Construction Bachelor of Science

Build a bright future for yourself with a four-year degree in construction from Seminole State. Headed by the Wharton-Smith Center for Construction, part of the Seminole State School of Engineering, Design and Construction, this program focuses as heavily on classwork as it does real site visits and practical application - giving you a strong foundation in this always in-demand job market.

Getting Started for Spring Term

Nov. 2:   Financial Aid


Jan. 2:   Application


Jan. 7:   Classes Begin

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Why Seminole State?

  • Outstanding reputation: Seminole State has been developing construction programs for more than 20 years. 
  • Unique program: Seminole State offers the only Bachelor of Science degree in Construction in Central Florida.
  • Industry-driven curriculum: The curriculum is based on accreditation standards as defined by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) and is reviewed by an Industry Advisory Board to ensure it meets industry needs. 
  • Dedicated faculty: Faculty are "scholar-practitioners" with industry experience as well as academic credentials. 
  • Award-winning projects: Students regularly compete in the DBIA National Student Design-Build Competition, placing first in the Southeast Region (2015-16 and 2018-19).
  • Hands-on experience: Apply your knowledge to real-world situations through co-ops and internships with industry partners, and participate in active construction site and field trips.
  • Flexible Schedule: Classes are offered in the day, evening and online for convenience. Upper-division requirements can be completed entirely online.

Construction Bachelor of Science
Type: BS
Major Code : CONST-BS
CIP: 1101510012

Program Description

Seminole State College's Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Construction leads to professional licensure as a general contractor (Certified GC and/or Building Contractor) high-demand jobs.  Seminole State prepares the student to manage projects from conception to completion with an emphasis on project management.  Building construction principles taught in the classroom are enhanced through real-world applications.

Why Seminole State?

  • Community involvement: Students participate in community service learning projects, visit major construction sites and engage with the local construction companies during monthly industry sponsored "Toolbox Talk" events.  Students are encouraged to join student chapters of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).
  • Online completion: Seminole State offers a clear pathway to earn a B.S. Construction degree completely online from the comfort of home.  A completed A.S. degree in construction transfers into the B.S. degree and provides the foundation of the degree.  Designed for the full-time working student or for those with other commitments, a part-time lock step program allows a student to complete the bachelor degree within three years.
  • Scholar-Practitioner faculty:  All full-time construction faculty are Florida-licensed professionals who are actively involved in the industry.  These scholar-practitioner faculty have real-world experience, professional licensure in construction, engineering or architecture and a credentialed, scholarly academic background.

Profession

Successful construction managers have excellent leadership skills and are able to plan and conduct operations for construction projects from design to occupancy.  Typically, they work on major projects with design and construction professionals, optimizing the use of manpower and materials, solving problems and thinking creatively.  Construction managers use clear communication, teamwork and organization skills.  Construction managers, often called general contractors or project managers, coordinate and supervise a wide variety of projects, including the building of all types of public, residential, commercial and industrial structures. Although most managers oversee construction projects from start to finish, some consult with developers and builders on construction related issues.

Career Opportunities

  • Building/Construction Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Cost Estimator
  • General Contractor
  • Permitting and Government Liaison
  • Property, Real Estate and Community Association Manager
  • Real Estate Developer
  • Safety Inspector
  • Safety Manager
  • Scheduler
  • Sustainable Construction Manager

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Job Outlook

Employment of construction managers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).  Construction managers will be needed as overall construction activity expands.  Population and business growth will result in the construction of many new residences, office buildings, retail outlets, hospitals, schools, restaurants and other structures over the coming decade. 

Program Admission

Applicants seeking admission to Seminole State College's bachelor's degree programs must comply with the College's General Admissions procedures.  In addition, students must meet the following program-specific requirements listed below prior to being accepted into upper-division coursework:

  • Completion of an Associate in Arts (A.A.) or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or selected Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees from any regionally accredited Florida institution:
    • A.S., Architectural Design and Construction Technology (CIP 1615010100)
    • A.S., Building Construction Technology (CIP 1615100101)
    • A.S., Construction Management (CIP 1646041201)
    • A.S., Construction Management (CIP 1646041200)

    All other degrees will be evaluated by the faculty committee on a case-by-case basis.

  • A GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Program Progression Requirements:
    • An Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in any one of the regionally accredited Florida programs listed above satisfies the Required Construction Program Prerequisite
    • requirements detailed in the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Construction degree program. Students with any other degree must complete the Required Construction Program Prerequisites with a grade of "C" or higher before starting the Construction Courses (Upper Division).
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Available Courses
Prerequisite Courses
22

