CU Boulder offers a number of energy education programs.

RASEI Professional Certificate 

Applcations for Fall 2018 are no longer being accepted. Please check back for certificate program updates. 

MENV: Professional Masters Programs

This professional master’s degree program that is administered by the Environmental Studies Program, but partners with units and disciplines across the Boulder campus including the Environmental Design Program, Colorado Law, the Leeds School of Business, and the Department of Economics, and organizations and institutions in the community.

Masters of the Environment--

Specialization in Renewable and Sustainable Energy

The Masters of the Environment (MENV) is an intensive 42-credit in-residence professional graduate degree program that prepares students for a wide variety of management and leadership careers related to energy and the environment.  Students complete a 17-month capstone project throughout the program with a partner organization in the private, public, or non-profit sectors.  RASEI coordinates the Renewable and Sustainable Energy specialization within the MENV program.  This program is designed for recent graduates with 2-5 years of professional experience.  

Applications are accepted July 15th - May 1st, with priority deadlines of December 1st for international students and December 15th for domestic students.    

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.  Students in these programs may also pursue the RASEI Graduate Certificate as a supplement to their degree program.    

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.  Students in these programs may also pursue the RASEI Graduate Certificate as a supplement to their degree program.  

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. Students in these programs may also pursue the RASEI Undergraduate Certificate as a supplement to their degree program. Please check with your primary degree academic advisor.

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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