Building Science

The College’s partnership with Philadelphia’s Energy Coordinating Agency allows you to access their training facility, which features specialized tools involving the measurement of energy consumption and safety.

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The Budding Industry of Energy Conservation

Our Building Science program will teach you how to upgrade existing buildings to save energy and costs. You will learn how to conduct energy use audits on existing buildings; interpret and produce mechanical, electrical and plumbing drawings and details; understand architectural and construction drawings and documents; and produce cost estimates. You will also be able to plan energy renovation projects and alternative energy installations using photovoltaic, solar thermal and wind turbine systems; and create an independent energy conservation contracting business. The College’s partnership with Philadelphia’s Energy Coordinating Agency allows you to access their training facility, which features specialized tools involving the measurement of energy consumption and safety. This collaboration will provide you with a wider range of experiences and career skills. The College also offers an Energy Conservation academic certificate.

Careers

Find your path.

Energy Auditor – est. salary $74,338*
Nuclear Power Plant Operator – est. salary $98,886*
Power Distributor and Dispatcher – est. salary $79,792*
Utilities Meter Reader – est. salary $49,970

 

EMSI Data, 2017; Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area; *these jobs may require a bachelor's degree or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

Jefferson University

Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Building Science degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ADC 101 - Introduction to Design and Construction 3 credits ADC 101 and 103 are prerequisites for most of the program’s subsequent courses. Major Course Tech Comp
ADC 103 - CAD Basics 3 credits   Major Course Tech Comp
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 credits   ENGL 101
ADC 136 - Construction Safety and Building Codes 3 credits ADC 136 is only offered in the Fall semester Major Course
MATH 137 - Geometry for Design 3 credits   Mathematics

You must earn a grade of "C" or better grade in all courses and earn at least a 2.0 GPA

  • This program is designed to provide students with the option of entering the workforce or transferring to a bachelor's degree program after earning their associate's degree
  • Follow this course schedule each semester and you’ll earn your associate’s degree in two years
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register.

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ADC 112 - Construction Materials and Detailing: Properties 3 credits   Major Course
ADC 146 - Construction Supervision and Business Practices 3 credits ADC 146 is only offered in the Spring semester Major Course
ADC 161 - Introduction to Building Science 3 credits ADC 161 is only offered in the Spring semester Major Course
ADC 286 - Building Rehabilitation and Energy Retrofit 3 credits ADC 286 is only offered in the Spring semester Major Course
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits   ENGL 102 & Info Lit

You must earn a grade of "C" or better grade in all courses and earn at least a 2.0 GPA

Summer I

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ADC 163 - Digital Documentation in Architecture and Construction 3 credits   Major Course

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ADC 176 / HIST 176 - Philadelphia History: Architecture and Planning or
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
HIST 101 - United States History: Colonial America through the Revolutionary Era or
HIST 102 - United States History: The 19th Century or
HIST 103 - United States History: The 20th Century or
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology
3 credits   Humanities Interpretive Studies, American/Global Diversity, Writing Intensive
ADC 236 - Construction Cost Estimating I 3 credits ADC 236 is only offered in the Fall semester Major Course
ADC 246 - Contracts and Specifications 3 credits ADC 246 is only offered in the Fall semester Major Course
ADC 253 - Environmental Systems I 3 credits ADC 253 is only offered in the Fall semester Major Course
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation 3 credits    

You must earn a grade of "C" or better grade in all courses and earn at least a 2.0 GPA

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
BIOL 106 - General Biology I 3/4 credits Biology 105 is a recommended science course for Building Science. Natural Science
ADC 156 - Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems 3 credits ADC 156 is only offered in the Spring semester Major Course
ADC 237 - Construction Cost Estimating II — Computer Methods & Cost-Benefit Analysis 3 credits ADC 237 is only offered in the Spring semester Major Course
ADC 254 - Environmental Systems II 3 credits ADC 254 is only offered in the Spring semester Major Course
ADC 261 - Construction Management and Scheduling 3 credits ADC 261 is only offered in the Spring semester Major Course 
  • Congratulations, this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Finalize your transfer plans:
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship
  • Visit Career Connections to learn about internships and your future career possibilities

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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