The Master of Science in Sustainable Building Systems integrates elements of an architectural engineering program with construction management while embracing the concepts of engineering sustainability as related to energy and materials usage and the effect on the environment. The Sustainable Building Systems program focuses on the design and operation of buildings to provide a comfortable, healthy, and productive environment and landscape with minimal energy and environmental impact. Prospective students for the MSSBS program are engineering, architecture, business or science majors, and industry professionals pursuing an industrial or public planning based career, who desire to gain cutting edge knowledge in sustainability practices for building systems development and its infrastructure.
The sustainable building systems program focuses on the design and operation of buildings to provide a comfortable, healthy, and productive indoor environment with minimal energy and environmental impact. Students develop leadership and decision-making skills to implement sustainable building practices in either the private or public sectors in the global market. The graduates of the Master of Science in Sustainable Building Systems program should display a high level of engineering knowledge in a broad range of architectural engineering, civil engineering, and construction management while embracing the concepts of engineering sustainability as related to energy and materials usage and the effects on the environment. Graduates will have the base training necessary to lead efforts within companies to plan and implement sustainable practices for the design and operation of buildings, realize energy and materials efficiency improvements, and minimize environmental impact. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to take the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate examination, providing them with an internationally recognized certificate in this field.
The MS in Sustainable Building Systems can be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Learn more about the benefits of this unique program.
The minimum semester hours required by students to complete this degree are listed below. Typically full-time students are able to complete these requirements in about two years, however it might take longer if the student participates in co-op.
|Required core courses||12 SH||12 SH|
|Open electives||12 SH||0 SH|
|Restricted electives||8 SH||4 SH|
|Leadership courses||N/A||16 SH|
|Minimum semester hours required||32 SH||32 SH|
* Updates to the Sustainable Building Systems MS Curriculum
- Addition: Minimum 3.000 GPA required
- Addition: Gordon Engineering Leadership Option
ENLR 5121 Engineering Leadership 1 2 SH ENLR 5122 Engineering Leadership 2 2 SH ENLR 5131 Scientific Foundations of Engineering 1 2 SH ENLR 5132 Scientific Foundations of Engineering 2 2 SH ENLR 7440 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 1 4 SH ENLR 7442 Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 2 4 SH Advisor-approved SBS technical courses 16 SH Program Total Credits 32 SH
The M.S. programs' student learning outcome is
- The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.