The following is a listing of all Sustainable 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 and to look for additional classes of interest.

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 Tectonics I – Light Frame Construction (Fall – Prof. Fiocchi, 3cr.)
  •      ARCH 605 Sustainable and High-Performance Facades (Spring – Prof. Aksamija, 3cr.)
  •      ARCH 653 Tectonics 3 (Fall – Prof. Schreyer, 3cr.)
  •      NRC 597U Urban Natural Resource Management 

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 697DL 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, 3cr.)
  •      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 – 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.) 
  •      ECO 692C – Sustainable Building System Seminar (Fall/Spring – Prof. Fiocchi, 1cr.) 
  •      ECO 692S Readings in Sustainable Building Systems (Seminar) (Fall – BCT Faculty 1cr.) 
  •      ECO 697P Pathways to Zero: Retrofitting Existing Buildings to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions (Spring – Prof. Weil, 3cr.)
  •      ECO 697Q Green Building & Historic Preservation (Spring – Prof. Fiocchi, 3cr.)
  •      ECO 697RR Retrofitting and Retrocommissioning Existing Buildings 
  •      NRC 585 Introduction to GIS (Fall/Spring, 4cr.)

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 510: Furniture Technology & Design
  • ARCH 530: Design Engagement
  • ARCH 540: Analysis & Representation I
  • ARCH 560: Voices from the Field
  • ARCH 591N&P: Seminar- NYPOP/Architecture
  • ARCH 597AD: Special Topics- Architectural Drawings, Now and Then
  • ARCH 597AR: Special Topics- Architecture and Race
  • ARCH 597C: ST-Building Conservation I
  • ARCH 597D: ST-History & Theory of Preservation
  • ARCH 597E: ST-American Building 17th-20th Centuries
  • ARCH 597F: ST-Researching Historic Structures
  • ARCH 597G: ST-Building Conservation II
  • ARCH 597J: ST-Traditional Trades & Craftsmanship
  • ARCH 597K: Special Topics- Design for Climate Change
  • ARCH 597M: Special Topics- Drawing the City
  • ARCH 597N: Special Topics- Design Investigations
  • ARCH 597P: ST-Special Topics in Preservation: On Color
  • ARCH 597Q: ST-Building Science and Environmental Control Systems
  • ARCH 597RD: ST-Riverscaping Design/Build Workshop
  • ARCH 597RE: ST-Introduction to Sketchup and Revit
  • ARCH 597T: ST-Ecological and Social Justice in the Built Environment
  • ARCH 597V: ST-Social and Historical Context of Northeast Built Environment
  • ARCH 597VG: ST-Voices from the Field II
  • ARCH 597VT: History & Theory of Design/Build
  • ARCH 597WA: Special Topics- Wood in Architecture and Design
  • ARCH 597X: ST-Integrative Building Systems, Materials, and Methods
  • ARCH 597Z: Special Topics- The Matter of Building
  • ARCH 605: Sustainable and High-Performance Facades
  • ARCH 610: Material Research & Design
  • ARCH 620: Building Physics II
  • ARCH 621: Environmental Control Systems
  • ARCH 630: Philosophy of Arch & Design
  • ARCH 650: Tectonics II
  • ARCH 653: Tectonics III
  • ARCH 654: Furniture Tech Design
  • ARCH 660: Professional Practice
  • ARCH 670: Research Forum
  • ARCH 697C: ST-AutoCAD
  • ARCH 697K: ST-Green Building & Historical Preservation
  • ARCH 697L: ST-Structure and Mechanical Systems
  • ARCH 697M: ST-Architectural Materials Testing
  • ARCH 697N: Special Topics- Cultural Resource Management – Historic Preservation Law, Policy, and Planning
  • ARCH 697P: ST-Architectural Materials Testing II
  • ARCH 697R: Special Topics- Preservation Capstone
  • ARCH 697S: Special Topics- Historic Structures Reports
  • ARCH 697T: Special Topics- Timber Frame Architecture and Its Preservation
  • ARCH 698D: Practicum- Design and Construction
  • ARCH 700: Integration Studio

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 
  • ECo 602: Analysis of Environmental Data (or approved alternative)
  • ECo 621: Landscape Ecology
  • ECo 675: Ecological Economics & Sustainability
  • ECo 691A: Current research in Environmental Conservation Seminar
  • 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 589: Responding to Climate Change: Mitigation & Adaptation
  • NRC 597BG – Biomimicry and Green Chemistry for Sustainability 
  • 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