The following is a listing of all Building Systems graduate studies courses (professional M.S., research M.S., and Ph.D.), separated into core topic groups and electives. Note: All courses ending in 97 with an additional letter designation (e.g. 697A) are subject to change.

Always check SPIRE online for the current course number listing.

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

Core Topic Area 1: Building Systems

(ECo equivalent program category: Environmental Science)

  •      BCT 521 Environmental Control Systems (Spring – Prof. Fiocchi, 4cr.)
  •      BCT 596 Independent Study: Mechanics of Building Materials for Construction (Spring – Prof. Clouston, 3cr.)
  •      BCT 540 Design of Wood Structures (Fall – Prof. Clouston, 3cr.)
  •      ARCH 550 Light Frame Construction (Fall – Prof. Fiocchi, 3cr.)
  •      ARCH 591S Sustainable and High-Performance Facades (Spring – Prof. Aksamija, 3cr.)
  •      ARCH 653 Tectonics 3 (Fall – Prof. Schreyer, 3cr.)
  •      NRC 541 Urban Forest Management (Fall, 3cr.)

Core Topic Area 2: Sustainable Building Science

(ECo equivalent program category: Quantitative Science)

  •      BCT 520 Energy and Buildings (Fall – Prof. Fiocchi, 3cr.)
  •      BCT 597F Wood Design Studio (Spring– Prof. Clouston 1cr.)
  •      BCT 525 Solar Energy Systems and Building Design (Fall – Prof. Kim, 3cr.)
  •      ECO 597DL Sustainable Building & LEED Certification (Spring/Summer – Prof. Kim, 3cr.)

Core Topic Area 3: Sustainable Building Projects and Policy

(ECo equivalent program category: Human Dimensions)

  •      BCT 550 Construction Project Management (Spring/Fall – Prof. Fitch, 3cr.)
  •      BCT 597R Clean Energy Corps (Spring – Prof. Weil, 3 cr)
  •      BCT 597S Building a Formalized Plan for your “Green” Positioning (Spring – Prof. Bean, 1cr.)
  •      BCT 597U Construction Scheduling (Spring – 2cr)
  •      BCT 597V Safety in Construction (Spring – 1 cr)
  •      BCT 590S – Topics in Sustainable Building Systems and Construction Technology (Fall/Spring – Prof. Fiocchi, 1cr.)
  •      ARCH 597D History & Theory of Preservation (Fall – Prof. Page, 3cr.)
  •      ARCH 630 Philosophy of Arch & Design (Fall – Prof. Page, 3cr.)
  •      ECO 620 Studies in Building Information Modeling (Spring – Prof. Schreyer, 3cr.)
  •      ECO 690P Public Engagement & Communication (Spring, 3cr.)
  •      NRC 585 Introduction to GIS (Fall, 3cr.)

Electives (from outside the major)

Notes:

  • See Spire for a description of each course, possible prerequisites, and to investigate additional courses that might be of interest
  • Students should also explore courses offered by the four other schools in the Five College Consortium where any course can be taken at no additional cost.
  • Some courses will require permission of instructor

Architecture

  • ARCH 500: Graduate Design I
  • ARCH 540: Analysis & Representation I
  • ARCH 591D – Seminar- Design Engagement (Fall)
  • ARCH 597C: Building Conservation I
  • ARCH 597E: American Building 17th-20th Centuries
  • ARCH 597F: Researching Historic Structures
  • ARCH 597G: Building Conservation II
  • ARCH 597J: Traditional Trades & Craftsmanship
  • ARCH 597K: Design for Climate Change
  • ARCH 597RE: Introduction to SketchUp and Revit
  • ARCH 597SB – Sustainable Building Systems (Fall – Yestermorrow)
  • ARCH 597SD – Sustainable Design (Fall – Yestermorrow)
  • ARCH 597T: Ecological and Social Justice in the Built Environment
  • ARCH 597V: Social and Historical Context of Northeast Built Environment
  • ARCH 597VF – Voices From the Field (Fall)
  • ARCH 597VT: History & Theory of Design/Build
  • ARCH 597X: Integrative Building Systems, Materials, and Methods Material Research & Design
  • ARCH 601: Graduate Design IV (Net Zero Energy Design)
  • ARCH 697C: AutoCAD
  • ARCH 697K: Green Building & Historical Preservation
  • ARCH 697M: Architectural Materials Testing
  • ARCH 697P: Architectural Materials Testing II
  • ARCH 697T: Timber Frame Architecture and Its Preservation
  • ARCH 698A – Practicum- Introduction to Architecture Design & Graphics (Spring)

