Undergraduate Program (B.S.)

Program Description

The Field

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.

The Major

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 a wide array of instruction to cover the necessary elements.

Graduates are involved in virtually every area of building technology including construction and project management, sustainable design, green building and energy conservation, wood design and building, and sales and marketing of building materials. Career paths span from technical and research disciplines through sales and construction management. It is the experience of integrating scientific and technical understanding with general business acumen that makes graduates of the program especially desirable to many hiring firms.

You can learn more about our program on these pages:

How to declare BCT as your major

To declare BCT as your major, simply bring a “Change of Major” form to any BCT faculty member and ask us to sign it. In Holdsworth Hall, you can get one from the main office in room 226. If you are transferring from another program to BCT, you will need to get a release signature from your current program on that form first.

For general UMass admissions procedures, visit this page.

If you have any questions, contact the BCT Program Director (information is in the sidebar).

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Last updated: February 4, 2014