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Construction Science

The construction science program at Texas A&M University prepares students to become industry leaders. You’ll learn to construct high-quality facilities and build relationships that will last. As an undergraduate, you’ll gain access to industry professionals and real experience while you earn your degree. You’ll develop skills you can apply to create, renovate, and expand the built environment.

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About the Construction Science Program

Our STEM-coded undergraduate degree combines aspects of business, project planning and construction management. Our interdisciplinary approach brings people, products, and processes together to solve concrete problems.

We have the largest construction science program in the country with about 1,000 students in our undergraduate program. We treat our students like family and have a very strong former student network.

Our four-year program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) and prepares students to enter the construction industry.

Sectors of the industry


Careers

Construction science graduates quickly become valued members of construction teams. Graduates become project engineers, site superintendents, estimators, and project managers. Industry feedback consistently indicates that our graduates are well prepared to face today’s industry challenges.

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Starting Salary$54,080$62,950$95,000
Hiring Bonus$750$3,947$25,000

FAQs about the construction industry

What kind of jobs can I get with a construction science degree?

Students graduating from our program become project managers, estimators, schedulers, superintendents, and project engineers.

What sectors of the construction industry does this program prepare you for?

Students graduating from our program are equipped with the basic skills/knowledge to succeed in all sectors of the construction industry, including:

  • Commercial
  • Residential
  • Industrial
  • Heavy Civil
  • International Construction
  • Aviation
  • Federal Construction
  • Facility management
  • Technology
  • Law Practice
What graduate degrees could I pursue after getting my bachelor’s degree?

A number of our graduates pursue advanced degrees in construction management, law, real estate development, business, finance, or architecture.

What’s the difference between construction and engineering?

On a construction project, an engineer would be able to stamp drawings or have the liability that goes along with the theory behind a system, process or building plans. Our construction science graduates are often onsite, working with the people, products and processes to bring a project to life.


Curriculum

The construction science program’s interdisciplinary curriculum prepares students to become industry leaders. We prepare our students to make an impact on people and places by turning ideas into reality. Students learn to build complete, high-quality facilities in a timely and safe manner. 

Degree Plans

All students are placed on the current catalog when they enter the Department of Construction Science. Students must complete all of the requirements for their specific catalog.

Current Degree Plan: Degree Plan 143 (’20-’21) (PDF) (subject to change)

Year 1 32 credit hours

Fall Semester – 16 credit hours

COSC 222 Social Issues in the History of the Construction Environment 3 credit hours
COSC 153 Intro to the Construction Industry 3 credit hours
ECON 202 or ECON 203 Principles of Economics 3 credit hours
HIST 105 American History 3 credit hours
MATH 140 Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences 3 credit hours
COSC 184 Construction Safety 1 credit hour

Spring Semester – 16 credit hours

ACCT 209 Survey of Accounting Principles 3 credit hours
COSC 175 Construction Graphics Communication 3 credit hours
MATH 142 Business Calculus 3 credit hours
HIST 106 or HIST 226 American History or Texas History 3 credit hours
ENGL 104 Technical and Business Writing 3 credit hours
COSC 284 Intro to Applied Workplace Ethics, Etiquette, and Communication 1 credit hour
Year 2 30 credit hours

Fall Semester – 14 credit hours

ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing 3 credit hours
COSC 253 Construction Materials and Methods I 3 credit hours
PHYS 201 College Physics 4 credit hours
POLS 206 or POLS 207 Government / Political Science 3 credit hours
Life and Physical Sciences Elective* 1 credit hour

Spring Semester – 16 credit hours

COSC 275 3 credit hours
Creative Arts/ICD* 3 credit hours
CHEM 119 or GEOL 101 & GEOL 102 Fundamentals of Chemistry 1 OR Principles of Geology & Principles of Geology Lab 4 credit hours
POLS 206 or POLS 207 Government / Political Science 3 credit hours
MGMT 209 Business, Government, and Society*** 3 credit hours
Year 3 30 credit hours

Fall Semester – 15 credit hours

COSC 321 Structural Systems I 3 credit hours
COSC 325 Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems in Construction I 3 credit hours
COSC 301 Construction Surveying 3 credit hours
COSC 375 Estimating II 3 credit hours
COSC Elective***** 3 credit hours

