Certificate in Sustainable Energy (SE)

Explore and gain applied skills in the area of sustainable energy (SE), specifically in energy efficiency, conservation and demand management and renewable energy sources. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has identified sustainable energy technologies and practices as foundations of cost-effective strategies to prevent dangerous climate change. There is a growing market for sustainable energy practitioners in Canada and around the world.

The certificate encompasses the policy, economic, technological and managerial aspects of sustainable energy and provides students with applied skills in the field.

By completing the certificate as part of your Honours BES degree, you will enhance the theoretical foundation provided by your Area of Concentration with expertise in sustainable energy policy, economics, law, technology, management, communications and evaluation and hands-on applied training. These skills are in high demand in the growing sustainable energy sector. Students completing the certificate program can pursue career paths with government agencies, local energy distribution companies, renewable energy developers and energy service companies.

How to Apply for Current BES Students

To apply for the SE certificate program, you must fill out the SE application form (PDF) and submit it to the Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) in 137 HNES in September at the beginning of the third year of your Honours BES program and after completing 48-60 credits.

Core Courses (18 credits):
  •  ENVS 3130 3.0 Energy and the Environment in Canada
  • ENVS 3400 3.0 Introduction to Climate Change Science and Policy
  • ENVS 3505 3.0 Business and Sustainability
  • ENVS 3510 3.0 Environmental Economics
  • ENVS 4400 3.0 Fundamentals of Renewable Energy: Theory, Policy and Practice
  • ENVS 4401 3.0 Fundamentals of Energy Efficiency: Theory, Policy and Practice in the Canadian Context

AND 6.0 credits from the following list of elective courses

Elective courses (6 credits)

  •  ENVS 3125 3.0 Popular Education for Environmental and Social Justice
  • ENVS 3140 3.0 Environmental and Sustainability Education
  • ENVS 3151 3.0 Environmental Politics and Advocacy I
  • ENVS 3340 3.0 Global Environmental Politics
  • ENVS 3410 3.0 Environmental Policy I
  • ENVS 3420 3.0 Environmental Law
  • ENVS 3430 3.0 Environmental Assessment
  • ENVS 3440 3.0 Resource Management
  • ENVS 3520 3.0 Applications of Geographic Information Systems in Environmental Studies
  • ENVS 4230 6.0 Design for Sustainability in the Built Environment
  • ENVS 4320 3.0 Gender & Development
  • ENVS 4402 3.0 Climate Change Mitigation
  • ENVS 4430 3.0 Impact Assessment
  • ENVS 4440 3.0 Environmental Disasters
  • ENVS 4510 3.0 Ecological Economics
  • ENVS 4520 3.0 Geographical Information Systems Applications in Environmental Studies
  • ENVS 4523 3.0 Systems Thinking
Other requirements

Students working towards this certificate must:

  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 6.00 (B) in the certificate required courses
  • Achieve a cumulative g.p.a. of 5.00 (C+) in all courses; and
  • Register in the Certificate program after completing 48-60 credits.

Students who have been exempted from any of the required courses or Special Students who have successfully completed the equivalent of any of the required courses must substitute additional credits from the certificate program elective courses list, for an overall total of 24 credits in the certificate program.