Certificate in Sustainable Energy (SE)

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.

Students will complete the certificate as part of their Honours BES degree. The SE certificate will enhance the theoretical foundation provided by student’s 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.

Required courses (24 credits):

  • ES/ENVS 3130 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 3400 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 3505 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 3510 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 4400 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 4401 3.00
Elective courses and 6.00 credits from the following list of elective courses:

  • ES/ENVS 3125 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 3140 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 3151 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 3340 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 3410 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 3420 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 3430 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 3440 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 3520 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 4230 6.00
  • ES/ENVS 4320 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 4402 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 4430 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 4440 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 4510 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 4520 3.00
  • ES/ENVS 4523 3.00

How to Apply

To apply for the Sustainable Energy Certificate Program, students must fill out the SE application form (PDF) and submit it to the Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) at the beginning of the third year of their Honours BES program and after completing 48-60 credits.

Other requirements
Students working towards this certificate must:

  • maintain honours standing with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 6.00 (B) in the certificate required courses;
  • achieve a cumulative GPA 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.