Energy and Sustainability (Certificate)
In the Energy and Sustainability certificate program, study how non-renewable and renewable energy sources are developed, used, regulated, and financed. Build a working knowledge of key sustainability concepts as you develop insight to strategies and systems related to renewable and non-renewable energy and sustainability. You will learn how to:
- Recognize and assess trends in renewable energy
- Craft sustainability plans and reports
- Develop environmental policies
- Advocate for the use of sustainable practices
Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Environmental Policy and Management.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at http://www.du.edu/learn/certificates/disclosure/epm.html
The graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Energy and Sustainability requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).
Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
- EPM 4002 - Integrated Environmental Systems
- EPM 4230 - Energy Fundamentals
- EPM 4232 - Sustainability: Policy & Practice
- EPM 4233 - Sustainable Transportation
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Environmental Policy And Management programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Environmental Policy And Management programs include:
- EPM 4234 - Climate Change and Science
- EPM 4235 - Green Building
- EPM 4236 - Nuclear & Hydrogen Energy
- EPM 4237 - Renewable Energy
- EPM 4238 - Water and Food Sustainability
- EPM 4980 - Internship
Additional Elective courses available, please Design your custom plan for elective courses
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Careers in Energy and Sustainability Certificate
Risk Manager, Energy Consultant, Outreach Organizer, Sustainability Leader, Program Specialist, Project Manager, Solar Engineer, Renewable Energy Manager, Analyst.
Management, analysis, research, consultation, collaboration, data gathering, idea generation, opportunity assessment, planning.
Energy and sustainability is a vibrant field to enter, as alternative and sustainable energies are the top priority for national and global environmental change initiatives. Demand in the workforce is at an all-time high for energy experts, particularly in clean energy, as the federal government invests billions into the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. Explore your options in wind, solar, and other alternative energies whether it be in the form of architecture, engineering, construction, management, marketing, or installation.
Careers In Environmental Policy and Management
The future is bright!
Environmental job openings are expected to soar within the next decade, with projections as high as 19% job growth for environmental science positions by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Careers for environmental specialists will likely be found in prosperous, rapidly growing cities and communities-hello, Denver! Clean energy projects are driving the economic recovery in the United States, with green business especially booming in the Southeast. Clean energy projects are popping up across the country, primarily in California, North Carolina, Florida, and Michigan. Start your career search for environmental-focused employment at any level of government, manufacturing companies, emergency services, service industries, or commercial businesses.
Stay ahead of the curve.
The vast majority of employers within the field of environmental science prefer candidates who hold a relevant master's degree, or a bachelor's degree with a certificate. Keep an eye on alternative energies, such as wind and solar energy, plus jobs that focus on efficient energy management. With the world more attuned to green living, the job market will likely focus on improving sustainability and natural resource management. Job creation in the clean energy and clean transportation sectors are booming across the United States, with more than 110,000 new jobs in those sectors created in 2012. Going green never looked better!
Where are they now?
University College alumni who graduated with a master's degree in environmental policy and management hold job titles such as Safety Director, Environmental Education Coordinator, Senior Environmental Scientist, Environmental Protection Specialist, Watershed Coordinator, Natural Resource Manager, Forester, and Environmental Compliance Engineer in companies and organizations such as Proctor and Gamble, Kinder Morgan, US Forest Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, NASA, and Colorado Conservation Trust.
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