Construction Management

About the construction management major

The construction management major provides you with a strong foundational knowledge in the areas of construction contract administration and specifications, construction field operations, construction costs and bidding, construction scheduling and project control, construction law and ethics, construction safety and inspection, construction project monitoring and control, and construction project management. Additional coursework includes mathematics, sciences, economics, technical writing, oral communications, and business (Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, 2019).

Skills and abilities the major develops: construction management, business management, collaboration, project management, cost and product estimation, decision-making and leadership skills, compliance with regulations, and analytical and time-management skills.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Civil engineering drafting
  • Construction cost and bidding
  • Construction field operations
  • Construction law and ethics
  • Construction material and systems
  • Construction scheduling

Possible careers

  • Construction manager
  • Corporate safety director
  • Estimator
  • Field superintendents
  • Project managers
  • Scheduler

Where could I work?

  • Cityscape Residential
  • Duke Energy
  • HNTB Corporation
  • Pepper Construction Group
  • Rieth-Riley Construction Inc.
  • Shiel Sexton
  • Westport Homes

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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