College Catalog

Building Science and Sustainable Design: Building Construction Technology Concentration (BSC)

(Effective Fall 2014)

The Building Science and Sustainable Design major promotes a healthier, more energy efficient way to build which reduces negative environmental impacts and slows the depletion of natural resources. Students study sustainable approaches to materials, construction, site design, building design, and the generation of energy. In addition, students receive training in building science fundamentals related to the measurement of building performance. Students also learn skills vital to historic preservation and the renovation and re-use of existing buildings. Graduates should be equipped with the knowledge to design and/or construct buildings that make positive contributions to their communities.

Students may also declare the Building Construction Technology associate-degree major (CB); they can then petition to graduate in CB after completing the first two years of the BSC program.  

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities with a wide range of employers exist nationwide. Potential employers include architects, engineers, contractors, environmental organizations, building materials manufacturers, and government agencies. Potential job titles include LEED specialist, sustainable housing specialist, solar project manager, green building analyst/consultant, building science/sustainability researcher, sustainable designer, architectural project team member, sustainability contractor, sustainable HVAC technology leader, facility manager and building commissioning specialist.

Recommended High School Subjects

Two years of algebra and trigonometry, one year of physics, four years of oral and written communications courses, one year of computer skills. Students are encouraged to take trade skills courses in CAD, carpentry, masonry, HVAC, drafting, electrical, etc.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Building Construction Technology web page.

Remediation Strategies

All students entering the major will be tested for English, mathematics, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies during the first semester as explained in the College Catalog (

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog ( Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • make sustainable decisions for buildings and communities based on energy conservation, resource efficiency and lifestyle choices.
  • assess building performance and evaluate solutions for improvement.
  • evaluate the financial and environmental impacts of buildings and design decisions.
  • apply sustainable design practices to existing and new construction to promote occupant health and wellbeing.
  • create sustainable solutions to real-world problems by communicating effectively in a collaborative environment.
  • synthesize knowledge of building science to prevent and solve building performance problems.
  • evaluate and apply appropriate passive and active design strategies.
  • defend the preservation and continued use of historic structures and identify the challenges involved.
  • design and specify a small-scale alternative energy system.
  • assess the lifecycle and embodied energy of materials and systems.
  • critique the sustainability of neighborhood and community designs.
  • assess the impact of governmental policy on sustainable design.
  • compile project-related information by employing appropriate methods of inquiry.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
BCT103Construction Hand and Power Tools 1 
BCT104Construction Safety and Equipment 1 
BCT109Framing Principles 4 
BCT110Site Preparation and Layout 2 
BCT117Construction Materials and Application I 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
BCT118Construction Materials and Applications II 3 
BCT107Print Reading and Architectural Drafting 3 
BCT127Roof Framing and Exterior Finishing 5 
BCT130Interior Finish 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Third SemesterCredits
BCT234Masonry Principles 5 
BCT238Concrete Construction 3 
BCT260Introduction to Electrical and Mechanical Systems 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
PHS103Physics Survey 3 
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
Fourth SemesterCredits
BCT255Construction Estimating 3 
BCT256Residential Construction Planning, Scheduling and Management 3 
BCT259Trim and Millwork 5 
BCT268Construction Technology Applications 3 
BCT305Codes in Construction 1 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
Fifth SemesterCredits
BSD310Sustainable Materials 3 
BSD320Sustainable Sites 3 
BSD330Passive Design 3 
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
SPC201Interpersonal Communication 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
Sixth SemesterCredits
BSD350Building Information Modeling 3 
BSD360Building Performance Optimization 3 
BSD420Renewable Energy Technologies 3 
MTH172Introduction to Geometry 3 
MTH182College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 
SCLScience Elective with lab 4 
Seventh SemesterCredits
BSD410Historic Preservation 3 
BSD430Whole Building Design 3 
BPTCultural Diversity Elective: Humanities/Social Science/Art/Foreign Language/Applied Arts/Int'l Field Exp 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
Eighth SemesterCredits
BSD450Sustainable Rating Systems 3 
BSD494Senior Project 3 
BSDSpecified Building Science and Sustainable Design Elective 3 
CORLiberal Arts Elective 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 

Students who have not taken ACH 262 - Sustainability: Building and Living Green, should take this course as their 5th semester Open Elective due to it being a prerequisite for BSD 400, BSD 430 and BSD 450.  ACH 262 will meet the Science, Technology and Society (STS) and Writing Enriched (WRT) requirements.

Additional Information

Students will be required to take the LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) exam as part of their BSD 450 "Sustainable Rating Systems" course.

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