The first construction degree program at North Dakota State University was approved in 1969 by the North Dakota Board of Higher Education with the support of the Associated General Contractors of North Dakota. Students began to be enrolled in the program in the fall semester of 1970.
The Construction Management and Engineering Department was established at NDSU in 1978. In 1988, the Department was merged as a fully autonomous “Division” within Civil Engineering. The Civil Engineering Department was renamed as the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction. This structure remained in place until 2005, however, the construction programs were administered independently of Civil Engineering through the Division of Construction Management and Engineering.
In 2005, the present Department of Construction Management and Engineering was established.
The Department of Construction Management and Engineering is an educational unit dedicated to the aspirations of students.
The Department of Construction Management and Engineering provides quality educational programs that prepare nationally competitive undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in the construction engineering and management professions.
- Honor integrity
- Respect diversity, individual rights, academic responsibility, and freedom
- Believe in inclusion, transparency and communication
- Commit to an excellent educational environment
- Advance knowledge through basic and applied research
- Serve communities, organizations, and societies
- Strengthen undergraduate programs
- Increase graduate degree production
- Enhance research to benefit student learning and the construction industry
- Strengthen ties with the construction industry
- Sustain the growth by expanding education infrastructure and resources
Construction Engineering involves the planning, design and management of construction facilities, such as highways, bridges, airports, railroads, buildings, dams and reservoirs. The construction of such projects requires the knowledge of engineering, management, economics, and business. Construction Engineering is involved in a variety of construction disciplines, including: commercial, residential, transportation, and infrastructure systems. Construction Engineers are also involved in the engineering design of temporary structures, cost estimating, planning and scheduling, material procurement, selection of equipment, and cost control. Due to their diverse skills, there is a very high demand for Construction Engineers.
Our Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering offers a blend of engineering and construction courses. The program is designed for those who want to work in the construction industry and enjoy the status of a professional engineer.
Construction management is a combination of technology, construction techniques, and management to meet the needs of the rapidly growing construction industry. The program is designed to prepare students for the art of achieving maximum profit by efficient use of people, machines, materials and other resources to complete a construction project on time and to the satisfaction of the owner. A meld of engineering, construction, management and business gives the student a background and understanding of a management point of view in the construction industry.
A minor in Business Administration offered by the College of Business is required for all B.S. in Construction Management students. Students are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 to be admitted into the minor program. A minor in Business Administration requires a minimum GPA of 2.50 in the courses that satisfy the minor. In addition, a cumulative GPA of 2.50 overall is required to graduate with a B.S. in Construction Management degree.
The program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering degree at NDSU is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. It is the third oldest Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Program in the United States.
The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) http://acce-hq.org.
Our faculty and staff members dedicated to teaching, advising and career consultation. All faculty members have doctoral degrees. Many of them have professional licenses such as the Professional Engineer and/or the Certified Professional Constructor.
In addition, many faculty members have construction related working experiences both in the United States and overseas.
We have well equipped classrooms, computer labs and teaching and research labs for its students. Classrooms used by the department are equipped with a computer, a Blackboard course management system, Internet access, a projector, a document camera and an Apple TV.
In addition, the department maintains a computer lab, a virtual reality lab, a concrete lab and a soils lab and shares laboratory space with the Department of Civil Engineering for the geotechnical and surveying labs.
There are three student organizations in the Department of Construction Management and Engineering: Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and Sigma Lambda Chi.
The AGC Student Chapter competes each year at the Associated Schools of Construction Competition. The NAHB Student Chapter competes at the Residential Construction Management Competition each year. Sigma Lambda Chi is an international construction honor society.