Students who major in Construction Systems Management (CSM) specialize in the management and operation of the business and technological aspects of the construction industry. CSM students develop managerial skills to prepare them for a career in coordinating and directing activities in a range of industry sectors including residential, commercial, and heavy (roads, bridges, and freeways) construction.
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The CSM Experience
The CSM curriculum requires 130 total credit hours of courses. CSM Core courses comprise of 55 credit hours covering topics including materials and methods, estimating, scheduling, structures, surveying, graphics, and more. Students will also take at least 15 credit hours of Business courses and be able to further specialize their degree through additional technical and business electives. See the full CSM Curriculum and sample Four Year Plan.
Students will begin their academic journey in CSM by working with a CFAES College Advisor to determine any applicable transfer credit and discuss general education courses.
Upon enrollment in CSM and after meeting with a College Advisor, students will be assigned to LaShanda Coleman as their departmemt Academic Advisor. LaShanda will help new CSM students create their road map to graduation and assists with academic forms and petitions. After meeting with LaShanda, students are assigned a Faculty Advisor who can further help students approve their semester schedules, discuss jobs and internships, and more.
Internships and Co-Ops
Students in Construction Systems Management are required to complete at least one 400-hour internship to gain practical, hands-on experience to augment their on-campus course work. Our faculty advisors and instructors help students network with future employers to find internship and co-op opportunities. See examples of our current internship postings.
Students also have the ability to stay involved with CSM outside of the classroom in CSM Club. The Construction Systems Management Club’s mission is to help connect the leaders from the Columbus Construction Industry with the leaders of The Ohio State University Construction Systems Management major. Students that become involved with the club have numerous opportunities to meet many of the best and brightest leaders of the industry. The club provides several networking opportunities and participation leads to many internship and job opportunities. Learn more about CSM Club.