Equity and sustainability of energy resources in the face of increasing global population and economic development are key issues at the center of the public discourse today. The objective of this certificate program is to offer undergraduate students a suite of courses addressing energy sustainability. The courses span across the engineering curriculum, with firm roots in real-world design and engineering practices.
Students enrolled as degree-seeking undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a plan of study to fulfill the certificate requirements may enroll in the program. Applications may be submitted at any time, but students are encouraged to apply early in their undergraduate careers in order to ensure successful completion of the program; however, students may take courses that fulfill certificate requirements before submitting an application.
Some courses may require additional approval to appear in students’ DARS reports as having fulfilled part of the certificate requirements. Students who are taking a course for the capstone requirement must fill out this DARS Authorization Form to receive the proper number of sustainability credits. For more information on obtaining credits for capstone courses, see Capstone Course Guidelines.
In addition, students who wish to receive sustainability credits for courses that are not currently on the preapproved list may also complete the DARS Authorization Form and explain why the course should receive sustainability credits.
Once a form is filled out, it will be sent to a body of Energy Institute faculty members for approval. To expedite the approval process, students should submit their DARS Authorization Form before or near the beginning of the semester in which they plan to take the course.
Final Course Plans
During the term when they expect to meet the certificate requirements, students must fill out and submit this course plan to the supervising faculty member of their capstone courses in their major department. The faculty member will review the course plan and make the recommendation for a certificate to the respective department’s professional advising staff.
The following faculty members have been designated as points of contact for each department:
Richard J. Straub, Biological Systems Engineering
Robert G. Radwin, Biomedical Engineering
Thatcher Root, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Dan Noguera, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Giri Venkataramanan, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jim Tinjum, Geological Engineering
Vicki Bier, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Dane Morgan, Materials Science and Engineering
Roxann L. Engelstad, Mechanical Engineering
Michael L. Corradini, Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics
When the student and faculty member have filled out and signed the Declaration of Intent and Study Plan, the student must hand them in to Room 905 Engineering Research Building, 1500 Engineering Drive. Once there, the student also needs to fill out and hand in a College of Engineering Certificate Declaration Form, copies of which are located in the drop box next to the Energy Institute office.
A student interested in completing the certificate program must contact a designated faculty member in his or her major department to apply. The student and faculty member must fill out the Declaration of Intent and Study Plan to enter the certificate program.
- Required: Declaration of Intent and Study Plan
- Sustainability Courses:
Students must select the 16 “sustainability credits” from a suite of available courses divided into the following categories:
- Science/Liberal Studies, 3–6 cr
- Engineering, 3–6 cr
- Capstone, 3–6 cr
- Seminar, 1 cr
Students are required to take a minimum of 3 sustainability credits and a maximum of 6 sustainability credits from these three categories: science/liberal Studies, engineering, and capstone. In addition, students must fulfill a 1-credit seminar requirement. Currently, this seminar requirement is fulfilled through the course CBE 555 Seminar-Chemical Engineering Connections, which is open to all engineering majors. In the near future, a crosslisted course will be developed for this purpose. Students may also take INTEREGR 601 Topics in Interdisciplinary Engineering for the seminar requirement.
Not all courses have the same number of sustainability credits as academic credits; some courses have fewer sustainability credits depending on how closely related they are to energy and sustainability. Students should review the list of preapproved courses and the sustainability credits associated with each course while filling out their study plan.
Liberal Studies and Science
|ENVIR ST 112||Environmental Studies: The Social Perspective||3|
|ENVIR ST 113||Environmental Studies: The Humanistic Perspective||3|
|ENVIR ST/GEOG 139||Living in the Global Environment: An Introduction to People-Environment Geography||3-4|
|ENVIR ST/A A E 244||The Environment and the Global Economy||3|
|ENVIR ST 250||Introduction to Sustainability Science||3|
|ENVIR ST/GEOG 339||Environmental Conservation||4|
|ENVIR ST/A A E/ECON 343||Environmental Economics||3-4|
|ENVIR ST/GEOSCI 411||Energy Resources||3|
|ENVIR ST/GEOG/HISTORY 460||American Environmental History||4|
|BSE/DS 356/LAND ARC 356||Sustainable Residential Construction||3|
|BSE/ENVIR ST 367||Renewable Energy Systems||3|
|BSE 460||Biorefining: Energy and Products from Renewable Resources||3|
|BSE 461||Food and Bioprocessing Operations||3|
|CBE 250||Process Synthesis||3|
|CBE 310||Chemical Process Thermodynamics||3|
|CBE 311||Thermodynamics of Mixtures||3|
|CBE 326||Momentum and Heat Transfer Operations||3|
|CBE 430||Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design||3|
|CBE 450||Process Design||3|
|CBE 562||Special Topics in Chemical Engineering||1-3|
|CBE/M E 567||Solar Energy Technology||3|
|CIV ENGR 320||Environmental Engineering||3|
|CIV ENGR 370||Transportation Engineering||3|
|E C E 355||Electromechanical Energy Conversion||3|
|E C E 356||Electric Power Processing for Alternative Energy Systems||3|
|E C E 412||Power Electronic Circuits||3|
|G L E 401||Special Topics in Geological Engineering||1-4|
|or CIV ENGR 639||Special Topics in Geotechnical Engineering|
|E P D 660||Core Competencies of Sustainability||3|
|M E 361||Thermodynamics||3|
|M E 370||Energy Systems Laboratory||3|
|M E 466||Air Pollution Effects, Measurements and Control||3|
|or CIV ENGR 423||Air Pollution Effects, Measurement and Control|
|M S & E 330||Thermodynamics of Materials||4|
|M S & E 331||Transport Phenomena in Materials||3|
|M S & E 401||Special Topics in Materials Science and Engineering||1-3|
|N E 571||Economic and Environmental Aspects of Nuclear Energy||3|
Courses numbered 489, 491, 599, 601, and 699 (not exhaustive) are examples of courses that may count towards this requirement.
|E P 602||Special Topics in Engineering Physics||1-3|
|CBE 555||Seminar-Chemical Engineering Connections||1|
Professors Henderson (chair), T. Allen, Blanchard, Bonazza, Crone, Drugan, Fonck, Hegna, Kammer, Lakes, Smith (also Mathematics), Sovinec, Waleffe (also Mathematics), Wilson; Associate Professor M. Allen, Witt; Assistant Professors Couet, Notbohm, Scarlat, Schmitz; and Affiliate Faculty (see department webpage for list).