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.
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.
- 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)