Building Construction

The McWhorter School of Building Science

Building Construction

Auburn's Bachelor of Science in Building Construction (BSCI) Program is a four-year ACCE accredited program focused on construction management including specialized training in estimating, scheduling, project management, safety, surveying, sustainable construction and structures. The Building Construction Program is unique due to its leading edge information technology applications emphasis. This combination provides graduates a comprehensive foundation for success. International study opportunities allow student to have exposure to global practices in construction science.

Entering freshmen who meet the general admission requirements of Auburn University will be admitted to the Pre-Building Construction Program.

 

Transfer students (external) may enter the Pre-Building Construction Program during Fall, Spring or Summer semester and will be accepted on a space-available basis as determined by the school head.

 

A minimum grade point average of 2.40 is required in thirty-two semester hours including English, History, Math (Calculus I), and a Natural Science with a lab (Trig-based Physics with lab) required in the first year of the model curriculum. Internal transfer students must have a 2.40 GPA.

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Professional programs are inherently more expensive to run than non-professional programs. They require more space, more personnel, a lower student-to-teacher ratio, access to a higher level of technology than most disciplines, and incur significant costs associated with achieving and maintaining accreditation from the appropriate specialized, national agencies.  As a result, the College of Architecture, Design and Construction charges a professional fee to partially defray the difference between state funding and tuition, and the actual costs of our professional programs. Within each program, a professional fee charge of $2,160 is tied to enrollment in specific courses, which are noted on curriculum models. During semesters when students are enrolled in these classes they will be charged a professional fee.

 

Through the professional fees, the CADC continues to provide our students with rigorous and relevant academic experiences, which contribute to our programs being recognized as among the best in the nation.

 

Building Construction students typically pay professional fee for four semesters.

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Eligibility for admissions to Pre-Building Construction is determined by the Auburn University Admissions Office on the basis of the candidate’s test scores and previous academic record. In addition to these criteria for Pre-Building Construction, admission to the Professional Building Construction Program will be made on the basis of departmental ranking and according to enrollment limitations.

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To be considered for admission into the Professional Building Construction Program (BSCI), the student must have completed all Pre-Building Construction course work shown in the first two years of the BSCI curriculum model and must have successfully completed a minimum of 63 semester hours. The school reserves the right to limit enrollment in the professional program (BSCI) based on calculated GPA and on available resources. It is possible to have less than the available number of positions filled if applicants do not have a 2.60 formula GPA. 

 

For the Fall and Summer semesters, thirty students are chosen in rank order based upon the formula GPA calculation described in the Building Construction Academic Standards and based upon a minimum 2.60 formula GPA. Exceptions to this minimum GPA are only available through the school head and shall be only considered with extenuating circumstances. Please see a CADC advisor for a full copy of the BSCI Academic Standards. Repeat applicants will be evaluated based upon grades received in all twenty courses that compose the Pre-Building Science curriculum. 

 

For the Spring semester, sixty students are chosen in rank order based upon the formula GPA calculation described in the Building Construction Academic Standards and based upon a minimum 2.60 formula GPA. Repeat applicants are evaluated based upon grades received in all twenty courses that compose the Pre-Building Science curriculum. No preference will be given to either first-time or repeat applicants. 

 

After being admitted into the professional program, any student receiving a grade below C in any 3000 or 4000-level BSCI course, or any student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.50, will be reviewed by the School Academic Standards Committee for approval to continue in the program. Any student who is reviewed may be required to repeat a course or to withdraw from the program.

 

The BSCI Formula GPA Calculation is as follows:

 

Class Credit Hours Weighting
BSCI 1100 History & Intro to Construction 3 16
BSCI 2300 Methods & Materials 3 16
BSCI 2100 Intro to Sustainable Construction 1 6
BSCI 2200 Construction Communication 3 16
BSCI 2400 Structures for Building I*   16
MATH 1150 Pre-Cal Algebra & Trig or
MATH 1610 - Calculus I
4 6
ENGL 1100 English Composition I 3 6
ENGL 1120 English Composition II 3 6
COMM 1000 Public Speaking 3 6
PHYS 1500 General Physics I 4 6

Total

30 100

 

*If an earned grade of D or F in BSCI 2400 Structures for Building I, the class is repeated, and the final grade considered for use in the Professional Building Construction Formula GPA will be the average of all grades attempted.

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Transfer students (external) may enter the Pre-Building Construction Program during Fall, Spring or Summer semester. A minimum grade point average of 2.40 (gapped) is required from 32 semester hours including English, History, Math (Calculus I or Pre-Calculus Algebra Trig), and a Natural Science with a lab (Trig-based Physics with lab). These courses are included the first year of the Pre-Building Construction curriculum model at Auburn.

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The McWhorter School of Building Science has a very close relationship with a large number of companies located all over the country, as well as internationally. Companies come to interview in the Building Science facility, the M. Miller Gorrie Center, on campus for full-time positions and internships. View the BSCI Interview Calendar.

 

The Spring 2014 Class had a 91 percent placement and an average starting salary of $56,805.29.

 

To find out what companies have hired our graduates, click here.


If you have any questions about interviewing or job placement, email Cassandra Calloway, or call 334-844-4518.

