Engineering Construction Management

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College: Engineering
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.4 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Garrett Gassman (Omaha), Kevin Sueper (Lincoln)
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Construction Management

COLLEGE: Engineering

MAJOR: Construction Management

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Construction Management


MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.4 for graduation


ADVISOR: Garrett Gassman (Omaha), Kevin Sueper (Lincoln)


Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction

School Director: Jay Puckett

Program Coordinator: Kevin Grosskopf

Professors: Goedert, Grosskopf

Associate Professors: Bernstein, Bonsell, Fischer, Jensen, Schwer, Shen, Stentz, Wentz

Assistant Professors: Ahn, Esmaeili, Woldesenbet

Assistant Professor of Practice: Bowen

Industry Fellow: Cuddigan

Industry Relations: Downey

Construction management (CNST) is a complete undergraduate degree program available to students within The Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction located at Nebraska Hall on the Lincoln City Campus and at the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) in Omaha. Construction is one of the largest and most diversified industries in the country, accounting for approximately 4 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). The key professional in this vast enterprise is the “constructor,” a term given to leaders and managers in the construction industry who are responsible for planning, scheduling and building the projects designed by architects and engineers. These highly specialized efforts are indispensable in meeting the country’s growing need for new structures, infrastructure, and environmental controls that are of high quality, and are cost effective, efficient, and sustainable.

Construction firms vary in size from large corporations to small proprietorships and partnerships. These are often classified according to the kind of construction work they do: general contractors, heavy and highway contractors, specialty contractors—including mechanical and electrical—and residential builders and developers. Many firms engage in more than one category of work. Some larger companies incorporate the architectural and engineering design functions as part of their role as a design/build firm. Collectively, constructors manufacture our entire built environment—buildings for housing, commerce and industry, highways, railroads, waterways, airports, power plants, energy distribution systems, military bases and space center complexes. Thus, the construction management field is broad, requiring a unique educational background for its professional practitioners.

Although the range of construction activities appears wide and diverse, the general educational requirements for construction management are universal regardless of a particular firm’s area of specialization. Since construction is primarily a business enterprise, the graduate must have a sound background in business management and administration, as well as an understanding of the fundamentals of architecture and engineering as they relate to project design and the actual construction process in the field. Professional expertise lies in the fields of construction science, methods, and management. A working knowledge of structural design, mechanical and electrical systems, methods and materials, soil mechanics, and construction equipment is also essential.

The construction management curriculum embraces a course of study in specifications, contractual agreements, labor relations, personnel management, materials, methods, and work analysis techniques. Technical and humanities electives provide a well-rounded education that leads to a rewarding career in the construction industry.

The long-term program educational objectives are to produce graduates who, as leaders in the field:

  • Specify project objectives and plans including delineation of scope, budget, and schedule;
  • Select project participants and set performance requirements;
  • Maximize resource efficiency through judicious procurement of labor, materials and equipment;
  • Implement and complete construction activities through coordination and control of scheduling, contracting, estimating and cost;
  • Develop effective communication protocols and mechanisms for resolving conflicts associated with the construction process;
  • Ensure quality through design, measurement, analysis, and control.
  • Engage in lifelong learning which fosters growth in technical, communication, teamwork and leadership skills.

Educational standards and criteria for construction education are established by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) which is the accrediting agency for construction education programs at all levels. The program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, having met these standards and criteria, is currently fully accredited by ACCE.


Students must complete 28 semester hours or be classified as a sophomore before applying for admission to the construction management degree program.


Requirements for the Degree (Lincoln Campus)

First Semester

CNST 131 Introduction to the Construction Industry1

ENGR 10 Freshman Engineering Seminar0

ENGL 151 Writing & Argument3

GEOL 101 Physical Geology4

MATH 106 Calculus I5

ACE Elective3

Choose one course from not yet satisified ACE outcomes 5, 7, or 9.


Second Semester

CNST 112 Construction Communications3

JGEN 200 Technical Communication I3

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics3

PHYS 151 Elements of Physics4

PHYS 153 Elements of Physics Lab1


Third Semester

CIVE 221 Geometric Control Systems (CONE 221) 3

CNST 241 Construction Methods & Equipment I3

CNST 252 Construction Materials & Testing3

CNST 251 Construction Materials & Specifications3

ENGR 20 Sophomore Engineering Seminar0

CNST 225 Introduction to Building Information Modeling3


Fourth Semester

ACCT 200 Accounting for Business Decisions3

CNST 242 Construction Equipment & Methods II3

ECON 200 Economic Essentials & Issues3

COMM 286 Business & Professional Communication3

ACE Elective3

Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 7, or 9.


