slideshow01This concentration leads to both Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in the Building Systems concentration in Environmental Conservation (ECo) and is designed for students who want scientific training in the multi-disciplinary field of building systems. The focus of this concentration is broadly on building systems but encompasses specialized training in fields such as green building, structural timber design, energy systems, material strength modeling and management/marketing of building materials. The diverse nature of the concentration is intended to allow students from different backgrounds to shape their own education.

Faculty affiliated with this concentration (see Areas of Study below) have expertise in environmentally sensitive building materials & systems (green building); wood-concrete composite systems; innovative connection systems for timber structures; computational modeling of bio-based composites; energy modeling and systems design; forest products marketing and economics; computer applications in building design; and structural optimization. A major strength of our program is the unique interdisciplinary and official tie of both faculty and students to related departments and programs of building on campus; building systems faculty serve as core faculty of the Architecture department on campus as well as adjunct faculty with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The interdisciplinary culture encourages joint research and funding as well as instruction. Students and faculty with backgrounds of material science, planning, architecture and engineering share research projects, labs and valuable expertise.

The research projects of graduate students in the Building Systems Concentration are varied. Through their research projects, graduate students often employ or provide volunteer opportunities for interested undergraduates. Graduate students are also encouraged to participate in projects and activities of their colleagues to broaden their experience and to provide and receive ideas and suggestions for improvements.


Areas of Study

BCT currently specializes in the following areas of study in our research graduate program. Follow the links below to learn more about the topics and the respective faculty advisors.


Degree Requirements

M.S. Thesis Degree: Building Systems Concentration in ECo

GridshellStudents in this concentration are expected to meet all of the requirements for an M.S. degree in the Department of Environmental Conservation, as outlined in the Graduate student handbook, including the following:

  1. A minimum of 35 credits are required, 21 of which must be in the major (defined broadly), 8 of which must be at the 600 level or above, and 12 of which must be a thesis specific to this concentration and approved by the student’s advisory committee;
  2. Successful completion of a comprehensive exam based upon the student’s academic training in Environmental Conservation, encompassing three “core” topic areas (core science, quantitative and physical science, and human dimensions) in addition to the required ECo core courses;
  3. Successful final defense of the thesis; and
  4. A minimum of one publishable-quality scientific paper resulting from the thesis research project.

This is explained further on our handy M.S. Requirements Checklist.

Ph.D. Degree: Building Systems Concentration in ECo

Solar modelingStudents in this concentration are expected to meet all of the requirements for a Ph.D. degree in the Department of Environmental Conservation, as outlined in the Graduate student handbook, including the following:

  1. A minimum of 18 dissertation credits is required, based on a research project specific to this concentration and approved by the student’s advisory committee; no other course credits are required other than those determined by the student’s advisory committee;
  2. Successful completion of a comprehensive exam based upon the student’s academic training in environmental conservation, encompassing three “core” topic areas (core science, quantitative and physical science, and human dimensions);
  3. Successful final defense of the dissertation; and
  4. A minimum of three publishable‑quality scientific papers resulting from the dissertation research project.

More Information


Admission and Deadlines

Apply by:

February 1st for a Fall Semester start
October 1st for a Spring Semester start

Visit the admissions page for information on the application process. We also have information about financial aid on this site.


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