Renewable Energy, Online Graduate Certificate
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Designed for professionals in the energy industry, including administrators, engineers, and others impacted by new policies and practices relating to renewable energy, the online graduate certificate in renewable energy covers energy technologies, energy markets and business, and energy policy.
The certificate is multidisciplinary, featuring courses taught by instructors from several engineering disciplines as well as the Colleges of Science and Liberal Arts. Instructors are experts in their respective fields at Nevada and other research institutions.
The four course (12-credit) certificate program allows you flexibility in your specific coursework while providing a breadth of understanding in different aspects of renewable energy. Selecting four courses from the nine-course certificate curriculum gives you the opportunity to take courses suited to your interest areas.
The courses are designed and taught by top faculty from the University of Nevada, Reno and other research institutions. Courses are designed to facilitate participation in online discussions, case-study analysis, and problem-based learning. The online format accommodates the schedule of working professionals and also allows you to benefit from diverse geographic perspectives of your classmates.
Courses may qualify as professional development hours for Professional Engineers (PE) licensed by the State of Nevada and as professional development education for teachers.
The program is designed for students who hold a bachelor's degree in engineering, management or a related field. If you are not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, you must complete a graduate special application in addition to your application to the Renewable Energy Certificate Program.
The program is funded in part by Nevada Renewable Energy Consortium / DOE (DE-EE0000272), NV Energy, and Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.
For more information please contact Jill Wallace, Ph.D., program coordinator, at email@example.com or call (775) 682-7774. Appointments with Dr. Wallace can be scheduled by phone or email.
"The Alternative Energy Fundamentals course provides students with a holistic and interdisciplinary experience that prepares them for other courses within the Graduate Renewable Energy Certificate program. The course's focus on the political, economic, social, and technical aspects of alternative energy appeals to a wide breadth of student backgrounds and meets the needs of today's working professional."
-- Mike Moltz, Chris Simon
"The classes and instructors were amazing; the whole program was great. To point out a single aspect would not do the program justice."
-- Amber Mann, first certificate graduate
The Graduate Renewable Energy Certificate is a unique program that investigates the topic of renewable energy from several multidisciplinary and related perspectives, including science, policy, engineering, community, and business.
Certificate Requirements and Course Format
To complete the certificate, students must successfully complete four 3-credit GREC courses, 12 credits total. Recommended preparation (or co-requisite) for all GREC courses is ENGR 600 Alternative Energy Fundamentals.
Students may select four classes out of the nine certificate course offerings that best suit their interest and background. All courses and exams are delivered in an online format with course offerings available in the fall, spring and summer semesters.
MBA Renewable Energy Emphasis
Students enrolled in the on-campus MBA program may add an emphasis in renewable energy to their program by completing three of the GREC courses.
The on-campus MBA emphasis in renewable energy requires a total of 9 credits offered through the Online Graduate Renewable Energy Certificate program.
- Spring 2015: January 20 to May 13
- Summer 2015: May 18 to August 14
- Fall 2015: August 24 to December 16
Textbooks and Required Materials
Required textbooks and corresponding ISBN numbers are listed at the Nevada Wolf Shop. Textbooks may be purchased from the Wolf Shop or an off-campus vendor.
William Patrick Arnott, Ph.D.
Dr. Arnott holds a B.S. in physics from the University of Southern Colorado, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Washington State University. His current research involves development and use of novel instruments for particulate air pollution measurements in the atmosphere, and he holds two patents associated with various instrument designs. These patents have been licensed by Droplet Measurement Technology.
Dr Arnott has 23 years of experience teaching physics and atmospheric science courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and he is currently the director of the undergraduate Atmospheric Science Program at the University. He is also a member of the graduate faculty in both physics and atmospheric science.
Dr. Arnott's postdoctoral research involved numerical simulation and experiments for novel thermoacoustic refrigerators that use simple climate-benign gases like Helium and Helium/Xenon mixtures. These gases do not destroy the ozone layer or contribute to global warming as do common refrigerants like chlorofluorocarbons.
David R. Boden
Dave Boden is currently Professor of Geoscience at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. Since 2007, he has taught a course on the geology of geothermal resources as part of the college's certificate and applied associate of science degree programs in renewable energy (geothermal emphasis). Prior to coming to Truckee Meadows Community College in 2004, Dr. Boden worked in the minerals industry for about 20 years looking for base and precious metal deposits-the fossil analogs of today's geothermal systems.
