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.
This major is designed as a two-plus-two program. The bachelor of science degree in Building Science and Sustainable Design will allow students who enter with an associate's degree in Architectural Technology, Building Construction Technology, HVAC Technology, or Electrical Technology to obtain a baccalaureate degree with the last two years. The degree may have been completed on the Penn College campus or at a two-year institution.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
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.
Special Admissions Requirements
Students seeking entrance must have completed an associate's degree in a related technical field.
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 Architectural Technology (AT), Building Construction Technology (CB), Masonry (MN), Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology (HP), Electrical Technology (EL) and Landscaping/Horticulture Technology (LE). 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 transferring from other institutions with an A.A.S. in a related field will be evaluated for admission to the BST major based on their degree and appropriate course work in general education areas. Additional transfer protocols, as established by the College, apply (www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm).
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Students in the Building Science and Sustainable Design program are not required to purchase their own personal computers. Many of our classrooms are equipped with computers and we have open computer labs most evenings and during the weekend.
Still, many students choose to purchase a laptop computer for their own convenience. Those who wish to do so are advised to look into the minimum system requirements established by Autodesk for the various software packages used by the students in our program. For BST students, these software packages include AutoCAD®, Autodesk Revit®, Trimble Sketchup® and Adobe Photoshop®. We generally use the most up-to-date release of each of these programs.
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Architectural Student Association (ASA)
Construction Management Association (CMA)
Penn College Construction Association (PCCA)
Sigma Lambda Chi
Architectural Technology Advisory Committee
- Mr. Larry Basile, '91, Vice President of Sales, Supply Source, Inc.
- Mr. David W Daneker, '81, Project/Property Manager, Susquehanna Health
- Mr. Robert J Gehr, AIA, NCARB, '86, Regional Director, Larson Design Group, Inc.
- Mr. Jeff A LeFevre, '75, President, LeFevre Wilk Architects, LLC
- Mr. Brent A Stebbins, '88, Architect/Designer, RLPS Architects
- Mr. Anthony H Visco, Jr., '69, 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.