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Construction is one of the largest and most important industries in the world today. With modern technological advancements, construction is rapidly becoming one of the most difficult and complex businesses to manage. Graduates in Construction Management often receive high salaries and find multiple job opportunities upon graduation.

It is essential that the construction industry is provided with effective managers with comprehensive knowledge of construction, business and engineering. The Construction Management Department at Boise State University is nationally recognized and is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education.

The construction management program is a 4-year bachelors degree program accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. It is a professional management program, not a hands-on construction training program. As a student in the Boise State Construction Management program, you receive the education you need to become a professional in today’s vibrant construction industry.

The Department of Construction Management offers a Bachelor of Science in the field. In addition, the department also offers a minor in Construction Management at the undergraduate level.

What Mathematics course do I take?
What level English do I sign up for?
Now that I know what Mathematics and English courses to take, what else do I sign up for?

How many credits should I sign up for?
Frequently Asked Construction Management Questions?
Recommended First Year Courses
Academic Advising Information

What Mathematics course do I take?

The first question is to determine the appropriate level of Mathematics course to register for. The following information, taken from the Fall 2006 Schedule of Classes, can be used in conjunction with your Math ACT or SAT scores to determine the appropriate math course to take the first semester. If you do not have an ACT or SAT score, the COMPASS exam is available to make the placement decision.

  • Students that score between between 18 and 22 for ACT, or between 430 and 530 for the SAT, should sign up for Math 108 (Intermediate Algebra).
  • Students that score between 23 and 28 on the ACT, or between 540 and 640 for the SAT, should sign up for Math 143 or 147 (Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry, or pre-Calculus). Math 143 is a 3 credit course; Math 144 is a 2 credit course. Math 147 is the same as Math 143 + Math 144. You need to take either Math 143 AND 144 over two semesters, or, to take Math 147 in one semester. Math 147 is a very difficult math course, so don’t take more than 12 credits if you sign up for it.
  • Students that score 29 or higher on the ACT, or 650 or higher on the SAT should sign up for Math 160 or 170 (Calculus I).
  • Students that receive an AP placement score of 3, 4 or 5 on the Calculus AB Advanced Placement exam, have completed their math requirements in Construction Management.

COMPASS Examination

If you feel that the ACT or SAT exam score does not accurately reflect your ability in Math, or did not take recently take the ACT or SAT, then we recommend you take the COMPASS placement examination to determine the appropriate mathematics course. Your highest placement score is used (whether SAT, ACT or COMPASS). Boise State University has a testing center where the Math COMPASS exam can be taken for $5.00. To take the COMPASS placement exam, bring photo ID and cash to cover the testing fee. Call 208 426 2762 to obtain information about when the testing center is open. You are allowed to take the exam twice each semester or during the summer, if you desire. It is worthwhile reviewing some math before taking the exam!

The preparatory mathematics course sequence in engineering, beginning from the lowest, and moving up to the highest, is as follows: Math 15, Math 25, Math 108, Math 147, Math 170. The Compass Exam results may suggest other math courses you are qualified to take, but you should restrict yourself to the ones on the list, taking the one that you qualify to take as a result of the Compass exam.

  • A score lower than a 40 on the Algebra portion of the Math Compass exam the student should take MATH 025
  • A 40 or higher on the Algebra portion of the Math Compass is needed to enter MATH 108
  • A 61 or higher on the Algebra portion of the Math Compass is needed to enter MATH 147, MATH 143 or COMPSCI 120 (COMPSCI 197 for S07)
  • A 51 or higher on the College Algebra portion of the Math Compass is needed to enter MATH 144
  • A 51 or higher on the Trigonometry portion of the Math Compass is needed to enter MATH 170 and COMPSCI 125

An excellent online mathematics program to learn math on your own, or to just review math during the summer, can be found on the ALEKS website If you work this online tutorial for an hour a day during the summer, you may find that you learn enough algebra to move your COMPASS scores up to the next level math course. This will save you a semester in college and also the tuition fees.

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What level English do I sign up for?