Dr. Boden has earned degrees in geology and geological engineering from UC Davis, Colorado School of Mines, and Stanford University and is currently involved in writing an introductory textbook on the geology of geothermal resources. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and skiing to backcountry hot springs with family and friends.
Amber Broch is an associate research engineer at the Desert Research Institute. Her focus of research is on renewable energy related technologies. This has included alternative-fueled vehicles conversion, testing and modeling (CNG and hydrogen); biofuels research including life cycle modeling, land use changes, and environmental impacts; and biomass-to-fuel conversion technologies.
Ms. Broch also serves as the lab manager in DRI's energy lab, and is an instructor in the University's Mechanical Engineering Department.
Mariana Eneva, Ph.D.
Dr. Eneva has been a CEO of Imageair Inc. since 2004, where she has worked on projects with the California Energy Commission, NASA, and DOE. She has experience in the fields of InSAR (interferometric synthetic aperture radar) using satellite data to detect surface deformation, earthquake seismology, induced seismicity, use of TIR (thermal infrared) satellite data for identification of temperature anomalies, hydroacoustics, geophysics, pattern recognition, and geostatistics. Dr. Eneva’s work at Imageair Inc. has featured analyses of satellite data for the detection of surface deformation at geothermal fields and around faults in southern California, and temperature anomalies in eastern California.
Dr. Eneva has also worked as a Sr. Staff Scientist (1998-2003) at Science Applications International Corporation (now Leidos), where she was involved in projects related to the seismic and hydroacoustic verification of the CTBT (Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty). Dr. Eneva has degrees in Physics, with specialization in Geophysics – a M.Sc. from Sofia University and a Ph.D. from the Geophysical Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Sofia, Bulgaria).
Derek Kauneckis, Ph.D.
Derek Kauneckis, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno where he teaches environmental policy, policy analysis, public finance and budgeting, and quantitative methods. He earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington and his M.S. in International Development from the University of California at Davis.
His research focuses on institutional analysis, water and land policy, local government climate adaptation, state-level science and technology policy, collaborative governance arrangements, and policy instruments for environmental innovation. Dr. Kauneckis conducts research and consults on domestic and international policy and across public and private sector issues.
Curtis Robbins is an assistant research engineer at the Desert Research Institute, working in the Bio-Energy Group within Atmospheric Sciences. He is the PI on DRI's REDD (Renewable Energy Deployment and Display) Facility, which consists of a house and workshop run off of solar and wind for electricity, heating, and cooling.
His main focus areas are currently solar energy and biomass with an emphasis on system design and integration. He has worked on projects that include solar air collectors, solar hot water systems, PV cell testing, Syngas sampling and analysis, gasification, hydrothermal carbonization, hydrogen combustion, and thermoelectrics.
Michael Moltz, M.Ed.
Michael Moltz received his M.Ed. and B.A. in political science from the University of Nevada, Reno. He was one of the first graduates of the university's undergraduate renewable energy program and is an NSF research award recipient for research into climate change and alternative energy policy.
Michael has served as an instructor for courses in political science and secondary education at the University of Nevada, Reno. His research interests include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, alternative energy policy, and interdisciplinary education.
Guadalupe Paredes-Miranda, Ph.D.
Lupita Paredes-Miranda received her M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Nevada, Reno and a bachelor's degree in physics from the University National Autonomous of Mexico (UNAM).
She has taught Introduction to Atmospheric Meteorology at the University, and made extensive use of WebCampus for delivering portions of her course. Her research is associated with the role of atmospheric aerosol in air pollution, atmospheric radiation transfer, and cloud properties.
Ravi Subramanian, Ph.D.
Ravi Subramanian is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2004.
His research is the field of alternate energy with emphasis in materials. He has more than 10 years of experience in solar energy materials synthesis, characterization, and application. He mentors students in master's and Ph.D. programs and has several publications to his credit. He has also spearheaded the teaching of alternate energy courses at the University of Nevada, Reno for several years.
Christopher A. Simon, Ph.D.
Christopher A. Simon is professor of political science and director of the MPA program at University of Utah. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from Washington State University and undergraduate degrees in political science and history from Oregon State University.
Dr. Simon teaches graduate courses in public administration at University of Utah and is the author of Alternative Energy: Political, Economic, and Social Feasibility (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).
Dates and Deadlines
- August 15, 2015: Application deadline for the Fall 2015 semester
- Fall 2015: August 24 to December 16 (GREC classes begin on August 31)
The Online Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy is open to all students who hold a bachelor's degree in engineering, management, or a closely related field.
