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Building Science


This program prepares students for a variety of careers in the energy conservation industry and related fields, such as energy auditors, renewable energy installers and designers, energy conservation installers and computer energy modelers. Individuals interested in developing small independent energy conservation contracting businesses will also find this program useful toward achieving that goal. Although designed for career preparation, it also can serve students interested in continuing their studies leading to a bachelor's degree. Courses within this program utilize the latest industry-standard scientific methods, instruments and software for determining the energy consumption profile for buildings.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Conduct performance audits of energy consumption in existing buildings.
  • Interpret and produce mechanical, electrical and plumbing drawings and details.
  • Plan energy renovation projects.
  • Plan and detail alternative energy installations including photovoltaic, solar thermal, and wind turbine systems.
  • Organize and run an independent energy conservation contracting business.
  • Interpret architectural and construction drawings and documents, demonstrating knowledge of various building materials and methods and related building technologies.
  • Utilize computer systems for project planning and management and to produce estimates of probable construction cost, including analysis of costs and benefits
  • Investigate and resolve problems in construction planning, scheduling and management.
  • Provide leadership in creating and maintaining a safe working environment.

Program Entry Requirements:

Students are normally required to take the College's placement tests at the time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses in addition to the requirements of their program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the A.A.S. degree in Building Science, a student must complete a minimum of 63 credits as prescribed and attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).

Building Science Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

ADC 101 - Introduction to Design & Construction   3 Tech Comp
ADC 103 - CAD Basics   3 Tech Comp
ADC 136 - Construction Safety and Building Codes   3  
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
MATH 137 - Geometry for Design (or higher MATH)   3 Math

Second Semester

ADC 112 - Construction Materials & Detailing: Principles ADC 103 OR 109 3  
ADC 146 - Construction Supervision & Business Practices ADC 101 3  
ADC 161 - Introduction to Building Science ADC 101 3  
ADC 286 - Building Rehabilitation and Energy Retrofit ADC 101 3  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102 & Info Lit

Third Semester

ADC 163 - CAD Building Documentation ADC 103 3  
ADC 236 - Construction Cost Estimating I ADC 101 3  
ADC 246 - Contracts and Specifications ADC 101 3  
ADC 253 - Environmental Systems I ADC 101; ADC 103 or ADC 109 3  
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation   3 Social Sciences
Humanities Elective   3 Humanities

Fourth Semester

ADC 156 -  Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems   3  
ADC 237 - Construction Cost Estimating II — Computer Methods & Cost/Benefit Analysis ADC 236 3  
ADC 254 - Environmental Systems II ADC 253 3  
ADC 261 - Construction Management and Scheduling ADC 246 3  
Science Elective   3/4 Natural Science

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 63

General Education Requirements:

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement, the Interpretive Studies requirement and the American/Global Diversity requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive, one course that is designated Interpretive Studies and one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill more than one of these requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.