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Applications for departmental scholarships are available each January for the upcoming academic year. Approximately $120,000 is given to students each year. Qualifications vary for each scholarship and may include grades, financial need, and certain residency requirements.
 
An online scholarship application process for Building Construction begins approximately the third week in January through March 1st each year. When the application is in production and ready for students to complete, the scholarship coordinator will send out an e-mail to every Pre-Building Construction and Building Construction student in the program. Those eligible to apply are currently enrolled students who have completed a minimum of 15 hours at Auburn University OR completed a total of 2 Building Construction courses by the end of the fall semester before the application process begins in January. A link to the application can be found, on the BSCI homepage during the annual application deadline dates set for January through March first each year.


The number and amount of awards vary each year based on the number of donors providing scholarship funds. In Spring 2010, our donors provided 53 scholarships totaling $102,550.00. 
 

A Message for Incoming Freshmen

The McWhorter School of Building Science has two annual scholarship opportunities for incoming freshmen. These scholarships are by invitation only. The criteria for selection is a combination of the state of residency, high school GPA, ACT/SAT test scores, and financial need. Accepted students who meet the criteria for selection will be sent an invitation letter and application to return to the Scholarship Coordinator by March 1. The student chosen for the award will receive a formal congratulatory letter from the school head outlining the terms of his/her award.


After the first semester in Pre-Building Construction, students who have completed a minimum of fifteen hours at Auburn University or a minimum of two Building Construction classes, will be eligible to apply for the annual scholarship awards for currently enrolled students. The online application will be made available by the end of January and must be completed no later than March 1. Students will be notified via Auburn University e-mail when the online applications are available to submit. Email Carolyn Smith, Scholarship Coordinator, for more information, or call her at (334) 844-4518.

The McWhorter School of Building Science

Gratefully Acknowledges Our Scholarship Donors

 

Endowed Scholarships

 

$200,000 +

William A. Hunt ’55 Endowment for Scholarships

            William ’55 and Ann Hunt

James Matthew Mitchell Endowment for Scholarships

            Thomas ’70 and Lee ‘69 Mitchell

 

$100,000 - $199,999

L. Judson Akin Endowed Presidential Scholarship

            Patsy Akin

Bailey Harris Construction Co. Endowment for Presidential Scholarships

            Allen Harris ’70

Gary R. Dent ’70 Endowment for Scholarships

            Cathy Dent

Martin and Cobey Endowed Scholarship in Honor of Fred Martin Jr.

            Fred B. ’55 and Mary Pat Martin

Stone Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship

            Bill Stone ’75

 

$50,000 - $99,999

Clement Group LLC Endowed Scholarship

            Craig T. ’91 and Robyn ‘89 Clement

Timothy Self Endowed Memorial Scholarship

 

$25,000 – $49,000

KBR (BE&K) Scholarship Endowment

Chad Bowman ’97 Memorial Scholarship Fund

            Kraft Construction, Tampa

Brock Family Endowment for Scholarships

            Thomas ’67 and Patricia Brock

William P. Caddell Jr. ’58 / Building Specialties Co. Endowed Scholarship

            William Caddell Jr.’58

Marshall J. Conner ’40 Endowment

            Helen Moates Conner ’41 (deceased)

James Robert Dugan Jr. Endowment for Scholarships

            James Dugan ’79

Kay Family Endowment for Scholarships

            Robert H. ’74  and Barbara E. Kay

Richard and Barbara M. Price Endowment for Scholarships

            Richard ’83 and Barbara ’83 Price

R.K. Redding Construction Inc. Endowment for Scholarships

            Randall Redding ’76

John F. Straussberger Endowment for Scholarships in Engineering and CADC

            John ’77 and Emily ’77 Straussberger

 

$12,500 - $24,999

Wesley Scott Bilbo Legacy Endowment

            Friends and Family of Wesley Scott Bilbo

Brasfield & Gorrie Endowed Scholarship

Jack and Laura Fite Endowed Scholarship

            Jack ’85 and Laura ’86 Fite

Walton Stone Endowed Scholarship

            Jeff ’79 and Linda ’79 Stone

 

2013-14 Annual Scholarships

Atlanta Building Science Alumni Group

Batson Cook Company

Julian Bell - Bell Development

Bob Crumpton’49

            Dr. Cara Mia Braswell ’77 ’92 ‘00

Brasfield & Gorrie

Comer Foundation

Gerdau

Gray Construction Company

Holder Construction Company

Hosey Construction, LLC

Imogene Powell / National Association of Women in Construction

            Ginger Thompson and M. James Gorrie ’84

Linbeck Group, LLC

M. J. Harris Construction Services

Paul and Frieda Brandt

Robins & Morton

Sigma Lambda Chi

Southern Company

 

FAFSA

It is important that students have filled out a Free Application for Financial Aid, called a FAFSA. The FAFSA may be filled out online here. The FAFSA should be on file with the Auburn University Student Financial Aid Office. When filling out the FAFSA, students should submit the code for Auburn University in order to send the information to Auburn.

 

Most McWhorter School of Building Science scholarships stipulate that a FAFSA form be on file with Auburn University. Even if a student does not qualify for financial aid, she/he might still be eligible for a School scholarship if a FAFSA is on file. Please check FAFSA deadlines here.

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Ben Farrow

Ben Farrow

Aderholdt Assistant Professor

334-844-5378