Construction Program Prerequisites

Courses must be completed with a "C" or higher. All Construction Program Prerequisites must be completed prior to starting Construction Upper Division Required Courses.
This course provides a broad overview of the built environment and the architectural, engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry as well as different career paths within the industry. It offers insight into the processes, the people and the practices involved to make a building from a concept to reality. The course introduces students to the construction process and those individuals who manage that process. Construction management involves the organization, coordination and strategic effort applied to the construction activities and the numerous resources needed to achieve the building objective. Construction management combines both the art and science of building technology with the essential principles of business, management, computer technology and leadership.
This course offers useful knowledge of the materials and methods of building construction. Students are introduced to building science, materials science, legal constraints and building craft. Building techniques are presented as whole working systems from site work through roofing. This course will present the basic construction systems, each in sufficient detail, so that the student is brought to an operational level of knowledge.
This course is a continuation of materials, methods and techniques with an emphasis placed on mechanical systems such as HVAC, electrical, plumbing and fire suppression systems. As buildings have become more sophisticated, students will gain an understanding of communications, electronic safety and security and utilities of modern building construction as it pertains to construction processes. Other divisions addressed include, but are not limited to, furnishings, conveying systems, earthwork, construction equipment and exterior improvements. This course will also offer an in-depth study of today's advanced building technologies for sustainability. This course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
This intermediate course provides a basic knowledge of how construction documents are prepared and the extraction of information from these documents. An emphasis will be placed on the planning and management of information from the construction documents as it applies to the scope of work, construction sequencing and processes, submittals, RFI, addendums and change orders. This course will familiarize students with commercial construction building systems, assemblies and the relationship between drawings from various disciplines such as civil, architectural, structural, MEP and so on. Topics include basic construction abbreviations, symbology, various scalings of drawings, MEP building systems and techniques. Students must complete the class with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is an introduction to the techniques of drawing for three-dimensional spatial relationships, visualization, sketching and graphical presentation. Engineering drawing, descriptive geometry and graphical solution techniques using both manual and computer methods will be emphasized. Lab fee required.
The purpose of this course is to help drafting students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to work at an entry-level job in such positions as CAD technician trainee, CAD system operator or CAD technician. This course is designed for students who have already received in-depth training in one or more application areas. Lab fee required.
This course covers the theory and practice of surveying, use and care of instruments, instrument error, balancing and closing traverses, introduction to land and construction surveying. Lab fee required.
Required Courses
33

Construction Required Core Courses

This course provides an in-depth study of the fundamental principles of building mechanical systems including plumbing, heating/ventilation/ air conditioning (HVAC) and fire protection systems. An emphasis will be placed on proper planning, construction and commissioning of mechanical systems as related to the construction industry. Students will further develop an understanding of current building codes and requirements. Students will develop knowledge and skills in analyzing construction drawings for contract scope development and project control and management.
This course provides a basic understanding of the origin, composition and structure of soils, and how soil materials influence construction operations. Types of foundations will be examined for load and bearing capacity. Students will learn methods of analysis and the interpretation of geotechnical reports. Testing of soils for construction quality control and assurance applications will be introduced and conducted as part of lab exercises. Lab fee required.
This course provides an in-depth study of the fundamental principles of building electrical sources, wiring and circuitry. An emphasis will be placed on proper planning, construction and commissioning of electrical components and systems (i.e. wiring, lighting, security, etc.) as related to the construction industry. The student will further develop an understanding of current national electrical code/building code and requirements. Students will develop knowledge and skills in analyzing electrical drawings for contract scope development and project control and management.
This course provides an overview of the fundamental aspects of the legal system, laws and contract documents that affect the construction industry and the legal implications of managing a construction project. Students will learn the importance of contract language and apply concepts to determine potential risks. An emphasis will be placed on contract forms and provisions as related to liability, damages, risk management and dispute resolution. Other topics presented include insurance, warranties, environmental concerns, workplace issues and the role of ethics.
This advanced course is an in-depth study of construction project sequencing and scheduling. Students will analyze construction documents for planning, the management of construction processes and to create construction schedules for both residential and commercial projects. An emphasis will be placed on construction quality assurance and cost control processes. Microsoft Project software will be presented as another means of creating the various schedules. Lean construction principles and practices will be introduced.
The emphasis of this course is construction safety, requirements and procedures associated with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Students will learn how to create a construction project safety plan and provide an analysis of cost, planning, inspections, prevention and the administration of safety processes on the job site. Other topics addressed include health and environmental issues, loss prevention and control and the pursuit of a drug-free workplace.
This advanced course covers the analysis and determination of construction costs such as indirect and overhead costs from a general contractor and/or construction manager perspective. Advanced topics presented include pre-construction services, industry project procurement processes, project delivery systems and contracts, the preparation of bid proposals and bidding strategies. An emphasis will be placed on professional ethics. Students will be responsible for the development of a detailed cost estimate and bid proposal for a commercial building construction project. A subscription to RSMeans Cost Data Student Package RSMeans Online is required for this course.
Students will be introduced to the basic principles and applications of construction accounting and cost control. An emphasis will be placed on managing cash flow and costs and profits specifically related to the construction industry. Students will become familiarized with accounting terminology and forms such as balance sheets, income statements, financial ration analyses, depreciation, estimated cost at completion, and earned value analysis. This course must be completed with a "C" or higher.
In this capstone course, students will demonstrate knowledge and skills acquired throughout the construction program of study. The course project will simulate construction project management processes on a commercial project and will include a comprehensive thesis binder for the assigned construction project. Aspects such as project analyses cost estimating, planning and scheduling, and project control processes will be addressed as will construction safety and risk management. The role of professional ethics in the analyses and decision-making process will be emphasized. A subscription to RSMeans Cost Data Student Package RSMeans Online is required for this course. This course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course will prepare the student for the field of Engineering Technology and/or related sciences. The course will focus on specialized practical knowledge related to the mathematical, scientific or technical aspects of mathematics, science and engineering. Fundamental principles of statics, co-planar and non-co-planar force systems including concurrent and non-concurrent forces will be covered. Additional focus will be placed on both friction and non-friction systems. Stress and strain evaluations on columns, beams, trusses and foundation systems will also be addressed.
Note: EGN 3310 can be used to satisfy the ETG 2502 requirement.
Note: ETG 2502 must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course will continue to prepare the student for the field of engineering technology and/or a related science. The course will focus on specialized, practical knowledge related to more advanced mathematical, scientific or technical aspects of mathematics, science and engineering. Relationships between external forces and action of members of a structure will be covered. Topics include stress, shear, moment, deflections, column and beam connections and Mohr's Circle.
Electives & Additional Required Core

