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Renewable Energy Certificate

Advisor: Dr. Maryam Khanbaghi

Renewable energy is the fastest-growing sector in California and brings together principles and practices from engineering, environmental science, and economics. Silicon Valley, the home of the world’s largest cluster of renewable energy companies and green investors, offers fertile ground to recruit career changers who wish to move into renewable energy and students who want to take advantage of the tremendous career opportunities.

The main goal of this certificate is to introduce students to the field of renewable energy. The intent is to help equip professionals in Silicon Valley with the knowledge that will help them advance in their present career or enter the renewable energy field. To enroll in this certificate an applicant should have a B.S. in Engineering from an accredited school and should maintain a grade point average of 3.0. As with most certificates in the Graduate School of Engineering, the requirement is 17 quarter units. Nine of these units are in Power Systems, four units are in Renewable Energy, with the remaining four units in Sustainability as shown below.

Required Courses (17 units total)
Power Systems

  • ELEN 280/MECH 287 Renewable Energy (2 units)
  • ELEN 281A Power Systems: Generation (2 units)
  • ELEN 285 Introduction to the Smart Grid (2 units)
  • ELEN 287 Storage Device Systems (2 units)

Renewable Energy (choose any 4 units)

  • ELEN 282 Photovoltaic Devices and Systems (2 units)
  • ELEN 284 Design and Fabrication of Photovoltaic Cells (3 units)
  • ELEN/MECH 286 Introduction to Wind Energy Engineering (2 units)

Sustainability (choose any 4 units)

  • CENG 208 Engineering Economics and Business (3 units)
  • ENGR 272 Energy Public Policy (2 units)
  • ENGR 273 Sustainable Energy and Ethics (2 units)