The Energy concentration provides students with the technical and scientific training for careers in energy management, high performance building assessment, alternative energy, energy systems operations, and energy policy and regulation. The coursework integrates classroom and lab, synthesizing applied training with conceptual acumen. Students master the elements of alternative energy generation, energy analysis and management, energy planning and policy, building design and evaluation, and the broader transition to high performance energy technology in the US and abroad. Students are required to participate with and manage professional-level energy assessment and management projects throughout their undergraduate studies, gaining expertise with energy assessment technology and software.
Students have access to a cutting-edge energy laboratory and workshop and are encouraged to explore innovative energy solutions. Advanced design courses utilize computer assisted design (CAD) and 3d printers to explore new solutions to enduring challenges. Training includes practical real-world experience, such as solar site assessment and PV system design and installations, training in everything from home energy audits to investment-grade major facility energy analysis utilizing cutting-edge technology from advanced thermography to digital building performance analysis. Students have opportunities to benefit from professionally driven workshops held on campus like a LEED Green Associate exam preparation. Upon graduation, students are prepared for work in policy or industry, or further applied academic study.
Students can choose from a broad suite of electives in addition to completing their
Electives include Sustainable Design, Green Vehicle Technology, Electronics, Circuits, and more. The
diversity of electives allows students to explore personal interests and apply what they learn to the
broader field of Sustainable Energy.
The projects and reports available here give an idea of the types of project Energy
students get to work on in pursuit of their degree.
Sustainable Design Project