Master of Science in Green Building Courses MSGB301-MSGB316

Past, Present & Future of the Green Building Movement
MSGB 301, 3 units

The green building revolution is happening right now. This course covers the basics of green building and explores the projects and people that are advancing this movement. Learn why and how to design, build and operate high performance, environmentally aware, LEED-certified buildings on conventional budgets.

The Green Building Revolution, by Jerry Yudelson and S. Richard Fedrizzi

Green Building Through Integrated Design
MSGB 302, 3 units

This course covers the entire process of building a certified green building from concept to design to construction. Learn how to construct high-performance buildings on time and within budget. Examine relevant issues, difficult challenges, and problem-solving techniques

Green Building Through Integrated Design, by Jerry Yudelson

Advanced Practices in Ecological Design & Green Building Certification
MSGB 303, 3 units

This course examines integrated systems design thinking by many of the foremost designers in the field. Covers applications in industrial design, materials, housing design, urban planning and transport, landscape and agriculture, and energy and resource use.

Design for Sustainability: A Sourcebook of Integrated, Ecological Solutions, by Janis Birkeland

Site Analysis
MSGB 304, 3 units

This course explores the process of evaluating the use of land for institutional and residential development with special attention to the critical needs of a potential developer and the realities of the site.

Site Analysis: A Contextual Approach to Sustainable Land Planning and Site Design, by James A. LaGro

Green Building Materials and Construction


Cost & Energy Saving Materials
MSGB 305, 3 units

This course covers alternative, natural and sustainable building materials including strawbale, cob, clay infill, log building, thatch and timber framing.

Building Green: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative Building Methods by Clarke Snell and Tim Callahan or

Alternative Construction: Contemporary Natural Building Methods by Cassandra Adams

Recycling & Construction Ecology
MSGB 306, 3 units

This course is a comprehensive look at the ecology of building. Topics include using raw materials from renewable sources and the possibilities of designing and manufacturing reusable building materials. Alternatives to modern building materials are discussed from an ecological perspective including replacing damaging chemicals with environmentally friendly ones.

Ecology of Building Materials, by Bjorn Berge and Filip Henle

Interior & Exterior Plantscaping
MSGB 307, 3 units

This course is an introduction to the principles, methods, and techniques that can be used to shape landscape, land use, and natural resources in an ecologically sensitive and sustainable manner.

Design for Human Ecosystems: Landscape, Land Use, and Natural Resources, by John Tillman Lyle and Joan Woodward

Toxic & Nontoxic Materials
MSGB 308, 3 units

This course examines how the toxicity of common chemicals in products as diverse as carpeting, computers, and cosmetics affects our health and how decreasing exposure to certain chemicals can improve health.

Staying Well in a Toxic World: Understanding Environmental Illness, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Chemical Injuries, and Sick Building Syndrome, by Lynn Lawson or

My Office is Killing Me!: The Sick Building Survival Guide, by Jeffrey C. May

Green Building Energy and Environment


Solar & Wind Energy for Buildings
MSGB 309, 3 units

This course looks at exciting ways in which solar-oriented architecture can lead to energy-conscious buildings. Topics include sustainable ecosystems, wind patterns, ocean currents, fossil fuels and the life cycles of animals.

Power From the Sun: A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity, by Daniel D. Chiras

Energy Savings & Retrofit
MSGB 310, 3 units

This course is an indepth look into remodeling and retrofitting for energy-conservation needs and code requirements, covering all four major areas of retrofit: electrical, HVAC, architectural, and control. Included are proven methods for retrofitting glass, walls, roofs, floors, humidity control devices, lighting fixtures, motors, attic insulation, air handlers, sensors and much more.

Retrofitting for Energy Conservation, by William H. Clark or

Greening Existing Buildings, by Jerry Yudelson

Air Quality, Water Treatment & Waste Management
MSGB 311, 3 units

This course looks at the problems of indoor environmental pollution and covers all the major indoor contaminants – inorganic, organic, and biological.

Indoor Environmental Quality, by Thad Godish

Lighting & Daylighting
MSGB 312, 3 units

This course provides students with the necessary conceptual framework and analytical tools to integrate daylighting into building design at the earliest stages.

Concepts and Practice of Architectural Daylighting, by Fuller Moore or

Daylighting, Architecture and Health: Building Design Strategies, by Mohamed Boubekri

Green Building Design Management


The Green Building Bottom Line
MSGB 313, 3 units

What are the real costs and real benefits of building green? This course provides the insights and data that demonstrate the true costs and benefits of building green.

The Green Building Bottom Line, The Real Cost of Sustainable Building, by Martin Melaver and Phyllis Mueller

Ecological Land Planning & Real Estate Development
MSGB 314, 3 units

In this course environmental considerations are viewed as opportunities to create fundamentally better buildings and communities; more comfortable, more efficient, more appealing, and ultimately more profitable.

Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate, by Alex Wilson, et al

Planning & Managing the Green Design Office
MSGB 315, 3 units

This course systematically examines the important market segments for green buildings and presents key business case justifications for green buildings that help architects, engineers and builders to understand client motivations and respond to them with appropriate marketing tactics and communications strategies.

Marketing Green Building Services: Strategies for Success, by Jerry Yudelson


Student Thesis: Green Building Consulting & Design Practice
MSGB 316, 6 units

Thesis work requires a 15-30 page working plan for your future work in this field.