(Effective Fall 2016)

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 and conservation 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 consider declaring the associate's degree major in Building Construction Technology (CB).

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.

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

Success in college-level coursework requires minimum levels of proficiency in math, reading, and English. Therefore, all new students must meet placement requirements to demonstrate their skills in these three areas.

Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting).

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits). 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 well being.
  • create and communicate 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.
  • assess design performance in relation to industry sustainability standards.
  • defend the preservation and continued use of historic structures and identify the challenges involved.
  • design and specify renewable energy systems.
  • assess the lifec ycle 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 Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
BCT103 Construction Hand and Power Tools 1  
BCT104 Construction Safety and Equipment 1  
BCT109 Framing Principles 4  
BCT110 Site Preparation and Layout 2  
BCT117 Construction Materials and Application I 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
Second Semester Credits
BCT118 Construction Materials and Applications II 3  
BCT107 Print Reading and Architectural Drafting 3  
BCT135 Weather Resistant Barriers and Finishes 2  
BCT140 Roof Structures 3  
BCT130 Interior Finish 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
Third Semester Credits
BCT234 Masonry Principles 5  
BCT238 Concrete Construction 3  
BCT260 Introduction to Electrical and Mechanical Systems 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
PHS103 Physics Survey 3  
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4  
Fourth Semester Credits
BCT255 Construction Estimating 3  
BCT256 Residential Construction Planning, Scheduling and Management 3  
BCT259 Trim and Millwork 5  
BCT268 Construction Technology Applications 3  
BCT305 Codes in Construction 1  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
Fifth Semester Credits
BSD334 Passive Design and BIM 3  
BSD342 Design Studio Fundamentals 3  
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
SPC201 Interpersonal Communication 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
Sixth Semester Credits
BSD352 Architectural Design Studio V 5  
BSD420 Renewable Energy Technologies 3  
BSD370 Building Performance Modeling 3  
MTH172 Introduction to Geometry 3  
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3  
SCL Science Elective with lab 4  
Seventh Semester Credits
BSD410 Historic Preservation 3  
BSD322 Sustainable Community Planning and 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  
ART Art Elective 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
Eighth Semester Credits
BSD450 Sustainable Rating Systems 3  
BSD497 Capstone Studio 5  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
COR Liberal Arts Elective 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  

Students will be required to complete ACH111 Architectural Graphics and ACH262 Sustainability: Building and Living Green as the Open Electives in the 5th semester. These courses fulfill prerequisites for required coursewok in the 6th-8th semesters. Additionally, ACH262 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.