Renewable Energy


Energy is the lifeline of the economy. Primarily derived from burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas, it has also become the source of rampant air pollution, water contamination, and general environmental degradation throughout the world.

As the human population swells, energy use increases across all sectors and a paradigm shift towards renewable energy becomes paramount for the long-term growth and prosperity of the U.S. and world economies.

Given the critical nature of energy, the Patel College of Global Sustainability has made renewable energy research, development and education top priorities.

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Energy Sustainability Certificate

PCGS postdoctoral researcher Ioannis Dogaris working in the algae biofuels lab on campus.PCGS postdoctoral researcher Ioannis Dogaris working with algae in the Biofuels & Bioproducts Laboratory.

Concerns about future economic growth, standards of living, and environmental quality have made sustainable energy a top priority worldwide. The goal of this program is to provide students with a solid understanding of the key principles of sustainability, its economics, and how it is practiced by the energy industry in the form of sustainable transportation fuels and electricity from natural resources with a small carbon footprint. The program will prepare students for careers in sustainability and sustainable energy.

The Energy Sustainability graduate certificate program is offered fully online, fully on-campus, or in a combination of online and on-campus.

The certificate program will provide a general foundation in sustainability and thorough understanding of all forms of energy that can support a sustainable economy. It is designed to appeal to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and career interests by addressing energy from all angles (technology, business, economic, policy, social) unlike similar-sounding programs at other institutions, which are designed narrowly for engineering and hard science students.

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

IDS 6233 – Concepts and Principles of Sustainability (3)

This course discusses basic concepts and principles of sustainable development, systems integration, and different sustainability perspectives such as local/global and historical/future. Best practices are analyzed through case studies and a research project.

IDS 6235 – Economics and Finance for Sustainability (3)

The course provides sustainability practitioners with an overview of how economics and finance are expanded in the green economy to optimize the triple bottom line of profits, people, and the environment. Emphasis is placed on both environmental and corporate economics and finance. A real-world project offers students the opportunity to practice their knowledge.

IDS 6207 – Renewable Transportation Fuels (3)

The course provides energy practitioners with a thorough understanding of the technology, business, and financial and sustainability issues of renewable transportation fuels, which are intended to power vehicles and aviation as the economy shifts towards a greener and more sustainable basis. This course is currently only offered on-campus.

IDS 6208 – Renewable Power Portfolio (3)

The course analyzes the market status and growth potential of the portfolio of renewable power sources (solar, wind, geothermal, ocean, biogas), production technologies, economics and financing, infrastructure integration and smart grid issues, and regulatory and environmental aspects.

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