Students must have a B (3.0) or better grade point average in the program to earn the certificate, and all course work must be completed within five years of matriculation.
The certificate program may be used to fulfill the renewable energy emphasis area of the University of Nevada, Reno's on-campus MBA degree program.
Please note: Due to federal regulations and state authorization requirements, the online certificate may not be eligible to residents of certain states. Please contact Jill Wallace if you reside outside of Nevada, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application and Admission Process
Step 1: Apply to the University
Please complete the following three requirements for admission to the University of Nevada, Reno:
- If you are not a current University student, please apply to the University as a "New Graduate Special" student. If you are a current student you do not need to re-apply; please proceed to step 2.
- If you are a Nevada resident, please submit an Initial Residency Application or the short form, and corresponding documents to:
Admissions and Records
University of Nevada
Reno, NV 89557
OR fax to: (775) 784-4283.
- Immunization records are required for students residing in Washoe county, and those residing within 100 miles of Reno, and must be submitted to:
Admissions and RecordsIf your residence is 100 miles or greater from Reno, Nevada you may contact Jill Wallace for an immunization waiver, email@example.com.
University of Nevada
Reno, NV 89557
OR fax to: (775) 784-4283
You will receive notification from Admissions and Records once your University application has been processed. If you have any questions or need assistance with your application or admissions to the University, please contact Admissions and Records at (775) 784-4700.
Step 2: Apply to the Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Program
Please submit the following application materials:
- Renewable Energy Certificate Application
- Written personal statement indicating educational and career objectives
- Resume detailing professional experience
- Transcript copy
Applications can be mailed to:
Jill Wallace, GREC Coordinator
College of Engineering University of Nevada, Reno/0171 Reno, Nevada 89557
OR emailed to : Jill Wallace firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or need assistance with your renewable energy certificate application, please contact Jill Wallace email@example.com or (775) 682-7774. You will receive notification of acceptance to the certificate program from the College of Engineering.
Due to federal regulations, those students who are in the U.S. on an F-1 visa cannot take more than one class (3 credits) per semester. There is no semester course limit for students pursuing the certificate while residing outside of the U.S.
For international applicants seeking a visa to study within the U.S., please note, different application procedures apply. Please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars at (775) 784-6874. For international applicants studying online from outside the U.S. (no residence in the U.S. at time of study) please use the application process outlined above.
Tuition and Fees
Fall 2015 and Spring 2016
If a third party will be paying for your courses, please contact Becca Ogden at the Cashier's Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or (775) 682-7044) to arrange third party payment; failure to do so may result in late fees and/or an administrative drop for non-payment. Students are responsible for paying any fees not covered by their third-party payment. Fall Session 2015 fees due August 21, 2015.
|Fall 2015 and Spring 2016|
|Graduate registration fee||$264 per credit|
|Engineering differential fees (ENGR only)||$100 per credit|
|Technology fee||$7 per credit|
|Total per course fee
||$1,113 per Fall/Spring Semester Course
|In-state fees||$1,113 per course|
|Distance Education Tuition||$132 per credit or $396 per course|
|Total per course fee
||$1,509 per course
Additional mandatory fees
These fees are not included in course fee total and can vary depending on the number of credits taken each semester and residency status.
|Fee||Applies to students who are enrolled in:||Amount|
|Union fee (7 or greater credits)||7 or greater credits||$97|
|Union fee (6 or less credits)||6 or less credits||$49|
|Health Center fee||6 or greater credits||$90|
|Counseling fee||6 or greater credits||$35|
|Performing Arts fee||All students||$5|
|Academic Success fee||All students||$5|
Certification Completion Fee
Students will be assessed a $75 "Graduation Fee" during their final semester of the Graduate Renewable Energy Certificate (after 4 courses/12 credits have been successfully completed and a certificate issued).
Totals listed do not include cost of textbooks. Fees, tuition and other charges are subject to change without notice. Notwithstanding currently posted tuition and fees, all fees, tuition or other charges which students are required to pay each semester are subject to increase by action of the Board of Regents at any time before the commencement of classes (primarily due to budgetary shortfalls). The amount you are charged at the time of registration is not a final bill and may be increased. You will receive a supplemental invoice for any additional amounts which the Board of Regents may impose. Fee changes put in place less than 30 days before commencement of classes will not be subject to late fee penalties. Please see the Board of Regents Procedures and Guidelines Manual for more information
Related Degrees and Programs
Contact Jill Wallace, Ph.D.
|Location||Scrugham Engineering and Mines|
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557