Residential Construction, Minor

Program Code: RCNEN_UMNR

Program Description

The objective of the Residential Construction Minor is to provide an opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the residential building construction topics and issues with emphasis on sustainable land development, design and construction of residential buildings, as well as construction management of residential projects. Residential building construction is a unique interdisciplinary field that draws upon civil and architectural engineering, architecture, real estate, management, finance, and marketing disciplines, and design principles including economical, safe, and serviceable structural design, green building systems design, sustainable land development, and construction management. This minor is expected to be primarily of interest to students from Civil and Environmental Engineering, Architectural Engineering, and Architecture majors, but students from other majors can also enroll in this minor. This minor will help students to increase their competitiveness for employment in residential market and construction industry.

What is Residential Construction?

Residential Construction is the building of single- and multi-family single-units, manufactured, duplex and quad-plex homes and apartments and condominiums.

You Might Like This Program If...

  •  You have an interest in architectural engineering, civil engineering, or architecture.
  • You want to build residential homes.
  • You have an interest in real estate.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 22

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
AE 470Residential Building Design and Construction3
AE 471CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PROJECTS3
ARCH 412Integrative Energy and Environmental Design3
CE 411Residential Construction Design Project1
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 12 credits from one of the following tracks:12
Architecture Track
AE 211
Architectural Structural Systems I
Architectural Structural Systems II
Introduction to Finance
Real Estate Fundamentals
Architectural Engineering Track
Introduction to Architectural Engineering Concepts
Introduction to the Building Construction Industry
Design of Concrete Structures for Buildings
Building Structural Systems in Steel and Concrete
Advanced Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning
Solar Energy Building System Design
Building Enclosure Science and Design
Design of Wood Structures
Civil Engineering Track
Design of Masonry Structures
Building Enclosure Science and Design
Design of Wood Structures
Professionalism, Economics & Construction Project Delivery
Design of Concrete Structures
CE 410W

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Ali Memari
Professor and Bernard and Henrietta Hankin Chair in Residential Building Construction
222 Sackett Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-9788
amm7@psu.edu

Career Paths

Students with a minor in Residential Construction serve in a variety of roles relating to design, construction, research and education.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES WITH A MINOR IN RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Students with a minor in Residential Construction may be interested in graduate studies in architectural engineering, facilities engineering and management or civil engineering.

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Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING
104 Engineering Unit A
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-6394
jad6832@psu.edu

https://www.ae.psu.edu/academics/undergraduate/residential-construction-minor.aspx