2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Dec 04, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Concrete Materials Science Minor

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Tim Hostettler, Program Director
Department of Construction and Operations Management
Solberg Hall 115B

Program Information

The Concrete Materials Science Minor provides graduates with a solid background in concrete and related materials technology. The concrete industry is a large part of the growing construction industry. There is strong demand for graduates with knowledge to work in the construction field at many levels including construction management, cost estimator, or contractor. Graduates will learn about the concrete industry - specific safety practices and potential hazards, concrete mix design technology, cost estimating skills, and specific properties of plastic and hardened concrete. Majors that would benefit from the minor include, but are not limited to, Architecture, Construction Management, Mechanical Engineering, Operations Management, and Civil Engineering. Concrete Industry Management majors are not eligible for this minor.

Course Delivery Format

Course content is delivered face-to-face and online with instruction using lecture, discussion, field trips, and hands-on laboratories.

Student Learning Outcomes

In the Concrete Materials Science Minor students will:

  • Acquire fundamental understanding of the different facets of the concrete industry, including working knowledge of various types of plants and facilities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of concrete mix designs and properties.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of plastic and hardened concrete testing methods and procedures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of concrete and construction estimating processes.
  • Analyze and evaluate concrete and other construction specifications.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of construction plans and other construction documents. 
  • Acquire knowledge of Concrete Industry safety practices and demonstrate acquired knowledge through development of a safety program.
  • Complete ACI Field Testing 1 certification.
  • Complete MSHA New Miner training.

Academic Requirements

Students in the Concrete Industry Management (B.S.) are not eligible for this minor.

Total Required Credits: 18