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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 siue.edu/registrar/schedules/index.shtml

The suggested four-year plan is provided at the following link: http://www.siue.edu/academics/degrees-and-programs/undergraduate/land-surveying/index.shtml 

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 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 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 siue.edu/apply by appropriate deadlines. (For a listing of deadlines for each term, please visit: siue.edu/apply/discovery.shtml.
  • Submit the application for admission and $40 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
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