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Energy and Sustainability ,Certificate

Energy and Sustainability, Certificate

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What renewable energy systems will replace our dependence on nonrenewable resources? If you want to create a sustainable energy future, this certificate program is for you. It draws from and complements a variety of majors, and it can also be pursued as a stand-alone certificate.


The transdisciplinary certificate program in energy and sustainability examines current energy systems and explores what will be required to transition to a sustainable energy future.

Students begin with an overview of how energy affects peoples' lives, the basic science and methods of energy production, and a full overview of energy policy options. Students may tailor the certificate around their unique interests in energy with a variety of electives representing a broad array of academic disciplines. The breadth of their energy knowledge is enriched by taking courses outside their primary area of study.

An understanding of energy is increasingly important for jobs related to environmental quality, national security and the efficient functioning of cities. This program helps students enhance their understanding of the technology and infrastructure for generating, distributing and using energy; the associated sustainability issues; and the social and policy dimensions of energy systems.

At a Glance
Program Requirements

The certificate in energy and sustainability consists of 15 credit hours, of which at least 12 must be upper-division.
A minimum GPA of 2.50 is required for all courses completed in the certificate.
Required Core Courses -- 9 credit hours
Energy Elective Courses -- 6 credit hours

394, 494 and 498 courses must be taken with the specific course title/topic indicated above.

Energy elective courses are not limited to courses from this list only. Other courses on energy may be offered (special topics, etc.). Students may request to have those approved as an elective for this certificate by submitting a School of Sustainability standards petition: Completed petitions may be submitted directly to
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses.
Some energy elective courses have prerequisites. Any and all prerequisites must be met in order to select and enroll in those courses.
Some energy elective courses are more technical in nature, which may require additional math and science knowledge or prerequisites.

Enrollment Requirements

Students who wish to declare a certificate in energy and sustainability should make an appointment with a College of Global Futures advisor. Advising is by appointment only, scheduled through this website:

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program can pair the certificate with a bachelor's degree to make themselves competitive for energy jobs in a variety of sectors. Government, utilities, nonprofit and private businesses are a few examples that need employees who have a technical perspective and the ability to understand and analyze energy production, energy policy and environmental quality. The unique knowledge and skills gained from this transdisciplinary program will enhance a student's bachelor's degree and career opportunities.

Contact Information

School of Sustainability | WGHL 108 | 480-727-6963

What are Accelerated Programs?
Accelerated Programs allow students the opportunity to expedite the completion of their degree.

3 year programs

These programs allow students to fast-track their studies after admission and earn a bachelor’s degree in three years or fewer while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students should talk to their academic advisor to get started.

4+1 year programs

These programs allow students to accelerate their studies by combining undergraduate with graduate coursework, which may allow them to earn a bachelor’s and a master's degree in as few as five years (for some programs).

Each program has requirements students must meet to be eligible for consideration. Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students are advised by their academic departments to apply.
What are Concurrent Programs?
Students pursuing concurrent degrees earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. ASU offers students two ways to earn concurrent degrees: by choosing a predetermined combination or creating their own combination. Predetermined combinations have a single admissions application and one easy to follow major map. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor. Either way, concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests.
What are Joint Programs?
Joint programs, or jointly conferred degrees, are offered by more than one college and provide opportunities for students to take advantage of the academic strengths of two academic units. Upon graduation, students are awarded one degree and one diploma conferred by two colleges.

What constitutes a New Program?
ASU adds new programs to Degree Search frequently. Come back often and look for the “New Programs” option.
What are Online Programs?
ASU Online offers programs in an entirely online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. See for more information.
What is the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)?
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program in which residents of western states (other than Arizona) may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program.

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