Building Science and Technology Emphasis
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.
- View a sample building science and technology 4-year plan
- Take courses and electives taught by internationally-recognized faculty
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 an emphasis in building science and technology, you may want to consider the following research areas within our department:
- Biomass Conversion and Utilization
- Building Systems
- Environmental Management and Sustainable Systems
- Renewable Energy
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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 an emphasis 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.
If you have questions, would like to meet faculty, or tour our labs, please fill out our contact form or contact our SSM major coordinators: