Auburn University -McWhorter School of Building Science

About Auburn University -McWhorter School of Building Science

School Description: The McWhorter School of Building Science (BSCI), established in 1947, is the second oldest construction education program in the United States. BSCI maintains a proud tradition of practical and professional construction education, offering an undergraduate degree in Building Construction, a Master’s Degree in Building Construction; and a PhD in Building Construction. BSCI is an active member of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) and is fully accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). For more information see The McWhorter School is a part of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, hence offering opportunities for collaboration. The School has 20 full-time faculty members with a student population of about 500. It has six named professorships and one endowed chair, all generously supported by alumni. The McWhorter School of Building Science has more than 4,000 alumni, including many who lead the industry in Engineering News Record’s top ranked firms.The construction industry and BSCI alumni are extremely supportive of the School and its activities. The School has a unique Construction Industry Fund, supported by contractors’ licensing fees since 1992, that supports research for the construction industry, program enhancement, faculty development and continuing education. Substantial recurring funds have been committed to support the school in its mission to deliver the highest quality construction education. The dedicated 36,000sf LEED® Gold rated M. Miller Gorrie Center completed in 2007 was the result of industry and alumni generosity and leadership. The School has significant endowment funds that also support research and program enhancement. Recently, the school has received a gift that is dedicated to foster student engagement with service learning.The school is a leader in exploring Information and Visualization technologies applications in construction and construction education, working with industry leaders in seeking solutions to construction industry challenges, creating collaboration opportunities between disciplines, and maintaining outreach activities and providing study abroad opportunities for faculty and students.The M. Miller and Frances Gorrie Construction Visualization lab is recently established to provide an interactive virtual teaching and learning environment to the faculty and students ( The newly renovated Robins & Morton Construction Field Lab is available for hands-on instructions, service learning, and research.The school maintains an active study abroad program for undergraduate and graduate students. This program helps our students to have an awareness of construction on a global scale while exposing them to other cultures. Approximately 25% of our students gain an international experience before they graduate.About the College: The College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn, established in 1907, is the oldest in the Southeast and one of the oldest in the United States. It is comprised of the McWhorter School of Building Science, School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture, and School of Industrial & Graphic Design. The college is committed to collaboration across these disciplines. For more information on the college see About the University: Auburn University, a land grant institution, is an R1 institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. It was chartered in 1856, and is located in Auburn, Alabama. Auburn offers the baccalaureate in more than 140 areas, including exemplary programs in architecture, agriculture, building science, business, engineering, forestry, industrial design, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. The institution currently enrolls more than 25,000 students. For more information on Auburn see About the City of Auburn: Auburn University is located in Auburn, Alabama. Auburn is located in eastern Alabama, 1- ½ hours from Atlanta, Ga., 50 minutes from the capital, Montgomery, and 2 hours from Birmingham. The Auburn School system is a recognized leader in education and is instrumental in the growth of the city. Auburn is a mix of the scenic South and the vibrant, growing South. The population of the county is over 125,000 people, and offers substantial career, business, retail, and educational opportunities. Information on the school system is available at . More information is available from the Chamber of Commerce at and the City of Auburn at .

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