Building Science and Technology

Addressing the intersection of human needs, our homes, and the environment

Photo of construction and the skyToday's homes can be built to use half the energy and be healthier for the people who live in them. The materials used to build them can perform better and last longer with less environmental impact. Building science and technology students are at the forefront of the transition to highly efficient, highly durable, and more environmentally-compatible structures.

Each day building scientists find new ways and new materials to make buildings better. Program graduates have a range of career possibilities. They work with builders in the field, in research institutions, with product manufacturer, or as consultants.


Students in this program will apply for admission to the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. They will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Systems Management with an emphasis in building science and technology (which will appear on the official transcript).


4-Year Plan - Building science and technology students have a 4-Year Plan to follow, ensuring courses are taken in sequence.

Courses and Electives - Students are fortunate to take courses from internationally-recognized faculty.

Minors to Consider - Minors that complement building science and technology would be construction management, housing and community development, architecture. Students should also consider the Technical Communication Certificate.


The future is bright for building science and technology students and graduates. Recent graduates are employed by a variety of industries.

Beyond the Classroom

Student Groups - Being engaged outside the classroom is beneficial for students. This department has several student groups, as does CFANS.

Research - There are several opportunities for students to gain experience in a research environment. Related research areas within BBE include:

Alumni Perspective

"I was interested in the relationship between our living arrangements and our environment, and thought it would be great to incorporate those interests into a career."
- Peggy, RBST graduate

Current Students

Check out a page of resources just for you, including links to frequently-used University pages, forms you'll need to complete, and much more. 

Contact Us

Questions or requests to meet with faculty or tour labs can be directed our SSM Major Coordinators, or fill out our online Contact Form.
SSM Major Coordinators: Professor Jason Hill, and Professor Omar Espinoza.