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Building Better Builders: Auburn's Building Science Program

Are those construction workers on the Auburn President’s property? Are they students? What are they doing with the weird tripod and long stick all over campus?

If you have been in Auburn long enough, chances are high that you’ve seen these strange happenings not just on our President’s front doorstep, but all over campus. 

The hard-working building science students participate in Survey Camp, a class focused on teaching the art of shooting grades.

“Grade work involves laying out the elevation of a particular area with specialized tools,” said Carter Schmid, a Building Science Senior. “Every job site requires grading to ensure that buildings will be level, water will flow away from the site and that the infrastructure is gravity fed.”

Auburn University proudly sports one of the best Building Science programs in the country as part of their nationally recognized College of Architecture, Design, and Construction.

“I feel pretty confident that I’m prepared for my next step,” said Schmid. “We focus on real-world application at Auburn so my education and work life will be very similar. I learned a lot of management and technology-based construction skills here. Whereas, I picked up the bulk of my field skills from internships.”

Building Science students are subjected to real-life construction scenarios early in their collegiate education, often required to attend daily 7 or 8 a.m. classes to simulate the early hours the construction industry has. Students are also exposed to heavy construction equipment and regularly design and build relatable projects.

“Our average week consists of early classes and a lot of time at the Gorrie Center,” said Schmid. “Typically the projects and homework we have requires high-end computers and specialized software, so Gorrie is always available to us.”

The BSCI program also offers several special programs including study abroad programs, international competitions, and bountiful career advancement opportunities.

“The Building Science program has a great career counselor, Cassandra Callaway, and she does a great job recruiting companies to recruit on our campus,” said Schmid. “There are almost daily emails regarding available positions. I think we are going to have 100 percent, or close to it, placement this year.”

The McWhorter School of Building Science (BSCI) at Auburn University was established in 1947, making it the second oldest construction education program in the United States. The Baccalaureate program in BSCI was first approved by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) in 1980 and it is the only ACCE accredited Baccalaureate program in the state of Alabama.

The ACCE is a global advocate of quality construction education programs and promotes, supports and accredits quality construction education programs. ACCE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the accrediting agency for four-year baccalaureate degree programs in construction, construction science, construction management, and construction technology.

For more information about the Building Science program visit

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(Bottom Photo/Gorrie Center. From

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