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Building and Construction Technology

Study Sustainable Construction Management, Green Building, Materials, and Engineering with this interdisciplinary major

BCT studentsContact:
Alexander Schreyer,
Program Director
Office: Room 126, Holdsworth Hall
Phone: (413) 545-1976
Email: schreyer@umass.edu

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Website: http://bct.eco.umass.edu

About BCT

Educating leaders in the field of sustainable design and construction of the built environment is the core mission of the Building and Construction Technology (BCT) program. Green building is a rapidly emerging field that is an essential tool in efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, improve air and water quality, enhance urban biodiversity, and conserve natural resources. These steps are needed to maximize both economic and environmental performance in built environments. Despite the cyclical nature of the construction industry, demand for graduates of the BCT Bachelor of Science degree program is strong, in both the residential housing and the commercial building sectors. Graduates of the BCT program take on leadership roles through their understanding of this technically complex field. Students participate in coursework covering science, technology, business, and design to support the basis for advancing their careers. The design, construction, and in-service use of residential and commercial buildings are complex and BCT students are offered exceptionally varied instruction to cover the necessary elements of sustainable design and construction.

Graduates of BCT are involved in virtually every aspect of the built environment: construction management, sustainable building planning, engineered wood design, building energy performance evaluation, building products distribution, and research and development. They assure the materials and systems used in our buildings are best suited to the needs of each project in terms of safety, efficiency, sustainability, and cost effectiveness. It is the integration of technical understanding with general business acumen that makes graduates of the Building and Construction Technology program uniquely desirable to employers.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the BCT program have risen to the highest professional levels in the building construction industry. Specific occupations cover a broad range of professional categories including: construction management, sustainable building planning, engineered wood design, building energy performance evaluation, and building products distribution. Salaries compare favorably with other scientific and business professions. Opportunities for advancement are excellent. The employment demand for women and men in this broad field far exceeds the number of graduates.

For internships, jobs, and career opportunities, go to the following link:
For Current Students – Career Opportunities

The Major

img_2573_sm.jpgIn addition to university General Education requirements, the curriculum in the Building Construction Technology major builds upon a foundation of introductory mathematics, chemistry, physics, and computer literacy. Department courses cover a background in natural resources plus fundamental courses in building materials technology, energy conservation, computer-aided design, structural design, business and construction management, and building product technology. The remainder of each student’s program includes electives in areas such as engineering or business according to the individual’s career objectives and chosen curriculum option. Students frequently continue to advanced study at the master’s or doctoral level, but most graduates accept employment immediately. The functioning student organization is the University of Massachusetts Student Chapter of the the National Association of Home Builders. Building and Construction Technology program mission, goals, and objectives: When students graduate from UMass Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in Building and Construction Technology they will be able to:

  • Specify materials, methods, and building/structural systems common to residential and commercial construction projects.
  • Evaluate and specify building energy systems and materials with respect to their ecological impact and their contribution to sustainable design.
  • Understand physical, mechanical and environmental attributes of wood construction.
  • Analyze, estimate and communicate building project requirements using a thorough knowledge of blueprint specifications, contractual documents, CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and BIM (Building Information Modeling).
  • Apply a breadth of management skills and an understanding of key business aspects of design, construction and materials supply industries.
  • Contribute responsibly to a sustainable built environment.

Curriculum In addition to the University General Education requirements, the Building and Construction Technology major requires completion of the following:

