Construction Bachelor of Science

For the Spring Term 2021, we are offering in person, hybrid, remote, and online  courses.  In person courses will have class meetings on campus in accordance with established College safety protocols.  Hybrid courses will have a combination of in person and remote/online content.  Remote courses show a day and time, and will have class meetings via live video. Online courses will contain fully online content without set meeting times.
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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.

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Getting Started: Fall 2020 B Session

Aug. 17:   Financial Aid

Oct. 14:   Application

Oct. 19:   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.

Additional Information

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) in 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.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Community involvement: Students participate in local and international humanitarian service learning projects to give back to the community and abroad.
  • Project-based learning approach: Curriculum incorporates real-world, project-based simulation and hands-on activities. Students simulate construction project management from blueprints to completion. Interdisciplinary projects with Engineering and Interior Design programs replicate collaboration in the industry.
  • Industry support:  Seminole State's Construction Advisory Board is highly involved in the program. Monthly industry-sponsored speaker series, roundtables and industry spotlight recruitment tabling events allow for students to network with professionals. Internships and job shadow opportunities with prominent companies are other ways the local construction industry supports the program.

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's degree, bachelor's degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution. Students who have earned a minimum 60 college credit hours from any regionally accredited institution may request to have their admission reviewed and determined by the department review committee.
  • 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 below satisfies the Construction Technical Foundation program prerequisite requirements detailed in the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Construction degree program for both admissions and graduation requirements. Students with any other degree must complete the Construction Technical Foundation courses with a grade of "C" or higher before starting the upper division Construction Required Core Courses. 
      • A.S., Architectural Design and Construction Technology (CIP 1615010100)
      • A.S., Building Construction Technology (CIP 1615100101)
      • A.S., Construction and Civil Engineering Technology (CIP 1615100102)
      • A.S., Construction Management (CIP 1646041201)
      • A.S., Construction Management (CIP 1646041200)
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Available Courses
Prerequisite Courses
31

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, the architectural, engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry as well as different career paths within the industry. Insight into the processes, the people and the practices involved to bring a building from a concept to reality are presented. An emphasis will be placed on the construction management process and the critical role of the construction manager. Lab fee required.
Studies in construction communication tools will provide an understanding and the interpretation of construction drawing systems to include blueprint reading. Students will develop both free-hand sketching skills for onsite redline drawings utilizing industry software such as Bluebeam and the introduction of basic Computer-aided design (CAD) applications. Lab fee required.
This course will introduce students to basic knowledge in building information modeling. Students will learn to create and modify basic building elements, envelope systems and features in a simple 3D digital building model.
This course offers an in-depth knowledge of the materials and methods employed in building construction. Students are introduced to building science, materials science, codes and standards in the construction industry. Construction techniques are presented as related to sitework and the building envelope. This course covers major construction materials such as soil, concrete, masonry, wood, metal and other finish materials. Lab fee required.
This course is a continuation of the discussion 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, specialty construction, conveying systems, earthwork, construction equipment and exterior improvements. This course will also offer an in-depth study of today's advanced sustainable building technologies and sustainable rating systems. This course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
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 interpretation of the information from the construction documents for construction planning and management as it applies to the scope of work, 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 and understanding various scales of drawings. Emerging computer technologies for construction management are introduced. Students must complete the class with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
This is an introductory course in project scheduling and planning using bar charts, critical path method (CPM), precedence diagram and linear scheduling methods. Students will develop an understanding of resource leveling, cost loaded schedule, updating and expediting the schedule on construction projects. Students will work on a semester project to develop activities and sequences involved on a typical construction project. Primavera P6 software will be introduced in the class to create the various schedules. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
The AS construction management program culminates in this capstone course. The course provides a comprehensive simulation of the project management process and roles of the construction project management team. Through a simulated construction project, students will assemble in teams and apply knowledge of estimating, scheduling, project control of construction activities, and analyze construction documents and specifications. Efficient office and administrative procedures and the use of appropriate documents and electronic technologies will be required. This course must be completed with a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher.
This course introduces the fundamentals of estimating process for construction projects. Topics include the work breakdown structure (WBS); extraction of quantities such as area, volume, weight, etc., from construction documents; analysis and determination of direct and indirect costs; the uses of unit cost databases; and types of estimates. Students will simulate preparation of bid proposals on construction projects. Computer-based construction estimating software will be introduced.
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 covers the principles of statics, structural mechanics and their applications in construction. Some of the major topics include truss analysis, properties of various construction materials, stress and strain relationships, properties of sections, load factors, shear and bending in flexural loaded members, stresses in compression members, deflections and connections. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Note: ETG 2502 or EGN 3310 may be substituted.
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 understanding of proper planning, construction and commissioning of mechanical systems as related to the construction industry. Students will further develop a basic knowledge of current building codes and requirements. Students will develop 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. The construction of different types of foundations and haul roads will be discussed. 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 covers the properties of major structural materials used in construction, design procedures and code requirements for wood, steel and reinforced concrete structure members such as beams, columns, slabs, footings, retaining walls and pre-stressed members and related formwork/temporary structures. Students will learn to apply knowledge of the Florida Building Code as related to building construction and calculate code-required design loads.
This course provides an in-depth study of the fundamental principles of building electrical power sources, wiring and circuitry. An emphasis will be placed on proper planning, construction and the understanding 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 NFPA 70 national electrical code/building codes and requirements. Students will develop knowledge and skills in analyzing electrical drawings for scope development, project control and management, including coordination with other trades that require electrical power.
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, scheduling and control. Students will analyze construction documents for planning, the management of construction processes and to create construction schedules for both residential and commercial projects. Construction quality assurance and cost control processes will be presented. Microsoft Project and Phoenix Project Manager software will be used to create 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 effectively manage safety including planning, inspections, prevention and the administration of safety processes on the job site. In addition, the students will be responsible for creating a construction safety plan. Other topics addressed include contractor safety management, dealing with language barriers, and understanding modern risk management techniques.
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 preconstruction services, industry project procurement processes, project delivery systems and contracts, the preparation of bid proposals and bidding strategies. Professional ethics will be addressed in this course. Students will be responsible for the development of a detailed cost estimate and bid proposal for a commercial building construction project.
Students will be introduced to the basic principles and applications of construction accounting and cost control. Important topics such as cash flow projections, overhead determinations, and profit centers specifically related to the construction industry will be presented. Students will become familiarized with accounting terminology and documents such as balance sheets, income statements, financial ratio 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 will simulate construction project management processes on a commercial project and will include the preparation of a comprehensive thesis binder for the assigned construction project. Subject areas such as project analyses, cost estimating, planning and scheduling, and project control processes will be addressed as well as construction safety and risk management. Students are required to take the American Institute of Contractors (AIC) Associate Constructor (AC) exam as part of this course. This course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
Electives & Additional Required Core

