Academic Programs

Sustainable Energy Concentration

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  Concentration Description:

The Sustainable Energy Concentration uses expert knowledge and real-world expertise to prepare students for the growing field of renewable energy, which is expected to increase dramatically over the next decades, as the U.S. and other countries seek to become more sustainable by increasingly switching to renewable fuels and power. Students will be prepared for private and public sector positions of leadership and responsibility in the biofuels, solar, wind, biomass, and other renewable energy sectors. The concentration is designed for students from a wide range of backgrounds.


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Concentration Director:

Dr. George Philippidis

Associate Professor
Director of Sustainable Energy Concentration

Dr. Philippidis


Concentration Courses (9 credit hours)
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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 available on-campus and online.

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.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

Agricultural and biological resources (bioresources) for producing food, bio-based products, and renewable energy are presented and discussed along with their environmental and climate change impact using an integrated food-energy-water nexus approach.

*This course is available on-campus and online.
*Course number may differ from the USF Class Schedule Search.

The FEW nexus helps students navigate the complexities of sustainability, using systems thinking and case studies in food, energy, and water to create industrial ecology systems, closing the loop from the solar energy that sustains food production through food waste to new food.

*This course is available on-campus and online.


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Upon successful completion of this program participants should be able to:

For more information about this concentration, please contact the PCGS Academic Programs Director,

Randall Pape