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The Sacramento State University Construction Management degree prepares students for managerial positions with contractors and other organizations involved in the construction process. For a graduate, this preparation can combine with experience and lead to recognition as a construction professional, a Constructor. The construction professional is responsible for the execution of construction work, for the creation of completed projects from plans prepared by design professionals such as architects and engineers. What is to be built is defined by design professionals; how the work is to be accomplished is the concern of the Constructor. A Constructor determines the methods to be used and directs the economical application of resources in the construction of timely and safe projects at satisfactory prices, and to the required standards of quality.

The immediate objective of the program is to provide university-level preparation for managerial positions in construction and a foundation for continued learning. The curriculum emphasizes subject areas that are significant to the Constructor: engineering fundamentals, construction management, business administration, humanities and social sciences, and the development of analytical and communication skills.

Special Features

To meet the objectives of this specialized professional program, the Construction Management curriculum consists of four distinct components:

Engineering: Based in sciences and mathematics, this component stresses engineering principles and their application to the construction process. This component provides sound engineering fundamentals.

Construction Management: This component utilizes the functional approach as a framework for studying the management of the construction process. In the individual courses, construction activities are analyzed from a managerial viewpoint and the functions of management are stressed.

Business Administration Courses: Business courses form the third component and reinforce the program's management emphasis. A minor in Business Administration is obtained by combining the required lower and upper division business courses. Furthermore, completing the minor requirements can satisfy many of the core requirements of the graduate program in Business Administration at Sacramento State.

General Education Courses: The fourth component is critical to the success of construction students who must be sensitive to the issues driving contemporary society.

  • This unique program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).
  • Academic Policies and Procedures

    The following is a summary of policies and procedures specific to the Construction Management program. Other university policies and procedures in this catalog also apply to Construction Management majors. The Department will not hear petitions for deviation from articulated policies made by students who disregard catalog policy.

    • Most Construction Management courses require a grade of "C-" or better.
    • Course Repeat Policy: Undergraduate Construction Management courses that are used to meet the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management may be repeated only twice (for a total of three attempts). Grades of the second and third attempt will be averaged in grade point calculations.


    Requirements - Bachelor of Science Degree - Minor in Business Administration

    Units required for Lower Division: 48
    Units required for Upper Division Major: 54
    Units required for Business Minor: 24
    Minimum total units for the BS: 123
    Note: Students graduating with a BS in Construction Management will not be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. Students who change major may be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. 

    Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

    A. Required Lower Division Courses (48 units)


    ACCY 1

    Accounting Fundamentals (Entry Level Math (ELM) test of at least 36 or a CR grade in MLSK 7A)


    ACCY 2*

    Managerial Accounting (ACCY 1)


    CM 9

    Construction Surveying and Layout (CM 10, CM 20, CM 21, MATH 26A; CM 21 may be taken concurrently)


    CM 10

    The Construction Industry


    CM 20

    Construction Materials and Processes (CM 10, ENGL 5; CM 10 may be taken concurrently)


    CM 21

    Construction Graphics (ENGL 5, CM 10; CM 10 may be taken concurrently)


    CM 22

    Construction Documents (ENGL 5, CM 20, CM 21; CM 20 may be taken concurrently)


    CM 30

    Engineering Mechanics--Statics (MATH 26B, PHYS 5A; MATH 26B may be taken concurrently)


    CM 40

    Properties of Construction Materials (PHYS 5A)


    ECON 1A*

    Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis OR

    ECON 1B*

    Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis


    ENVS 10*

    Environmental Science


    MATH 26A*

    Calculus I for the Social and Life Sciences (MATH 11 or three years of high school mathematics which includes two years of algebra and one year of geometry; completion of ELM requirement and the Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic Test)


    MGMT 10

    Introduction to Business Law


    PHYS 5A*

    General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound (Recently completed three years of high school algebra and geometry; and a college course in algebra and trigonometry [MATH 9 recommended] for those having an inadequate mathematics background)


    PHYS 5B*

    General Physics: Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics (PHYS 5A or instructor permission)


    STAT 1*

    Introduction to Statistics (MATH 9 or three years of high school mathematics which includes two years of algebra and one year of geometry; completion of ELM requirement and the Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic Test)

    *Indicates courses that can also be used to satisfy General Education requirements. For the degree, students must satisfy all the University's General Education requirements for Construction Management. Students should contact the program office for a complete list of these requirements. A second year foreign language course (2A or equivalent) may also satisfy 3 units of GE when the course is being taken to comply with the Sacramento State foreign language requirement. Students should consult with an advisor for exact GE eligibility of these courses.

