Goals & Outcomes

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The main goal of the program is to help undergraduate students develop and apply an in-depth understanding of issues related to energy, renewable energy, and bio-renewable products and associated markets. Both major and minor are designed to be a hands-on interdisciplinary program with an emphasis on the study of the economic, social, and environmental aspects of various energy sources including renewable energy and bio-fuels.

The program Goals are:

  1. Prepare students with abilities to assess the relative merits and potential impacts of different energy sources within the framework of sustainability
  2. Graduate students with a strong foundation in business and management aspects of renewable energy projects
  3. Graduate students who are knowledgeable citizens prepared for the green jobs of the future
  4. Support and educate business and community partners through projects, seminars and workshops

The program outcomes are:

A. The ability to understand and evaluate the role of energy and renewable energy, its sources, limitations, and use patterns in society

B. The fundamental knowledge to understand the economic aspects of energy, renewable energy, and other limited resources within the framework of sustainability

C. The fundamental knowledge to understand the environmental aspects of energy, renewable energy, and other limited resources within the framework of sustainability

D. The fundamental knowledge to understand the social aspects of energy, renewable energy, and other limited resources within the framework of sustainability

E. The basic understanding of science involved in energy conversion and applications

F. The ability to assess the relative merits and potential impacts of different energy sources within the framework of sustainability

G. The ability to evaluate how conservation and energy efficiency fit into managing efficient use of energy

H. An understanding of how various technologies and disciplines work together in SRES

I. Significant hands-on experience with energy and renewable energy technologies

J. The understanding of the business and project management aspects of energy and renewable energy projects

K. The ability to communicate with people of diverse backgrounds both written and orally

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