BCT at Mount Ida Campus

Study with Building and Construction Technology (BCT), UMass’ leading education and research program in sustainable construction, building science, and technology.

Established as a center for student-focused experiential learning and a hub of research-industry collaboration, UMass’ Mount Ida Campus offers a wealth of opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and professional education (University Without Walls) students as they engage in their academic pursuits and prepare for meaningful and rewarding careers.

Located in Newton, adjacent to the Newton-Needham Innovation District, and the tech-focused Route 128 corridor, the campus is growing its career development programs with expanding access to internships and co-ops in the thriving Greater Boston area.

FALL 2020 Planning: Read more about UMass’ plans for the fall semester here. Mount-Ida-specific information can be found here. For BCT-specific questions, contact Paul Wolff (see information at the bottom of the page).
BCT’s courses will be offered in a remote-learning format but may contain hands-on activities. See individual courses for details.
Staying in the Boston area? Don’t forget to check out our WORK-LEARN-LIVE option.
Need Housing in Newton? If you are looking for housing at Mount Ida, fill out this form.

Academic Programs and Courses

BCT is now offering courses and academic programs on the Mount Ida campus. At this point, we provide the following:

  • Internship and educational opportunities for current BCT students (undergrad and grad), which can include housing/dining.
  • Standalone, for-credit, full semester, professional education courses (through UMass UWW) in an in-person or hybrid format (online plus in-person). See below for our current list.
  • A graduate certificate in Sustainable Building Construction, which can be taken one course at a time (i.e. part-time online or hybrid courses).
  • While we are not yet offering our MS in Sustainable Building Systems on this campus, students can enroll and take courses towards this program here and then finish their studies in Amherst (or vice-versa).

Courses Offered

Our courses provide opportunities for professional education to matriculated students and the general public at the Mount Ida campus and online. Those are either online, hybrid, or fully in-person courses. Anyone can enroll in these through a per-credit fee-based process through UMass’ University Without Walls (UWW) system (matriculated UMass students use Spire instead).

Find UWW Courses and Enroll

UPCOMING Fall 2020 Courses:

Summer Term Overview:

During summer, we are providing courses for current BCT students (who may be completing an internship in the Boston area) and for professionals who intend to attain credited credentials. Examples are:

  • Jobs and Professional Life in BCT (BCT 492A, 1 cr.)
  • Practicum/Internship (BCT 398 or 498, 1 – 15 cr.)
  • Sustainable Building & LEED Certification (BCT 414 or ECO 697DL, 3 cr.)

Fall and Spring Term Overview:

During our regular semesters, we are offering courses targeted at professionals who intend to attain credited credentials or want to pursue our academic programs. Examples are:

  • Introduction to Building Energy Modeling (BCT 597BE)
  • Legal Aspects of Architecture, Engineering, and the Construction Process (BCT 597N)
  • High Performance Building: Issues and Perspectives (BCT 597Q)
  • Understanding Wood and Wood Products (BCT 597W)
  • Designing in 3D CAD & BIM (BCT 420 or ECO 620, 3 cr.)

Learn more about these and our other courses on our UWW Professional Education page. You can always find our upcoming courses and enroll here:

Find UWW Courses and Enroll

Events and Workshops

The following upcoming events on the Mount Ida campus are affiliated with our program or organized by BCT:

Subscribe to these events!

Internships and Co-Ops

For Students:

Keep an eye on your UMass email for internship announcements that come either directly or via the BCT Job Board. Also, sign up at Handshake and fill out your profile (especially the skills section). You can then search for internships or have companies contact you. If your internship is in the Boston area, then our Mount Ida campus can provide housing, food, and other amenities (including academic programs) for the time of the internship.

For Employers:

Many of our students pursue internships (and co-ops) in the Boston area. If you are seeking interns, post your ad on the BCT Job Board (to reach BCT students directly) and Handshake (to reach all UMass students) or attend our career fairs. The Mount Ida campus can then provide housing, food, and other amenities (including academic programs, e.g. courses) for the time of the internship.

Where is the Mount Ida Campus?

This full-service campus is located in Newton, MA and is easily reachable by car (ample parking provided) and public transit (via shuttle from nearby T-stops).

Mount Ida Campus on Google Maps | Mount Ida Campus Website


Reach out to us anytime via our Contact Form or contact our on-site faculty member directly:

Dr. Paul J. Wolff III

R: Mount Ida Campus, SOD 125G
T: +1 (617) 243-1862