Undergraduate Requirements

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University Requirements:

  • ___ 45 credits in residence
  • ___ 60 credits in college
  • ___ 120 total credits

University General Education Requirements:

Students starting after fall 2010 (review the Gen-Ed requirements).

Social World (4 courses):

  • ___ AL, AT
  • ___ AL, AT, SB, I or SI (covered by: BCT 150)
  • ___ HS
  • ___ SB (covered by: ECON 103 or 104)

Biological & Physical World (2 courses):

  • ___ BS
  • ___ PS (covered by: PHYS 131)
Diversity (2 courses – can also be listed on left):

  • ___ Any “U”
  • ___ Any “G”

Math & Analytic Reasoning:

  • ___ R1 (Tier 1 waiver or course)
  • ___ R2 (MATH 121 or higher)

Writing:

  • ___ College Writing (ENGLWRIT 112)
  • ___ Junior Year Writing (NATSCI 397A)

* NOTE: Only 1 course can be within a student’s major department

BCT Major Requirements:

  • ___  BCT 150 The Built Environment (I) (fall)
    • OR ___  NRC 100 Society and Environment (I) (fall)
  • ___  BCT 204 Construction Materials & Methods (spring)
  • ___  BCT 211 Energy Efficient Housing (fall)
  • ___  BCT 304 Properties of Wood (fall)
  • ___  BCT 311 Sustainable Indoor Environmental Systems (spring – 2 cr.)
  • ___  BCT 313 Light-Frame Structures (fall)
  • ___  BCT 314 Architectural Blueprint Reading and Estimating (spring)
  • ___  BCT 320 Intro to CAD in Construction & Architecture (fall and spring)
  • ___  BCT 353 Business of Building (spring)
  • ___  BCT 494BI Integrative Experience Seminar (spring)
  • ___  BCT 530 Mechanics of Building Materials for Construction (spring)
  • ___ BCT 420 Advanced Topics in CAD & BIM (spring)
    • OR ___ BCT 540 Design of Wood Structures (fall)
    • OR ___ BCT 597G (BCT 520) Energy & Buildings (fall)
    • OR ___ BCT 597P (BCT 550) Project Management for Design and Construction (spring)
  • ___  ECON 103 Introduction to Microeconomics (SB)
    • OR ___  RES-ECON 102 Introduction to Resource Economics (SB)
  • ___  ECON 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics (SB)
  • ___  MARKETNG 301 Fundamentals of Marketing
    • OR ___  ACCTG 221 Introduction to Accounting (I)
  • ___  COMPSCI 105 Computer Literacy
  • ___  NRC 492A Verbal Communication or any COMM course

BCT Major – Science Requirements:

  • ___  PHYSICS 131 Intro to Physics I (PS) (4 cr.)
  • ___  PHYSICS 118 or any PS course (4 cr.)
  • ___  Any PS course (4 cr.)

Professional Electives (choose any 4 on list below or get consent of advisor for substitutes):

BCT elective courses:

  • ___  BCT 397B Wood Structure Design Studio (spring)
  • ___  BCT 597S Build your “green” business plan (spring – 1 cr.)
  • ___  BCT 597E  (BCT 521) Environmental Control Systems and Lab (spring – 4 cr.)

Other UMass courses:

  • ___  ARCH-DES 197E ST-Design Investigations (Fall)
  • ___  ARCH-DES 211 The City (Spring)
  • ___  ARCH-DES 397G Great Spaces (Fall)
  • ___  ART-HIST 191A History of Architecture (Spring)
  • ___  ART-HIST 342 19th Century Architecture: Reform, History and Technology (Fall)
  • ___  ART-HIST 343 20th Century Architecture: Modernism, Capitalism and Globalism (Spring)
  • ___  ART-HIST 344 Vernacular Architecture (Fall)
  • ___  CE-ENGIN 211 Perspectives on the Evolution of Structures (Spring)
  • ___  CE-ENGIN 240 Statics
  • ___  CE-ENGIN 241 Strength of Materials
  • ___  CE-ENGIN 290B History & Heritage of CE-ENGIN
  • ___  CMPSCI 121 Intro. to Problem Solving with Computers
  • ___  ECON 330 Labor in the American Economy
  • ___  ENVDES 205 Dynamics of Human Habitation (I)
  • ___  ENVIRDES 291A Introduction to Environmental Design (Spring)
  • ___  ENVIRSCI 213 Introduction to Environmental Policy (Fall)
  • ___  LANDARCH 191A Seminar – Graphics I
  • ___  LANDARCH 294A Seminar – Construction Materials
  • ___  LANDARCH 397E Special Topics – Site Engineering Construction
  • ___  LANDARCH 397F Special Topics – Site Structure
  • ___  MANAGMNT 260 Introduction to Law
  • ___  MANAGMNT 301 Principles of Management
  • ___  MANAGMNT 314 Human Resources Management (requires 301)
  • ___  NRC 100 Society and Environment (I)
  • ___  NRC 585 Introduction to GIS
  • ___  RESEC 162 The Consumer in Our Society (Fall)
  • ___  RESEC 112 Computing: Foundations to Frontiers
  • ___  RESEC 211 Introductory Statistics
  • ___  STATISTIC 111 Elementary Statistics (R-2)
  • ___  PHYSICS 190E Energy and Society (PS) (Spring)
  • ___  PLSOILIN 115 Plants, Soils and the Environment (SI) (Spring)
  • ___  PLSOILIN 285 Sustainable Living (Spring)

You may also consider courses from the minors mentioned below (get approval from your advisor).

If you decide to add a Minor to the BCT Major:

Here are some tips and recommendations:

  • Economics Minor (view official requirements):
    • BCT requirements that count towards minor: ECON 103 and ECON 104, take MATH 127 instead of MATH 121.
    • Other Minor requirements will cover the BCT professional elective requirements.
  • Resource Economics Minor (view official requirements):
    • BCT requirements that count towards minor: RES-ECON 102 or ECON 103, take MATH 127 instead of MATH 121.
    • Other Minor requirements will cover the BCT professional elective requirements.
  • IT Minor (view official requirements):
    • BCT requirements that count towards minor: COMPSCI 105, BCT 220 and BCT 420.
    • Other Minor requirements will cover the BCT professional elective requirements.
  • Architecture+Design Minor
  • Environmental Design Minor
  • Environmental Science Minor
  • Other Minors

Any questions?

  • Check out the FAQ page first and ask your academic advisor if you can’t find an answer there.

Last updated: April 10, 2014