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Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management
Construction management is the business side of construction. Modern construction has been rapidly evolving, incorporating sophisticated new construction technologies and new information-driven management practices to drive productivity improvements. These changes have in turn driven a high demand for graduates who can effectively use these technologies and business practices.
The department recognizes that its construction management graduates are professional constructors, distinct from engineers and architects. The curriculum is a designed blend of the technical, legal, business, management, and engineering aspects of the construction industry. The Construction Management program at LSU develops professional leaders who possess skills to successfully manage the execution of any construction project in the private or public sector. Students can seek an emphasis in industrial, commercial, highway, or residential fields.
Graduating seniors are to take the American Institute of Constructors (AIC) Associate Constructor (AC) Level I Exam and the departmental Senior Exit Exam. The faculty facilitates these exams within the required CM 4202 course. The exams are administered as a preparation for certification as a Professional Constructor.
The construction management curriculum is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). 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 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
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Construction Management
The Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management also offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Construction Management. This is an online program designed for career-change, post-baccalaureate students; therefore, please see the LSU Online Orientation Catalog for more information.
A post-baccalaureate certificate, as defined by the Board of Regents, is “an academic offering that is earned after a student has already completed a recognized baccalaureate degree.”