Spring Semester – 15 credit hours

COSC 475 Construction Project Planning 3 credit hours
COSC 463 Construction Law and Ethics 3 credit hours
COSC 353 Construction Project Management 3 credit hours
COSC Elective***** 3 credit hours
Language, Philosophy, and Culture 3 credit hours
Year 4 28 credit hours

Fall Semester – 13 credit hours

COSC 494 Internship****** 7 credit hours
MGMT 309 Survey Management 3 credit hours
FINC 409 Survey of Finance Principles******* 3 credit hours

Spring Semester – 15 credit hours

COSC 477 Construction Project Controls 3 credit hours
COSC 465 Advanced Topics in Construction Law 3 credit hours
COSC Capstone******** 3 credit hours
COSC Technical Elective 3 credit hours
COSC Elective 3 credit hours

* Select from University Core curriculum – Life and Physical courses (minimum 1 credit hour; e.g. KINE 120).

** Select from ARTS 150, ENDS 101, ARCH 249, ARCH 250, ARCH 350.

*** The prerequisite to the courses are U2 classification or higher.

**** Select from University Core curriculum (icd.tamu.edu) or see approved courses from advisor.

***** Select from KINE 223 – Introduction to the Science of Health and Fitness, COSC 326 – MEP 2, COSC 421 – Structures 2, COSC 450 – Facility Management Principles & Practices, COSC 459 – Industrial Construction (Prerequisite: COSC 375 – Fall Semester only), COSC 461 II (Prerequisite: COSC 364), COSC 464 – Construction Safety II, COSC 468 – Risk Management in the Built Enviornment, COSC 474 – Facility Management Internship, COSC 484 – Intenship – 10 Week, COSC 489 – Special Topics, COSC 491 – Research.

****** Internship must be fall or spring semester. No courses should be taken at Texas A&M during an official internship.

******* 300 – 400 level business courses MUST be taken at Texas A&M. A student does not need to be in upper level to take these courses. The prerequisite to these courses is U3 or U4 classification.

******** Select from COSC 440 – Interdisciplinary Capstone, COSC – 441 Residential Capstone, COSC 442 – Commercial Capstone, COSC 443 – Industrial Capstone (spring semester only), COSC 446 – Specialty Capstone. Capstone MUST be taken last semester. A student’s capstone preference is NOT guaranteed.

A grade of C or better is required in all College of Architecture courses (ARCH, ARTS, CARC, COSC, ENDS, LAND, URPN, and VIST) to satisfy Construction Science degree requirements.

Past Degree Plans

Preparing for the Construction Science Program

Our program consists of an equal distribution of first-time-in-college freshmen, changed major and transfer students. Talk with an academic advisor to find out how you can best prepare for our program depending on your situation.

FAQ about preparing for the program

How much does it cost to attend?

The cost to attend varies depending on a variety of factors, including semester of admission, student type, how many hours you take per semester, and rate type. Use the Texas A&M Tuition Calculator to get the best estimate of your tuition cost per semester.

Additional costs to consider include course materials, housing, meal plans, parking, and fees.

Can I transfer into this program?

Yes! About two-thirds of our students are transfer students or students who changed their major.

What financial aid and scholarships are available to students?

Numerous scholarships and financial aid are available through Texas A&M University, the College of Architecture, and the Department of Construction Science. Incoming freshmen applicants are considered for university scholarships through the ApplyTexas Application or the Coalition Application. Continuing students can apply for additional scholarships through the University Scholarship Application for Continuing Students. For more information about university scholarships, visit scholarships.tamu.edu.


Same Program, Different City 

Students can complete their undergraduate degree at the Higher Education Center in McAllen, Texas. Students in McAllen will follow the same curriculum and requirements as students in College Station. Through this satellite location, we are expanding our impact in south Texas.


Internships and Study Abroad Programs

Construction science students gain valuable, transformative work experience through our program. All our students must complete an industry internship in the sector of their choice. We partner with the Construction Industry Advisory Council to stay current and meet industry needs.

Some students choose to complete their internship internationally during the full semester through study abroad. During the spring study abroad program, students are able to participate in the Constructionarium experience, a one-of-a-kind program where student groups plan, schedule, budget, manage and construct a scaled-down version of iconic buildings, bridges, dams and civil engineering projects from all over the world.