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Bachelor of Science in Building Construction

Bachelor of Science in Building Construction

The School of Building Construction reactivated the Bachelor of Science in Building Construction program in 2020. As the construction industry evolved into a diversified and technology-adopting sector, we saw the need for an undergraduate program that captured progressive hands-on technology with an integrated and entrepreneurial approach. It is the perfect major for students who prefer the practical and tangible aspects of the built environment.

It's Not About 2x4s & Nails. It's About UAVs & Point Clouds.

Drone capture from point cloud software.
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Drone capture from point cloud software.

The Bachelor of Science in Building Construction teaches students a complete understanding of built environment design and construction processes from the construction contractors, owners, and facility managers' perspective.

We use technology to teach students about virtual design and construction, lean project delivery, sustainability and resistance, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)/drone assisted project monitoring. These are skills our students will use in new demanding careers that did not exist a decade ago. 

Students study how building projects address the needs of communities, the environment, and the economy through collaborating with other Georgia Tech students. They work with students from architecture, civil and environmental engineering, urban design, and city and regional planning to learn how decisions impact the social environment and sustainable communities. Such opportunities allow graduates like Sean Warner (BC '15), CEO and co-founder of Grubbly Farms, to excel.

The Built Environment

The School of Building Construction deals chiefly with the built environment, which is the result of physical structures created to safely accommodate, support, and enhance the quality of life. We are academically committed to the built environment and in how it plays a vital role in the evolutionary development of the construction industry. It serves as our foundation for design thinking management processes.

Technology, a Formula for Evolving the Construction Industry

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Student analyzes data using laser scan system.

We designed our undergraduate program to give students a complete view of the building life cycle. They learn technology-driven methods of construction management and critical leadership skills. The curriculum shows students how prefabrication, 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality, drones, and robotics can impact safety, profitability, and sustainability. 

Our new integrated approach to building construction prepares students more holistically. Rather than focus primarily on construction and the housing sector, students learn from day one a technology-driven approach to design management processes of the building life cycle.

They study how to use point clouds to render quality inspections of structures and make construction safer with fewer errors—for example, using drones to save the lives of roofers. With technology, they also learn how to improve building processes and energy performance, and how to implement cost-efficient building practices.

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Building Construction program is 120 credit hours. It includes 50 credit hours of professional coursework and 24 hours of electives. An entrepreneurial component to the curriculum teaches students business concepts and communication skills, preparing them for business ventures in construction or technologies.

Students are encouraged to pursue a minor or certificate, so their education more closely mirrors the diversity of the construction industry. 

Collaboration at Georgia Tech Makes Our Program Unique

Students showcase custom built drone.
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Students from the Schools of Building Construction and Aerospace Engineering showcase a custom built drone.

We have fascinating and smart friends here at Georgia Tech, which provide opportunities for students to collaborate with many other disciplines on campus. Like our incredibly strong ties to the Bachelor of Science in Architecture program - where they think critically about technology and apply new tools to design a better world. And our friends in civil engineering – where they create systems, technology, and structures that ready our modern world for a growing and aging population. And our friends in aeronautical engineering – where they develop fundamental disciplines necessary to understand the design and performance of aerospace vehicles. This are just a few examples of how the School of Building works with others to make a difference.

The bachelor program also offers students a front-row seat to our signature graduate programs. The second you become an undergraduate student in building construction, you learn about professional leadership roles. These roles consist of construction and facility managers, occupational health and safety managers, and real estate developers.

Our graduate programs merge creative and practical approaches to building projects. We teach students to lead every step of a building's existence: from site selection through architectural design, then from engineering through financing, and from planning sustainable footprints to eventual renovation or demolition. We shape the future of construction.

Complement Any Major With Our Certificate

Our undergraduate certificate is the perfect complement to several majors at Georgia Tech, including architecture, systems engineering, business administration, and more. This certificate also allows undergraduates to apply for the Master of Science in Building Construction and Facility Management degree without a GRE.

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