  • A score of 0 to 17 on the ACT English, or 200 to 440 on the SAT Critical Reading qualifies you to take ENGL 90.
  • A score of 18 to 24 on the ACT English, or 450 to 560 on the SAT Critical Reading qualifies you to take ENGL 101.
  • A score of 25 to 30 on the ACT English or 570 to 690 SAT Critical Reading qualifies you to take ENGL 102.
  • A score of 3 or 4 on the AP English Composition exam qualifies you to take ENGL 102.
  • A score of 5 on the AP English Composition exam means you do not have either of the freshman English courses (ENGL 101 or ENGL 102). Of course, you may want to take an advanced English course, but that is up to you. You have tested out of Freshman English!

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Now that I know what Mathematics and English courses to take, what else do I sign up for?

The following section is broken out by Math placement level.

If you place into Math 15 or Math 25
If you place into Math 108
If you place into Math 147
If you place into Math 170
If you place into Math 175

If you place into Math 15 or Math 25

  • Math 15 or Math 25 (3)
  • English (3)
  • ECON 202 (3)
  • COMM 101 (3)
  • ITM 104 (1)
  • ITM 105 (1)
  • Total Credits: (14)

If you place into Math 108

  • Math 108 (4)
  • English (3)
  • ECON 202 (3) or COMM 101 (3)
  • Area I or II class (3)
  • ITM 104 (1)
  • ITM 105 (1)
  • Total Credits: (15)

Note 1: Math 15 and Math 25 do not give college credit because they contain knowledge that students are expected to remember from high school. Math 108 is a 4-credit course. If you are enrolled in Math 15 or Math 25, you will need one more class to have a full-time load (which you may need for financial aid or for a scholarship). In this case, take a 3-credit Area I or II class.

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If you place into Math 143 or 147

  • Math 143 or 147 (3 or 5)
  • English (3)
  • ITM 104 (1)
  • ITM 105 (1)
  • CMGT 240 (3)
  • consider also taking CMGT 110 (3) and CMGT 111 (1)
  • Total Credits: (11, 13, 15 or 17)

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If you place into Math 160 or 170

  • Math 160 or 170 (4)
  • English (3)
  • ITM 104 (1)
  • ITM 105 (1)
  • CMGT 240 (3)
  • CMGT 110 (3) and CMGT 111 (1)
  • Total Credits: 16

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If you place into Math 175 you are done with Math!

  • English (3)
  • One Area I or II core classes (3)
  • ITM 104 (1)
  • ITM 105 (1)
  • CMGT 240 (3)
  • CMGT 110 (3) and CMGT 111 (1)
  • Total Credits: 15

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How many credits should I sign up for?

If you are planning to work 10 to 20 hours/week, don’t take more than 13 to 15 credits!!! Remember, your progress in mathematics is important, and it is better to take fewer credits the first semester than to overload it and have to repeat classes. So keep it low, and work harder at the ones you have with your time.

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Frequently Asked Construction Management Questions:

What kind of jobs are available to people with a construction management degree?
Construction management graduates are in demand in all fields of construction including residential, commercial, industrial, and heavy highway. Job opportunities are abundant locally, nationwide and internationally. Construction management graduates are heavily recruited by companies who send representatives to campus to meet and interview students.

Can I get credit for my work experience?
Students may challenge certain courses by taking a comprehensive exam that covers the course material. Courses which can be challenged include Materials and Methods of Construction and Construction Plans and Specifications. Other course challenges are possible depending on the student’s experience and instructor’s permission.

Are there any internships?
Many paid internship opportunities are available for construction management students. Internships may be part time during the semester, or full time during the summer. There are internship opportunities locally and out of state on a variety of different types of construction projects.

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Special Note: CMGT 110, CMGT 111, and CMGT 240 are offered spring and fall. Students should prepare to take ENGR 205 in the Fall of their sophomore year by making sure they finish MATH 160 or 170 calculus before that fall. If they are not that far along on their math, they should plan on an extra year to finish.

For more recommended courses check out the current Catalog

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Academic Advising

For advising assistance and assignment to a specific faculty member, students are encouraged to contact the department. Once Construction Management students arrive on campus for classes they should contact the department immediately and schedule a followup advising session.

To make an appointment or to request department information, you can contact the department at:
Telephone:  (208) 426-3764
Fax:  (208) 426-4800

Students should receive a response to advising inquiries submitted within 48 hours of their originally scheduled online orientation appointment. Please include your name, student ID number, catalog year, telephone number and email address when submitting questions.

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