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Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design and Technology

Graduates of this cross-disciplinary program are prepared to work in the technical fields of renewable energy, green building, and sustainable land use as applications engineers, project managers, and technical staff. The SDT curriculum emphasizes the application of sustainable technologies in service to a vibrant and adapting economy. Courses in business, project management, and conflict and team-building augment technical skills and prepare students for the workplace. SDT includes three programs of study: 

Renewable Energy 
  • Apply knowledge of science, engineering, and technology to analyze and evaluate energy system efficiency and performance
  • Compare and contrast conventional and renewable energy options in terms of sustainability
  • Develop and communicate system design solutions for energy problems
Green Buildings 
  • Integrate efficiency and renewable energy into the design of residential and small commercial buildings
  • Interface mechanical and passive systems to create comfortable, low-energy buildings
  • Apply energy codes, green building standards, and computer simulations to optimize energy use in buildings
Green Sites 
  • Assess land parcels utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach incorporating land use, civil site engineering, ecological, architectural, and human habitat considerations
  • Understand environmental and cultural resources and the potential impacts to these resources from site development
  • Understand the federal, state, and local regulations involved in site development
All Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design & Technology graduates will:
  • Apply a high level of competence and technical mastery in sustainable technology
  • Demonstrate a robust understanding of the environmental, climate, and energy 
  • challenges facing our state and society and the economic opportunities provided by meeting these challenges
  • Apply critical and analytical thinking skills to determine where and when sustainable designs, technologies, and practices are appropriate and effective
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the costs and benefits of a more sustainable approach to environmental, technical, economic, and societal issues
SDT is transitioning from a 2+2 format to a conventional four-year program and both versions of the program will be offered during the period of transition. The 2+2 curriculum will run through the 2015-16 academic year to accommodate Vermont Tech students in their freshman or sophomore years of ABT, CET, LAH, EET, or MEC. The minimum number of credits required for the +2 portion is 64. 

The four-year version of the program will begin in the fall of 2014. Freshman entering in the fall of 2013 will transition into this new four-year program by starting in the first-year curriculum shown on the following page. The minimum number of credits required for the four-year degree is 120. 

SDT Curriculum: Freshman Entering 2013-2014

Renewable Energy
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENG 1060  English Composition3ENG 2080  Technical Communication3
MAT 1420  Technical Mathematics5MAT 1520  Calculus for Engineering4
MEC 1011 Design Communication I2MEC 1020  Manufacturing Processes2
MEC 1050  Computer Apps for Mec3PHY 1042  Physics II4
PHY 1041  Physics I4SDT 4113  Green Buildings Survey 3
SDT 1000  SDT Orientation1 16

17  
 
  

Green Building
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ARE 1010  Woodframe Construction3ARE 1210  Construction Materials/Methods6
ARE 1021  Architectural CAD I2MAT 1420  Technical Mathematics5
BIO 1020  Intro to Environmental Science4PHY 1041  Physics I4
CIS 1050  Intro to Spreadsheets1SDT 4113  Green Buildings Survey3
ENG 1060  English Composition318
SDT 1000 SDT Orientation1 
14  
 
  

Green Sites
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
BIO 1020  Intro to Environmental Science4CHE 10341  General Chemistry I4
BUS 2XXX  Business elective3ENG 1020  English Composition3
ENG 1042  Intro to College English4ENG 1070  Effective Speaking3
LAH 1021  Landscape Graphics3MAT 1340  Algebra & Trigonometry5
SDT 1000  SDT Orientation1SDT 4113  Green Buildings Survey3
15 15

  
 
  

Green Buildings 2+2

for Architecture and Construction students

Third Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Core Classes:   Core Classes:  
SDT 3000  SDT Seminar 1 ARE 3010  Design Systems Integration 4
SDT 3111  Energy Systems & Sustainability 3 ARE 3050  luids/Thermodynamics 4
SDT 4112  Green Sites Survey 3 SDT 3010  Conflict & Communication 3
ABT   ABT  
ARE 3112  Codes & Loads: Electromech 2 BUS XXXX  Business elective 3
BIO 1020  Intro to Environmental Science 4 SDT 4113  Green Building Technical Survey 3
ELE 3XXX  Upper level AH/SS elective 3    
SDT 3119  Leadership in Energy & Env Design 1    
CPM   CPM  
ARE 2051  Architectural Design I 3 ARC 2032  Environmental Systems II 3
MAT 1520  Calculus for Engineering 4 ELE 3XXX  Upper level AH/SS elective 3
PHY 1043  Physics for Architectural 3   16
  17    
    Summer Semester  
    SDT 4801  Summer Internship 0


