Building Sciences

What Can I Do With My Major?


Building Sciences with a concentration in Architectural Technology and Design develops students’ skills in the thinking and making of sustainable buildings that contribute positively to the built environment. Architects formulate and develop innovative solutions to a multitude of important challenges and are required to think both synthetically and analytically.

Building Sciences with a concentration in Construction Management develops students’ skills in both the management and technological aspects of the construction industry, so they can become leaders in construction and construction-related industries.

Building Sciences with a concentration in Sustainable Building Systems develops students’ skills in the analysis, evaluation and advancement of energy efficient design, construction and integrated building systems. As the financial and sustainability benefits of keeping occupants comfortable and healthy are better understood, businesses are investing in skilled professionals who can help them navigate the complexities of advanced building systems to achieve high performance in building comfort, health and energy efficiency.

Related Career Titles


Building Estimators

Building Inspectors

Building Managers

CAD Draftsperson

Construction Inspectors

Construction Manager

Corporate Architect*

Cost Engineer*

Design Engineer*

Energy Conservation Specialists

Environmental Analyst*

Environmental Designer*

Facilities Manager

Field Engineers*

General Contractor

Home Builders

Industrial Engineer*

Junior Designer

Landscape Designer

Manufacturer’s Field Representatives

Mechanical Engineer*

Project Manager

*additional experience or advanced degree may be required

Related Major Skills

- Ability to conceptualize and understand spatial relationships
- Ability to define and address complex problems, using creativity
- Awareness of the multifaceted circumstances surrounding a project, including cultural influences, environmental, social and political concerns
- Design skills, including the ability to visually communicate ideas to others
- Computer skills, most specifically computer-aided design (CAD), word processing, spreadsheets and project management software
- Coordinating work with others
- Developing budgets
- Explaining/Answering questions
- Following instructions
- Keeping records
- Knowledge and awareness of the construction industry
- Maintaining/Inspecting/Drawing
- Negotiation with vendors and clients
- Organization
- Persuading/Negotiating
- Planning/Making decisions
- Project management
- Research and analytical skills
- Supervising/Directing/Assessing
- Understand the importance of combining aesthetics with utility
- Verbal and written communication skills

Internship Opportunities

Alert Construction Remodeling & Repair

Andrew Roby

Appalachia Service Project

Arcadia Homes

Asheville Design Center

Atriax Group

Balfour Beatty

Baxter Johnson Contracting

Beane Construction

Blue Ridge Enterprises

Capital City Homes

Capital Restoration and Waterproofing

Carl Tucker Construction

Cave's Custom Construction

Chad Everhart Architect

CJMW Architecture

Clancy and Theys Construction

Coffey Architecture

David Patrick Moses Architect

Eaveline Building Systems


Enterline & Russell Builders

Fahs Construction

Foscoe Construction Co.

Fred Smith Company

Greene Construction

Green Life Construction and Restoration

Harmony Timber Works

Helios Solar Energy

Hoffman and Hoffman

Jeanine Devaney

Johnson Kreis Construction Co.

KMW Builders

Landmark Builders

Maison Reciprocity

Mark Horton Architecture

MB Contractors


Mountain Construction Enterprises

NCDOT Bridge Department

North American Roofing

Old Log Cabins

Olsten Building Company

Patton Construction Group

Prime Building Company

Rodgers Builders

Sasser Companies

Security Vault Works

Shea Homes - Charlotte

Sineath Construction

Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Stevens Fine Homes

Stonewall Construction Services

Sure Point Builders

Trehel Corp.

Tweetsie Railroad

Vannoy Construction

Watauga Habitat for Humanity

Waterfront Group

Wayne Brothers

Windsor Homes

Employers of AppState Grads

10-99 Contractor

Balfour Beatty Construction Us

Barringer Construction

Bradley & Ball Architects

Calvin H. Cochran Architect

Chandler Concrete Company, Inc.

DPR Construction

Eastwood Homes

Fidelis Custom Homes

Fisher Marantz Stone

Holder Construction Company

Iq Custom Construction

Keach Construction

Mccarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Mccrory Construction Company

Messer Construction Co.

North Point Custom Builders

Rodgers Builders, Inc.

Samet Corporation

The Whiting-turner Contracting Company

Trident Construction, Llc

Tyner Construction

Preparing for Your Career

• Develop excellent interpersonal skills to work with diverse populations

• Look for internships and jobs in to gain knowledge and experience

• Participation in internships and summer jobs in a relevant setting

How can I know if a Building Sciences major is right for me?

• Complete a self-assessment inventory at the Career Exploration Office in the Student Union to see how your interests, values, and personality match this major and related career fields.

• Schedule an appointment with a career counselor on

• Obtain direct experience by doing a job shadow

• Conduct an informational interview with a professional in the field

For more information on careers & job outlook:

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