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University Credit Requirements:

___ 120 total credits ___ 45 credits in residence
___ 60 credits in college

University & General Education Requirements:

(see also Gen-Ed requirements) NOTE: Only one Gen-Ed course can be within a student’s major department (BCT 150 here)

Social World (4 courses):

___ AL / AT
___ AL / AT / SB / I / SI (covered by: BCT 150)
___ HS
___ SB (covered by: ECON 103 or 104)

Biological & Physical World (2 courses):

___ BS
___ PS (covered by: PHYS 131)

Diversity (2 courses – combine with HS or AL/AT, e.g. HS-DU):

___ Any DU
___ Any DG

Math & Analytic Reasoning:

___ R1 (Tier 1 waiver or course, also covered by MATH 121)
___ R2 (covered by: MATH 121 or higher)

Writing:

___ College Writing (ENGLWRIT 112)
___ Junior Year Writing (covered by: NATSCI 387)

Integrative Experience:

___ IE (covered by: BCT 494BI)

BCT Major Core Requirements:

(courses are 3 credits and both fall/spring unless otherwise mentioned; see here for BCT course details)

___       BCT 150 The Built Environment (I) (fall)
          OR ___  NRC 100 Society and Environment (I) (fall)
___       COMPSCI 105 Computer Literacy
          OR ___  COMPSCI 119, 120, or 121
___       ECON 103 Introduction to Microeconomics (SB)
          OR ___  RES-ECON 102 Introduction to Resource Economics (SB)
___       ECON 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics (SB)


___       BCT 204 Construction Materials & Methods (spring)
___       BCT 211 Energy Efficient Housing (fall)
___       ACCTG 221 Introduction to Accounting (I)
          OR ___  MARKETNG 301 Fundamentals of Marketing
___       MATH 121 (or higher) (R2)
___       PHYSICS 131 (or higher) (PS)
___   _______________ & ___   _______________      Any two PS courses (3 or 4 cr.) from this list:
ASTRON 105, CHEM 101, CHEM 110, CHEM 111, GEOGRAPH 110, GEOLOGY 101, PHYSICS 100, PHYSICS 118, PHYSICS 132, PHYSICS 152, PUBHLTH 397BH


___       BCT 304 Properties of Wood (fall)
___       BCT 311 Sustainable Indoor Environmental Systems (spring)
___       BCT 313 Light-Frame Structure Technology (fall)
___       BCT 314 Construction Estimating (spring)
___       BCT 320 Intro to CAD & BIM in Construction & Architecture
___       BCT 330 Mechanics of Building Materials for Construction (spring – 4 cr.)
___       BCT 353 Construction Project Management (fall)
___       NATSCI 387 Junior Year Writing


___       BCT 420 Designing with 3D CAD & BIM (spring)
          OR ___       BCT 520 Energy & Buildings (fall)
          OR ___       BCT 540 Design of Wood Structures (fall)
          OR ___       BCT 550 Construction Scheduling and Project Control
___       BCT 397X Communicating Building Science and Sustainability (spring)
          OR ___ NRC 492A Verbal Communication
          OR ___ COMM _________ (any COMM course)
___  BCT 494BI BCT Senior Seminar (spring) (IE)

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

BCT Major Professional Elective Requirement:

In coordination with your advisor, plan on any 12 credits of professional electives throughout the course of your studies. We suggest these courses here by interest, but you can arrange them or other UMass courses any way you like.

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All BCT students should take:

  •      BCT 192A Careers in BCT (fall -1 cr.)
  •      BCT 492A Jobs and Professional Life in BCT (spring – 1 cr.)
  •      BCT 492C Sust. Building Systems Seminar (fall, spring – 1 cr.) – can be taken twice

If you are seeking a job in construction management:

  •      BCT 550 Construction Scheduling and Project Control (fall, spring – 3 cr.)
  •      BCT 597V Safety in Construction (spring – 1 cr.)
  •      BCT 397R Residential Construction Management Competition (fall – 3 cr.) – can be taken twice

If you are seeking a job in the building energy field:

  •      BCT 520 Energy & Buildings (fall – 3 cr.)
  •      BCT 521 Environmental Control Systems (spring – 4 cr.)
  •      BCT 511 Clean Energy Corps (spring – 3 cr.)
  •      BCT 525 Solar Energy Systems and Building Design (not currently offered)
  •      BCT 597BE Introduction to Building Energy Modeling (spring – 3 cr.) UWW only

If you are seeking a job in engineered wood structural design:

  •      BCT 540 Design of Wood Structures (fall – 3 cr.)
  •      BCT 597F Wood Design Studio (not currently offered)

Other BCT electives:

  •      BCT 414 Sustainable Building & LEED Certification (winter, spring, summer – 4 cr.)
  •      BCT 420 Designing with 3D CAD & BIM (spring – 3 cr.)
  •      BCT 597Q Living Labs: Solving for Carbon Neutrality with High Performance Buildings (fall, spring – 3 cr.)
  •      BCT 597L LEED AP Exam Accelerator (winter – 3 cr.) UWW only
  •      BCT 597N Legal Aspects of Architecture, Engineering, and the Construction Process (spring – 3 cr.) UWW only
  • Independent Study: BCT 396 / 496 / 596 (1-6 cr.)
  • Practicum: BCT 398 / 498 / 498Y (1-15 cr.)

(or pick from non-BCT courses listed below)

Suggested other UMass elective courses:

  • ARCH 211 The City (Spring)
  • ART-HIST 343 20th Century Architecture: Modernism, Capitalism and Globalism (Spring)
  • ART-HIST 342 19th Century Architecture: Reform, History and Technology (Fall)
  • CE-ENGIN 240 Statics
  • CE-ENGIN 241 Strength of Materials
  • CE-ENGIN 211 Perspectives on the Evolution of Structures (Spring)
  • COMPSCI 119 Introduction to Programming (Python)
  • COMPSCI 120 Problem Solving w/Internet
  • COMPSCI 121 Intro. to Problem Solving with Computers (Java)
  • ECON 330 Labor in the American Economy
  • ENVIRSCI 213 Introduction to Environmental Policy (Fall)
  • LANDARCH 294A Seminar – Construction Materials
  • MANAGMNT 260 Introduction to Law
  • MANAGMNT 301 Principles of Management
  • MANAGMNT 314 Human Resources Management (requires 301)
  • NRC 185 Sustainable Living: Solutions for the 21st Century (I)
  • NRC 585 Introduction to GIS
  • RESEC 112 Computing: Foundations to Frontiers
  • RESEC 162 The Consumer in Our Society (Fall)
  • STATISTIC 111 Elementary Statistics (R-2)
  • SUSTCOMM 205 Dynamics of Human Habitation
  • TH 365 Technical Direction
  • Any other relevant course (with advisor approval)

You may also consider courses from the minors mentioned below (get approval from your advisor).

If you decide to add a Minor to the BCT Major:

Here are some tips and recommendations:

Any questions?

  • Check out the Advising FAQ page first and ask your academic advisor if you can’t find an answer there.