Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

Catalog Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

Total Semester hours - 125

  • Admission into the College of Engineering is required for construction management majors prior to taking any construction management course numbered above CM 1112.
  • A grade of “C” or better is required in all CM courses and prerequisite courses; ENGL 1001 and ENGL 2000; MATH 1550; PHYS 2001 and PHYS 2002.
  • Registration in any CM course above CM 1112 is restricted to students admitted to a senior college with a declared CM major or minor.
  • 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, along with Alliance Safety Council, facilitates these exams within the required CM 4202 course.  The exams are administered as a preparation for certification as a Professional Constructor.
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Intro to Construction Management Construction Materials and Methods II Construction Estimating Construction Safety
Construction Materials and Methods I Structural Principles and Practices Construction and Civil Materials Applied Structural Design
Statistics and Graphics (CS) Construction Equipment Mechanical and Electrical Systems Construction Project Management
Intro to Management Information Systems Construction Surveying Soils in Construction Construction Enterprise
Intro to Environmental Science Construction Plan Reading Construction Scheduling and Cost Control Industry Emphasis Area Course
Business Calculus Survey of Accounting Construction Contracting Building Information Modeling (BIM)
General Ed: Arts Economics Principles Industry Emphasis Area Course Principles of Management
General Ed: Humanities General Physics I Industry Emphasis Area Course Business Finance
General Ed: Humanities General Physics II Business Law Principles of Marketing
General Ed: English Comp I Fundamentals of Communication General Ed: English Comp II General Ed: Social Sciences 


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 (campus and online) 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 is comprised 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).

The 125 credit hour degree includes:

*Students will complete nine OSHA courses that include 70 contact hours of training to earn the national OSHA Construction Safety & Health Certificate. Additionally, students will receive a Certificate of Completion after each of the nine courses.

American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)

The undergraduate degree program is fully accredited by the American Council for Construction Education.

Ranked as a Best Value School

The undergraduate degree program was ranked as a Best Value School

Louisiana Work Force Commission

Scored as a five-star occupation by Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Public Information Requirements ACCE Standards

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.
  • Understand 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 Distinguished Student Leaders in Construction Management designation was created to showcase students who have demonstrated exemplary academic and leadership abilities.

The average starting salary for LSU CM graduates is $61,506 (based on the LSU Career Services data 2021-2022). Find out more information about salary earning potentials and employers on our About page. 

Graduates from our program go on to do amazing things with amazing companies, locally and beyond. You can find more information below on the types of jobs, employers, and employers who recruit our graduates below.


  • Scheduler
  • Estimator
  • Cost Control
  • Compliance
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Materials Manager
  • Equipment Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Consultant
  • Sales
  • Business Development
  • Building and Code Inspector
  • and more!

Types of Employers:

  • Industrial, Residential, Industrial or Commercial Construction Firm
  • General Contracting Firm
  • Special Trade Contractors (Plumbing, Heating, Electrical, Mechanical)
  • Real Estate Developer
  • Materials Supplier
  • Equipment Supplier
  • Engineering Firm
  • Consulting Firm
  • Local Government
  • Educational Institutions
  • Self employment
  • and more!

Our Graduates Work For:

  • Alliance Safety Council
  • America's Home Place Inc.
  • Arkon Group General Contractors
  • B & K Construction Company, LLC
  • Barber Brothers Contracting Co LLC
  • Barnard Construction CO, INC.
  • Bayou Lacombe Construction
  • Boh Bros. Construction Co., LLC
  • Boss Development & Construction
  • The Brandt Companies, LLC
  • Broadmoor, LLC
  • Cajun Industries, LLC
  • CenterPoint Energy
  • Chaffe McCall LLP
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Contractors Educational Trust Fund
  • CORE Construction
  • DR Horton, Inc.
  • Excel Construction
  • Evergreen Tractor & Equipment
  • First Light New Orleans
  • Fluor Corporation
  • Fox Construction Company
  • Galin Christenson Construction Management
  • Gator Millworks
  • Golden Nugget Lake Charles
  • Gordian
  • Grady Crawford Construction
  • Gravel Road Builders and Construction Services
  • Great River Industries
  • Greater Metroplex Interiors
  • Harrison Contracting
  • Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
  • Iberia Bank
  • Insulations, Inc
  • ISC Constructors, LLC
  • Justin J. Reeves, LLC
  • Kent Design Build
  • The Lane Construction Corporation
  • The Lemoine Company, LLC
  • LS Womack
  • Louisiana AGC
  • Manson Construction Co.
  • The McDonnel Group
  • Milton J. Womack, Inc.
  • MMR Group, Inc.
  • Moore Construction
  • Moretrench
  • Pala-Interstate, LLC
  • Palmisano
  • Pat Williams Construction, Inc.
  • Performance Contractors, Inc.
  • Perrier Esquerre Contractors LLC
  • Petrin, LLC
  • PlanGrid
  • Primoris Service Corporation
  • Regal Construction, LLC
  • Repcon, Inc.
  • Rithm Solutions Group, LLC
  • Rogers-O'Brien Construction
  • Roofing Solutions, LLC
  • Russel Pool Company, Inc.
  • Ryan Gootee General Contractors
  • Schneider Construction & Restoration,Inc
  • SeaLevel Construction
  • Shavers-Whittle Construction
  • Shields | Mott LLP
  • SITECH Louisiana
  • Smith Tank & Steel
  • Southern Home Builders
  • Specialty Application Services, Inc.
  • Stuart & Company General Contractors
  • Theresa B.Jones Consulting
  • Triad Electric & Controls
  • Turner Industries Group, LLC
  • United Rentals
  • US Fusion
  • Vaughn Construction
  • Waskey
  • Weeks Marine, Inc.
  • Wesley Construction Company, Inc
  • Woodward Design+Build

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. For more information about the Strategic Plan or to request a copy of the most recent plan, please send an email to

2021 Strategic Plan

Degree Program Assessment and Implementation 

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. For more information about the SLOs or to request a copy of the most recent SLO, please send an email to

2021 Degree Program Assessment

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