3% of US electricity generated by renewable energy in 2010; projected 17% of US electricity generated by reneweables by 2030
- Type of Degree: Bachelor of Science (BS)
- Location: Randolph Center Campus
- Credit Requirements: 121
The renewable energy industry continues to grow and many analysts predict that by 2020, the global clean energy economy will top $1 trillion. At Vermont Tech, you'll take advantage of an integrated course of study including engineering, technology, science, and business to prepare for careers designing, implementing, and managing renewable energy systems and similar technologies.
The Renewable Energy degree program begins with foundation courses to build a broad base of knowledge and skills in science, engineering, technology, design, analysis, and communication. The program curriculum also offers hands-on experience with solar, wind, biomass, and other working renewable energy systems on our Randolph Center campus.
Along with a complete Renewable Energy Lab, students have access to a variety of working renewable energy installations that provide power to the Randolph Center campus.
Renewable energy courses offer hands-on experiences that include design, site assessment, systems installation, biomass processing, system performance monitoring, and troubleshooting. Students also develop and apply theoretical tools to predict system performance and utilize computer-aided technology for design. Technologies covered include solar PV, renewable heating, wind, and biomass.
Our graduates pursue careers as systems designers, systems technicians, field operations technologists, technical managers, and sales technicians employed by renewable energy manufacturers; energy project developers; manufacturing and technology companies; and energy consulting and management firms.
CCV students: Our articulation agreement with CCV guarantees admission for CCV graduates who complete the AS in STEM Studies with a 2.0 or higher GPA, provided the student has completed a minimum of 60 pre-approved transfer credits. Please contact our Admissions office for specific degree requirements.
A student with a Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy will be able to:
- Design and manage renewable energy systems and related technologies
- Develop a career path that employs knowledge of science, technology, and management to address energy needs and challenges
- Work as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team using strong graphic and verbal skills to present ideas
- Integrate state-of-the-art knowledge in this rapidly evolving profession
Bachelor’s degree students are subject to Vermont Tech’s minimum degree requirements. The minimum degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy are:
- 6 credits of college English
- 12 credits of mathematics, including MAT 1520 and MAT 2021
- 12 credits of arts, humanities, and social science
- 12 credits of electives
- 16 credits of lab-based science, including PHY 1041, PHY 1042, chemistry, and biology
- 16 credits of engineering courses, including CAD, AC, and DC electrical circuits
46 credits of Renewable Energy core courses, including or equivalent to:
- ARE 2031 Environmental Systems I
- ARE 2032 Environmental Systems II
- ARE 3050 Fundamentals of Fluids & Thermodynamics
- ARE 4030 HVAC Systems
- BUS 2020 Principles of Management
- BUS 3250 Organizational Behavior & Management
- BUS 4530 Technical Project Management
- MEC 1010 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Technology
- MEC 2150 Introduction to Solar Photovoltaic Technology
- MEC 3010 Wind Power
- MEC 3040 Bioenergy
- MEC 3170 Renewable Heating Systems
- MEC 4120 Renewable Energy Modeling
- MEC 4722 Renewable Energy Capstone Project
- MEC 4802 MEC Internship Review
- SSC 2030 Energy Systems & Sustainability
- Scholarships: While there are no program-specific scholarships available at this time, additional scholarships are available.
Careers in Renewable Energy
Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017 National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)
World clean energy investment 2017 vs. 2016 (source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance)
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