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McWhorter School of Building Science

Students in the Building Science program learn the basic principles of science, architecture, engineering, business and construction. The four-year curriculum leads to the bachelor of science in building construction, accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. Graduates qualify for positions in all areas of the construction industry.

Students must maintain professional standards of behavior, as outlined in the Student Policy eHandbook, at all times while on university property and while participating in school-sponsored trips, events, and activities. Failure to do so may be grounds for dismissal from the program.

The Cooperative Education Program is offered after completion of two semesters of study at Auburn.

Non-majors will be accepted in BSCI classes on a space-available basis.

Building Science is a multi-disciplinary program which combines a significant technical education with a broad background in business management related to construction. Auburn’s construction program is unique due to its leading edge information technology applications emphasis. This combination provides graduates a comprehensive foundation for success.

Entering Freshmen who meet the general admission requirements of Auburn University will be admitted to the Pre-Building Science program. Transfer students (external) may enter the Pre-Building Science program during fall, spring or summer semester and will be accepted on a space-available basis as determined by the school head. Minimum grade point average of 2.60 is required in 32 semester hours including English, History, Math (Calculus I), and a Natural Science with a lab (Trig-based Physics with lab) required in the first year of the model curriculum. Internal transfer students must be in good academic standing.

Building Science Academic Standards and Policies

To be considered for admission into the professional Building Science program (BSCI), the student must have completed all Pre-Building Science course work shown in the first two years of the BSCI model curriculum, and must have successfully completed a minimum of 63 semester hours. The school reserves the right to limit enrollment in the professional program (BSCI) based on calculated GPA and on available resources. It is possible to have less than the available number of positions filled if applicants do not have a 2.40 formula GPA.

For the fall and summer semesters, thirty students are chosen in rank order based upon the formula GPA calculation described in the Building Science Academic Standards and based upon a minimum 2.40 formula GPA. Exceptions to this minimum GPA are only available through the school head, and shall be only considered with extenuating circumstances. Please see a CADC advisor for a full copy of the BSCI Academic Standards. Repeat applicants will be evaluated based upon grades received in all 21 courses that comprise the Pre-Building Science curriculum. For the spring semester, sixty students are chosen in rank order based upon the formula GPA calculation described in the Building Science Academic Standards and based upon a minimum 2.40 formula GPA. Repeat applicants are evaluated based upon grades received in all 21 courses that compose the Pre-Building Science curriculum. No preference will be given to either first-time or repeat applicants.

After being admitted into the professional program, any student receiving a grade below C in any 3000- or 4000-level BSCI course, or any student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.50, will be reviewed by the School Academic Standards Committee for approval to continue in the program. Any student who is reviewed may be required to repeat a course or to withdraw from the program.

Building Science Courses

BSCI 1100 INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION (3) LEC. 3. Introduction to construction industry and education, current issues, and career opportunities.

BSCI 2100 INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION (1) LEC. 1. Overview of Sustainability, Green Building and Sustainable Construction.

BSCI 2200 CONSTRUCTION COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 2. LAB. 8. Reading and interpreting working drawings, specifications, shop drawings, and digital 3D models for use in estimating and administrating various types of construction projects.

BSCI 2300 CONSTRUCTION METHODS AND MATERIALS (3) LEC. 3. Materials, methods and construction equipment used in the construction of buildings.

BSCI 2400 STRUCTURE OF BUILDINGS (3) LEC. 3. Pr. PHYS 1500 or PHYS 1600 and (MATH 1610 or MATH 1617) or MATH 1150. Principles of mechanics and material behavior related to building structures. Includes: force systems, frame analysis, section properties, stress, and basic design and structural elements.

BSCI 3300 FIELD SURVEYING (2) LEC. 1. LAB. 6. Surveying techniques, construction layout, use of equipment, and dimensional controls for buildings. Surveying camp, a concentrated, 10 working day course held during breaks.

BSCI 3400 STRUCTURES II (3) LEC. 3. Pr. BSCI 2400. Primary and secondary member design, connection design, temporary bracing/shoring, and steel shop drawing review.

BSCI 3420 STRUCTURES FOR BUILDERS II: WOOD, STEEL, ETC. (4) LEC. 3. LAB. 3. Pr. BSCI 2400. The third Structures course provides students an applied approach to steel and wood design and analysis of building framing systems.

BSCI 3430 STRUCTURES FOR BUILDERS III: SOILS AND CONCRETE (4) LEC. 3. LAB. 3. Pr. BSCI 3420. Use of soils and concrete in the construction of buildings and structures. Includes laboratory exercises.

