Building and Construction Technology

UMass Amherst | Department of Environmental Conservation

Welcome to the Design Building
BCT's new home is in the beautiful, sustainable, and energy efficient UMass Design Building.
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New Trimble Technology Lab
State of the art technology learning in BCT, facilitated by a gift from Trimble Inc.
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The Future of Heavy Timber
Advanced uses of a traditional material and our own research are at the core of the Design Building.
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Welcome to BCT!

Study in BCT:

Undergraduate Major: B.S. in Building and Construction Technology

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 will remain an essential piece in the changes that need to occur to combat global warming. Despite the cyclical nature of the construction industry, demand for graduates of the BCT Bachelor of Science degree program remains strong, in both the residential housing and the commercial building sectors. Graduates of the BCT program take on leadership roles with their understanding of this technically complex field.

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Minor in Building and Construction Technology

Students from all disciplines at UMass are encouraged to complete a Minor in Building and Construction Technology (BCT). To do so, a student must earn a minimum of 15 credits, selecting a minimum of 5 courses from three academic areas.

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Professional Master’s (M.S.)

As part of the graduate program in Environmental Conservation, we are offering a professional Master’s program (M.S.) in the Sustainable Building Systems concentration. This self-funded, course-only 1-2 year program provides graduates with an in-depth study of sustainability topics as they relate to the built environment. Topics covered are energy conservation, LEED certification, sustainable building materials, as well as green development and planning.

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Research Master’s (M.S.) and Ph.D.

This concentration leads to both Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in the Building Systems concentration in Environmental Conservation (ECo) and is designed for students who want scientific training in the multi-disciplinary field of building systems. The focus of this concentration is broadly on building systems but encompasses specialized training in fields such as green building, structural timber design, energy systems, material strength modeling and management/marketing of building materials. The diverse nature of the concentration is intended to allow students from different backgrounds to shape their own education.

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Continuing Education and Online Courses

Interested in taking our courses or working with our faculty without being a UMass student? This is possible through a per-credit-fee based enrollment process. We also offer occasional summer courses online. At this point, however, we don’t confer any online degrees or certificates.

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