Program Description

Study sustainable construction management, green building, materials, and building engineering technology with this interdisciplinary major

The Field

Educating leaders in the field of sustainable design and construction of the built environment is the core mission of the Building and Construction Technology (BCT) program. Green building is a rapidly emerging field that will remain an essential piece in the changes that need to occur to combat global warming. Despite the cyclical nature of the construction industry, demand for graduates of the BCT Bachelor of Science degree program remains strong, in both the residential housing and the commercial building sectors. Graduates of the BCT program take on leadership roles with their understanding of this technically complex field.

Career opportunities

The Major

Students participate in coursework covering science, technology, business, and design to support the basis for advancing their careers. The design, construction, and in-service use of residential and commercial buildings are complex and BCT students are offered a wide array of instruction to cover the necessary elements.

Graduates are involved in virtually every area of building technology including construction and project management, sustainable design, green building and energy conservation, wood design and building, and sales and marketing of building materials. Career paths span from technical and research disciplines through sales and construction management. It is the experience of integrating scientific and technical understanding with general business acumen that makes graduates of the program especially desirable to many hiring firms.

You can learn more about our program on these pages:

Program requirements

Sample schedules

BCT courses offered

Internships and Co-Ops

Advising FAQs

How to declare BCT as your major

To declare BCT as your major, visit our Chief Undergraduate Advisor (see below), and he can sign you into the program. If you are not a UMass student yet, visit the admissions page for information on the application process. We also have information about financial aid on this site.


We are happy to answer any questions. Check out our FAQ page or contact us using our contact form.

BCT Chief Undergraduate Advisor

Dr. Ho-Sung Kim
Lecturer & Chief Undergraduate Advisor

R: 320 Design Building
T: +1 (413) 545-1970

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