Students from all disciplines at UMass are encouraged to complete a Minor in Building and Construction Technology (BCT). See below for the current requirements.

(Updated: Spring 2016)

BCT Minor Requirements

(courses are 3 credits and both fall/spring unless otherwise mentioned)

Built Environment

     BCT 150 The Built Environment (I) (fall)

Building Systems – 1 course minimum

     BCT 204 Construction Materials & Methods (spring)
     BCT 211 Energy Efficient Housing (fall)
     BCT 304 Properties of Wood (fall)
     BCT 520 Energy & Buildings (fall)
     BCT 540 Design of Wood Structures (fall)

Building Technology – 1 course minimum

     BCT 311 Sustainable Indoor Environmental Systems (spring)
     BCT 313 Light-Frame Structure Technology (fall)
     BCT 314 Construction Estimating (spring)
     BCT 320 Intro to CAD & BIM in Construction & Architecture (limited availability)
     BCT 330 Mechanics of Building Materials for Construction (spring – 4 cr.)
     BCT 353 Business of Building (fall)
     BCT 420 Designing with 3D CAD & BIM (spring)
     BCT 597D Sustainable Building & LEED Certification (spring)
Any other BCT course

*These courses have prerequisites

BCT Curriculum Areas:  Sustainable Built Environment    Materials, Methods, and Structures   
 Building Energy & Systems    Construction Management   
 Information Technology    Business   Science    Communications 


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.

Getting the Minor Added to your Transcript

The BCT Minor is awarded AFTER you have completed the required 5 courses.  There is no need to apply in-advance for “admission” to the Minor.  During the semester when you are completing the Minor, please visit any faculty member of the BCT Program, or see Dr. Kim, our Chief Undergraduate Advisor, and have the form “Declaration of an Academic Minor completed and signed for submission to the Registrar.  After the Registrar processes this form the Minor designation will be added to your Official Transcript.