Fifth Semester

ARCH 331 Structural Mechanics 3

CNST 344 Construction Site Safety Management3

CNST 305 Building Environmental Technical Systems I (ARCH 333) 3

CNST 378 Construction Estimating (CONE 378) 3

MNGT 300 Management Essentials for Contemporary Organizations3


Sixth Semester

ARCH 332 Structural Optimization3

CNST 306 Building Environmental Technical Systems II3

CNST 379 Construction Estimating II3

BLAW 300 Business, Government & Society3

FINA 300 Financial Decision Making3


Seventh Semester

CNST 476 Project Budgets & Controls (CONE 476) 3

CNST 420 Professional Practice & Ethics3

CNST 485 Construction Planning, Scheduling & Controls (CONE 485) 3

MRKT 300 Contemporary Marketing3

Technical/Design Elective3


Eighth Semester

CNST 480 Productivity & Human Factors in Construction3

CNST 489 Senior Construction Project3

Construction Management Elective3

ACE Elective3

Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 7, or 9.

Technical/Design Elective3


Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120


Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

Construction management students must pass all courses offered within the College of Engineering and all math and science courses with a grade of C or higher.

ACE Requirements

The CNST program follows the UNL ACE general education requirements. Because of the specific needs of the program, most of these courses are specified in the curriculum. Please contact Melissa Hoffman at or 402-554-4482, if you are interested in more information about this program.

Exit Examination

Senior students will be asked to participate in a program exit examination. There will be an opportunity to participate in the American Institute of Constructors' Level I examination before graduation.


This minor is for Engineering and Architecture majors ONLY.

The College of Engineering enables its students to participate in this approved minor subject to the following conditions:

1. A minor will not reduce or alter the existing course or degree requirements for students electing to pursue a minor.

2. A student’s minor program must be organized and approved by an advisor prior to the submission of the senior check to the department chair or head.

3. The minor must be approved by the advisor, the department chair or head, the Dean and the cognizant program offering the minor.

4. The College of Engineering will follow the “Plan A/B” format of the College of Arts and Sciences in which a student pursuing a single minor must complete the “Plan A” requirements. A student pursuing a double (or greater) minor must fulfill either the “Plan A” or “Plan B” requirements for both minors depending on which plan is offered by the cognizant department.

5. Minors on the Lincoln or Omaha campuses may be added by approval of the College of Engineering Curriculum Committee and faculty.

Course Requirements

Plan A only

All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Required Courses27

BLAW 300 Business, Government & Society3

CNST 112 Construction Communications3

CNST 241 Construction Methods & Equipment I3

CNST 305 Building Environmental Technical Systems I (ARCH 333)3

CNST 378 Construction Estimating I (CONE 378)3

CNST 379 Construction Estimating II3

CNST 480 Productivity & Human Factors in Construction3

CNST 485 Construction Planning, Scheduling & Controls (CONE 485)3

MNGT 300 Management Essentials for Contemporary Organizations3


College Admission

College Admission

College Entrance Requirements

Students must have high school credit for (one unit is equal to one high school year):

1. 4 units of mathematics: 2 of algebra, 1 of geometry, 1 of precalculus and trigonometry.

2. 4 units of English.

3. 3 units of natural science that must include 1 unit of physics and 1 unit of chemistry (chemistry requirement waived for students in construction management).

4. 2 units of a single foreign language.

5. 3 units of social studies.

6. Students having a composite ACT score of 28 or greater (or equivalent SAT score) will be admitted to the College of Engineering even if they lack any one of the following: trigonometry, chemistry, or physics.

7. Students having an ACT score of 19 or less in English (or equivalent SAT score) must take ENGL 150 or ENGL 151.

A total of 16 units is required for admission.

Students must have an ACT (enhanced) score of 24 or greater (or equivalent SAT). Students who lack entrance requirements may be admitted based on ACT scores, high school rank and credits, or may be admitted to pre-engineering status in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center. Pre-engineering students are advised within the College of Engineering.

Students for whom English is not their language of nurture must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements of the University.

Students who lack entrance units may complete precollege training by Independent Study through the UNL Office of On-line and Distance Education, in summer courses, or as a part of their first or second semester course loads while in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center or other Colleges at UNL.

Students should consult their advisor, their department chair, or the Office of the Dean if they have questions on current policies.

Other Admission Requirements

Students who transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from other accredited colleges or universities and wish to be admitted to the College of Engineering (COE) must meet COE freshman entrance requirements and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for Nebraska residents or 3.0 for non-residents. Students not meeting either of these requirements must enroll in the Explore Center or another UNL college until they meet COE admission requirements.

The COE accepts courses for transfer for which a C or better grade was received. Although UNL accepts D grades from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Omaha, not all majors in the COE accept such low grades. Students must conform to the requirements of their intended major and, in any case, are strongly encouraged to repeat courses with a grade of C- or less.

All transfer students must adopt the curricular requirements of the undergraduate bulletin current at the time of transfer to the COE—not that in use when they entered UNL. Upon admission to UNL, students wishing to pursue degree programs in the COE will be classified and subject to the policies defined in the subsequent section.

College Degree Requirements

Grade Rules

Grade Appeals

In the event of a dispute involving any college policies or grades, the student should appeal to his/her instructor, and appropriate department chair or school director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved, the student may appeal his/her case through the College Academic Appeals Committee on his/her campus.

Bulletin Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the bulletin for the academic year in which they are first admitted at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent bulletin for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Engineering. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single bulletin year. The bulletin which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.


This is the site for old bulletin data. Please head to UNL's Course Catalog for updated course and program information.