BSCI 3450 STRUCTURES III (3) LEC. 3. Pr. BSCI 3400. Introduction to the design of reinforced concrete and related formwork including beams, columns, slabs, footings, retaining walls, and pre-stressed members.

BSCI 3500 CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (4) LEC. 2. LAB. 4. To explore, discover and create applications of information communication technology (ICT) for Construction Processes.

BSCI 3600 PROJECT CONTROLS I (4) LEC. 3. LAB. 3. Introduction to estimating in construction and skill competency for quantity survey: Quantity takeoff, and bid preparation.

BSCI 3650 PROJECT CONTROLS II (4) LEC. 3. LAB. 2. Pr. BSCI 3600. Project (s) simulation as context to discuss: 1) negotiated procurement: 2) pre-construction services in the alternative delivery environment; and 3) construction phase management procedures.

BSCI 3700 CONSTRUCTION SAFETY HOISTING (3) LEC. 3. Pr. P/C BSCI 3600. Construction safety, including OSHA guidelines, accident investigation, and the creating of construction safety plans and worker training program.

BSCI 3910 EXPERIMENTAL LEARNING (3) LEC. 3. SU. Departmental approval. Requires daily log and employer certification.

BSCI 4200 RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION (3) LEC. 3. Provides an overview of residential construction and development practices and professional issues including: local ordinances and codes, land use law, financing practices, architect-builder relationship, spec homes vs. custom homes, etc.

BSCI 4300 COMBINED ESTIMATING AND SCHEDULING FOR DESIGNERS (3) LEC. 3. Provides an overview of estimating and project planning practices and techniques which relate to interactions between the architect and constructor. Includes: sources of project costs, conceptual estimating, value engineering, CPM scheduling, cost of acceleration and delays, change order, etc.

BSCI 4410 PROBLEMS IN CONSTRUCTION MEANS AND METHODS (3) LEC. 2. LAB. 2. Solving challenging problems encountered in construction processes, including form work, scaffolding, framing, steel erection, rigging, lifting, safety,and site management.

BSCI 4420 MANAGEMENT FOR CONSTRUCTION SUPERINTENDENTS (3) LEC. 1. LAB. 4. Pr., Senior Standing in Building Science. Development of expanded management strategies for construction superintendents including field conditions analysis, direction of tradesmen, communication skills, and project hoisting and equipment.

BSCI 4600 PROJECT CONTROLS III (4) LEC. 4. Pr. BSCI 3650. In-depth study of construction project sequencing and scheduling, as well as cost control measures, construction cash flow analysis, and a variety of leadership and management issues.

BSCI 4601 PROJECT CONTROLS III CIT LAB (1) LAB. 2. Pr. BSCI 3650 and P/C BSCI 4600. Software applications for construction projects scheduling and cost control measures; expanding students' exposure and competency in software applications related to Building Information Modeling.

BSCI 4700 MECHANICAL SYSTEMS IN BUILDINGS (3) LEC. 2. LAB. 2. Pr. BSCI 3500 and BSCI 3600. Plumbing and mechanical systems of building; basic design, sustain ability concepts, systems, installation and testing are covered.

BSCI 4710 MECHANICAL CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING AND MANAGEMENT (3) LEC. 2. LAB. 2. Pr. BSCI 4600. Advance study of mechanical construction industry. Study and application of design principles, estimating and management techniques used in the industry.

BSCI 4750 ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS IN BUILDINGS (3) LEC. 2. LAB. 2. Pr. BSCI 3500 and BSCI 3600. Electrical systems commonly used in buildings; basic theory and design concepts, with emphasis on lighting and electrical distribution equipment and its installation.

BSCI 4800 CONTRACTING BUSINESS (4) LEC. 4. Pr. BSCI 3650. Business functions associated with industry; organizational structure, construction finance; risk analysis, construction contracts, project delivery, and associated documents.

BSCI 4810 ADVANCED CONSTRUCTION COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. COMM 1000 and BSCI 3500. Advanced Communication skills and tools required to excel as a construction manager: Oral and written communication, visual literacy, video capture.

BSCI 4850 CONSTRUCTION LAW AND RISK MANAGEMENT (3) LEC. 3. Pr. BSCI 4600. Construction law, business law and risk management; the legal system and terminology, contracts, insurance, warranties, liens, environmental concerns, workplace issues, damages, and dispute resolution.

BSCI 4860 ADVANCED CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (3) LEC. 2. LAB. 2. Pr. BSCI 3500. Exploration and creation of advanced applications of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for planning, decision making, projects monitoring, and controls.