Fourth Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Core Classes:   Core Classes:  
ARE 4030  HVAC Systems 4 ARE 3040 Electrical/Lighting Systems 3
ELE XXXX AH/SS elective 3 CHE 1031  General Chemistry I 4
SDT 3121  SDT Studio I 3 MAT 2021  Statistics 3
SDT 4802  Internship Review 1 SDT 4110  Buildings Controls/Comm 3
    SDT 4122  SDT Studio II 3
ABT   ABT  
ARE 4020  Architectural Engineering Mgmnt 3 BUS XXXX  Business elective 3
BUS XXXX  Business elective 3    
CPM   CPM  
ARE 3112  Codes & Loads: Electromech 1 SDT 4113  Green Building Technical Survey 3
BIO 1020  Intro to Environmental Science 4   19
SDT 3119  Leadership in Energy/Env Design 1    
  17    


* CPM students must complete MAT 1420 before entering the SDT program.




Green Sites 2+2

for Civil, Dairy, and Landscape Students

Third Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Core Classes:   Core Classes:  
SDT 3000  SDT Seminar 1 AGR 3050 Advanced Nutrition Management 3
SDT 3111  Energy Systems & Sustainability 3 SDT 3010  Conflict & Communication 3
SDT 3130  Environmental Soils 3 SDT 3020  Environmental Permitting 2
SDT 4112  Green Sites Survey 3 SDT 4113  Green Building Technical Survey
CET   CET  
AGR 2720  Issues & Trends in Agriculture 2 BUS XXXX  Business elective 3
LAH 1020  Introduction to Horticulture 3 BUS XXXX  Business elective 3
LAH 1021  Landscape Graphics 3

DFM   DFM  
CET 1031 Engineering/Survey Computer Apps I 3 CET 1032  Engineering/Surveying Computer Apps II 3
LAH 1021  Landscape Graphics 3 ELE 3XXX  Upper level AH/SS elective 3
LAH   LAH  
BIO 1020  Intro to Environmental Science 4 BUS XXXX  Business elective 3
CET 1031 Engineering/Survey Computer Apps I 3 CET 1032 Engineering/Survey Computer Apps II 3
  16-18   17
    Summer Semester  
    SDT 4801  Summer Internship 0


Fourth Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Core Classes:   Core Classes:  
SDT 3121  SDT Studio I 3 MAT 2021  Statistics 3
SDT 4130  Sensitive Ecosystems 3 SDT 4020  Groundwater & Surface Water 3
SDT 4802  Internship Review 1 SDT 4122  SDT Studio II 3
CET   CET  
BIO 1020  Intro to Environmental Science 4 BUS XXXX  Business elective 3
BUS XXXX  Business elective 3

ELE 3XXX  Upper level AH/SS elective 3    
DFM   DFM
BIO 1020  Intro to Environmental Science 4 PHY 1030  General Physics 4
LAH 1020  Introduction to Horticulture 3

LAH   LAH  
AGR 2720  Issues &Trends in Agriculture 2 PHY 1030  General Physics 4
CHE 1020  Introduction to Chemistry 4
15-16
ELE 3XXX  Upper level AH/SS elective 3  
  17-19    



Renewable Energy 2+2

for Electrical and Mechanical students

Third Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Core Classes:   Core Classes:  
BIO 1020  Introduction to Environmental Science 4 BUS XXXX  Business Elective 3
ELM 3015  Sensors & Instruments 3 SDT 3010  Conflict & Communication 3
SDT 3000  SDT Seminar 1 SDT 4030  Renewable Energy Systems 3
SDT 3111  Energy Systems & Sustainability 3 SDT 4113  Green Building Technical Survey 3
SDT 4112  Green Sites Survey 3    
EET   EET  
BUS XXXX  Business elective 3 ARE 3050  Fundamentals Fluids/Thermodynamics 4
    ELE 3XXX Upper level AH/SS elective 3
MEC   MEC  
ELE 3XXX  Upper level AH/SS elective 3 BUS XXXX  Business elective 3
  17   15-19
    Summer Semester  
    SDT 4801  Summer Internship 0


Fourth Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Core Classes:   Core Classes:  
BUS XXXX  Business elective 3 CHE 1031  General Chemistry I 4
BUS XXXX  Business elective 3 ELE XXXX  AH/SS elective 3
ELM 4015  ELM Power Systems 4 MAT 2021  Statistics 3
SDT 3121  SDT Studio I 3 SDT 4122  SDT Studio II 3
SDT 4802  Internship Review 1    
EET   EET  
Select One:   Optional:  
ARE 2031  Environmental Systems 3 ATT 2060  Advanced Technology Vehicles 4


   

   
MEC   MEC  
Select One:   Optional:  
ARE 2031  Environmental Systems 3 ATT 2060  Advanced Technology Vehicles 4

17   13-17