Business & Management Foundation Courses

12
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 BUL prefix course

3
Credits

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

3
Credits

Any ECO prefix course

3
Credits

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:  Any college credit course not already required or choose from the specialization electives list below.

14
This course explores the applications of emerging technologies in documenting the construction process. Laser scanning and photogrammetry-based point cloud technologies for documenting existing or as-built conditions will be introduced. The course will also cover the processing the raw point cloud data for integration with other VDC applications. Major topics also include cloud-based mobile construction documentation technologies and robotic total station application in construction layout. VDC software such as Autodesk ReCap and Navisworks will be used to process cloud point data and visualizations. Lab fee required.
This course explores the applications of virtual design and construction software in construction quantity extraction and estimating. Major topics include automated quantity take-off in Building Information Modelling and cloud-based estimating work flow process. VDC software such as Autodesk Revit and Assemble Systems will be used to prepare various levels of construction estimates. Lab fee required.
This course explores the applications of virtual design and construction software in construction scheduling and planning. Major topics include construction progress visualization/simulation and clash detection in 3D construction models. VDC software such as Autodesk Navisworks will be used to visualize/simulate construction schedules and identify/solve spatial conflicts between various building systems/components. Lab fee required.
This course explores the applications of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) in construction management. Fundamentals of VR/AR/MR technologies will be covered. Hands-on activities using VR/AR/MR systems in exploration of design models and construction models are included. Current and emerging industry VR/AR/MR applications in visualization and constructability analysis will be introduced. Other topics include computer gaming applications in construction operation simulation and AR applications in construction layout and fabrication. Lab fee required.
General Education Courses
36

Communications General Education courses

9
Credits
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
In this course, students develop the ability to read literary texts critically, to think logically and creatively and to write and research effectively. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
The purpose of this course is to improve the basic skills of speaking and listening. Class exercises emphasize preparing and delivering public speeches, speaking with clarity and variety and listening with literal and critical comprehension. The course addresses communication in the personal, career and global spheres.

History General Education course

3
Credits

Humanities General Education Courses (3 credits from Area A and 3 credits from Area B)

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 (Must be taken from two different areas)

6
Credits

Social Science General Education courses (Must be taken from two different Areas)

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 State UFFSUUCF
Tuition and Fees$3,597$6,380$6,538 $6,379
Room and Board-0-$10,590 $11,088 $10,300
Books and Supplies$1,000$850$1,000$1,200
Total$4,597$17,860 $18,626 $17,879

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* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 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. Lab fees and other fees that may be assessed at the time of registration may be viewed in the College fee schedule. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

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. 

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