USC Price School of Public Policy

Minor in Construction Planning and Management

Construction activities are complex. In contemporary society, effective planning and management of these activities requires specialized knowledge of the technical, economic and political environment. This minor covers the most current theories and practice of construction planning and management. Students pursuing careers in Business Administration, Policy, Planning, and Development, Environmental Studies, and other areas will find the program a valuable adjunct credential to professional school. The minor also provides a unique opportunity for professional focus to students in the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.

This seven-course program couples the knowledge of how construction activities are organized with a broader understanding of the urban system in which construction projects are embedded. With the exception of statistics, all of the required courses are within the Department of Civil Engineering and the Price School of Public Policy.

Required Courses

Students are required to take the following courses, totaling 17 units:

  • Construction Engineering (CE 460)
  • General Construction Estimating (prerequisite: CE 460) (CE 461)
  • Construction Methods and Equipment (CE 462)
  • Property Rights, Governance, and the Environment (PPD 304)
  • Urban and Regional Economics (PPD 358)


Students choose one elective course:

  • Fundamentals of Law for Engineers (CE 404)
  • Contracts and Specifications (CE 412)
  • Construction Labor Management (CE 472)
  • Advanced Finance and Investment for Planning and Development (prerequisite: PPD 362) (PPD 437)


Students choose one statistics course:

  • Introduction to Statistics for Economists (Econ 317)
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Electrical Engineering (EE 364)
  • Probability Concepts in Engineering (ISE 220)
  • Statistics for Policy, Planning, and Development (PPD 404x)
  • Statistics I (PSYC 274)
  • Sociologists Statistics (SOCI 314)

Contact Information

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
(213) 740-0587