BSCI 4870 CONSTRUCTION HISTORY (3) LEC. 3. Survey of historic construction projects to analyze how and why buildings and structures were constructed in the way they were.

BSCI 4880 CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT MANAGEMENT (3) LEC. 3. Construction equipment management and ownership. Equipment acquisition and disposition options, production costs and productivity, cost analysis and control, management staffing and responsibilities.

BSCI 4890 LEAN CONSTRUCTION PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES (3) LEC. 3. Pr. BSCI 3650. This course provides an understanding of Lean Construction principles involving Lean Design, Assembly, Supply, Production and Work Processes.

BSCI 4960 SPECIAL PROBLEMS (1-5) IND. Special problems in construction topics. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 5 credit hours.

BSCI 4990 BUILDING SCIENCE THESIS (4) LAB. 12. Individual project demonstrating mastery of curriculum content through the application of skills/knowledge to a theoretical construction company and project. Requires a written thesis and oral defense of work.

BSCI 5450 BUILDING GREAT STRUCTURES (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Conceptual Analysis of a variety of structural systems using observation and modeling of the wold?ÇÖs greatest structures. Emphasis on construction innovations necessary to build these structures. May count either BSCI 5450 or BSCI 6450.

BSCI 5460 PLANNING AND DECISION MAKING IN CONSTRUCTION (3) LEC. 3. Applications of quantitative methods in various phases of project life cycle to assist project stakeholders in making effective planning and informed decision making. Departmental approval. May count either BSCI 5460 or BSCI 6460.

BSCI 5830 GLOBAL CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT (3) LEC. 3. This course will discuss global construction issues and related project management practices. Departmental approval. May count either BSCI 5830 or BSCI 6830.

BSCI 5840 MULTI-CULTURAL ISSUES IN CONS (3) LEC. 3.

BSCI 5960 SPECIAL PROBLEMS (1-5) AAB. Departmental approval. Special problems in construction topics. Offered only at the discretion of the department head.

BSCI 5970 SPECIAL PROBLEMS (1-5) AAB. Departmental approval. Special problems in construction topics. Offered only at the discretion of the department head. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 15 credit hours.

BSCI 6450 BUILDING GREAT STRUCTURES (3) LEC. 3. Conceptual Analysis of a variety of structural systems using observation and modeling of the wold?ÇÖs greatest structures. Emphasis on construction innovations necessary to build these structures. May count either BSCI 5450 or BSCI 6450.

BSCI 6460 PLANNING AND DECISION MAKING IN CONSTRUCTION (3) LEC. 3. Applications of quantitative methods in various phases of project life cycle to assist project stakeholders in making effective planning and informed decision making. Departmental approval. May count either BSCI 5460 or BSCI 6460.

BSCI 6830 GLOBAL CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT (3) LEC. 3. This course will discuss global construction issues and related project management practices. Departmental approval. May count either BSCI 5830 or BSCI 6830.

BSCI 6840 MULTI-CULTURAL ISSUES IN CONSTRUCTION LABOR (3) LEC. 3.

BSCI 6960 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN CONSTRUCTION (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Individually proposed problems or projects related to the construction industry. Students must prepare a written proposal with defined deliverables. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

BSCI 6970 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN CONSTRUCTION (1-3) LAB. Departmental approval. Individually proposed problems or projects related to the construction industry. Students must prepare a written proposal with defined deliverables. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

BSCI 7010 CONSTRUCTION LABOR AND PRODUCTIVITY (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Construction labor issues, productivity measurement, and productivity improvement in the construction industry. Includes reading, research, and an out of class project.

BSCI 7020/7026 INTEGRATED BUILDING PROCESSES I (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval.Project manifestation and development preceding design and construction phases with emphasis on the project owner's perspective, the financial parameters, and the speculative demand driving project viability.

BSCI 7030/7036 CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (3) LEC. 3. Applications of advanced information technology in construction.

BSCI 7040/7046 INTEGRATED BUILDING PROCESSES II (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Construction project delivery, from pre-construction service through ownership. Topics include project management, pre-construction services, pre-planning, procurement, site utilization, subcontracts, commissioning, closeout, building operation, and long-term ownership.

BSCI 7050/7056 EXECUTIVE ISSUES IN CONSTRUCTION (3) LEC. 3. Construction industry executives will present 6 to 10 topics that represent a cross-section of significant management issues.

BSCI 7060 RESEARCH METHODS IN BUILDING SCIENCE (3) LEC. 3. A study of the academic research process, with an emphasis on defining research problems in construction and the development of a research proposal.

