Energy Sustainability

Concerns about future economic growth, standards of living, and environmental quality have made sustainable energy a top priority worldwide. The goal of this certificate 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.

Course Location/Delivery

The Certificate is offered both fully online and on campus.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Process

You will be asked to provide two letters of recommendation, one academic and one professional. To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.



Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

  • IDS 6233 - Concepts and Principles of Sustainability (3)
  • IDS 6235 - Economics and Finance for Sustainability (3)

Electives (6 Credit Hours)

Choose two of the following electives:

  • ECH 5931 - Solar Energy and Applications (3)
  • EEL 6935 - Sustainable Energy (3)
  • IDS 6207 - Renewable Transportation Fuels (3)
  • IDS 6208 - Renewable Power Portfolio (3)
  • IDS 6210 - Bioresources for a Sustainable Future (3)
  • IDS 6222 - Navigating The Sustainable Food Energy Water Nexus (3)

Time limit

Three years

Credit Toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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