Engineering - Construction Management

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College of Engineering and Computer Science

Program Description

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.

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

Contact Information

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








Undergraduate Program

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. 

Required Lower Division Courses (48 Units)
ACCY 1Accounting Fundamentals3
ACCY 2Managerial Accounting 13
CM 9Construction Surveying and Layout3
CM 10The Construction Industry1
CM 20Construction Materials and Processes3
CM 21Construction Graphics3
CM 22Construction Documents3
CM 30Engineering Mechanics--Statics3
CM 40Properties of Construction Materials3
ECON 1AIntroduction to Macroeconomic Analysis 13
or ECON 1B Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis
ENVS 10Introduction to Environmental Science 13
MATH 26ACalculus I for the Social and Life Sciences 13
MGMT 10Introduction to Business Law3
PHYS 5AGeneral Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound 14
PHYS 5BGeneral Physics: Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics 14
STAT 1Introduction to Statistics 13
Computer Literacy and Competency (3 Units) 2
MIS 1Word Processing1
MIS 2Spreadsheets1
MIS 3Presentation Graphics1
Required Upper Division Courses (48 Units) 3
CM 110Legal Aspects of Construction3
CM 111Construction Labor Relations3
CM 120Construction Operations and Methods Analysis3
CM 121Fundamentals of Construction Estimating3
CM 124Engineering Construction3
CM 125Advanced Estimating and Bidding3
CM 126Construction Project Management3
CM 127Planning, Scheduling and Control3
CM 129Senior Project 43
CM 130Structures I -- Design Principles and Structural Steel Design3
CM 135Soils and Foundations3
CM 136Principles of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering3
CM 140Structures II -- Timber and Formwork Design3
CM 150Structures III -- Reinforced Concrete and Reinforced Masonry3
HROB 101The Management of Contemporary Organizations3
MGMT 117Business, Ethics and Society 43
Electives (6 Units)
Select any 100 level BA course3
Select one of the following:3
Business Finance
Principles Of Marketing
Operations Management
Total Units105

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.


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).

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.


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.


  • 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.

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.

How to Read Course Descriptions

CM 9.     Construction Surveying and Layout. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CM 10, CM 20, CM 21 and either Math 26A or MATH 30 ; CM 21 and Math 26A or MATH 30 may be taken concurrently.

Corequisite(s): CM 21.

Geomatics and the principles of surveying measurements for distance, direction, and elevation. Special emphasis on the application of surveying skills relevant to the field of construction, including building, bridge, and sitework layout techniques and procedures, establishment of reference line and grade, topographic mapping, and earthwork computations. Lecture two hours. Laboratory 3 hours.

CM 10.     The Construction Industry. 1 Unit

Introduction to the Construction Management program and the many facets of the construction industry and to the various career opportunities. The unique products of construction, the organizations involved, and the people that make it happen. Guest speakers. Lecture one hour.

Credit/No Credit

CM 20.     Construction Materials and Processes. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CM 10, ENGL 1A; CM 10 may be taken concurrently.

Introduction to construction materials; to their properties in-place in completed projects, and to their characteristics that affect construction processes. The organizations, methods, equipment and safety considerations that are common to projects of all types and to all segments of the industry. Field trips. Lecture two hours; laboratory three hours.

Field trip(s) may be required.

CM 21.     Construction Graphics. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1A and CM 10; CM 10 may be taken concurrently.

Instruction and exercises in graphic techniques and procedures applicable to construction. Analysis of drawings in the civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical fields and how drawings affect construction planning. Freehand sketching. Isometric and oblique projections. Material quantity surveying. Lecture two hours; laboratory three hours.

CM 22.     Construction Documents. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1A, CM 20, and CM 21; CM 20 may be taken concurrently.

Analyzes construction contract documents. Technical and legal interpretations and implications to managers of the construction process. Quantity surveying. Lecture two hours; laboratory three hours.

CM 30.     Engineering Mechanics--Statics. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): MATH 26B, PHYS 5A; MATH 26B may be taken concurrently.

Introduction to the solution of engineering design problems. Concepts of units, vectors, equilibrium, forces, force systems, shear and moment diagrams. Lecture three hours.

CM 40.     Properties of Construction Materials. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A.

Study of the engineering performance characteristics of materials. Covers testing concepts and procedures. Includes basic properties of metals, aggregates, cements, concrete, timber, asphalt, masonry and plastics with emphasis on construction applications. Lecture two hours; laboratory three hours.

CM 96A.     Fundamentals of Construction Management. 3 Units

Introduction to the Construction Management program. Critical reading, thinking and writing for the construction profession. Introduction to visualization and graphic communication using software. Introduction to quantitative software commonly used in the construction industry.

CM 110.     Legal Aspects of Construction. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Senior class standing, MGMT 101, CM 22.

