Rock Valley College

Building Construction Management Degree

The BCM program is not accepting new students.  Current BCM students with 20 or more BCM credits can contact Joan Rabe at (815) 921-3101 for more information.

Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science – 65 credits transfer to select universities

Program contact: Division of Engineering and Technology, (815) 921-3101

Program overview

Graduates of the Building Construction Management (BCM) program organize, lead, and manage the resources, materials, and the processes related to building construction, both commercial and residential.

Work and employment

Graduates work in such jobs as estimators, detailers, surveying technicians, and in construction sales. With additional experience, successful graduates can advance to field engineering assistant, construction or maintenance supervisor, building inspector, or contractor.

Transfer Opportunities

Graduates of the program have the option to transfer their degree to various four-year universities to pursue a B.S. in Construction Management. Students should consult with an academic advisor, or the Dean or Academic Chair of the Building Construction Management program.


Building Construction Course Requirements (47 credits)

Number Title Credits
  BCM-100 Introduction to Construction Management (3)
  BCM-104 Construction Blueprint Reading (3)
  BCM-117 Construction Materials & Methods (3)
  ATG-106 Intro to Accounting Debits & Credits (1)
  ATG-107 Intro to Accounting Special Journals (1)
  BCM-120 Mechanical Systems (3)
  BCM-125 Construction Safety (3)
  BCM-137 Architectural CAD Drafting I (3)
  BUS-101 Introduction to Business (3)
  BCM-195 Construction Surveying I (3)
  BCM-219 Statics-Strength Materials Build Constr. (3)
  BCM-237 Architectural CAD Drafting II (3)
  BCM-239 Wood Frame Structures (3)
  BCM-251 Codes, Contracts, & Specifications (3)
  BCM-260 Construction Estimating (3)
  BCM-270 Construction Job Scheduling (3)

Also included is one BCM elective (3 credits)

General Education Course Requirements (18 credits)

Requirements (15 credits):

Number Title Credits
  BIO-106 Environmental Science (3)
  BIO-107 Environmental Science Laboratory (1)
  ENG-101 Composition I (3)
  ENG-103 Composition II, or
  ENG-110 Introduction to Technical Writing, or
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication (3)
  MTH-132 College Algebra & Trigonometry, or
  MTH-100 Technical Mathematics (5)


Electives: Select 3 credits from the following as needed (3 credits)
  • Mathematics course (MTH)
  • Humanities course (HUM)
  • Science course
  • Fitness, Wellness & Sport course (FWS)
Note: Other General Education courses approved by the BCM Academic Chair may be substituted.


BCM Electives

Number Title Credits
  BCM-168 Construction Internship (1)
  BCM-218 Construction Surveying II (3)
  BCM-258 Case Study in Construction Management (3)
  BCM-268 Home Performance & Energy Audit (3)
  BCM-278 Green Building Fundamentals (3)
  BCM-298 Independent Study (1)


Second Degree Requirements for completion of either the Building Construction Management (BCM) A.A.S. or the Sustainable Building Science (SBS) A.A.S. Programs (15 credits): 

The course requirements for the BCM and SBS degree programs are very similar. Consequently, obtaining a second degree is an attractive option to many graduates. Specifically, a graduate of the BCM program may desire to obtain a second degree in SBS.

Fundamentally, a minimum of 15 additional credits must be taken.

A graduate of the BCM program (7000) who desires to also receive a SBS (7050) degree must take:

(This means an BCM graduate must take between 15 credits additionally to receive a second degree in SBS.)

Number Title Credits
  BCM-268 Home Performance & Energy Audit (3)
  BCM-278 Green Building Fundamentals (3)
  EET-105 Introduction to Sustainable Energy (3)

Also included are two BCM electives (3 credits/each)