The Bachelor of Science degree in Building Science and Sustainable Design 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 choose to complete the major with an emphasis in Architectural Technology or Building Construction Technology. In addition, other applied technology degrees in areas such as HVAC, Electrical Technology, Business Management, and Information Technology will be considered for the directed elective requirements of the transfer major. After completing the first four semesters, students may petition to graduate with the appropriate A.A.S. degree where applicable.

Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment. Read more...

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After Graduation

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 professional, design/build professional, sustainable HVAC technology leader, facility manager and building commissioning specialist. Graduate school opportunities exist, with students entering Masters of Architecture programs or related graduate programs.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for architects, except landscape and naval was $76,930 in May 2016. The top 10 percent earned more than $129,810.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services86,510$40.38$83,990
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)1,400$45.34$94,310
Residential Building Construction1,400$37.95$78,930
Local Government (OES Designation)1,340$42.30$87,980
Nonresidential Building Construction1,320$39.97$83,140

Statistics reported in May 2016

Transfer Procedures

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

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Tool List

CAD Software Links and Computer Specifications

The following is a list of information that will be helpful for Architectural Technology and Building Science and Sustainable Design students interested in purchasing their own computers. Please note that purchasing a computer and software is optional. Students in our programs are not required to purchase their own computers. Many of our classrooms are equipped with computers and we have open computer labs most evenings and during the weekend.

Students in the Architectural Technology and Building Science and Sustainable Design majors use the following programs:

  • Autodesk AutoCAD®
  • Autodesk Revit®
  • Trimble Sketchup®
  • Adobe Photoshop®

Many of the software products developed by Autodesk are free to our students if they enroll in the Autodesk® student community. If students wish to purchase their own computers, we suggest they purchase one capable of running Revit.

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Clubs & Activities

Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)

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American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

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Construction Management Association (CMA)

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Penn College Construction Association (PCCA)

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U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Students of Penn College

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Architectural Technology Advisory Committee

  • Mr. Larry Basile, Vice President of Sales, Supply Source, Inc.
  • Mr. David W Daneker, Project/Property Manager, Susquehanna Health
  • Mr. Robert J Gehr, AIA, NCARB, Regional Director, Larson Design Group, Inc.
  • Mr. Jeff A LeFevre, President, LeFevre Wilk Architects, LLC
  • Mr. Brent A Stebbins, Architect/Designer, RLPS Architects
  • Mr. Anthony H Visco, Jr., Owner, Anthony H. Visco, Jr., Architects

Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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