Energy Certificate

Energy Studies is an interdisciplinary program. It is designed to educate students in the multifaceted problems associated with energy use in our society and to pose methods for possible solutions to problems.

This certificate is appropriate for students in any major who wish to develop an expertise in energy production, management and planning.  The Energy Certificate program is also designed to give non-specialist an enhanced appreciation of how energy issues affect their own disciplines (e.g., economics, environmental science, marine science) and even their own immediate lives. Thus, it can provide non-specialists with an understanding of energy conservation in their homes.

About the Program

The campus serves as a national model for some of the most promising options, including geothermal, photovoltaic solar electric and advanced aquifer thermal energy storage systems. This certificate program utilizes this opportunity to train students on leading-edge technology, with hands-on experiential learning on alternative energy generation and building and systems energy efficiency analysis. Our energy challenge is complex and involves scientific, technological, economical, and political components. Hence, the Energy Certificate program involves faculty from several programs across the university.

Program Coordinator

Patrick R. Hossay

Dr. Patrick R. Hossay
Associate Professor of Sustainability
HSC - 101 | 609-652-4303


Program Features

  • Ideal for students pursuing careers in newly emerging fields, such as energy planning, energy conservation in buildings, alternative energy sources (wind and solar)
  • Provides non-specialist an enhanced appreciation of how energy issues affect their own disciplines (economics, environmental sciences, marine sciences)

The future need for energy experise is clear. Energy prices and supplies have become, and will remain for the foreseeable future, a major concern for homeowners, businesses and industry.

The majority of residenial and commercial buildings in the United States are greatly inefficient and will require upgrade over the next decade; and overall energy production and distribution in the US will require significant changes if we are to meet our future energy needs. As a result, the nation will require experts able to define these necessary changes and guide us to a sound energy future. There will be a demand for experise in building energy use, design, and management. There will also be a need for energy planning to design community plans and shape energy policy at the local, state and national level.


The Energy Studies curriculum offers a series of courses that are taken in parallel with a students degree requirements in their major and leads to a certificate that will be awarded at graduation. Any Stockton student, regardless of major, who can meet the requirements is fully eligible for certification.

The following are the course requirments for the certification:

  • PHYS 2220/25 Physics I/Lab OR
    PHYS 2110/15 Physics for Life Sciences I/Lab
  • PHYS 2230/35 Physics II/Lab OR
    PHYS 2120/25 Physics for Life Sciences II/Lab
  • SUST 3301 Sustainable Technologies/Lab
  • SUST 3311 Energy Practicum
  • SUST 3350 Energy Management OR
    GNM 3321 Energy Management
  • ECON 2200 Ecological Economics AND
    two of the following:
    • ENVL 3443 Energy Planning
    • PHYS 3380 Thermal Physics
    • PHYS 3110 Electronics
    • SUST 4710 Green Vehicle Technology
    • PHYS Energy Physics (as special project)
    • SUST/PHYS Alternative Energy Project (as special project)
    • SUST/PHYS/ENVL approved energy-­‐related elective OR Energy related special topics project approved by program coordinator


Energy Careers

Energy CareersEmerging fields, such as energy planning, energy conservation in buildings, alternative energy sources (e.g., wind and solar power) and other fields.

Employment in life, physical, and social science occupations is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations, and will result in about 68,200 new jobs. Increasing demand for expertise in the sciences, particularly in occupations involved in biomedical research, psychology, energy management, and environmental protection, is projected to result in employment growth.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have wage data specifically for sustainability occupations. The table below shows median annual wages in May 2011 for scientist occupations that include sustainability professionals. The wages shown are median annual wages for the United States as a whole; wages vary by employer and location.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics