About SBE...

The School of Built Environment encompasses many of the careers that deal with the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the buildings and infrastructure people use every day. Bachelor of Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees, as well as Minors and Certificates, are offered in the following areas:

All of the programs within the School of Built Environment are presented by faculty with considerable industry and professional experience. Exciting new developments include a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Sustainability and several cross-disciplinary initiatives in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and a preparation course for the certification test for Certified Document Technologist (CDT) as administered by the Construction Specifications Institute.

Architectural Technology, Architecture & Sustainability and Facility Management

The Architectural Technology program has a strong focus on digital drawing and building technology that builds proficiency in critical thinking and technical skills. Taught by practitioners, the Architectural Technology curriculum is unique in its emphasis on the practice of the profession – students are exposed to the areas of residential and commercial building materials and systems, cost estimating, architectural CAD, Building Information Modeling (BIM) construction methods, building codes, presentation techniques and architectural design.

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Sustainability has been designed as an upper level specialization for graduates of Ferris and Community College Associate Degree Programs in Architecture Technology. As a 2+2 program, the first two years of the undergraduate experience includes the foundation of technical and artistic skills of the AAS degree in Architectural Technology. The second two years of the undergraduate experience leads to a BS degree in Architecture and Sustainability. The curriculum is unique in its emphasis on sustainability and the practice of the profession. Courses and studios are structured to mirror the office environment. Course content and projects are designed to incorporate a set of practices and ways of thinking about the making of buildings for sustainable development of the built environment. Taught by practitioners, the curriculum provides skills, knowledge, and aspirations necessary to allow students to become successful professionals.

The Bachelor of Science in Facility Management gives students the education to manage the physical workplace with the people and work of an organization. As one of only six programs accredited by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), students are exposed to facility and architectural coursework, building technology and business practices.

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Construction Management

The Associate of Applied Science degrees in Building Construction Technology and Civil Engineering Technology are building blocks for the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management degree. Students in Building Construction Technology and Civil Engineering Technology learn:

  • Basic building information technology
  • Construction graphics,
  • Construction practices,
  • General plan reading,
  • Mechanical and electrical plan reading,
  • Quantity estimating,
  • Surveying and layout, and
  • Construction administration.

These degrees serve as the first two years toward the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management.

The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management degree builds on the foundation of the Associates degrees in Building and Civil with advanced courses in computer applications, contracts, construction economics and finance, safety, scheduling, supervision, cost estimating, professional methods and project management.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Ferris is one of only two institutions in the United States to offer a Bachelor of Science in HVACR. In keeping with the philosophy of Ferris, the HVACR degrees provide a balance of theory and application. This includes a solid foundation grounded in the principles of HVACR combined with extensive laboratory experience.

The Associate in Applied Science in HVACR Technology degree prepares students to enter the workforce as an HVACR technician. Students develop skills and learn about fabrication and joining techniques, basic refrigeration, heating, air conditioning, commercial refrigeration, electrical fundamentals, HVACR controls, and design of HVACR systems.

The Bachelor of Science in HVACR Engineering Technology degree is a continuation of the Associate in Applied Science in HVACR Technology degree. Energy efficiency is a central theme for the programs here. Students learn to optimize system performance by learning about:

  • Load calculations to determine building heating and cooling needs,
  • System analysis that concentrates on the selection of appropriate options,
  • Design principles and processes,
  • Controls to operate mechanical systems to a specified sequence of operation,
  • Commissioning to ensure that mechanical systems are operating at peak efficiency, and
  • Energy audits and analysis.

Graduates from this program will serve business and industry in the community, State of Michigan and the nation in the following areas: perform audits and complete energy / economic building and system analysis, to identify, recognize and recommend solutions to problems encountered in HVACR systems and controls for optimum comfort and economy, to optimize building and system operation through the utilization of digital controls and state of the art facility management systems. The degree fill the gap between the technician and the engineer.

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