A.S. in Public Works Administration

These course offerings prepare new personnel for public works occupations and provide upgrading within these occupations. Job opportunities exist in both the public and private sectors.

A.S. Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Public Works A.S. Degree will:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication, both orally and in writing.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to estimate quantities and costs for the bidding process in a public works construction project.

  3. Explain how to effectively use resources to deliver Public Works capital construction and/or infrastructure maintenance projects.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use current technology related to the construction and maintenance process.
  5. Interpret construction documents (contracts, specifications, and drawings) requirements applied in public works construction projects.

  6. Recognize basic construction means, methods, materials and equipment employed in public works construction and maintenance.

  7. Understand the quality assurance & control measures employed in public works, emphasizing the importance of the need for quality and longevity of capital construction and maintenance projects
  8. Recognize basic safety hazards on a construction site and standard prevention measures.
  9. Discuss basic principles of ethics in Public Works.

This degree requires meeting the Citrus College General Education and proficiency requirements combined with successful completion (grades of “C” and above) of the following major requirements:

Required courses:
PUB 150Introduction to Public Works3
PUB 151Street Construction and Maintenance3
PUB 155Public Works Construction Inspection3
PUB 157Asphalt and Portland Cement Concrete3
PUB 160Public Administration3
PUB 164Plan Reading and Cost Estimating3
PUB 166Supervision in Public Works3
Total Units21

2-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Note: Substitute ENGL 101E (5 units) may be needed based on placement.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
PUB 150 Introduction to Public Works 3
PUB 151 Street Construction and Maintenance 3
MATH 144 Technical Mathematics 5
COUN 208 Pathways in Career and Technical Education 3
Winter Term 1
ENGL 101
Reading and Composition
or Reading and Composition - Honors
Spring Term 1
PUB 155 Public Works Construction Inspection 3
PUB 157 Asphalt and Portland Cement Concrete 3
CM 110 Introduction and Fundamentals of Construction Management 3
ARCH 250
History of Architecture: Prehistory to Mannerism
or History of Architecture: Baroque to the Present Day
or Art History - Fundamentals of Global Art History
or Art History - Topics in Contemporary Art
or History of Photography
or Introduction to the Visual Arts
or Motion Picture Appreciation
or Motion Picture Appreciation - Honors
or History of Dance
or History of Rock and Roll
or Introduction to Theatre Arts
or Introduction to Theatre Arts - Honors
Summer Term 1
HIST 107
History of the United States before 1877
or History of the United States before 1877 - Honors
or History of the United States since 1877
or History of the United States since 1877 - Honors
or History of Women in the United States
or American Government and Politics
or American Government and Politics - Honors
Fall Term 2
PUB 160 Public Administration 3
PUB 164 Plan Reading and Cost Estimating 3
CM 120 Plans Reading 2
ANTH 212
Introduction to Physical Anthropology
and Introduction to Physical Anthropology Lab
Winter Term 2
ETHN 101
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
or Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies
SPCH 100
Interpersonal Communication
or Interpersonal Communication - Honors
or Public Address
or Public Address - Honors
or Small Group Communication
Spring Term 2
PUB 161 California Occupational Safety and Health 3
PUB 166 Supervision in Public Works 3
KIN 170
Fitness for Life
or Health and Wellness
or Health and Wellness - Honors
or Introduction to Nutrition
ENGL 290
Ethnic Voices in Film
or Children's Literature
or Children's Literature - Honors
or Literature of the Bible
or American Food And Culture: Global Origins, History, and Current Impacts
or Great Religions of the World
or Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
 Total Units63

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


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