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Sustainable Building Science AAS-T Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAS-T Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 5 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
None.

This program is designed to train construction professionals and facilities managers for building applications and systems that consume a minimal amount of non-renewable resources and contribute to environmental and personal health.

This program will prepare graduates for careers in resource energy management, indoor air quality, solar installation, home energy rating systems, and other specialties that support the design, building and maintenance of sustainable living environments.

Participants will receive a solid foundation in applied mathematics, applied physics and communication. Students will also receive training in industry-specific applications using energy efficiency technology to diagnose building deficiencies. Advanced training in sustainable systems, solar (photovoltaic) systems, resource conservation management and weatherization will prepare graduates for a variety of careers within the construction and utilities industries, including careers as resource conservation managers, energy auditors, weatherization specialists, solar energy specialists and home energy raters.

Students pursuing an AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.

Physical Activity Requirements: Should be able to lift 40 lbs.

Optional Electives

CONST 130, Stairway Construction

CONST 138, Interior Finish I

CONST 142, Interior Finish II

CONST 146, Deck Construction

CONST 150, Carpentry Trades

Note: CONST 105-122 are articulated courses with high schools for dual enrollment.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
CONST 105Measurement, Tools & Safety2
CONST 108Site Leveling, Plans, Codes & Materials2
CONST 112Footing & Foundation3
CONST 116Floor Framing3
CONST 120Wall Framing, Sheeting & Ceilings5
CONST 122Roof Framing5
CONST 126Roofing Materials & Installation3
CONST 134Exterior Finish3
SBS 105Introduction to Sustainability3
SBS 110Green Building Design4
SBS 115Sustainable Materials in Construction4
SBS 120Survey of Energy Ratings4
SBS 125Alternative Energy Systems4
SBS 140Insulation Basics4
SBS 145Building Envelope5
SBS 150Moisture Mitigation3
SBS 155Solar Basics4
SBS 170Diagnostics and Testing3
SBS 175Indoor Air Testing3
SBS 180Thermography3
SBS 185CAPService Learning Project3
AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements20
Computer Literacy Requirements3
 Technical Credits96

Measurement, Tools & Safety

Item #
CONST 105
Total Credits
2

Introduction to residential and light construction applications and trades. Explores and applies safety standards to the use of various hand and power tools associated with the carpentry field.

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Site Leveling, Plans, Codes & Materials

Item #
CONST 108
Total Credits
2

Introduction to use and operation of a builder level, including leveling and squaring a building site. Covers building plans, codes and inspections, and construction materials.

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Footing & Foundation

Item #
CONST 112
Total Credits
3

Introduction to the methods of construction footing and foundation forms, terminology, and inspections for the typical residential home. 

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Floor Framing

Item #
CONST 116
Total Credits
3

Introduction to the construction procedures and terminology used in framing a residential wood floor. 

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Wall Framing, Sheeting & Ceilings

Item #
CONST 120
Total Credits
5

Introduction to wall-framing construction procedures and terminology, the application of ceiling and/or two-story framing, inspections, sheeting and aligning. 

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Roof Framing

Item #
CONST 122
Total Credits
5

Introduction to roof framing and the use of a framing square, including both truss roof and stick-built residential roofs. 

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Roofing Materials & Installation

Item #
CONST 126
Total Credits
3

Introduction to various roofing materials, including proper installation techniques. 

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Exterior Finish

Item #
CONST 134
Total Credits
3

Introduction to the installation of exterior trim, siding, window and door installation, or the equivalent on typical residential homes.

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Introduction to Sustainability

Item #
SBS 105
Total Credits
3

A survey of economic, environmental, and human health principles behind the different approaches to sustainability in the workforce. 

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Green Building Design

Item #
SBS 110
Total Credits
4

Overview of sustainable green building models, with a focus on energy, indoor health, natural resources and other environmental impact. 

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Sustainable Materials in Construction

Item #
SBS 115
Total Credits
4

Introduction to the construction materials used in sustainable building design and their impact on a structure’s initial and long-term costs, as well as considerations for the local environment and economy.

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Survey of Energy Ratings

Item #
SBS 120
Total Credits
4

An overview of the current and emerging efficiency standards for measuring energy usage and consumption, including, but not limited to, Energy Star, BPI, LEED, Built Green, etc.

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Alternative Energy Systems

Item #
SBS 125
Total Credits
4

An overview of existing and emerging approaches to energy production for use in residential and commercial structures, including, but not limited to, solar/photovoltaics, wind, geothermal, biofuels, etc. 

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Insulation Basics

Item #
SBS 140
Total Credits
4

Introduction to the different types of insulation commonly used in homes and businesses, with comparisons for their respective costs and levels of energy efficiency. 

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Building Envelope

Item #
SBS 145
Total Credits
5

Introduction to the principles of heat, light, sound, moisture and air movement within a residential structure, including an overview of external factors that impact a building’s energy integrity. 

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Moisture Mitigation

Item #
SBS 150
Total Credits
3

Introduction to practices in construction that prevent moisture intrusion, as well as techniques for maintaining healthy living environments free from the destructive impacts of moisture. 

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Solar Basics

Item #
SBS 155
Total Credits
4

Introduction to the basic concepts, components, and uses of photovoltaic technology, as well as costs, benefits, and drawbacks in sustainable construction. 

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Diagnostics and Testing

Item #
SBS 170
Total Credits
3

Overview of the equipment, technology, systems and software used to measure a building’s energy usage and loss. 

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Indoor Air Testing

Item #
SBS 175
Total Credits
3

An introduction to understanding and diagnosing environmental problems in residential structures, and the means for mitigating those issues. 

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Thermography

Item #
SBS 180
Total Credits
3

Introduction to infrared thermography, its principles, and the proper operations of IR camera equipment for diagnosing problems that lead to energy loss in a building. 

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Service Learning Project

Item #
SBS 185CAP
Total Credits
3

A capstone project that gives students an opportunity to apply their sustainable building science knowledge in a real life setting, focusing on helping nonprofit organizations achieve sustainability in the buildings where they live, work, and serve the public.

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AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements

Total Credits
20
All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:
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Computer Literacy Requirements

Total Credits
3
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