Corequisite(s): CM 126

Application of advanced legal concepts to the construction process. Analyzes problems relating to contract formation, administration, and interpretation. Includes bidding and contract enforcement; litigation of disputes vs. arbitration; liability for negligence, warranty, and strict liability; safety; license law requirements; mechanics' liens and stop notices; bond rights and obligations. Lecture three hours.

CM 111.     Construction Labor Relations. 3 Units

Study of federal and state labor law; labor unions, and their importance in the construction industry; and an analysis of the growth of open-shop construction. Employment law. Lecture three hours.

CM 120.     Construction Operations and Methods Analysis. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CM 22.

Corequisite(s): CM 121.

Introduction to the analysis and management of construction projects in terms of the work that must be performed in the construction process. Analyzes operations and methods using concepts and techniques, including video, that are applicable to all types of projects in all segments of the industry, variables affecting productivity. Safety as an integral part of project and operations management. Field trips. Lecture two hours; laboratory three hours.

Field trip(s) may be required.

CM 121.     Fundamentals of Construction Estimating. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CM 22.

Corequisite(s): CM 120.

Study of the basic approaches to estimating the cost of construction projects from a managerial viewpoint. Types of estimates and methods; elements of cost, variables and costing concepts; analysis procedures for detailed estimates. Lecture two hours; laboratory three hours.

CM 124.     Engineering Construction. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CM 125, CM 135.

Study of engineering construction projects with emphasis on equipment-paced operations including safety aspects. Engineering fundamentals and other factors that affect equipment selection and production. Amplification of recording and analysis techniques. Unit price contracts. Field trips. Lecture two hours; laboratory three hours.

Field trip(s) may be required.

CM 125.     Advanced Estimating and Bidding. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CM 120, CM 121.

Study of the concepts and practices involved in the total estimating and bidding process in construction, from initial project selection to submission of final bids. Covers considerations in project selection, sub-bid analysis, contingency and risk analysis, pricing concepts, bidding models, and an introduction to computer applications. A complete project estimate and bid is prepared by each student. Lecture two hours; laboratory three hours.

CM 126.     Construction Project Management. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CM 125, CM 127.

Corequisite(s): CM 110.

Introduction to the study of Project Management as it is used on the larger construction project. Students study how construction contractors manage cost, time, scope, and quality. The theory of Project Management is developed and compared to management of the on-going business enterprise. Matrix and functional organizations are examined within the context of the industrial, commercial and heavy contract construction industries using the principles of the management process. Lecture three hours.

CM 127.     Planning, Scheduling and Control. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CM 121.

Study of the concepts used in planning and controlling construction projects. Arrow, PERT, precedence, and linear scheduling methods; resource leveling; time-cost analysis; bar charts; and time-scaled diagrams. Manual procedures followed by computer applications. Lecture three hours.

CM 129.     Senior Project. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CM 110, CM 111, CM 124, CM 126, HROB 101.

Consideration of technical, legal, business and human factors (including safety) in applying the functional approach to the management of construction organizations, projects, and operations. The individual construction professional in a competitive industry: personal and professional development, ethics, stress, physical and mental health. The industry and the construction professional in relation to the social and physical environments. Lecture three hours.

CM 130.     Structures I -- Design Principles and Structural Steel Design. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CM 30, CM 40; CM 40 may be taken concurrently.

Introduction to structural design. Consideration of load conditions, stresses, strain, beam deflection and column action. Basic design of structural steel members with emphasis on systems used in practical situations. Beams, trusses, and columns are designed using the Uniform Building Code as a reference and the results are shown on detailed drawings and sketches. Lecture three hours.

CM 135.     Soils and Foundations. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CM 130.

Study of the properties and behaviors of soils used as materials in construction. Index and physical properties of soils including compaction; permeability, compressibility, and shear strength. Methods of laboratory and field tests. Principles of foundation design, pavements, embankments and temporary soil support systems for trenches and cuts. Lecture two hours; laboratory three hours.

CM 136.     Principles of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5B, CM 30.

Basic principles of thermodynamics with application to heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems. Introduction to electrical circuits and circuit analysis with construction applications. Lecture three hours.

CM 140.     Structures II -- Timber and Formwork Design. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CM 130.

Basic design of structural timber members with emphasis on systems used in practical situations. Beams, trusses, and columns are designed using the Uniform Building Code as a reference and the results are shown on detailed drawings and sketches. Application of engineering principles to satisfy construction requirements that are not designed or shown in typical construction documents. Includes analysis and design of concrete form systems, shoring, and falsework, and construction dewatering. Lecture three hours.

CM 150.     Structures III -- Reinforced Concrete and Reinforced Masonry. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CM 130.

Basic design concepts of reinforced concrete and reinforced masonry design. Topics and examples include design of beams, slabs, columns and walls. Students are required to demonstrate drafting ability. Assignments include design and drawings of various structural systems. Lecture three hours.

CM 199.     Special Problems. 1 - 3 Units

Individual projects or directed reading.

Note: Open only to students competent to carry on individual work. Admission to this course requires approval of an instructor and the program coordinator.

Credit/No Credit