BSCI 7100/7106 GRADUATE ELECTIVE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT: PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND SCHEDULING (3) LEC. 3. This course develops advanced student knowledge and skills in construction business facets such as delivery, contracts and financial management; and develops tactile skills in producing advanced construction schedules in current software applications. Credit will not be given for both BSCI 7100 and BSCI 7406. Course may be repeated with change in topics.

BSCI 7200 ELECTIVES IN CONSTRUCTION LABOR (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Special course offerings related to construction labor topics. Course may be repeated with change in topic.

BSCI 7300 ELECTIVES IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Special course offerings related to information technology, innovation, and robotics in construction. Course may be repeated with change in topic.

BSCI 7900 DIRECTED READING IN CONST (1-3) IND. Departmental approval. Individually proposed exploration of a construction industry related topic not covered in existing course offerings Students must prepare a written proposal of the topic. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

BSCI 7950 GRADUATE SEMINAR (1) SEM. 1. Departmental approval.Project manifestation and development preceding design and construction phases with emphasis on the project owner's perspective, the financial parameters, and the speculative demand driving project viability. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

BSCI 7980/7986 CAPSTONE PROJECT (3) LAB. 6. Departmental approval. Independent exploration of an approved topic with final written report of findings and an oral defense of the work. Specific capstone project requirements are established by the supervising committee and vary based on the chosen topic.

Design Build Courses

DBLD 5620 DESIGN CONSTRUCTION STUDIO (6) LEC. 6. Pr. ARCH 4020. Second of three-studio progression. Skills associated with formation and schematic design phases of architectural project, with emphasis on rigorous design research methods, program development, and interdisciplinary team collaboration. Project initiated in 5620/6620 continues in subsequent semester.

DBLD 5640 SUSTAINABILITY FOR INTEGRATED PROJECT DELIVERY (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval.Principles, terminology, and methods of sustainable design and construction, with emphasis on role of interdisciplinary design collaboration.

DBLD 6620 DESIGN CONSTRUCTION STUDIO (6) LEC. 6. Pr. DBLD 6610. Second of three-studio progression. Skills associated with formation and schematic design phases of architectural project, with emphasis on rigorous design research methods, program development, and interdisciplinary team collaboration. Project initiated in 5620/6620 continues in subsequent semester.

DBLD 6640 SUSTAINABILITY FOR INTEGRATED PROJECT DELIVERY (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval.Principles, terminology, and methods of sustainable design and construction, with emphasis on role of interdisciplinary design collaboration.

DBLD 7020 INTEGRATED BUILDING PROCESSES I (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval.Project manifestation and development preceding design and construction phases with emphasis on the project owner's perspective, the financial parameters, and the speculative demand driving project viability.

DBLD 7030 CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (3) LEC. 3. Applications of advanced information technology in construction.

DBLD 7040 INTEGRATED BUILDING PROCESSES II (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Construction project delivery, from pre-construction service through ownership. Topics include project management, pre-construction services, pre-planning, procurement, site utilization, subcontracts, commissioning, closeout, building operation, and long-term ownership.

DBLD 7550 COLLABOR PROCESS DES CONSTRU (3) LEC. 3. Current integrated delivery models and decision-making strategies related to interface of design and construction disciplines from professional, contractual, and technological perspectives. Emphasis on risk quantification between parties involved in integrated delivery.

DBLD 7551 COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE LAB (1) LAB. 4. Pr. DBLD 6620. Coreq., DBLD 6620 (students in design track). Problem-solving exercises related to effective pre-construction practices employed by design and construction professionals.

DBLD 7630 DESIGN CONSTRUCTION SUMMARY COMPREHENSIVE STUDIO (7) LEC. 7. Pr. DBLD 6620 or (DBLD 7550 or DBLD 7551). Third of three-studio progression. Development of design and construction for architectural project in interdisciplinary teams, including analysis of constructability, projected construction cost, and scheduling.

DBLD 7650 EXECUTIVE ISSUES (3) LAB. Individually proposed problems or projects related to the construction industry. Students must prepare a written proposal with defined deliverables.

DBLD 7950 GRADUATE SEMINAR (1) SEM. 1. Departmental approval.Project manifestation and development preceding design and construction phases with emphasis on the project owner's perspective, the financial parameters, and the speculative demand driving project viability. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

Integrtd Design & Construction Courses

INDC 5040 SUSTAINABILITY FOR INTEGRATED PROJECT DELIVERY (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Principles, terminology, and methods of sustainable design and construction, with emphasis on role of interdisciplinary design collaboration. Must have APLA or BSCI.

