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Construction Management Degree Requirements

Explore the classes that will teach you about building systems and construction technology to start or advance your career in construction management. 

Study subjects including:

  • Blueprint reading
  • Surveying
  • Construction materials and systems
  • Soil mechanics
  • Construction project management
  • Legal requirements
  • AutoDesk Revit architecture software
  • Computer aided drafting (CAD) software

Core elective courses allow you to customize your learning experience. Choose two or more electives in subjects including:

  • Job site layout and blueprint reading
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical safety
  • National Electrical Code
  • Renewable energy and construction

You can also spend a semester doing an independent study engaging in intensive learning or conducting research on a particular aspect of construction management. An internship is another elective course option. Gain supervised work experience with a building construction project in the community under direct guidance from your instructor. 

General education requirements round out your learning experience and reinforce the soft skills you’ll learn during degree requirement classes. Study employment strategies, written and oral communication, mathematics and physics.

If you’d like to continue your education by earning a bachelor’s degree, Aims has transfer agreements with Regis University and Franklin University that allow you to complete your four-year degree online after earning your associate degree at Aims.
 

Row Groupings Required Major Courses: Credits
required

Interpret construction prints and the related documents produced by the residential or commercial architect and used in the construction industry. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Examines building materials and construction techniques. Topics include a study of soils, concrete, brick, masonry, steel, timber, and plastics, and a study of types of building structural systems and components. Principles of interpreting light commercial construction drawings (blueprints) for structural and trade information are also introduced. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Provides an algebra-based investigation of concepts in statics and strengths of materials. Topics include a study of fundamental mechanical properties of materials, single planar forces, properties of sections, and two-dimensional free body, shear, and bending moment diagrams. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

MAT 1150 or MAT 1340 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Explores basic principles of soil mechanics and proper testing procedures. Introduces students to soils and the testing of soils. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

The course includes the fundamentals of plane surveying and basic surveying instruments. It emphasizes construction-related aspects of surveying and the development of skills in using surveying field information. Surveying projects are generally covered in coordinated and fieldwork segments. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Acquaints the student with electrical and mechanical equipment and systems in buildings. Lectures cover the basic principles of electrical distribution, artificial lighting, fire protection, plumbing systems and heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Perform research using various methods of project scheduling. Emphasis will be placed on critical path method techniques and strategies. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces different types of contracts, legal requirements, and liabilities that are related to the construction industry. This course also focuses on contracting parties and their legal options and obligations when they interact during the construction phases. Specifications as an important part of the construction documents will be introduced. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Focuses on estimating techniques used to establish and verify costs of materials, equipment, and labor and the time requirements related to building construction projects. Emphasis is placed on preparation of an estimate of construction costs of a commercial building. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

AEC 1200 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Investigates building construction management principles including a study of systematic scheduling techniques, project tracking and control methods, and budget and cost analysis and control. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Explores construction site hazards and unsafe practices related health and safety regulations and standards, and loss and theft prevention. Training in basic first aid and CPR is included. Course is not repeatable for credit.

2
required

A study is made of the restrictions, standards, and requirements that in the interest of public safety and welfare have been established by law to govern the construction of buildings and their materials. Specifications are developed to describe building materials to be furnished and how they are to be installed. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces students to the AutoDesk Revit Architecture software. Examines the Building Information Modeling approach to 2D and 3D architectural construction documents. Covers the creation of floorplans, elevations, sections, 3D models, perspective renderings and walkthroughs with this software application. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces residential and light commercial software design in order to produce 3D models and construction documents using the software Chief Architect. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Focuses on basic computer aided drafting skills using the AutoCAD software. Includes file management, Cartesian coordinate system & dynamic input, drawing templates, drawing aids, linetype and lineweights, layer usage, drawing & editing geometric objects, polylines & splines, array, text applications, creating tables, basic dimensioning and Help access. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
Total Required Major Credits 38
Row Groupings Required General Education Courses: Credits
required

Offers students the development of skills that are needed to search for a job. Course is not repeatable for credit.

