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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, LAND SURVEYING SPECIALIZATION

Land Surveying Specialization Brochure

The SIUE Department of Construction offers a specialization in land surveying that meets Illinois requirements for licensure. The curriculum was approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) in June, 2007.

In Illinois, applicants to become a Surveying Intern (SI) must posses a baccalaureate degree in land surveying or a related science with at least 24 semester hours of land surveying courses. After passing the Land Surveyor in Training (LSIT) exam, applicants must complete four years of qualifying work experience under the direction of a licensed professional land surveyor to be eligible to sit for the examination to become a professional land surveyor (PLS).

The IDFPR Land Surveying Licensing Board has determined that the SIUE Construction Management degree program qualifies as a "related science." Students opting for the land surveying specialization must take an additional 11 hours of coursework over and above the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management in order to obtain the required 24 semester hours of surveying courses.

The surveying coursework includes topics in construction surveying, legal aspects of land surveying, boundary surveys, survey computations and applications, and advanced survey systems. In addition, two elective courses are selected from a list of four, including remote sensing, computer mapping, and geographic information systems available from the Department of Geography, and land development offered by the Department of Construction.

The construction program, which blends a basic math and science core with engineering and management principles, was started in 1979 and is housed in the School of Engineering. With a 24 semester hour business minor, SIUE Construction students get a strong background in the fundamentals of running a business, an essential skill that most land surveyors need and engineering programs do not provide. The Construction program tends to attract students who like outdoor work, also an essential element for land surveyors. In practice, many larger contractors are bringing land surveying services "in-house" to capitalize on the surveyors' knowledge as part of a team of design and construction professionals.

The Department of Construction is offering three courses in land surveying each semester and one each summer, using a combination of full time faculty and highly qualified adjunct faculty from the local surveying community. The typical schedule is indicated below:

Spring 20XX

  • CNST 264 Construction Surveying
  • CNST 364 Boundary Surveys
  • CNST 484 Survey Computations and Applications

Summer 20XX

  • CNST 264 Construction Surveying

Fall 20XX

  • CNST 264 Construction Surveying
  • CNST 310 Legal Aspects of Land Surveying
  • CNST 482 Advanced Survey Systems

Two electives may be selected from this list:

  • GEOG 418 Introduction to GIS
  • GEOG 422 Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing
  • GEOG 423 Computer Mapping
  • CNST 415 Land Development
Check course scheduling for elective courses at http://www.siue.edu/registrar/schedules/index.shtml

The suggested four-year plan is given below. Surveying courses are indicated in bold type.

