Sustainable Building Science Technology

Sustainable Building Science Technology

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BAS)

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Sustainable Building Science Technology (SBST) program will prepare you to apply expertise and systems knowledge to support highly technical building operations.

The SBST degree, which builds on your prior education and work experience, positions you to launch a career where you understand building functions and finance in order to manage structures that are healthier and more durable, efficient, economical, and sustainable. This degree program offers you a pathway to becoming a skilled Building Science Professional. SBST emphasizes upper-division coursework that focuses on the complexities of building science, energy codes, building codes, and facility management.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BAS) Full Time: 6
Part Time: Part Time Option Not Available
180.0 includes credits transferred in

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

Courses taken a part of transfer degree can be used to meet requirements below

Course Course ID Credits Availability

can be used to meet Electives requirement

English 101 is a college-level writing course that emphasizes academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Writing assignments focus on engaging with and responding to a variety of texts. Instruction encourages students to develop, through revision and reflection, as readers, writers, and critical thinkers.

ENGL& 101 5.0

Course Substitute : higher level MATH course

can be used to meet Electives requirement

Intended for non-science majors; fulfills QSR requirement for AA Degree. Topics include financial computations (e.g. loans and interest), modeling linear and exponential growth (e.g. population growth and disease spread), and basic probability and statistics (e.g. understanding data and risk), with an emphasis on applications. Other topics selected by instructor.

MATH& 107 5.0

can be used to meet Electives requirement

Introduction to the scientific study of human behavior including research methods, brain and behavior, learning, cognitive psychology, development, personality, abnormal psychology, and social thinking and behavior. Additional topics may include: emotions, perception, motivation, intelligence, genes and evolution, and health.

PSYC& 100 5.0

View List of Approved Courses

can be used to meet Electives requirement

No Description available

Z999_001 10.0

No Description available

Z999_064 25.0
  • Understand all operation and systems unique to sustainable buildings (old and new).
  • Analyze, define and validate solutions.
  • Deliver industry specific solutions from analysis.
  • Utilize effective communication forum and techniques to facilitate all aspects of sustainable building management.
  • Develop and lead a team of various personalities and skills.
  • Work in a team and know how to collaborate, build functional work groups and take responsibility for outcomes.
  • Anticipate, identify, troubleshoot, analyze, and solve problems and lead a project.
  • Understand accounting, budgeting, real cost/return on investment, cost effectiveness and life cycle cost.
  • Measure, diagnose and understand building system interactions and summarize results in order to compare to standards or specifications.
  • Understand and analyze building profiles and identify opportunities for improving performance.
  • Calculate, develop and understand codes and standards for construction of sustainable energy efficient buildings.
  • Understand components and drive the process of quality construction including safe work environments, documentation, contractors/sub-contractors, building options and inspection.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of building science, building physics, operating principles and their relationships to each other across disciplines.
  • Prepare project budget, cost estimate, cost benefit analysis.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, electronic communication and other widely accepted software with specific intention of acquiring the ability to collect and analyze commonly available instruments, such as power analyzers, thermal imager and HVAC equipment.
  • Create and maintain a professional environment based on values and ethics.
  • Use computer programs used in building industries and quality assurance to make fact based decisions.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Full Time Cost

Quarter Credits Resident BAS Non-Resident BAS International BAS
1 10 $2,401.00 $2,574.40 $6,747.00
2 10 $2,401.00 $2,574.40 $6,747.00
3 9 $2,160.90 $2,316.96 $6,072.30
4 7 $1,680.70 $1,802.08 $4,722.90
5 6 $1,440.60 $1,544.64 $4,048.20
6 10 $2,401.00 $2,574.40 $6,747.00

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults.

The majority of this hybrid program’s content is delivered online in a virtual classroom format. Some of the Sustainable Building Science Technology program courses include meeting on campus or at building sites in the region for hands-on field experience work.

The program meets online weekly on Wednesday evenings via Zoom, and four Saturdays a quarter held in the Hermanson Sustainable Building Science Technology Center, located at South Seattle College's Georgetown campus.


Course Course ID Credits Availability

Overview of the principles of Building Science and how it is applied to the design, operation and maintenance of buildings and their systems. Covers the interaction of those systems, and the careers that use and are impacted by these principles and their applications.

SBST 301 3.0

Overview of building components, space conditioning and lighting systems, their interactions, and the building science issues surrounding and impacting them.

SBST 302 2.0

Overview of building and energy codes and requirements: Prerequisite: Admission to BAS-SBST Program.

SBST 321 2.0

Covers energy auditing and analysis skills for commercial buildings.

SBST 322 3.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Document prior work experience by developing an E-portfolio to receive Workforce Experience Practicum credit.

SBST 314 2.0

The 9 internships credits are taken over course of four quarters, beginning in second quarter of study
Quarter 2 - 1 credit
Quarter 3 - 1 credits
Quarter 4 - 3 credits
Quarter 5 - 4 credits

Observe, reflect and practice sustainable building science technology techniques in a technical, post-secondary environment. Find a building science placement in the field of interest and work with a site supervisor to develop and deliver relevant curriculum. The site supervisor and college faculty advisor will evaluate the internship.

SBST 325 9.0

Overview of building components.

SBST 333 4.0

Overview of fiscal management for facility managers.

SBST 432 3.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Overview of utility rate structure.

SBST 401 2.0

Overview of building lighting systems.

SBST 402 3.0

Overview of facilities management.

SBST 422 4.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Overview of energy policy.

SBST 421 3.0

Overview of professional communication in the building science industry

SBST 431 4.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Overview of energy economics.

SBST 331 2.0

Develop a project based on previous classes and internship experiences.

SBST 489 4.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Credits based on the successful completion of the Professional Portfolio course SBSTT 314. Students must have demonstrated 2-5 years of relevant work experience in their area of interest.

SBST 315 10.0