Building Science and Sustainable Design: Building Construction Technology Concentration (BSC)

(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. After meeting the requirements of the College's Dual Degree/Dual Major policy, 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

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  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 perfomrance 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 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 
BCT103Construction Hand and Power Tools 1 
BCT104Construction Safety and Equipment 1 
BCT109Framing Principles 4 
BCT110Site Preparation and Layout 2 
BCT117Construction Materials and Application I 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
BCT118Construction Materials and Applications II 3 
BCT107Print Reading and Architectural Drafting 3 
BCT135Weather Resistant Barriers and Finishes 2 
BCT140Roof Structures 3 
BCT130Interior Finish 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Third SemesterCredits
BCT234Masonry Principles 5 
BCT238Concrete Construction 3 
BCT260Introduction to Electrical and Mechanical Systems 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
PHS103Physics Survey 3 
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
Fourth SemesterCredits
BCT255Construction Estimating 3 
BCT256Residential Construction Planning, Scheduling and Management 3 
BCT259Trim and Millwork 5 
BCT268Construction Technology Applications 3 
BCT305Codes in Construction 1 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
Fifth SemesterCredits
BSD334Passive Design and BIM 3 
BSD342Design Studio Fundamentals 3 
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
SPC201Interpersonal Communication 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
Sixth SemesterCredits
BSD352Architectural Design Studio V 5 
BSD420Renewable Energy Technologies 3 
BSD370Building Performance Modeling 3 
MTH172Introduction to Geometry 3 
MTH182College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 
SCLScience Elective with lab 4 
Seventh SemesterCredits
BSD410Historic Preservation 3 
BSD322Sustainable Community Planning and 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 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Eighth SemesterCredits
BSD450Sustainable Rating Systems 3 
BSD497Capstone Studio 5 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
CORLiberal Arts Elective 3 
SSESocial 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.