Building Science and Sustainable Design: Architectural Technology Concentration (BSD)
(Effective Fall 2013)
- School of Construction & Design Technologies
- Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
- Green major
- More Information about Building Science and Sustainable Design: Architectural Technology Concentration
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.
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.
All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting.htm ).
All transfer students will be considered for junior-level status, as they will have earned the first two years in their respective associate-degree majors. Eligible majors include Electrical Technology, Architectural Technology, HVAC or Plumbing Technology, Building Construction Technology, Masonry, Business Management, and Information Technology. Students who have not met the bachelor-degree requirements for the first four semesters will be required to take the necessary courses in order to complete the degree. Students who have not previously taken courses related to building materials and mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems will be required to do so, due to prerequisite requirements in program courses. Students transferring from other institutions with an A.A.S. in a related field will be evaluated for admission to the BSD major based on their degree and appropriate course work in general education areas. Additional transfer protocols, as established by the College, apply (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm ).
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.
|FYE101||First Year Experience||1|
|ACH101||Introduction to Architecture||1|
|ACH119||Building Materials I||3|
|ACH135||Architectural Computer Aided Drafting||3|
|BCT128||Building Materials Applications||2|
|ENL111||English Composition I||3|
|ACH129||Building Materials II||3|
|ACH211||Architectural Graphics II||3|
|ACH181||Architectural Design Studio I||3|
|MTH180||College Algebra and Trigonometry I||3|
|ACH241||Codes, Specifications and Estimating||3|
|ACH261||Architectural Design Studio II||3|
|ACH262||Sustainability: Building and Living Green||3|| Writing Enriched Requirement &|
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
|CSC124||Information, Technology, and Society||3|
|ENL121||English Composition II||3|
|ENL201||Technical and Professional Communication||3|
|ACH237||Working Drawings - Commercial||3|
|ACH281||Architectural Design Studio III||4|
|ACH||Specified Architectural Elective||3|
|PHS114||Physics with Technological Applications||4|
|FIT||Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective||1|
|BSD332||Architectural Design Studio IV||5|
|SPC101||Fundamentals of Speech||3|
|BSD350||Building Information Modeling||3|
|BSD360||Building Performance Optimization||3|
|BSD352||Architectural Design Studio V||5|
|BSD420||Renewable Energy Technologies||3|
|MTH172||Introduction to Geometry||3|
|MTH182||College Algebra and Trigonometry II||3|
|SCL||Science Elective with lab||4|
|BSD430||Whole Building Design||3|
|BSD432||Architectural Design Studio VI||5|
|BPT||Cultural Diversity Elective: Humanities/Social Science/Art/Foreign Language/Applied Arts/Int'l Field Exp||3|
|SSE||Social Science Elective||3|
|FIT||Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective||1|
|BSD450||Sustainable Rating Systems||3|
|BSD||Specified Building Science and Sustainable Design Elective||3|
|BSD496||Architectural Design Studio VII||5|
|COR||Liberal Arts Elective||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.
Students will be required to take the LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) exam as part of their BSD 450 "Sustainable Rating Systems" course.