Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

Construction Management

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Construction management encompasses planning, scheduling and building diverse projects in the construction industry. This field addresses the growing need for high-quality, cost-effective, efficient and sustainable structures. The curriculum covers project management, sustainability, safety, legal aspects, construction methods, finance, planning, leadership and communication skills. You’ll receive a strong foundation in business management, architecture, engineering and construction science.

The Nebraska Difference



Student-to-Faculty Ratio


Kiewit Hall

$115 million student-centric engineering hub


Be a Complete Engineer®

Unleash your potential and cultivate core competencies


Innovate. Excel. Engineer.

80% of students receive a job offer before graduation

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Program Features

Comprehensive Curriculum  

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. 

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Notable Courses

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.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Estimating intern, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  • Field engineer intern, Hensel Phelps, Houston, Texas
  • Engineer intern, Kiewit Building Group, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Project management intern, Simply Better Homes, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Superintendent intern, Haselden Construction, Denver, Colorado
  • Field coordinator, Holder Construction, Atlanta, Georgia


  • Project engineer, McCarthy Building, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Project manager/designer, Continental Fire Sprinkler Company, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Field engineer, Hensel Phelps, Austin, Texas
  • Field engineer, J.E. Dunn Construction, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Highway construction technician II, Nebraska Department of Roads, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Project manager, Sampson Construction, Lincoln, Nebraska

Graduate Schools

  • Ph.D. Construction Management & Engineering, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Master's in Construction Management & Engineering, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Master's in Community and Regional Planning, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Master's in Project Management, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Master's in Construction Management, University of Florida
  • MBA, Kaplan University

Outside the Classroom

At Nebraska, you’ll have many opportunities to discover your academic community and stretch your strengths.


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.

Career Preparedness

  • 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.

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Construction Management major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Jeff Beavers
Contact Title
Director of Recruitment