Majors / Construction Management

Construction Management (B.S.)

Indiana State University

The Construction Management Program at Indiana State University is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. Graduates of the Construction Management Program have been very successful at finding employment in the construction industry.


The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in construction management.

The Construction Management Program combines education and experience in both technical and managerial skills to prepare students for leadership roles in the construction profession. Laboratory and work experience supplement classroom lectures to provide practical and useful skills.

With its comprehensive, management-oriented focus, the program helps students understand the impact of construction on the environment and society and prepare students to be leaders in this exciting field.

The program provides instruction in the following areas:

  • Building design and planning
  • Environmental control systems
  • Principles of quality concrete and the proper techniques used in the field
  • Project management, including construction costs, budgets, bids, critical path scheduling, inspection, manpower utilization, and cost control
  • Theories of forces in building structures
  • Use of tapes, levels, and transits to layout structures, determine elevations, and locate boundaries

Coursework includes studies related to the following topics—plus an internship.

  • Architectural drawing
  • Computer applications
  • Computer drawing applications
  • Construction inspections and quality
  • Construction management
  • Construction methods and materials
  • Construction safety
  • Construction scheduling
  • Construction specifications and contract documents
  • Design of temporary structures
  • Electrical construction
  • Environmental and mechanical systems for buildings
  • Estimating and cost analysis
  • Plane surveying
  • Soil analysis and testing
  • Statics
  • Strength of building materials
  • Supervision

In addition, students complete the University's Foundational Studies Program, which provides the knowledge students need in critical thinking, leadership, and interpersonal and communication skills.

Students gain real-world experience through participation in the Co-op / Internship Program, which combines on-campus study with actual work experience off campus. Students are often offered full-time employment by the partnership company upon graduation.

Courses in the major are taught by full-time professors who have actual work experience in the field. The department offers small class sizes, which allow for individual attention. The Construction Program is located in the Department of the Built Environment in the Technology Annex building with state-of-the-art laboratories. The Department of the Built Environment includes the following programs: Construction Management, Safety Management, and Interior Architectural Design.

Extracurricular activities are encouraged. Two student organizations that offer opportunities for leadership and learning outside of the classroom are the Construction Club and Sigma Lambda Chi (the honorary society for construction). These organizations sponsor fund-raising and charitable activities. These activities allow students to practice their management skills, contribute to their community, and have fun. The Associated Schools of Construction sponsors student competitions with other construction programs which provide students with realistic projects and work experience.

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Our graduates obtain careers in entry-level management positions in the areas of field supervision, estimating, planning, scheduling, expediting, quality control, and project administration. The typical placement rate of graduates is 100 percent within one month of graduation, with more than half receiving multiple job offers.

Our graduates are hired for a variety of positions, including:

  • Project engineer
  • Project manager
  • Safety manager
  • Scheduler
  • Superintendent
  • Estimator

Listed below are a few of the employers who hire our graduates:

  • ARA Construction Co., Inc.
  • CDI, Inc.
  • C.H. Garmong & Sons, Inc.
  • C.P. Morgan
  • Centex Homes, Inc.
  • Crossland Construction Co.
  • F. A. Wilhelm Construction
  • Hannig Construction, Inc.
  • Hensel Phelps
  • Hunt Construction Group, Inc.
  • Milestone Contractors
  • R. Jenkins Construction
  • Shiel Sexton
  • Thompson Thrift
  • TolTest, Inc.
  • Turner Construction
  • Walsh Construction
  • Weddle Brothers Construction Co.
  • White Construction


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In addition, the Construction Management Program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the College of Technology offers a variety of scholarships and awards. For information about these awards, contact the College of Technology.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

College of Technology
Indiana State University
888-478-7003 (toll free)

Last updated: July 29, 2014

The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.

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