253 Construction Materials and Methods I 3
ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing 3
PHYS 201 College Physics 4
Government/Political science 3
Life and physical sciences 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
COSC 275 Estimating I 3
MGMT 209 Principles of Business Regulations and Law 3
Select one of the following: 4
Fundamentals of Chemistry I  
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
 
Select one of the following: 3
Survey of World Architecture History I  
Survey of World Architecture History II  
History and Theory of Modern and Contemporary Architecture  
Art History Survey II  
Design Process  
Government/Political science 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
COSC 301 Construction Surveying 3
COSC 321 Structural Systems I 3
COSC 325 Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems in Construction I 3
COSC 375 Estimating II 3
COSC directed elective I 3
Select one of the following:
 
Construction Safety II  
Risk Management in the Built Environment  
Introduction to the Science of Health and Fitness  
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
COSC 353 Construction Project Management 3
COSC 463 Introduction to Construction Law 3
COSC 475 Construction Project Planning 3
COSC directed elective II 3
Select one of the following:
 
Facility Management Principles and Practices  
Industrial Construction  
Facility Management Internship  
Internship - 10 Week  
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
COSC 494 Internship 2 7
MGMT 309 Survey of Management 3
FINC 409 Survey of Finance Principles 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
COSC 465 Advanced Topics in Construction Law 3
COSC 477 Construction Project Controls 3
Select one of the following: 3 3
Interdisciplinary Capstone  
Residential Capstone  
Commercial Capstone  
Industrial Capstone  
Specialty Capstone  
COSC directed elective III 3
Select one of the following:
 
Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems in Construction II  
Soil and Structural Analysis.  
Building Information Modeling System  
Special Topics in...  
COSC directed elective IV 4 3
Select one of the following:
 
Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems in Construction II  
Soil and Structural Analysis.  
Facility Management Principles and Practices  
Industrial Construction  
Building Information Modeling System  
Construction Safety II  
Risk Management in the Built Environment  
Facility Management Internship  
Internship - 10 Week  
Special Topics in...  
Introduction to the Science of Health and Fitness  
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

A grade of C or better is required in all College of Architecture course (ARCH, ARTS, CARC, COSC, ENDS, LAND, URPN, and VIST) to satisfy Construction Science degree requirements.