(Effective Fall 2018)

The Concrete Science Technology program prepares students with skills necessary to excel in the production and analytical evaluation of concrete and the specified applications, aggregate selection, and admixture techniques and products in the concrete industry.  Emphasis is additionally placed on specialized properties of concrete, building codes, estimating, and troubleshooting of prior installations. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates will benefit from a wide variety of career paths ranging from concrete quality control specialist, highway inspector, research and development technician, batch plant production manager/supervisor, ready mix plant manager, engineering technician, aggregate production and supply manager, admixture technician, concrete supply sales, decorative concrete specialist, structural engineer, and form and placement specialist.  These job classifications differ from those having skill sets in flatwork and finishing and require a stronger knowledge of composition and application.

Recommended High School Subjects

Two years of Algebra, one year of science, preferable Chemistry.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • practice safe work habits in a professional and responsible manner.
  • interpret concrete drawings, identify key symbols specific to concrete and estimate quantities per plan.
  • establish parameters and set elevations for concrete formwork according to required specifications.
  • identify building codes specific to both commercial and residential concrete including American Concrete Institute (ACI) testing for air, temperature and slump.
  • perform standard evaluations and provide recommendations for concrete strengths, reinforcement and thickness per specific application.
  • design concrete mixes based on application and purpose.
  • successfully obtain professional industry certifications.
  • analyze applications and procedures for repair or replacement of defective concrete work.
  • perform accurate analysis on aggregates used in concrete for specific gravity, moisture and cleanliness.
  • identify significant historical events and their effect on the concrete industry.

Performance Standards

Students enrolled in the Concrete Science major must maintain a grade of "C" or better in each major course.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
BCT103 Construction Hand and Power Tools 1  
BCT104 Construction Safety and Equipment 1  
BCT110 Site Preparation and Layout 2  
BCT238 Concrete Construction 3  
CST100 Introduction to Concrete Science Technology 1  
CST110 Concrete Tools and Materials 2  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
or
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second Semester Credits
CST120 Properties and Testing of Concrete 4  
CST140 Concrete Codes and Standards 3  
CST160 Concrete Materials and Repair Products 2  
BCT234 Masonry Principles 5  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Summer Session Credits
CST201 Concrete Industry Internship 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 3
Third Semester Credits
CST203 Structural Concrete 4  
CST204 Decorative Concrete 3  
CST210 Concrete Construction Estimating 3  
CHM100 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
or
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Fourth Semester Credits
CST206 Concrete Production Problems and Conflict Resolution 4  
CST208 Forming, Shoring and Reinforcing 3  
BCT307 Managing Construction Safety 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
MGT115 Principles of Management 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
TOTAL CREDITS 17