College Catalog

Building Science and Sustainable Design: Architectural Technology Concentration (BSD)

(Effective Fall 2013)

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 Architectural Technology associate-degree major (AT); they can then petition to graduate in AT after completing the first four semesters of the BSD 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 Science and Sustainable Design Architectural Technology major 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 
ACH101Introduction to Architecture 1 
ACH111Architectural Graphics 3 
ACH119Building Materials I 3 
ACH135Architectural Computer Aided Drafting 3 
BCT128Building Materials Applications 2 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
ACH112Architectural History 3 
ACH128Working Drawings-Residential 3 
ACH129Building Materials II 3 
ACH211Architectural Graphics II 3 
ACH181Architectural Design Studio I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
Third SemesterCredits
ACH241Codes, Specifications and Estimating 3 
ACH243Structural Principles 3 
ACH261Architectural Design Studio II 3 
ACH262Sustainability: Building and Living Green 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL121English Composition II 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
ACH237Working Drawings - Commercial 3 
ACH240Environmental Systems 3 
ACH281Architectural Design Studio III 4 
ACHSpecified Architectural Elective 3 
PHS103Physics Survey 3 
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Fifth SemesterCredits
BSD310Sustainable Materials 3 
BSD320Sustainable Sites 3 
BSD330Passive Design 3 
BSD332Architectural Design Studio IV 5 
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
SPC201Interpersonal Communication 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
Sixth SemesterCredits
BSD350Building Information Modeling 3 
BSD360Building Performance Optimization 3 
BSD352Architectural Design Studio V 5 
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 
BSD432Architectural Design Studio VI 5 
BPTCultural Diversity Elective: Humanities/Social Science/Art/Foreign Language/Applied Arts/Int'l Field Exp 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Eighth SemesterCredits
BSD450Sustainable Rating Systems 3 
BSD494Senior Project 3 
BSDSpecified Building Science and Sustainable Design Elective 3 
BSD496Architectural Design Studio VII 5 
CORLiberal Arts Elective 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 

A “design track” option is available, which includes an additional emphasis in architectural/sustainable design. Students wishing to complete the design track must take “Design track” courses rather than “Standard Track” courses. Those not wishing to complete the design track should take the “Standard track” courses. Courses designated for each track are as follows:

Design Track: BSD 332, BSD 352, BSD 432, BSD 496.
Standard Track: BSD 330, BSD 350, BSD 360, BSD 430, BSD 494, and BSD Elective.

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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