INDC 5510 DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION PROCESS (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Identification and balancing of architectural and urban design issues, tools and processes used by professional construction managers, with emphasis on collaborative aspects and their impact on efficiency.

INDC 5610 DESIGN BUILD STUDIO (7) LEC. 3, LST. 9. Pr. ARCH 4020. Departmental approvalFirst of three-studio progression. Integrated project delivery approach to design practice, with emphasis on development of facility with the design technologies and strategies and advanced digital tools.

INDC 5620 DESIGN CONSTRUCTION STUDIO (6) LEC. 2, LST. 9. Pr. ARCH 4020. Departmental approvalSecond studio develops skills associated with schematic design phases of architectural project; emphasis on rigorous design research methods, program development, interdisciplinary collaboration. APLA

INDC 6040 SUSTAINABILITY FOR INTEGRATED PROJECT DELIVERY (3) LEC. 3.

INDC 6510 DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION PROCESS (3) LEC. 3. Identification and balancing of architectural and urban design issues, tools and processes used by professional construction managers, with emphasis on collaborative aspects and their impact on efficiency. Students must be IDC major.

INDC 6610 DESIGN BUILD STUDIO (7) LEC. 3, LST. 9. First of three-studio progression. Integrated project delivery approach to design practice, with emphasis on development of facility with the design technologies and strategies and digital tools employed in advanced practice.

INDC 6620 DESIGN CONSTRUCTION STUDIO (6) LEC. 2, LST. 9. Pr. INDC 6610. Second studio develops skills associated with schematic design phases of architectural project; emphasis on rigorous design research methods, program development, interdisciplinary collaboration.

INDC 6640 SUSTAINABILITY FOR INTEGRATED PROJECT DELIVERY (3) LEC. 3. Principles, terminology, and methods of sustainable design and construction, with emphasis on role of interdisciplinary design collaboration.

INDC 7020 INTEGRATED BUILDING PROCESSESS (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Project manifestation and development preceding design/construction phases with emphasis on project owner's perspective, financial parameters, and speculative demand driving project viability.

INDC 7030 CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Applications of advanced information technology in building construction.

INDC 7040 INTEGRATED BUILDING PROCESSES II (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Construction project delivery, from pre-construction through ownership.

INDC 7550 COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE (3) LEC. 3. Coreq. INDC 7551 and INDC 6620. Current integrated delivery models and decision-making strategies related to interface of design and construction disciplines from professional, contractual and technological perspectives.

INDC 7551 COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE LAB (1) LAB. 4. Coreq. INDC 6620 and INDC 7550. Problem solving exercises (related to material covered in INDC 7550 and INDC 6220) will enable inter-disciplinary teams of students to apply principles of effective pre-construction practices.

INDC 7630 DESIGN CONSTRUCTION SUMMARY COMPREHENSIVE STUDIO (7) LEC. 3, LST. 9. Pr. INDC 6620 and INDC 7550 and INDC 7551. Final studio. Development of design and construction for architectural project in interdisciplinary teams, including analysis of constructability, projected construction cost, and scheduling.

INDC 7650 EXECUTIVE ISSUES (3) LAB. 3. Departmental approval. Individually proposed problems or projects related to the construction industry. Students must prepare a written proposal with defined deliverables.

INDC 7950 GRADUATE SEMINAR (1) SEM. 1. Departmental approval. Project manifestation and development preceding design and construction phases with emphasis on the project owner's perspective, the financial parameters, and the speculative demand driving project viability.

Building Science

  • AZHAR, SALMAN, Associate Professor
  • BURT, RICHARD, Professor and School Head
  • FARROW, CHARLES B., Bob Aderholdt Endowed Associate Professor
  • HEIN, MICHAEL F., William A. Hunt Endowed Professor
  • HOLLEY, PAUL, Professor
  • HOSEY, JAMES, Field and Demo Lab Manager
  • KILLINGSWORTH JR, ROGER A., Associate Professor
  • KRAMER, SCOTT W., Professor
  • LIU, JUNSHAN, Associate Professor
  • OLSEN, DARREN, Associate Professor
  • RAHN, KEITH, Assistant Professor
  • RUTH, LINDA C., Associate Professor
  • SATTINENI, ANOOP, Associate Professor
  • SMITH, BRUCE W., Associate Professor
  • TATUM, MARK, Associate Professor
  • TAYLOR, JAMES M., Associate Professor
  • THOMPSON, JACQUELINE, Assistant Professor
  • THOMPSON, MICHAEL K., Senior Lecturer
  • WEISS, PETER M., Associate Professor