Building Science and Sustainable Design (BST)

(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 gain knowledge 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. The program is based upon completion of an applied technology curriculum. 

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.

Special Admissions Requirements

Students seeking entrance must have completed an associate's degree in a related technical field. 

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Building Science and Sustainable Design Architectural Technology Concentration major web page.

Remediation Strategies

Students entering the major may be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies during the first semester as explained in the College Catalog (see

Transfer Procedures

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/HV), Electrical Technology (EL), Landscaping/Horticulture Technology (LE), and Renewable Energy Technologies (RE). 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 (

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 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 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
BSUBuilding Science and Sustainable Design Directed Electives 12 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
BSUBuilding Science and Sustainable Design Directed Electives 12 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Third SemesterCredits
BSUBuilding Science and Sustainable Design Directed Electives 11 
ENL121English Composition II 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
PHS103Physics Survey 3 
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
Fourth SemesterCredits
BSUBuilding Science and Sustainable Design Directed Electives 10 
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
BSD322Sustainable Community Planning and Design 3 
BSD334Passive Design and BIM 3 
BSD342Design Studio Fundamentals 3 
BSD332Architectural Design Studio IV 5 
ARTArt Elective 3 
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
SPC201Interpersonal Communication 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 
BSD432Architectural Design Studio VI 5 
BPTCultural Diversity Elective: Humanities/Social Science/Art/Foreign Language/Applied Arts/Int'l Field Exp 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Eighth SemesterCredits
BSD450Sustainable Rating Systems 3 
BSD497Capstone Studio 5 
CORLiberal Arts Elective 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 

Students who have not taken ACH 262 - Sustainability: Building and Living Green or ACH111 Architectural Graphics will be required to complete these requirements as the courses are prerequisites for upper-level degree 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.