LSU Online Leveling Courses

Those LSU ONLINE Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) students without construction management, engineering, or architectural baccalaureate degrees are required to complete leveling (foundation) CM courses prior to entering the MSCM program.  If all courses are completed successfully, one can also earn a Post Baccalaureate in Certificate in Construction Management.  This is a degree approved by the LSU Board of Regents and is part of the campus graduation ceremonies.

These courses can also be used for leveling for graduate students at other Universities if approved by the program at that institution (i.e. Texas A&M, Auburn, Colorado State, etc.) 

Note: LSU Online leveling courses are for LSU Online students only.  LSU on-campus students are excluded from taking these courses.

Leveling Courses

These online leveling courses will be offered in 7 weeks Modules throughout the year:

CM 2100 Construction Materials, Methods, and Equipment* (3) Principal materials and methods used in building construction, emphasizing common construction systems such as light wood frames, masonry bearing walls, steel frames, and reinforced concrete. Project planning, work methods, materials, equipment and sustainability are also explored.

CM 2500 Structural Principles & Practices* (3) Statics and strengths of materials; design of ordinary timber, steel, and reinforced concrete for construction applications.

CM 3110 Construction Estimating* (3) Fundamentals of estimating including document review, quantity survey, material, equipment & labor pricing and bid package preparation for construction projects.

CM 3400 Plumbing, HVAC & Electrical Systems* (3) Plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems in residential and commercial buildings; design and construction of building MEP systems with an emphasis on basic terminology, equipment and installation procedures.  Management of the complete MEP process, code compliance and quality control issues from a CM perspective.

CM 4110 Construction Scheduling and Cost Control* (3) Fundamentals of planning and scheduling including network-based schedules, resource scheduling, probabilistic scheduling and computer applications.  Project control emphasis on goals, flow of information, time and cost control, and change management.

CM 4210 Construction Contracting* (3) Principles and theory of construction company ownership and organization, the estimate and bid process, construction contracts, bonds, and insurance, business methods and plans, management, and administration, labor law and relations, safety, and avoidance of claims.

For more information contact:

Kimberley Williams 
Online Manager
Phone: (225) 578-8759
kimwilliams@lsu.edu