1
required

Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Develops skills one can apply to a variety of technical documents. Focuses on principles for organizing, writing, and revising clear, readable documents for industry, business, and government. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Combines the basic theories of communication with public speech performance skills. Emphasis is on speech preparation, organization, support, audience analysis, and delivery. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Examines the communication involved in interpersonal relationships occurring in family, social, and career situations. Relevant concepts include self-concept, perception, listening, nonverbal communication, and conflict. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Covers mathematical material designed for career and technical students. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and vectors. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Focuses on a variety of functions and the exploration of their graphs. Topics include: equations and inequalities, operations on functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear and non-linear systems, and an introduction to conic sections. This course provides essential skills for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) pathways. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Focuses on mechanics, heat, properties of matter, electricity and magnetism, and light. Incorporates laboratory experience. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category. It is recommended that ENG 1021 and MAT 1340 be completed prior to or be taken concurrently with this course. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Covers the physics of mechanics and requires application of classical physics to both mathematical and conceptual problems. Major topics include kinematics in one and two dimensions, Newton's Laws, circular motion, work and energy, impulse and momentum, and rotational mechanics. This course may also include topics relating to simple harmonic motion and traveling and standing waves. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SCI category. It is recommended that ENG 1021 and MAT 1340 be completed prior to or be taken concurrently with this course. Course is not repeatable for credit.

5
Total Required General Education Credits 15 or 16
Row Groupings Degree Electives: Credits
Degree Electives:

Select with advisor approval 2 or more core elective courses (for a minimum of 6 to 7 total elective credits) from the following list:

required

This course introduces accounting principles for understanding the theory and logic that underlie procedures and practices for business organizations. Major topics include the accounting cycle for service and merchandising companies, internal control principles and practices, notes and interest, inventory systems and costing, and plant and intangible asset accounting. Course is not repeatable for credit. 

4
required

Investigates construction equipment capabilities, requirements, and associated methods. Also focuses on basic management and scheduling principles and procedures. Course is not repeatable for credit.

2
required

Provides students with a vehicle to pursue in depth exploration of special topics of interest. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 12 credit hours.

0 to 12
required

Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program. Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location and with the direct guidance of the instructor. Instructor permission required. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 12 credit hours.

0 to 12
required

Meets the individual needs of students. Students engage in intensive study or research under the direction of a qualified instructor. Instructor permission required. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 12 credit hours.

0 to 12
required

Focuses on basic computer aided drafting skills using the AutoCAD software. Includes file management, Cartesian coordinate system & dynamic input, drawing templates, drawing aids, linetype and lineweights, layer usage, drawing & editing geometric objects, polylines & splines, array, text applications, creating tables, basic dimensioning and Help access. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Focuses on intermediate 2D Computer aided drafting skills using the AutoCAD software. Includes blocks, wblocks & dynamic blocks, hatching, isometric drawings, advanced dimensioning and dimension variables, layouts, paper space and viewports, templates, external references, attributes, raster images, & printing/plotting. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

CAD 1101 with a grade of "C" or better.

3
required

Introduces residential and light commercial software design in order to produce 3D models and construction documents using the software Chief Architect. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces students to the BIM management software Autodesk Navisworks. Multiple BIM models will be combined for the purposes of scheduling and clash detection. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces students to the AutoDesk Revit Architecture software. Examines the Building Information Modeling approach to 2D and 3D architectural construction documents. Covers the creation of floorplans, elevations, sections, 3D models, perspective renderings and walkthroughs with this software application. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Provides a basic introduction to construction work for all crafts. This course specifically applies to construction sites. Course is not repeatable for credit.

1
required

An overview of safety concerns and procedures in the construction field. Course is not repeatable for credit.

1
required

Focuses on basic hand and power tools including stationary tools. Emphasizes a hands-on approach to proper and safe use of these tools as it applies to the construction envirorment and is taught in conjunction with a lab or framing class. Course is not repeatable for credit.

1
required

Introduces blue-print reading and how they apply to the construction site. Includes in-depth introduction to site layout (materials and methods). Course is not repeatable for credit.

1
required

Continues to build upon the principles that are expected to be understood by students in the construction discipline. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 12 credit hours.

