Jul 17, 2024  
Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025 
    
Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025

Building Sciences B.S.


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The four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Building Sciences prepares students for the broad range of roles and opportunities presented by the building industry. The building sciences focus on the design and construction of building systems such as structures, enclosures, environmental systems, lighting, and acoustics as well as their management, performance, and building diagnostics. The degree consists of 130 credits.

Students in the Building Sciences program declare a concentration, prepare and submit a plan of study at the end of the second semester. The plan of study must be approved and filed with the Building Sciences program director. The program director must also review the plan of study annually.

Concentrations

The Building Science program concentration requires four 4-credit-hour courses (or equivalent) that are approved by the director of the Building Sciences program. The purpose of the concentration is to develop specialized knowledge in an area of relevance to the construction of the built environment. Concentrations will be determined and approved by the Director.

The degree requires 130 credit hours. 

First Year


Second Year


Fall


  • Concentration 1 Credit Hours: 4

Spring


  • Concentration 2 Credit Hours: 4
  • Science Elective Credit Hours: 4

Third Year


Please note: The third year of the program varies depending upon which semester the student chooses to take away following The Arch Summer Semester classes. Please note the following differences in curriculum:

  • If students are going to be away during the Fall semester of their junior year, they should take the listed courses for each term and any courses under the Fall Away Track for year three of their program.
     
  • If students are going to be away during the Spring semester of their junior year, they should take the listed courses for each term and any courses under the Spring Away Track for year three of their program.

The Arch Summer Semester*


*For more information on the ARCH process, please click here: The Arch 

  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4

Fall OR Spring


  • Concentration 3 Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Professional Elective Credit Hours: 2
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Fall or Spring


Fourth Year


Fall


  • Concentration 4 Credit Hours: 4
  • Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4

Spring


  • Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Science Elective Credit Hours: 4

Footnotes


  1. ARCH 4530  Building Sciences Capstone will fulfill the Architecture major communications intensive requirement.

 

 

 

 

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