Business & Management Foundation Courses

12

Any ACG, APA, or FIN prefix course not already required

3
Credits

Any BUL prefix course

3
Credits
Managing the human elements of project management is as challenging as mastering the technical aspects. Innovative approaches are employed to successfully motivate, communicate, negotiate and resolve conflicts among the team members and stakeholders. In this course, students develop an understanding of the individual, the group and the project team. Proven techniques to make conflict a constructive rather than a destructive experience are discovered. Students develop effective communication, negotiation and conflict resolution skills to successfully lead both domestic and global projects.

Any ECO prefix course

3
Credits

Construction Electives

6
BCN
####
Any BCN prefix college credit course
BCT
####
Any BCT prefix college credit course
or higher level College credit Construction course not already taken. If estimating and scheduling courses were not taken as part of the AS or AA degree, students must take BCN 2721 and BCT 2770 courses as the Construction Electives.

Required Math and Science Foundation Courses.  Courses satisfy General Education Courses.

6
This course is a study of Differential and Integral Calculus of algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions with applications to business analysis. It is designed to provide the student of business and social sciences a course in applied calculus. This course is not intended for the student who is required to complete the calculus series.
or higher level mathematics course
This course is for non-science majors. Fundamental concepts of physics with application of everyday experiences are covered. Topics include kinematics, mechanics, electricity and magnetism and special topics. This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of the physical factors in our environment. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
or higher level Physics course

Electives

17

Any College credit course not already required.

General Education Courses
36

Communications General Education courses

9
Credits

History General Education course

3
Credits

Humanities General Education courses

6
Credits

Mathematics General Education courses

6
Credits
A minimum of 3 credits in Mathematics must be higher than Algebra and Trigonometry in order to satisfy the ACCE accreditation program requirements.
Science General Education courses
6
Credits

Social Science General Education courses

6
Credits
Total Credits:
126
Note:

Students must meet General Education requirements. Students awarded an Associate in Arts or Baccalaureate degree or who have official transcripts documenting "General Education Requirements Met" from a Florida College System or Florida State University System degree-granting institution shall be considered to have satisfied Seminole State's General Education requirements. Please refer to this catalog's General Education section for specific requirements.

Note:

Honors in the Major is an indication that the student pursues academic excellence and exhibits leadership qualities. The Honors in the Major Program is designed to encourage the best juniors and seniors to do classwork and projects that expose them to the latest in technology and methodology. Refer to the Honors in the Major section of this catalog for details.

Note:

Students enrolled in Seminole State College’s baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate foreign language proficiency. Students who have previously received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from this requirement.  Additionally, per Florida Statute 1007.25, “Beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2014-2015 and thereafter, coursework for an associate in arts degree shall include demonstration of competency in a foreign language.” 

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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Tuition and Fee Comparison*

 Seminole StateUFFSUUCF
Tuition and Fees$3,131$6,380$6,480$6,379
Room and Board-0-$10,120$10,666$10,010
Books and Supplies$1,000$1,030$1,000$1,030
Total$4,131$17,530$18,146$17,419.20

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* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 terms, with 15 credit hours per term for in-state students. Dorm fees, meal plans and book expenses are estimates based on information provided on each university's website. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

The Profession

Successful construction managers have excellent leadership skills and are able to plan and conduct operations for successful construction projects from design to occupancy. Typically, they work on major projects with design and construction professionals, optimizing the use of manpower and materials, solving problems and thinking creatively. Construction managers must use clear communication, teamwork and organization.

Career Opportunities

Careers benefiting from this degree are among the fastest growing in the region. During the next eight years, state figures project an average of 2,000 openings per year in Central Florida.

A bachelor's degree in construction prepares you for these careers:

  • Building/Construction Inspector
  • Construction Manager
  • Cost Estimator
  • Expeditor
  • General Contractor
  • Green and Sustainable Construction Manager
  • Property, Real Estate and Community Association Manager
  • Real Estate Developer
  • Safety Inspector
  • Safety Manager
  • Scheduler

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