Building Science and Technology Specialization

building science and technology

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

Today's homes can be built to use half the energy and be healthier for the people who live in them. The building materials used can perform better and last longer with less environmental impact.

You will be at the forefront of the transition to highly efficient, highly durable, and more environmentally-compatible structures.


Minors and certificate

  • Minors that complement building science and technology would be construction management, housing and community development, or architecture
  • Consider the Technical Communication Certificate

Research opportunities with our faculty

We have an active research faculty, and some may have opportunities for you to work on a project.

As a student with a specialization in building science and technology, you may want to consider the following research areas within our department:

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Admission and degree

You can apply for admission to the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

You will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Systems Management with a specialization in building science and technology, which will appear on your official transcript.


Building scientists find new ways and new materials to make buildings better. Our graduates work with builders in the field, in research institutions, with product manufacturers, or as consultants.

Learn more about careers in building science and technology and see a sample list of employers.

Contact us

If you have questions, would like to meet faculty, or tour our labs, please e-mail [email protected] or contact our SSM major coordinators:

Tim Smith
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Omar Espinoza
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