Reese Construction Management Program

Location: 231 Galloway Business Building, Phone: (409) 880-7558
Director: Dr. Steven W. McCrary, Email: construction@lamar.edu

Degrees Offered

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Bachelor of Science in Construction Management - 120 hrs

The construction management degree is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). ACCE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the accrediting agency for four-year baccalaureate degree programs in construction, construction science, construction management, and construction technology.

About the Program

The Reese Construction Management (CM) Program was established in 2008 through the generous support of Jerry and Sheila Reese. Since its inception, the CM Program's goal is to meet the needs of the construction industry in Southeast Texas.

The CM Program reports to the dean of the College of Business. To meet the challenges of the construction profession, the CM Program provides diverse educational opportunities both in business management and in the processes of construction techniques and construction management, including safety, materials and methods, surveying, project management and control, electrical and mechanical systems, legal issues, and estimating and scheduling. The CM Program provides vital lessons through valuable "hands-on" experiences gained both in the classroom and in the required internship. In addition, students receive a generous dose of quantitative, written, and oral communication and scientific activities designed to provide sound educational support for practical and theoretical insights.

Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

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Graduates with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management enter a world of exciting career opportunities. Construction is among the largest industries in the United States, and starting salaries for Construction Managers reflect their importance in the building process. Whether you want to work in an office or out in the field, build hospitals or expand refineries, the jobs available to Construction Managers are as varied as our students' interests.

Lamar University offers an ACCE accredited, four-year academic degree program with small class sizes, hands-on activities, and strong ties to regional industry professionals. The CM Program complements the Houston and Southeast Texas construction landscape with an emphasis in commercial and industrial/plant construction. Through site visits, career guidance, service projects, and a required internship, the CM Program ensures that students will graduate with real world skills, ready to begin a career in construction management.

Program Outcomes

Students who graduate from the CM Program should be able to do the following: (1) Make ethical, critically informed decisions. (2) Provide effective written communication to a diversity of audiences. (3) Demonstrate various skills in team-based performance situations, such as leadership and oral communication. (4) Demonstrate an entry-level ability to determine appropriate methods and proper sequence on real construction projects. (5) Demonstrate an entry-level ability to determine and mitigate site safety hazards on real construction projects.

Academic Policies for Reese Construction Management Program

Undergraduate Entrance Requirements

The entrance requirements from high school for the CM Program are: English: 4 units; Mathematics: Algebra - 2 units, Geometry - 1 unit, Pre-calculus or Trigonometry - 1 unit; Natural Sciences: Chemistry - 1 unit, Physics - 1 unit.

Students who meet the general entrance requirements of the university, but lack in specific requirements for the construction management curricula may enroll in the CM Program; however, all deficiencies must be removed before the end of the second academic year. The CM Program urges students with entrance deficiencies or weaknesses to use the summer terms preceding the freshman year in college to remove them.

CM Academic Refocus and Probation Policy

CM Juniors and Seniors are subject to the following GPA policies:

Refocus Students: defined as Juniors or Seniors with a cumulative CM GPA below 2.2, but above 2.0 Refocus Students must meet the following requirements:

  • Retake any major(1) courses in which they received a D or F in the earliest semester possible;
  • Keep their term GPA above 1.5;
  • Limit their semester credit hours to 13; and
  • Sign an Agreement and Academic Success Plan.

Probation Students: defined as Juniors or Seniors with a cumulative CM GPA below 2.0, or Refocus Students who fail to meet the above requirements. Probation Students must meet the following requirements:

  • Retake any major(1) courses in which they received a D or F in the earliest;
  • Keep their term GPA above 2.0;
  • Limit their semester credit hours to 13; and
  • Sign an Agreement and Academic Success Plan.

(1) Major courses include all CMGT, College of Business, MATH 2312, all PHYS courses, and CHEM 1311.

Other Academic Policies

In addition to the university's academic policies, the CM Program enforces the following standards:

  1. Students are required to take courses in the numeric sequence generally shown in the University Catalog for the CM Program and in the order approved in the CM Program of Study, available in the CM office.
  2. GPA requirement: Students are expected to maintain a 2.0 GPA both in the overall degree plan and in major courses.
  3. Degree credit: For all CMGT courses, degree credit is allowed only for courses in which a grade of "C" or better is earned. For MATH 2312, all PHYS courses, CHEM 1311, and all College of Business courses, degree credit is allowed only for courses in which a grade of "C" or better is earned.
  4. Provisional CM and Professional CM Major Status: When first admitted to the CM Program, students are admitted with "Provisional CM" status, precluding students from taking CMGT 4000-level courses. In order to progress to "Professional CM" status, students must complete 51 hours of required courses in both the first and second year of the CM Program, with a 2.0 GPA overall and in major courses. Transfer students may meet this requirement using transfer courses.
  5. Prior to taking the Construction Internship, students must complete internship training offered by the Career and Testing Center.
  6. The student's advisor must approve all electives.
  7. Attendance Policy: students enrolled in (CMGT) classes will be automatically dropped after 5 unexcused absences. This policy, as well as what constitutes an excused absence, is communicated in each CMGT Syllabus.

Minor in Construction Management

A minor in construction management requires a minimum of 19 hours and a maximum 24 hours of CMGT courses, as listed below.

  1. Complete any six hours from the following: CMGT 1310(3), 1320(3), 2310(3);
  2. Complete CMGT 2420(4);
  3. Complete CMGT 4325(3);
  4. Complete CMGT 4370(3); and
  5. Complete any three hours from the following to bring the total to at least 19 hours: 4100(1), 4310(3), 4350(3), 4420(4).

Advising

Entering freshmen and new transfer students are considered "Provisional CM" majors. Academic advisement for "Provisional CM" majors occurs in the Advising Center. Academic advisement for "Professional CM" majors occurs in the CM Program Office, located inside the Galloway Business Building, Room 231.

Scholarships

The CM Program is also supported by the following endowed scholarships: The Francis & Marjorie Mouton Scholarship in Construction Management, The Ronald W. Thibodeaux Memorial Scholarship in Construction Management, and The William Clay Crawford Regents Scholarship in Construction Management. Other scholarships may be available as well. To apply for Lamar University scholarships, please visit the main scholarship information page and follow the links to complete an online scholarship application.