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 2.60 (gapped) 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 2.60 (gapped) 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.


For additional context visit the college's professional fee page.

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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.


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. 


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


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 and will be accepted on a space-available basis as determined by the school head.


Transfer students (internal) may enter the Pre-Building Construction Program during Fall, Spring or Summer semester. A minimum grade point average of 2.60 is required. Students must meet with the Pre-Building Construction advisor before transferring.  Students can transfer until the 5th class day of the current semester, if it is later than the 5th class day the student will need to wait until all grades are posted for that semester before transferring. 

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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.


2017 Spring Placement

Placement rate: 90%

Average salary: $59,400

SE Region Placement: 98%

Salary range: $47,840-$68,000


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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Incoming Freshmen

Students accepted for admission must complete the scholarship application through the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM) by midnight CST on February 10* to receive consideration for Freshman and General Scholarships awarded by the McWhorter School of Building Science, as well as, the Office of University Scholarships. The criteria for departmental scholarships vary and can include state residency requirements, high school GPA, ACT/SAT test scores, and an established financial need based on the results of the FAFSA.


Currently Enrolled Students

Students who are currently enrolled at Auburn University must complete the scholarship application through AUSOM by midnight CST on March 1 to receive consideration for General and Departmental Scholarships. To be eligible, students must have completed a minimum of 15 hours at Auburn University or completed a total of two building construction courses by the end of the fall semester prior to the application process.


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


Financial Need

Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)**, available online January 1. The FAFSA should be received by March 1 for consideration of need-based scholarships or April 1 for consideration of all other financial aid opportunities. For additional information, please click here.


*Incoming students planning to apply for scholarships must complete the admission application with all required materials received by the January 15 application for admission priority deadline.  Students who elect to test after the December ACT and SAT test dates are advised Auburn University cannot guarantee scores will be received and processed by the scholarship application deadline.


**The FAFSA is the only form a student is required to complete to be considered for student assistance from any of the Title IV, HEA programs, except for information needed to ensure the student’s eligibility for such assistance (e.g., information needed to complete verification or to demonstrate compliance with student eligibility provisions of the HEA and the regulations).  Additional information, if requested, will be listed on the student’s Tigeri Financial Aid Requirements page after the student’s FAFSA results are received.  For additional information, click here.

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The School of Building Science has three computer laboratories for general and classroom usage. The computers located in the Thesis lab are reserved for thesis students only. Two of the other laboratories are classrooms, but the machines can be used by BSCI students while classes are not in session. The third computer
laboratory is an open room that students can use at any time. This third lab is also equipped with scanners, a high end printer and high end plotter. A high end printer and a plotter are also located in the student lounge.


Laptop Policy

BSCI students are required to have a laptop. When selecting the hardware specifications for a laptop, consider that the minimum hardware specs (outlined below) should provide a BSCI student with two to three years of reliable service. Students either get the minimum specs and plan to replace it after three years (at which point a new computer at the same price range is certain to have significantly more robust specs), or they can opt for a machine with top end specs that can serve for the duration of their study. Always ask for student discounts. Because of the specific construction software that will be used, Apple computers
are not advised. If an Apple is to be used, they must be partitioned with a Windows side that meets the PC requirements.



Windows 7 or later

2GHz+ Dual Core or higher Processor


1GB+ Video Card

256GB+ HDD or SSD


MAC not recommended


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J. Mark Taylor

J. Mark Taylor

Chair, Building Construction Program