CU Boulder offers a number of energy education programs.

Masters of the Environment (MENV)--
Specialization in Renewable and Sustainable Energy

The Masters of the Environment (MENV) Graduate degree with Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder is an innovative, interdisciplinary professional master’s degree that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to address the complex environmental challenges of the 21st Century. This 17-month, immersive, cohort-based graduate program builds students into leaders in a wide range of careers in conservation, consulting, energy, natural resources, planning, policy, sustainability, and more.

The Renewable and Sustainable Energy specialization is intended for those interested in energy policy or wanting a career in the energy sector, including in both renewable and conventional energy. The track provides a pragmatic, rigorous, and interdisciplinary understanding of energy from three perspectives: science and technology, policy, and business. All MENV students complete a 12-month Capstone Project with a partner organization in the private, public, or non-profit sector.

The priority and MENV scholarship deadline is January 11, 2019. The MENV Graduate Program offers rolling admissions until the final deadline of April 1, 2019 or the cohort is filled.

Engineering Graduate Programs

CU Boulder offers a variety of technically-oriented graduate programs for students with an interest in the engineering of renewable and sustainable energy systems as well as chemical and biological engineering related to renewable energy materials and renewable fuels.    

Chemical and Biological Engineering Department (ChBE)

ChBE is one of the top research departments in the nation and maintains sophisticated facilities to support research endeavors. Although research in the department spans many diverse fields, there is a particular emphasis on research in biological engineering, functional materials, and renewable energy.  The ChBE Department has an active program in renewable energy research. Studies range from the production and utilization of hydrogen to materials for photovoltaics to biorefining and biofuels research. A number of efforts focus on developing catalysts for converting water to hydrogen and CO2 into fuels such as CO and methanol. Another area of focus is the study of novel photovoltaic materials and structures involving organic, inorganic and hybrid structures for efficient solar energy harvesting.  

Building Systems Program

CU’s Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE) Department offers graduate degrees in building systems engineering. The Building Systems Program (BSP) focuses on the design and operation of buildings to provide a comfortable, healthy, and productive indoor environment with minimal energy and environmental impact. The program is open to students in all engineering disciplines, as well as exceptional students in architecture, science, and mathematics.

Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering Department (ECEN)

CU’s ECEN Department offers a graduate curriculum on energy. As society moves away from an overwhelming dependence on fossil fuels towards more sustainable and environmentally friendlier alternatives, the need for electrical engineers ready to take on new challenges and bring innovations to present and future energy systems is expected to grow. The goal of the ECEE Department's Energy Program is to address the growing interests and technical engineering needs in renewable energy sources and efficient energy utilization.

The ECEE Department hosts the Colorado Power Electronics Center (CoPEC), one of the leading research programs in power electronics and mixed-signal integrated circuit design for applications involving management or intelligent control of energy. Numerous research projects are supported by CoPEC industrial sponsors and agencies such as NSF, DARPA, DOE, DOEd.

Mechanical Engineering, Energy and Environment Track

CU’s Mechanical Engineering Department offers an Energy and Environment Track within its MS degree program, as well as PhD program focus areas in air quality, bioengineering, materials, mechanics of materials, micro/nano systems, thermo fluid sciences, and robotics & systems design.  

Business and Law Degree Programs

Colorado Law and the Leeds School of Business both offer specialized curricula related to sustainable energy.  

Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law

For more than half a century, environmental and natural resources law has been a key part of the Colorado Law curriculum. The school’s commitment to teaching and research in these areas complements the school’s physical location in the Rocky Mountain West—a region defined by its vast natural resources, public lands and parks, and many American Indian reservations. Ranked consistently among the very best in the nation, Colorado Law’s Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resources Program is one of the strongest and deepest programs of its kind.  

MBA Sustainability

CU's Leeds School of Business is ranked among the top 30 Global Green MBA Programs in the world for the quality of sustainability education. The Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR), and the CU Real Estate Center collaborate to enable Leeds MBA students to create a portfolio of sustainability-focused courses. The courses offered within the MBA curriculum can be supplemented by additional courses offered by other graduate programs on campus, and can be combined to produce a strong emphasis in sustainable business practices.

Master of Engineering in Engineering Management

The Master of Engineering is an excellent alternative to an MBA for engineers, scientists, and technical professionals who want to move into management. The Program facilitates technically minded people to learn and practice data-driven management, develop leadership capabilities, and apply proven principles for business performance improvement.  The core curriculum addresses the business basics of project management, finance and accounting, quality management and leadership. Specialty areas provide in-depth skills in areas such as leadership, project management, commercialization, quality sciences and research methods.

Engineering Undergraduate Programs

CU Boulder offers a variety of technically-oriented undergraduate programs for students with an interest in the engineering of renewable and sustainable energy systems. 

Energy Engineering Minor

The energy engineering minor will give you the tools and perspectives necessary to be successful in the workforce. The program covers oil and gas as well as renewables and is open to any undergraduate student rostered in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The program, which was designed with guidance from an industry advisory panel, will allow you to demonstrate on your resume and to prospective employers that you are ready to work in energy.

Electrical Renewable Energy Systems

(ECEN Minor for Undergraduates)

As society moves away from the overwhelming dependence on fossil fuels toward more sustainable and environmentally friendlier alternatives, the need for engineers and scientists ready to take on new challenges and bring innovations to present and future energy systems is expected to grow. The objectives of the minor in electrical renewable energy systems are to address the growing interests and technical needs in renewable energy sources and efficient utilization of electrical energy. The minor provides training in applications of electrical engineering to renewable energy systems such as solar and wind beyond the training usually received by science, mathematics, applied mathematics or other engineering majors. This minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours.

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