  • BCT 150 The Built Environment or NRC 100 Environment and Society
  • COMPSCI 105 Computer Literacy
  • MATH course with R2 designation
  • PHYSICS 131 Introductory Physics
  • Two additional PS courses (e.g. PHYSICS 118)
  • RES-ECON 102 Introduction to Resource Economics or ECON 103 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ACCTG 221 Introduction to Accounting or MARKETNG 301 Fundamentals of Marketing
  • NATSCI 387 Junior Writing Course
  • NRC 492A Verbal Communication Skills or any COMM course
  • BCT 204 Construction Methods and Materials
  • BCT 211 Energy Efficient Housing
  • BCT 304 Properties of Wood
  • BCT 311 Sustainable Indoor Environmental Systems
  • BCT 313 Light-Frame Structure Technology
  • BCT 314 Construction Estimating
  • BCT 320 Introduction to CAD in Construction and Architecture
  • BCT 353 The Business of Building
  • BCT 494BI Senior Integrative Experience
  • BCT 530 Mechanics of Building Materials for Construction
  • BCT 420 Advanced Topics in CAD or BCT 540 Design of Wood Structures or BCT 520 Energy and Buildings or BCT 550 Project Management for Design and Construction

BCT Sample Curriculum Schedule

You can view the most recent list on the BCT website:

The Minor

To successfully complete a minor in Building and Construction Technology, a student must earn a minimum of 15 credits, selecting a minimum of 5 courses in the 3 academic areas listed above. One course each is required from the Built Environment, Building Systems, and Building Technology categories. All courses listed above are 3-credit courses except where noted. To be admitted into the Building and Construction Minor a student must be in good academic standing with the University.

No requirements for the minor may be taken Pass/Fail. All courses applied toward the minor must be taken on a graded basis and all courses used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Built Environment:

  • BCT 150 – The Built Environment – Fall

Building Systems – 1 course minimum:

  • BCT 204 – Construction Materials and Methods – Spring
  • BCT 211 – Energy Efficient Housing – Fall
  • BCT 304 – Wood Properties – FallBCT 520 – Energy and Buildings* – Fall
  • BCT 540 – Design of Wood Structures* – Fall

Building Technology – 1 course minimum:

  • BCT 311 – Indoor Environmental Systems – Spring (2 cr.)
  • BCT 313 – Principles of Light Frame Structures Technology – Fall
  • BCT 314 – Construction Estimating – Spring
  • BCT 320 – Intro to CAD for Construction and Architecture – Fall/Spring
  • BCT 420 – Advanced topics in CAD & BIM* – Spring
  • BCT 530 – Mechanics of Building Materials for Construction* – Spring
  • BCT 597D – Sustainable Building & LEED Certification – Spring
  • Any other BCT course

*These courses have prerequisites

List of BCT courses offered

Courses

(All courses carry 3 credits unless otherwise noted.)

  • 150 The Built Environment (1st sem) 4 cr
  • 204 Construction Materials and Methods (2nd sem)
  • 211 Energy Efficient Housing (1st sem)
  • 297AE Energy Auditing (2nd sem) 1 cr
  • 304 Properties of Wood (1st sem)
  • 311 Sustainable Indoor Environmental Systems (2nd sem) 2cr
  • 313 Light-Frame Structure Technology (1st sem)
  • 314 Construction Estimating (2nd sem)
  • 320 Introduction to CAD in Construction and Architecture (Both sem)
  • 353 The Business of Building (1st sem)
  • 397R Residential Construction Management Competition (1st sem) 2cr
  • 420 Advanced Topics in CAD (2nd sem)
  • 494BI Senior Integrative Experience (2nd sem)
  • 520 Energy and Buildings (1st sem)
  • 521 Environmental Control Systems (2nd sem) 4 cr
  • 530 Mechanics of Building Materials for Construction (2nd sem)
  • 540 Design of Wood Structures (1st sem)
  • 550 Construction Project Management (Both sem)
  • 597B BioBased Building Lab (2nd sem alternate years)
  • 597D Sustainable Building & LEED Certification (2nd sem)
  • 597F Wood Design Studio (2nd sem) 1 cr
  • 597S Build Your “Green” Business Plan (2nd sem) 1 cr
  • 597SD Solar Energy Systems & Building Design (1st sem)
  • 597P Peeking Over the Fence of a Construction Site (Both sem) 1 cr
  • Honors 391AH Adventures in 3 D Printing (both sem) 1 cr

List of BCT courses offered

Fore more information, visit the BCT website: http://bct.eco.umass.edu

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Page updated: March 16, 2016