Accelerated Bachelor's Degree Completion

B.S. in Building and Construction Studies

No matter what’s fueling your ambition, we have the tools and structure to help you every step of the way as you achieve your goals.

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program building and construction studies major is intended for those looking to increase their employment opportunities and segue into administrative and project management positions. You will benefit from coursework that combines building materials and methods, construction graphics and business practices. Graduates will be enabled to perform technical, supervisory, operational and middle management functions in small to large construction-related enterprises, as employees or entrepreneurs. This program option is offered through a partnership between Jefferson’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and College of Architecture and the Built Environment.

You will complete building and construction studies- focused courses in conjunction with the general requirements needed for a bachelor’s degree, preparing you to meet today’s needs for this growing, in-demand field.

As a graduate of the building and construction studies major, you will be prepared to apply for graduate studies in Jefferson's Master of Science in Sustainable Design or Master of Science in Construction Management .

Building Construction Studies studentsAccelerated Program Features

Get the Credit Your Deserve: To be admitted, you must have a minimum of 30 transferable credits. You can transfer up to 72 credits.
Schedule for Your Busy Life: Eight-week terms; afternoon, evening and Saturday morning classes; and online courses enable you to schedule your education around life and career demands.
Learn from the Real-world: Experienced faculty give insight into the field, while collaborative projects help develop practical skills while building your network.

Curriculum

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree, you must complete a minimum of 120 credits. These credits are acquired through transfer of credits from previously attended accredited colleges, universities and institutes, and through courses taken at Jefferson. Specific course requirements are listed below. Remaining credits are satisfied with elective courses.

General Requirements: College-level courses in writing, math, science, history, social science, humanities, and information systems are required for a Bachelor of Science degree.

General Education Core: 15 credits

  • HIST-321 Business, Industry and Work in American History
  • HUMN-310 Globalization and World Politics
  • SOC-310 The Social Science of the Workplace
  • COMM-320 Professional Communication Skills
  • CSSEM-499 Professional Studies Capstone Seminar

Continuing Professional Studies Core: 18 credits 

  • CSSEM-300 Professional Practice Seminar
  • MGMT-361 Leadership Theory & Ethical Practices
  • ECON-331 Economic Decision Making
  • STAT-311 Finding and Evaluating Statistical Data
  • FINC-323 Financial Decision Making
  • IT-201 Learning and Technology

*Major Courses: 27 credits 

  • ARCH 204 Great Buildings: Structure, Style and Context
  • ARCST 341 American Architecture
  • ARCST 221 Contemporary Preservation and Adaptive Reuse
  • CMGT 104 Introduction to Estimating and Scheduling
  • CMGT 4XX Introduction to Building Information Modeling
  • CMGT 302 Construction Contract Administration
  • CMGT 208 Materials and Methods of Construction

    Must Take 2 of the Following Courses:
  • CMGT 101 Construction Graphics
  • ARCH 426 Design/Build
  • ARCST 266 Building Conservation
  • MCM 604 Project Finance and Cost Control**
  • MCM 606 Construction Risk Management**
  • SDN 601 Principles and Methods of Sustainable Design**
  • SDN 604 Green Materials and Life Assessment**

*Major courses for this program are only available at Thomas Jefferson University’s East Falls Campus.

** These are graduate-level courses in Jefferson’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment. Students who successfully complete MCM 604 and/or MCM 606 will earn graduate credits toward a Master of Science degree in Construction Management. Students who successfully complete SDN 601 and/or SDN 604 will earn graduate credits toward a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Design.