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Building Energy Systems

Rise to the challenge of designing a new generation of sustainable buildings and position yourself to be an invaluable member of an integrated design team.

Building Energy Systems – Minor

The Building Energy Systems minor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Montana State equips students with interdisciplinary skills in building information modeling, applied thermodynamics, alternative energy, and more.



A team of Montana State engineering and architecture students won a top award at the 2019 ASHRAE Design Competition and Applied Engineering Challenge for their design of an energy-efficient hospital.



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Designed for Learning
Heat pumps and other parts of the HVAC system in MSU's new engineering building were installed so that students could interact and learn from them.

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Hands-On Experiences
With the capstone senior design project, engineering students work in teams to help organization, companies and MSU researchers solve real-world problems.

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Goldwater Scholars
Montana State is the Top 3 in the West, after Stanford and Cal Tech, in recipients of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for students in math, science and engineering.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.



Building Energy Systems students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Architectural engineering
  • HVAC design and manufacturing
  • Building automation
  • Energy systems

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available, including self-assessment and working with career coaches.




Sample Course Plan

For more details on what your full study plan could look like under this minor, consult the official Montana State University course catalog for specific registration and advising information.