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 Architectural Technology (AT).
Building Science and Sustainable Design: Architectural Technology Concentration (BSD)
(Effective Fall 2016)
- School of Construction & Design Technologies
- Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
- Green major
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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.
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.
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).
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 GoalsA 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 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 life cycle 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|
|SPC101||Fundamentals of Speech||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|
|BSD322||Sustainable Community Planning and Design||3|
|BSD332||Architectural Design Studio IV||5|
|ENL121||English Composition II||3|
|ENL201||Technical and Professional Communication||3|
|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|
|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|
|COR||Liberal Arts Elective||3|
Students will be required to take the LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) exam as part of their BSD 450 "Sustainable Rating Systems" course.
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