0 to 12
required

Continues to build upon the principles that are expected to be understood by students in the construction discipline. Permission of instructor is required. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 12 credit hours.   

0 to 12
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Focuses on training that is 100% practical and deals with every important aspect of OSHA's electrical safety-related work practices and how they apply. Teaches the safe installation and maintenance of electrical equipment. Covers the use of personal protective equipment. Course is not repeatable for credit.

1
required

Expands and reinforces the electrician's knowledge of wiring methods as stated in Article 300 and other articles of the National Electrical Code (NEC). Emphasis is placed on proficient use of the NEC to promote interpretation and application of the provisions of the code. This class meets necessary state licensing renewal requirements for professional development in wiring methods. Course is not repeatable for credit.

1
required

Expands and reinforces the electrician's knowledge of the requirements for grounding and bonding as stated in Article 250 and other articles of the National Electrical Code (NEC). Emphasis is placed on proficient use of the NEC to interpret and apply the provisions of the code. This class meets necessary state licensing renewal requirements for professional development in grounding and bonding methods. Course is not repeatable for credit.

1
required

Expands and reinforces the electrician's knowledge of theory and calculations required in the electrical industry. Emphasis is placed on the different mathematical formulas in determining ampacity. The course provides opportunities to develop correct values based on tables in the National Electric Code (NEC). This class meets necessary state licensing renewal requirements for professional development in theory and calculation methods. Course is not repeatable for credit.

1
required

Expands and reinforces the electrician's knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NEC). Emphasis is placed on the code changes for the current edition of the NEC. The electrician reviews tables and chapters of the NEC for better comprehension and interpretation of the provisions and applications of the code. This class meets necessary state licensing renewal requirements for professional development in licensing renewal. Course is not repeatable for credit.

1
required

Focuses on the National Electrical Code and local code requirements for electrical installation. Covers chapters one through four of the National Electrical Code. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Builds on course EIC 130 and covers chapters five through nine of the National Electrical Code, including hazardous locations, special occupancies, conditions and equipment. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

EIC 1860 with a grade of "C" or better

4
required

Introduces the basic skills needed for many careers in electronics and related fields. Covers the operations and applications of basic DC and AC circuits consisting of resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers and diodes. Emphasizes the use of common test instruments in troubleshooting. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Introduces the energy technologies in use today and those that are in the research stage as possible alternatives. This course presents technologies including active solar heating, passive solar heating, wind energy systems, biomass, photovoltaics, co-generation, low and high head hydro, hydrogen, geothermal, power towers and energy storage systems. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Teaches the principles of building energy audit techniques to include diagnostic software. During the course the student will perform an energy audit. As a result of the audit, he/she will be able to recommend application of the most appropriate energy-saving treatments such as insulation, windows, appliances and HVAC equipment. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Teaches the advanced principles of a residential solar photovoltaic systems. Additional information will be provided on site evaluation, system design, panel installation, wiring, grounding, bonding and commissioning. Off-grid living and systems with battery back-up will be studied. Course is not repeatable for credit.

2
required

Introduces solar construction techniques, terminology and construction materials in detail. This course covers moisture and air quality in tight construction as well as an overview of the building shell and interior walls. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Allows students to understand sustainable design including building design, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and building auditing. Topics include green building, passive thermal architecture, super installation, tight envelopes, renewable energy sources for heating, cooling and electrical power. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Introduces the major topics of geology. Course content encompasses Earth's materials, structure, and surface landforms. Geologic time and the geologic processes responsible for Earth's internal and external features are covered. This course includes laboratory experience. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category. It is recommended that ENG 1021 and MAT 1340 be completed prior to or be taken concurrently with this course. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Examines the elements necessary for the successful formation of a new small business and to enhance the skills of those already involved in the operation of a small business. This course includes the development of a complete small business plan. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces descriptive and inferential statistics, with an emphasis on critical thinking and statistical literacy. Topics include methods of data collection, presentation and summarization, introduction to probability concepts and distributions, and statistical inference of one and two populations. This course uses real world data to illustrate applications of a practical nature. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
Total Elective Credits 6-7
Total Credits for A.A.S. Degree 60 - 63