Technology (MS)

Master of Science in Technology

Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
College of Fine and Applied Arts

tec.appstate.edu

Chadwick Everhart, Chair and Associate Professor
everhartrc@appstate.edu

Marie Hoepfl, Graduate Program Director and Professor
hoepflmc@appstate.edu

The Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment offers the following graduate degree program:

  • Master of Science in Technology (Major Code: 599*/15.0612) with four concentrations:
    • Appropriate Technology (599B)
    • Building Science (599D)
    • Renewable Energy Engineering (599F)
    • Sustainable Design and Construction (599G)

The Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment offers courses that focus on sustainable technological development within the broad areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, high-performance buildings, and related topics. Students in the graduate program have the opportunity to develop prerequisite and advanced technical expertise in relation to specific concentration areas. Emphasis at the graduate level includes research, leadership, and analytical skill development. A team-based, problem-solving approach to course work and research is stressed, and a variety of field-based experiences can be integrated into the graduate program of study. The program's aim is to foster philosophies for lifelong professional development and contributions to the professional field of study, with a particular emphasis on development of sustainable technologies.

Graduates of the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment are prepared for careers in fields such as renewable energy research and development; building sciences, including building energy efficiency; sustainability policy development and implementation; energy consulting; and/or for continuing education at the doctoral level.

NOTES: Requirements for admission to candidacy: Satisfactory completion of TEC 5000; completion of 18 s.h. of graduate course work with at least a 3.0 GPA; completion of an approved Program of Study, which is filed with the graduate graduate program director.

PEACE CORPS MASTER'S INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM: The Technology program is recognized by the Peace Corps as an Master's International (MI) program. Students who are admitted to the Technology program as MI students will apply to the Peace Corps approximately six months before they begin Peace Corps service. These students have the option of completing a program of study that allocates credit toward Peace Corps service, or may enter Peace Corps service directly following completion of their degree program. Application for program admission and application for Peace Corps service are separate processes; admission to one does not guarantee admission to the other. More information about the MI program can be found at: http://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/graduate/mastersint/.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN TECHNOLOGY

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree* from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; statement of career goals.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

*Students selecting the Renewable Energy Engineering concentration must hold bachelor's degrees in engineering, science, or related fields and have completed a college-level calculus sequence, differential equations, and a two-semester calculus-based physics sequence. Students selecting the Sustainable Design and Construction concentration must hold a bachelor's degree in architecture, engineering, construction science/management, interior design, or a related field.

Location: On Campus

 Course Requirements for the Master of Science in Technology
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 36
 
Foundation Courses
  • TEC 5139: Technology and Culture (3)
  • TEC 5670: Seminar (0)
3
Research Core
  • TEC 5000: Research in Technology (3)
  • Choose one of the following courses:
    • TEC 5809: Research and Development in Technical Areas (3)
    • TEC 5999: Thesis (6)
6 or 9
Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

Appropriate Technology Concentration (Code: 599B)

  • 9 s.h. chosen from the graduate core:
    • TEC 5119: Industrial Leadership, Organization, and Communication (3)
    • TEC 5129: Project Management (3)
    • TEC 5149: Entrepreneurship in Technology and Science (3)
    • TEC 5900: Internship (3)
    • Approved graduate-level discipline-related advanced computer modeling course (3)
  • 12 s.h. of approved coursework related to Appropriate Technology; see the Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Technology and Environmental Design for the specified list.
  • 3-6 s.h. of graduate electives

OR
Building Science Concentration (Code: 599D)

  • 9 s.h. chosen from the graduate core:
    • TEC 5119: Industrial Leadership, Organization, and Communication (3)
    • TEC 5129: Project Management (3)
    • TEC 5149: Entrepreneurship in Technology and Science (3)
    • TEC 5900: Internship (3)
    • Approved graduate-level discipline-related advanced computer modeling course (3)
  • 12 s.h. of approved coursework related to Building Science; see the Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Technology and Environmental Design for the specified list.
  • 3-6 s.h. of graduate electives

OR
Renewable Energy Engineering Concentration (Code: 599F)

  • Renewable Energy Engineering Courses:
    • TEC 5210: Theory and Practice of Engineering Thermodynamics (3)
    • TEC 5220: Theory and Practice of Thermal Fluid Systems (3)
    • TEC 5260: Renewable Energy Engineering (3)
    • TEC 5270: Advanced Computer Modeling of Renewable Energy (3)
  • Science and Mathematics Cognate Courses: 6-9 s.h. of approved graduate courses in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics or Statistics
  • 6-9 s.h. of approved Appropriate Technology courses; see the Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Technology and Environmental Design for the specified list.

OR
Sustainable Design and Construction Concentration (Code: 599G)

  • 6-9 s.h. chosen from the graduate core:
    • TEC 5119: Industrial Leadership, Organization, and Communication (3)
    • TEC 5129: Project Management (3)
    • TEC 5149: Entrepreneurship in Technology and Science (3)
    • TEC 5900: Internship (3)
    • Approved graduate-level discipline-related advanced computer modeling course (3)
  • Sustainable Design and Construction Courses:
    • TEC 5410: Integrated Design Studio (6)
    • TEC 5420: Sustainable Design/Build Laboratory (3)
    • TEC 5430: Project Site Administration (3)
  • Building Science Cognate Courses:
    • TEC 5618: Sustainable Building Design and Construction (3)
    • Choose one of:
      • TEC 5708: Building Science (3)
      • TEC 5380: Advanced Building Science (3)
24 or 27

Other Requirements for the MS in Technology (all concentrations):

  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: None required
  • Candidacy: Required for thesis option; awarded upon approval of thesis committee and prospectus
  • Comprehensive: Written Exam and Oral Presentation for Technical Competencies - Students selecting the non-thesis option will have a written and oral exam covering coursework included on their program of study. The written exam is typically completed during the third semester of graduate study, During the last one-third of the program and no later than the last regular class day of the semester, there will be an oral presentation of technical competencies to the program committee.
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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