    • High school chemistry (one year), mechanical drawing (one year), and trigonometry (one-half year) also required. Students without this high school preparation must take the necessary courses in addition to those listed above.
    • The recommended course sequence may change. Students should consult the Construction Management program for current information.
    Computer Literacy and Competency

    All majors and pre-majors shall demonstrate computer literacy and competency prior to taking 100-level construction management or business courses. This requirement is met by passing scores on examinations as administered by the College of Business Administration in each of the following areas:

    • Basic understanding and manipulation skills for operating system, Email system, and browser (covered in MIS 1);
    • Basic facility with spreadsheets using the College of Business Administration's standard spreadsheet package (covered in MIS 2);
    • Word processing and presentation graphics (covered in MIS 3).
    B. Required Upper Division Courses (48 units)

    Upper division Construction Management courses are open only to students who have satisfactorily completed all required lower division preparation and have been admitted to the major. Lower division prerequisites are noted below only to show the relationship of the subjects.


    CM 110

    Legal Aspects of Construction (Senior class standing, MGMT 101, CM 22; Corequisite: CM 126)


    CM 111

    Construction Labor Relations


    CM 120

    Construction Operations and Methods Analysis (CM 22; Corequisite: CM 121)


    CM 121

    Fundamentals of Construction Estimating (CM 22; Corequisite: CM 120)


    CM 124

    Engineering Construction (CM 125, CM 135)


    CM 125

    Advanced Estimating and Bidding (CM 120, CM 121)


    CM 126

    Construction Project Management (CM 125, CM 127; Corequisite: CM 110)


    CM 127

    Planning, Scheduling and Control (CM 121)


    CM 129*

    Senior Project (CM 110, CM 124, CM 126, HROB 101)


    CM 130

    Structures I - Design Principles and Structural Steel Design (CM 30 and CM 40; CM 40 may be taken concurrently)


    CM 135

    Soils and Foundations (CM 130)


    CM 136

    Principles of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (PHYS 5B, CM 30)


    CM 140

    Structures II - Timber and Formwork Design (CM 130)


    CM 150

    Structures III - Reinforced Concrete and Reinforced Masonry (CM 130)


    HROB 101

    The Management of Contemporary Organizations


    MGMT 117*

    Business, Ethics, and Society (GWAR Certification before Fall 09, or WPJ score of 80+; or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109M/W; or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109M/W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70/71 and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X)

    Electives (6 units)


    Free BA Elective

    choose any 100 level BA course


    Restricted BA Elective

    choose one course from the following:


    FIN 101

    Business Finance


    MKTG 101

    Principles of Marketing


    OPM 101

    Operations Management (Business Major and Business Administration minor; Corequisite: DS 101)

    *Indicates courses that also can be used to satisfy General Education requirements. For the degree, students must satisfy all the University's General Education requirements for Construction Management. Students should contact the program office for a complete list of these requirements.

    Note: Business Administration lower and upper division courses apply both to the major and to a Business Administration minor. Students interested in pursuing a pre-MBA sequence should contact the Degree Program Center in the College of Business Administration.

    Career Possibilities

    Construction Manager · General Contractor · Sub-Contractor · Project Manager · Construction Estimator · Technical Salesperson · Construction Scheduler or Planner · Forensic Construction Specialist · Environmental Remediation Contractor · Construction Consultant


    Mikael Anderson, Keith Bisharat, Gareth Figgess, Karen Hansen, Justin Reginato

    Contact Information

    Mikael Anderson, P.E., Professor and Department Chair
    Anyssa Lumbert, Administrative Support Coordinator
    Riverside Hall 4026
    (916) 278-6616