The management of construction has seen dramatic changes and growth in the last few decades and has resulted in increased risk, responsibilities and obligation for the constructor. The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management degree program has a curriculum designed to blend engineering, architecture, design, technology, and business to produce a professional who can manage construction processes effectively and efficiently. CM graduates have industry accepted skills and acquire the much needed knowledge necessary to execute the responsibilities and obligations required for their profession. Graduates taking the Certified Professional Constructor process receive formal recognition of the education and experience that defines the constructor as a professional.
The undergraduate CM degree program has four distinct areas. The first area includes the general education courses required by LSU. These are courses in English, math, natural sciences, social science, art, and humanities. The second area is engineering with courses in theory, design, and application. The third area is business administration with courses in management, accounting, finance, law, and economics. The fourth area comprises of courses specifically designed for construction management majors. These include communication, ethics, graphics, estimating, contract, project planning and scheduling, construction methods, cost control, administration, and project management. It is the only four-year program in the nation that offers industry emphasis areas (IEA) in industrial, highway, commercial, and residential construction. It also offers a military emphasis area for Adaptive Leadership (ROTC Only). More information can be found though the program's course flow chart.
The 122 credit hour degree includes:
- Business Administration Minor
- Technical Sales Minor
- OSHA Construction Safety & Health Certficate*
- Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) Certificate
- American Institute of Constructor (AIC) Associate Constructor Certification
- LSU Distinguished Communicator Certification
The curriculum is fully accredited by:
American Council for Construction Education
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Degree Program MISSION
The Construction Management undergraduate degree program is to produce quality graduates with technical and managerial skills that meet the expectations of business, industries, government on the local, state, and national levels. Furthermore, these graduates are to become professional constructors distinct from architects and engineers.
- To deliver a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum to better meet the needs of the various industry areas: residential, commercial, industrial, highway, and military.
- Establish a techno-centric student construction education that prepares students to lead in the utilization of information technology in the construction industry.
- Produce professional constructors with the ability to effectively communicate, lead, team build, interact with other professionals while maintaining ethical competence.
Upon completion of the degree program, construction management students will be able to:
- Create oral presentations appropriate to the construction discipline.
- Create written communications appropriate to the construction discipline.
- Apply appropriate knowledge of mathematics, science, and business fundamentals.
- Apply construction management skills as an effective member of a multi-disciplinary team.
- Analyze professional decisions based on ethical principles.
- Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects.
- Understand different methods of project delivery and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process.
- Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes.
- Understand the basic principles of structural behavior.
- Understand the basic principles of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
- Understand the basic principles of sustainable construction.
- Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control.
- Create construction project cost estimates.
- Create construction project schedules.
- Understand construction accounting and cost control.
- Understand construction risk management.
- Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project.
- Create a construction project safety plan.
- Understand construction project control processes.
- Understand construction quality assurance and control.
- Apply appropriate state-of-the-art electronic-based technology to manage the construction process.
The Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management continually improves its program through these major components:
Department Strategic Plan - a new comprehensive plan started 2013 and contains the systematic and sustained efforts to enable the degree program to fulfill its mission. It also provides the internal status of the degree program resources as well as the factors that influence its operations. This strategic plan is updated annually at the end of LSU's fiscal year and represents the collective input from all of our constituencies.
- CM Department Strategic Plan Summary - 2012
- CM Department Strategic Plan Summary - 2013
- CM Department Strategic Plan Summary - 2014
- CM Department Strategic Plan Summary - 2015 (completed 5-year plan)
- CM Department Strategic Plan Summary - 2016 (new; due August 2017)
Degree Program Assessment and Implementation Plan
The CM undergraduate degree program is continually monitored for effectiveness in preparing construction practitioners and progression towards the program's mission goals and learning outcomes. Twenty student learning outcomes (SLOs) are measured using the national American Institute of Constructors (AIC) Associate Constructor (AC) Level I Exam, an internal senior comprehensive exit exam, survey results of the graduates, employers of the graduates, exit interviews, and though CM coursework. A comprehensive assessment is completed at the end of each academic year:
- Student Learning Outcomes Assessment - AY F2013/S2014
- Student Learning Outcomes Assessment - AY F2014/S2015
- Student Learning Outcomes Assessment - AY F2015/S2016
- Student Learning Outcomes Assessment - AY F2016/S2017 (due August 2017)