Architectural History

  • ART-HIST 642: 19th Century Architecture: Reform, History and Technology
  • ART-HIST 643: 20th Century Architecture: Socialism, Capitalism and Globalization
  • ART-HIST 644: Vernacular Architecture

Environmental Conservation and Related

  • ECo 601: Research Concepts in Environmental Conservation
  • ECo 602: Analysis of Environmental Data (or approved alternative)
  • ECo 621: Landscape Ecology
  • ECo 691A: Current research in Environmental Conservation Seminar
  • Eco 697FGL: Special Topics- Biomass or Fracked Gas?
  • Eco 697UF: Urban Forestry
  • Envirsci 504 – Air Pollution and Climate Change Biology (Spring, 3cr)
  • Envirsci 590A: Environmental Soil Science
  • GEOGRAPH 592M – Computer Mapping (Fall)
  • GEO-SCI 591NE – Climate Change Impacts in New England (Spring, 3cr)
  • NRC 547: Global Change Ecology
  • NRC 590TP: Adapting to Climate Change: Theories, Policy. & Action
  • NRC 597BG – Biomimicry and Green Chemistry for Sustainability (Spring, 3cr)
  • PUBP&ADM 597C – Current Affairs in Environmental Economics (Fall, 3cr)
  • PUBP&ADM 697EV – Environmental Policy (Spring, 3cr)

Engineering

  • CE-ENGIN 509 – Transportation System Analysis Fall 3 US
  • CE-ENGIN 697G – Transportation Sustainability
  • M&I-Eng 551: Thermal Environmental Engineering
  • M&I-ENG 570 – Solar & dir. energy conversion (Spring, 3cr)
  • M&I-ENG 573 – Engineering Windpower Systems Fall 3 US or PE
  • M&I-Eng 574: Advanced Energy Conservation
  • M&I-Eng 590C: Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • M&I-Eng 590F: Mechanical Behavior of Materials Laboratory
  • M&I-ENG 597-EP Engineering Project Management (Fall, 3cr)
  • M&I-ENG 597WE – Engineering of Offshore Wind Energy Development for Non-Engineers (Spring, 3cr)
  • M&I-ENG 673 – Wind Turbine Design (Spring, 3cr
  • M&I-Eng 674: Offshore Wind Energy Systems

Landscape Architecture

  • LANDARCH 501: Studio I
  • LANDARCH 543: History of Architecture & Landscape I
  • LANDARCH 580: Sustainable Cities
  • LANDARCH 591K – Advanced Topics in Green Infrastructure Performance (Fall, 3 cr)
  • LANDARCH 658: Planning for Climate Change

Regional Planning

  • REGIONPL 545: Introduction to Land-Use
  • REGIONPL 577: Urban Policies
  • REGIONPL 580 – Sustainable Cities (Spring, 3cr)
  • REGIONPL 585: Planning for Climate Change
  • REGIONPL 591D: The Once & Future Mill Town
  • REGIONPL 591P – Low Carbon Cities (Spring, 3cr)
  • REGIONPL 592D: Intro to Urban Design
  • REGIONPL 625 – Intro to GIS (Spring, 3cr)
  • REGIONPL 630: The Theory and Practice of Public Participation
  • REGIONPL 651: Planning History & Theory
  • REGIONPL 662: Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development
  • REGIONPL 665: Housing and Public Health