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Certificate in Energy and Sustainability

About the Energy Certificate

The 15-credit interdisciplinary certificate examines the current affairs of energy and sustainability. Students begin with an overview of how energy affects peoples’ lives and policy options for energy, as well as the science of energy and how energy is generated for today’s society. Students then select additional energy courses tied to geography, architecture, geology, engineering, or economics depending on their specific interests.

Students may pursue the certificate program as a degree-seeking or nondegree-seeking student with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

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Curriculum

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • SOS/GCU 171 – The Thread of Energy, SB (3), G (3), CLAS Science and Society (3)
  • SOS 314 – Basic Energy Science (3) – Although not required, it’s recommended that students take SOS 314 before taking SOS 315.
  • SOS 315 – Energy Policy (3)

Elective Courses (6 hours)

  • ALT 360 – Renewable Energy Technologies: Fundamentals and Integration** (3)
  • ALT 412 – Village Energy Systems** (3)
  • CHM 394 – Chemistry, Energy, and Society (3)
  • EGR 371 – Best Practices for Humanitarian Engineering (3)
  • EGR 476 – Energy Infrastructures** (3)
  • EGR 494 – Design for the Developing World (3)
  • ERM 494 – Energy Economics** (3)
  • GCU 364 – Energy in the Global Arena, SB & G (3)
  • GCU 442 – Geographical Analysis of Transportation, SB (3)
  • GLG 304 – Minerals, Energy and Society* (3)
  • GPH 405 – Energy and Environment (3)
  • HST 306 – Energy History*, (HU or SB) & H (3)
  • JUS 332 – Politics of Energy Policy and Justice* (3)
  • JUS 444 – Environment and Justice*, L & C (3)
  • MET 435 – Alternate Energy Sources** (3)
  • PHY 498 – The Science of Sustainable Energy** (3)
  • POS 394 – Global Environmental Politics (3)
  • PUP 430 – Transportation Planning and Environment (3)
  • SOS 394 – Introduction to Solar Energy for Non-Engineers* (3)
  • SOS 435 – US Energy: Pathways to Sustainability* (3)
  • SOS/ATE 494 – Renewable Energy* (3)
  • SOS 494 – Creating Living Buildings* (3)
  • SOS 494 – GHG Emissions Inventory* (3)
  • SOS/BIO/HST/PHI 394 – History and Philosophy of Sustainability* (3)
  • SOS/PAF 394 – Sustainability in Organizations and Public Policy* (3)
  • STS 317 – Science, Technology and Global Engagement, SB & G (3)
  • STS 329 – Cultivating Technology in Newly Industrializing Countries, SB & G (3)
  • STS 332 – Global Issues in Science and Technology, SB & G (3)
  • TEM 450 – Design for the Developing World* (3)

*Indicates that the course has pre-requisite courses
**Indicates that a course is a more technical course which may require additional math and science knowledge or pre-requisites.

Note: Electives are not limited to courses from this list only.

Other courses on energy may be offered (special topics, etc.). Students can request to have those approved as an elective for this certificate by submitting a School of Sustainability Petition.

Grade Requirement

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all upper-division courses.

Declaring a Certificate in Energy and Sustainability

Students wanting to declare a certificate in Energy and Sustainability should make an appointment with a School of Sustainability advisor. Nondegree-seeking students will need to complete a nondegree application in order to enroll in the certificate courses.

To schedule an advising appointment or to request additional information, please call 480-727–6963. Office hours for the School of Sustainability Student Services Center are Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Student Services Center is located on the first floor of Wrigley Hall (WGHL). Advising is by appointment only.

Questions about the certificate can also be directed to SOSAdvising@asu.edu.