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


  • IDS 6207 - Renewable Transportation Fuels (3)

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.

  • IDS 6208 - Renewable Power Portfolio (3)

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.

Concentration Courses (3 credit hours)
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  • IDS 6210 - Bioresources for a Sustainable Future (3)

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.


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.

  • IDS 6938 – Policy for Sustainability (3) - Pending Approval

This course explores the definition of sustainability policy, how policy can be implemented at all levels of  government, the myriad actors involved in policy formation and implementation, metrics used to measure policy robustness, and the politics of sustainability. Policies and case studies pertaining to other Patel College of Global Sustainability concentrations will be presented and discussed.  A class debate and policy-position paper will challenge critical thinking skills. 

 *This course is available on-campus and online.

  • IDS 6938 - Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (3)

This course will use an interdisciplinary approach to explore climate vulnerability and pathways of climate mitigation and adaption. Case studies will be reviewed to provide insight into climate change adaption planning and societal resilience. 

 *This course is available on-campus and online.

  • IDS 6938 Six Sigma Principles for Sustainability (3) - Pending Approval

The Six Sigma methodology provides a proven framework for businesses and organizations to systematically solve complex problems, and charter a path of continuous improvement. The journey of sustainability in an organization is a “continuum”, and the application of Six Sigma principles is very appropriate for successful implementation of sustainability projects and initiatives. The objective of this course is to learn the various tools of Six Sigma and their applicability, and explore real life scenarios where these tools could be used for long term value creation in sustainability

*This course is only available on-campus. 


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

  • Articulate the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of renewable fuels and renewable power in today's and tomorrow's economy
  • Comprehend the entire supply chain of renewable energy
  • Understand the spectrum of renewable energy technologies currently employed and under development
  • Become familiar with the economics and finance of renewable energy production
  • Understand environmental, regulatory, and sustainability issues as renewable fuels and power spread around the world

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

Randall Pape