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Renewable Energy, Graduate Certificate


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"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

semester dates

  • Fall 2014: August 25 to December 17
  • Spring 2015: January 20 to May 13

    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.

    Course Schedule

    ENGR 600 Alternative Energy Fundamentals X X X
    ENGR 610 Renewable Energy Policy X
    ENGR 620 Renewable Energy in the Local Community & Home X
    ENGR 630 Wind Energy X
    ENGR 650 Solar and Renewable Energy Utilization X
    ENGR 660 Fundamentals of Biofuels X
    ENGR 670 Geology of Geothermal Energy Resources X
    PSC 751 Public Policy Analysis X
    CEE 611/PSC 603/NRES 612 Environmental Law X

    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.

    Course exams are administered online via ProctorU and specific hardware is required (i.e., a webcam, microphone, speakers). Please visit ProctorU's  technical requirements page for details.

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