Building and Energy Systems Professionals Associate in Science

The Building & Energy Systems Professionals (BESP) Associates of Science Degree is developed to offer students a broad overview of the energy conservation industry and includes cross-disciplinary courses in Energy Systems, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Architecture, Computer Information Systems, and Building Inspection Technology.  The completion of the Building Energy Systems Professional AS degree is especially advantageous for the student who has the goal to obtain leadership positions.  Electives are selected to support a concentration on industry specialties.  Students will have the option to focus on particular energy sectors by choosing from various depths of study: Solar Systems, Building Control Systems Building Operator, Advanced Lighting Systems, or Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Technician.  The student may choose their elective based on their immediate energy other defined degrees within the ZNE industry.  Students will have the technical background that can lead to multiple industry-recognized credentials and careers as an Energy Auditor, Energy Consultant, ZNE Technician, HVACR Technician, Facility Management, Construction Management, and Solar Residential Technician.

Semester 1

Course Code Title Units
AIS 012 Office Support Skills 3
ARCH 011 Architectural Blueprint Reading 3
ESYS 005 Zero Net Energy Building Science 4
ENG 001A English Composition 4

Semester 2

Course Code Title Units
BIT 024 California Energy Codes 3
ESYS 004 Industrial Calculations 3
MATH 049 Intermediate Algebra or any math course from Area C4 B 3-4
KINE Kinesiology Activity 1
  Major Elective 3


Course Code Title Units
COD GE Area C1 Natural Sciences 3
COD GE Area C2 Social and Behavioral Sciences 3

Semester 3

Course Code Title Units
  Major Electives 10
COD GE Area C3 Art, Humanities and Culture 3
KINE  Kinesiology Activity 1

Semester 4

Course Code Title Units
ESYS 095A Energy Systems Technology Work Experience 1
  Major Electives 10
COD GE Area C5 Personal Growth and Development 3

This major has the following specialty areas for students to select their major electives. Building Automation Control, Building Commissioning Technician, Building Energy Consultant, Building Inspection Technology, Applied Construction Technology, Construction Management, Green HVAC Residential, Green HVAC Commercial, Facilities Operations Technician, Lighting & Controls Technology, Residential Solar, Power Generation & Distribution, Zero Net Energy Technology.

It is very important for you to meet with a Faculty member to select major electives.  Please see a Counselor if you need help selecting COD GE courses.

Major Electives List