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Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction

College of Education and Professional Studies

Construction Minor

Program Narrative

The Construction (COMIN) minor/certificate is open to all majors. Careers in the construction industry are in high demand! Are you interested in the built environment? Have you considered a fascinating career in construction? Are you curious how homes, large skyscrapers, roads, bridges, and industrial complexes are built? The construction minor provides a strong background of knowledge to become a construction professional. The minor compliments many other degrees such as engineering technologies, accounting, business administration, environmental studies, and many more.  This minor is an excellent option for those students who would like to use their education with a basic understanding of managing construction operations. 

The Program

Students will gain practical hands on skills in computer aided design, interpreting construction documents, business law, construction safety, construction methods and materials, electrical, mechanical, utility and/or sustainable construction. 

Program Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to: 

  1. Understand the professional construction environment.
  2. Communicate effectively in oral, written, and pictorial formats.
  3. Recognize and understand the professional and ethical responsibilities of construction management professionals.
  4. Review and interpret construction documents for the management of a construction project.
  5. Understand and describe the fundamentals of construction means and methods.
  6. Develop an understanding of safety processes and procedures used to create a construction project safety plan.
  7. Use computer applications to create drawings to manage a construction project.
  8. Formulate an understanding of specialized construction applications related to electrical, mechanical, or utility systems.
  9. Understand how sustainable practices are used in the built environment.
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of basic construction processes.

Curriculum (25 or 26 credits)

Course #

Course Name


CMGT 101

Construction and the Built Environment


ETSC 161

Architectural Computer Aided Design


CMGT 265

Construction Documents


BUS 241

Business Law


SHM 323

Construction Safety


CMGT 346 or CMGT 347

Construction Methods and Materials or Heavy Civil Methods and Materials



Choose one course from below:

CMGT 320

Electrical Systems


CMGT 442

Building Mechanical Systems


CMGT 443

Heavy Civil Utilities


CMGT 452

LEED in Sustainable Construction


Admission Requirements

The construction minor or certificate is available to all students. Construction minor or certificate applications are accepted throughout the year, and typically students will start in the Fall quarter. Students can apply to the program by following this link . All students will meet the new general education requirements for acceptance into the minor. Admission to any course within the construction minor requires a grade of C or higher in each prerequisite.  

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete each course with a C grade or higher and a minimum GPA of 2.3 in the program.

For more information about the program, visit

Contact: Dr. Warren Plugge, Ph.D.

Hogue 300A


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