Are you fascinated by the homes, roads, and skyscrapers that are part of the built environment? Have you ever wondered what goes into making these structures? Do you enjoy the idea of effectively and safely managing people and technology?

For more than 25 years, the bachelor of science degree program in construction management has remained a stable foundation for providing students the highest levels of education combined with the industrial experience needed to excel in the 21st century. Our program is one of the largest construction management program in the Southeastern United States, and has a highly qualified and experienced faculty that represents the fields of architecture, construction management, civil engineering, and mechanical engineering. ECU's construction management program has the distinction of being the first accredited in North Carolina, and is one of 65 accredited programs in the country.

The Department of Construction Management is housed in the College of Engineering and Technology and has state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory facilities. The Caterpillar High-Bay Laboratory is equipped with an overhead gantry crane with which students have the opportunity to assemble steel structures and structural framing units.

Construction management professionals construct designs of architects and engineers and create facilities for owners and end-users. The field of construction management is responsible for the entire spectrum of facilities and structures, including water and sewer utilities, gas pipelines, tunnels, seaports, airports, roads, highways, bridges, industrial plants, residential and commercial buildings, and more. As such, professionals have multiple options from which they can select an area that matches their passion and talent.

ECU Advantage

Construction management at ECU is the oldest such program in North Carolina, with accreditation from the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). It enjoys an excellent reputation and high visibility (both regionally and internationally) among various constituents including employers and prospective students. The department takes pride in its strong reputation of a healthy student-faculty ratio and its relationship with industry partners. Students benefit from their close interaction with faculty and on-going activities with industry sponsors and a strong alumni base. Graduates from our program enjoy a high-placement rate and maintain a reputation of adapting well to industry needs and advancing in their professional careers.

Our faculty is well equipped with the knowledge and experience (both national and international) to impart a high-quality education to our students. Classroom instruction is augmented by various supplemental activities to enrich the learning experience of our students. We also offer study-abroad opportunities during the summer.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Syed Ahmed (346-B Rawl Building; 252-328-6958; ahmeds@ecu.edu)

The construction management program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education.

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • COMM 2020 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication or
  • COMM 2410 - Public Speaking
  • space
  • ECON 2113 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 2133 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GEOL 1500 - Dynamic Earth
  • space
  • MATH 1065 - College Algebra or
  • MATH 1066 - Applied Mathematics for Decision Making

  • PHYS 1250 - General Physics I
  • PHYS 1251 - General Physics Laboratory I
2. Core - 67 s.h.
    Lower division core courses (12 s.h.)
    • CMGT 2200 - Introduction to the Sustainable Built Environment
    • CMGT 2210 - Construction and Civil Materials
    • CMGT 2211 - Construction and Civil Materials Laboratory
    • CMGT 2400 - Building Systems and Codes
    • CMGT 2401 - Building Systems and Codes Laboratory
    • CMGT 2600 - Construction Documents and Analysis
    Upper division core courses (55 s.h.)
    • CMGT 2650 - Structural Analysis
    • CMGT 2700 - Soils and Foundations
    • CMGT 2701 - Soils and Foundations Laboratory
    • CMGT 2750 - Mechanical and Electrical Construction
    • CMGT 2900 - Construction Project Safety Management
    • CMGT 2950 - Construction Surveying
    • CMGT 2951 - Construction Surveying Laboratory
    • CMGT 3010 - Construction Modeling and Information Technology
    • CMGT 3150 - Residential Construction Techniques
    • CMGT 3500 - Construction Contracts and Specifications
    • CMGT 3710 - Infrastructure and Highway Materials
    • CMGT 3711 - Infrastructure and Highway Materials Laboratory
    • CMGT 4000 - Construction Estimating I
    • CMGT 4010 - Construction Estimating II
    • CMGT 4100 - Construction Planning and Scheduling
    • CMGT 4200 - Construction Scheduling and Cost Control
    • CMGT 4300 - Construction Quality and Human Resource Management
    • CMGT 4320 - Global Sustainable Construction
    • CMGT 4340 - Construction Economics
    • CMGT 4380 - Equipment Management
    • CMGT 4400 - Construction Capstone
    • CMGT 4500 - Construction Professional Development
3. Cognates - 13 s.h.
  • ACCT 2101 - Survey of Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • FINA 2244 - Legal Environment of Business
  • GEOL 1501 - Dynamic Earth Laboratory *
  • MATH 2283 - Statistics for Business *
  • MGMT 3202 - Fundamentals of Management
  • Note:

    * GEOL 1501 and MATH 2283 cannot count toward the general education requirements in this degree.

    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other
    • Cost Estimators
    • Civil Engineering Technicians
    • Manufacturing, Installation and Repair
    • Construction
    • Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.