Hours Required120 credit hours
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Gain a strong foundation in business management and administration as well as architecture and engineering principles relevant to project design and construction. You’ll learn about construction project management, project life cycle and sustainability, health and safety regulations, law and contract administration, cost management, planning and scheduling.
Emphasis on Professional Expertise
The program places an emphasis on developing professional expertise in the fields of construction science, methods and management. You’ll learn about structural design, mechanical and electrical systems, construction materials, soil mechanics and construction equipment. This focus on technical knowledge ensures that you can lead and manage construction projects, maximize resource efficiency and implement activities with precision.
Hands-On Learning and Industry Engagement
Engage in hands-on learning with real-world projects, internships and cooperative education. You will gain valuable industry insights, build a professional network and understand current construction trends and technologies for a successful career launch.
Construction Materials and Specifications (CNST 251)
Construction materials and proper specification. Design goals, safety, inspection, zoning code compliance and environmental requirements. Study physical, mechanical and aesthetic properties of various materials.
Building Environmental Technical Systems I (CNST 305)
Characteristics and performance of buildings. Thermal and psychrometric environments, human comfort, heat gain/loss, ventilation, natural energy systems, sustainable design principles, plumbing and life safety systems.
Construction Estimating I (CNST 378)
Prepare cost estimates, perform quantity take-offs, analyze cost components, create preliminary construction schedules and conduct quantity takeoffs from 2D plans and 3D BIM software models.
Project Administration (CNST 411)
Ownership and administration of construction companies. Documentation, specifications, contracts, estimating, bidding, bonds, insurance, project management, scheduling, cost management, labor law, labor relations and project safety.
Productivity & Human Factors in Construction (CNST 480)
Study motivation and productivity improvement methods for management, focusing on enhancing working conditions, implementing human behavior and ergonomics concepts for productivity and safety.
Construction Planning, Scheduling, & Controls (CNST 485)
Project planning and scheduling using critical path methods (CPM) with computer applications. Logic networks, precedence diagrams, time estimates, critical path, crash programs and activity monitoring.
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Outside the Classroom
At Nebraska, you’ll have many opportunities to discover your academic community and stretch your strengths.
Matthew Barrows, Assistant Professor of Practice
Matthew Barrows’ focus is preparing students for careers in construction and management. He has strong connections to the construction industry, which provides students plenty of opportunities to connect with professionals in their areas of interest. He also advises the Associated General Contractors’ chapter and the Associated Schools of Construction chapter, where teams have finished first or second over the past five years in regional or international competitions.
Academics & Experiential Learning
- The construction management program will be housed in Kiewit Hall, which serves as one of the nation’s top facilities for undergraduate engineering education.
- Durham School programs in Lincoln and Omaha are located among one of the nation’s top hubs for construction and architectural engineering firms, offering valuable networking opportunities.
- The annual Durham School Career Fair attracts nearly 100 employers from across Nebraska and nationally to connect with our students.
- Participate in paid internships for valuable on-the-job experiences and to develop lifelong career contacts.
- Engineering Night Out is a great way to relax and bond with your peers in a casual environment.
- With more than 50 clubs and organizations in the College of Engineering, you’ll connect with other students and faculty through fun and hands-on experiences.
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