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Office of the University Registrar

2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog


Building Construction
College: Design, Construction and Planning
School: M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Hours for the Degree: 125
Minor: No
Combined-Degree Program: Yes

The Bachelor of Science in Building Construction is a four-year program for students interested in careers in construction management, techniques, operations and related areas in the construction industry. The degree draws upon skills in communication and interpersonal relations, rather than architectural and engineering design.

The freshman and sophomore programs of study are designed to provide transfer opportunities for junior and community college graduates. Prospective transfer students should consult their advisers or write to the School of Building Construction for a pre-building construction program of local study.

Opportunities for advancement and increasing responsibility exist in all areas of the construction industry, including land development, home building, public building and industrialized building systems, commercial, industrial, marine and heavy construction, underwater and space-age facilities, materials and equipment sales and installations, and construction product research, development, sales and applications.

Semester 1:

  • Complete 2 of 13 critical courses for a total of 6 hours - BCN 1210, (BCN 1252C or ARC 1301, ARC 1302), BUL 4310, ENC 2210, ECO 2023, ACG 2021C, (GLY 2010C or GLY 2030C), MAC 2311, STA 2023, (BCN 2405C or BCN 2400C and BCN 2401C), (ENC 1145 or AML 2070 or AML 2410), PHY 2004, PHY 2004L, PHY 2005, PHY 2005L
  • 2.35 UF GPA required

Semester 2:

  • Complete 10 additional hours of critical courses
  • 2.4 UF GPA required

Semester 3:

  • Complete 10 additional hours of critical courses
  • 2.45 UF GPA required

Semester 4:

  • Complete 11 additional hours of critical courses
  • 2.5 UF GPA required

Semester 5:

  • Complete 5 additional hours of critical courses
  • 2.0 GPA in all BCN courses
  • 2.5 UF GPA required

Tracking courses are preprofessional courses.

Grades of C are required in BCN 1210 and 2405C, ENC 1101 and 2210, PHY 2004 and 2005, and in one of the following: ENC 1145 or AML 2070 or 2410.

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which will be bold.

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
Note: If you place out of ENC 1101, take ENC 1145.
ENC 1101 Introduction to College Writing (GE–C)3
BCN 1210 Construction Materials3
BCN 1582 International Sustainable Development (GE–S,I)3
PHY 2004 Applied Physics I (GE–P)3
PHY 2004L Laboratory for PHY 2004 (GE–P)1
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE–M)3
Total 16
Semester 2Credits
English (ENC 1145, AML 2070 or AML 2410) (GE–C)3
PHY 2005 Applied Physics 2 (GE–P)3
PHY 2005L Laboratory for PHY 2005 (GE–P)1
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (GE–S)3
Humanities (GE)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE)3
Total 16
Semester 3Credits
BCN 1252C Construction Drawing3
GLY 2030C Environmental and Engineering Geology (GE–P)3
BCN 2405C Construction Mechanics4
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE–M)4
Total 14
Semester 4Credits
ENC 2210 Technical Writing or
ENC 3254 Professional Writing in the Discipline
ACG 2021C Introduction to Financial Accounting4
BUL 4310 The Legal Environment of Business4
Humanities (GE)3
Total 14
Semester 5Credits
BCN 3027 The Construction Profession and Ethics3
BCN 3224C Construction Techniques—Superstructures4
BCN 3255C Graphic Communications in Construction3
BCN 3431C Steel Design and Construction3
BCN 3500 Mechanical Systems 1 — Plumbing and Piping2
BCN 3521C Electrical Systems2
Total 17
Semester 6 Credits
BCN 3223C Soils, Foundations and Equipment3
BCN 3461C Concrete, Masonry Design and Construction3
BCN 3423C Timber, Formwork Design and Construction3
BCN 3281C Construction Methods Laboratory2
BCN 3611C Construction Estimating 13
BCN 3700 Construction Contracts3
Total 17
Semester 7Credits
BCN 4510C Mechanical Systems 2 — HVAC3
BCN 4612C Construction Estimating 23
BCN 4720 Construction Planning and Control3
BCN 4753 Construction Financing3
Required elective (MAN 3025, MAR 3023, RMI 3011, REE 3043)4
Total 16
Semester 8 Credits
BCN 4709C Construction Project Management 3
BCN 4735 Construction Safety3
BCN 4712 Managing Construction Operations3
BCN 4787C Construction Project Simulation3
Elective (BCN or approved)3
Total 15

Residential Option

Building construction students may graduate with a residential option. The following courses are required:

BCN 4751C, Project Planning and Feasibility, is substituted for BCN 4787C.

And two electives are required: BCN 4023 Creating Affordable Housing BCN 4770 Housing Transactions for Homebuilders

Combined BS/MSBC and BS/MBC Degree Programs

The combined-degree programs require the same freshman, sophomore and junior course requirements as the B.S.B.C. program. The senior-year courses vary, as follows:

Semester 7 Credits
BCN 4510C Mechanical Systems 2 — HVAC3
BCN 4612C Construction Estimating 23
BCN 4720 Construction Planning and Control3
BCN 4753 Construction Financing3
BCN 6036 Research Methods in Construction 3
BCN 4905 Special Studies in Construction1
Total 16
Semester 8Credits
BCN 5705C Project Management for Construction 3
BCN 4735 Construction Safety3
BCN 4712 Managing Construction Operations3
BCN 5789C Construction Project Delivery3
BCN 5625 or BCN 5715 *3
Total 15

* BCN 5625 Construction Cost Analysis (spring semester); BCN 5715 Construction Labor (fall semester)

Fifth Year Additional Credits for M.S.B.C. 18
Total Credits for M.S.B.C.145
Fifth Year Additional Credits for M.B.C. 21
Total Credits for M.B.C.148