Suggested 4-Year Plan

Hours

B.S. in Construction Management, Land Surveying Specialization

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL

CNST 120 Intro to Construction

2

MATH 150 Calculus I

5

ENG 101 English Composition

3

CHEM 120a Genl, Org, & Biol Chem

3

CHEM 124a Genl, Org, & Biol Chem Lab

1

ECON 111 Macroeconomics

3

TOTAL HOURS

17

SPRING

MATH 152 Calculus II

5

ENG 102 English Composition

3

PHYS 151 University Physics

4

PHYS 151L University Physics Lab

1

ECON 112 Microeconomics

3

TOTAL HOURS

16

SOPHOMORE YEAR

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FALL

ACCT 200 Fund of Financial Acct

3

CNST 210 Construction Methods & Materials

3

CNST 241 Statics and Mechanics of Solids *

4

STAT 244 Statistics

4

Intro Fine Arts/Humanities or Social Science

3

TOTAL HOURS

17

SPRING

SPC 103 Interpersonal Communication**

3

CNST 264 Construction Surveying

4

PHIL 106 Critical Thinking

3

ACCT 210 Managerial Acct

3

Intro Fine Arts/Humanities

3

TOTAL HOURS

16

JUNIOR YEAR

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FALL

FIN 320 Financial management and decision making

3

CNST 332 Mechanical Systems/HVAC

3

CNST 351 Structural Systems

4

Distribution Fine Arts/Humanities***

3

CNST 310 Legal Aspects of Construction

3

TOTAL HOURS

16

SPRING

CNST 301 Soils

4

CNST 321 Electrical Systems

3

CNST 353 Computer Applications in construction

3

CNST 364 Boundary Surveying

3

CNST 341 Plans & Specs

3

TOTAL HOURS

16

SUMMER

IS 401 Business & Society

3

CNST 470 Internship

3

TOTAL HOURS

6

SENIOR YEAR

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FALL

ECON 331 Labor Economics

3

CNST 403 Planning & Scheduling

4

CNST 451 Estimating & Bidding

4

CNST 482 Advanced Survey Systems

4

Surveying Elective I

3

TOTAL HOURS

18

SPRING

CNST 452 Construction Management

4

CNST 411 Construction Contracts

3

MGMT 340 Principles of Management

3

CNST 484 Survey Computations & Applications

4

Surveying Elective II

3

TOTAL HOURS

17

TOTAL HOURS TO DEGREE + SPECIALIZATION

139

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Surveying Electives (Select two from this list)

CNST 415 Land Development (3)

GEOG 418 Geographic Information Systems (3)

GEOG 422 Remote Sensing and Digital Information Processing (3)

GEOG 423 Computer Mapping (3)

FACULTY

David J. Sherrill, P.L.S

CNST 264 Construction Surveying

CNST 310 Legal Aspects of Land Surveying

CNST 364 Boundary Surveying

James P. Peterson III, P.E., P.L.S.

CNST 482 Advanced Survey Systems

CNST 484 Survey Computations and Applications

Mark Grinter, P.L.S.

CNST 415 Land Development

Randall Pearson, Ph.D., Shunfu Hu, Ph.D.

GEOG 418 Geographic Information Systems

GEOG 422 Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing

GEOG 423 Computer Mapping

INFORMATION FOR CURRENT STUDENTS FROM OTHER MAJORS

SIUE students in related fields such as civil engineering or geography may take the surveying coursework with consent of the instructor. The prerequisite for 300-level courses is CNST 264 Construction Surveying. Students currently pursuing a bachelor degree in a major other than Construction Management are encouraged to examine the educational requirements for becoming a land surveyor in training in Illinois at http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/068/06801270sections.html and contact the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation at (217) 785-0800.

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INFORMATION FOR VISITING (NON DEGREE-SEEKING) STUDENTS

For working professionals who possess a previous B.S. in a related science as defined in ILCS Title 68 Chapter VII, Section 1270.15 and wish to take additional hours of land surveying courses only, the Office of Admissions in cooperation with the School of Engineering and the Department of Construction provides students seeking to take courses in land surveying the opportunity to apply as a visiting (non degree- seeking) student.

For more information on the educational requirements for becoming a land surveyor in training in Illinois, review the Illinois statutory requirements online at http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/068/06801270sections.html or contact the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation at

320 W. Washington
Springfield, IL 62786
Phone: (217) 785-0800
TDD: (217) 524-6735
Fax: (217) 782-7645

Persons applying as a visiting student can take up to 30 hours of SIUE courses for credit in the visiting status. The process for applying for admission is:

  • Complete the SIUE Undergraduate Application for Admission available at http://www.siue.edu/apply/ by appropriate deadlines. (For a listing of deadlines for each term, please visit: http://www.siue.edu/apply/discovery.shtml.
  • Submit the application for admission and $30 application fee either on-line; by bringing to the SIUE Service Center (Rendleman Hall, Room 1309); or by mailing to:
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Application Processing
Office of the Bursar, Box 1042
Rendleman Hall, Room 1101
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1042
  • Upon admission, contact the Department of Construction, Surveying Coordinator at 618-650-2088 to register for appropriate courses, or for questions regarding course offerings and availability.
  • For questions regarding your application for admission, please contact the Office of Admissions at 618-650-3705