Renewable Energy School: List of Schools with Degree Programs in Renewable Energy

Published Sep 16, 2009

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Renewable energy degree programs teach students to create and install alternative, self-regenerating energy systems powered by wind, sunlight, tidal waves, rain and other natural sources. Those interested in pursuing an education in the fast-growing field of renewable energy can find associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs at numerous 2- and 4-year institutions across the U.S.

Details of Renewable Energy Degree Programs

Renewable Energy Associate's Degree Programs

Associate's of Applied Science degrees in renewable energy technology prepare students for entry-level positions constructing, installing and maintaining renewable energy systems in residences, businesses and other buildings. Many degree programs offer concentrations or certificates for specific types of renewable energy systems, such as wind, biofuel and solar thermal energy. Course curricula include in-depth instruction in math, science and engineering. Other topics covered in renewable energy associate's degree programs include renewable energy systems analysis, construction technology, roof framing, geothermal energy systems and hydropower.

Renewable Energy Bachelor's Degree Programs

Bachelor's degrees in renewable energy educate students in the research, conversion, design and development of alternative energy systems. Students acquire this 'green' electrical engineering knowledge through courses like organic biochemistry, history of energy, heat transfer, electric conversion systems and solar meteorology. Some degree programs allow students to focus their studies on professional areas of concentration, such as design, management or global energy systems.

Many programs also include internships or senior projects to help students gain practical field experience. Renewable energy degree programs prepare graduates for careers as energy systems sales or installation specialists, energy resource analysts or community sustainability consultants.

Renewable Energy Master's Degree Programs

Many colleges and universities offer Master of Science degrees in renewable energy, or as a concentration within basic electrical engineering degree programs. Renewable energy master's degree studies prepare students for professional careers within government organizations as alternative energy systems analysts, advocates, conversion specialists or administrators. Students will receive in-depth educations on all scientific, architectural and economic aspects of solar, thermal, wind and water-based sustainable energy systems.

Courses in such programs often deal with sustainable transportation, renewable energy resource management, sustainable community design, green building design and environmental economics. In addition to professional career options, graduates of master's degree programs in renewable energy may also explore positions as academic researchers seeking new methods of energy conservation and efficiency, or go on to pursue doctoral degrees in renewable energy.

Public and Private Non-Profit Schools with Renewable Energy Degree Programs

School NameInstitution TypeEnrollmentMailing AddressPhone Number
Arizona State University4-year, Public67,082Tempe, AZ 85287(480) 965-9011
University of Wisconsin - Madison4-year, Public41,620500 Lincoln Dr., Madison, WI 53706(608) 262-1234
Washington State University4-year, Public 25,352French Administration Building, Pullman, WA 99164(509) 335-3564
Illinois State University4-year, Public20,799North and School Streets, Normal, IL 61790(309) 438-2111
Wright State University-Main Campus4-year, Public16,6723640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, OH 45435(937) 775-3333
Appalachian State University4-year, Public16,610Boone, NC 28608(828) 262-2000
University of Dayton4-year, Private not-for-profit10,920300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469(937) 229-1000
Lane Community College2-year, Public10,8264000 E 30th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405(541) 463-3000
CUNY Bronx Community College2-year, Public9,117 W 181 St. and University Ave., Bronx, NY 10453(718) 289-5100
San Juan College2-year, Public8,9314601 College Blvd., Farmington, NM 87402(505) 326-3311
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania4-year, Public8,4581 Morrow Way, Slippery Rock, PA 16057(724) 738-9000
Humboldt State University4-year, Public7,8001 Harpst St., Arcata, CA 95521(707) 826-3011
Red Rocks Community College2-year, Public7,66713300 W Sixth Ave., Lakewood, CO 80228(303) 914-6600
Farmingdale State College4-year, Public6,8502350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale, NY 11735(516) 420-2000
Oregon Institute of Technology4-year, Public3,5153201 Campus Drive, Klamath Falls, OR 97601(541) 885-1000
Morrisville State College4-year, Public3,338Morrisville, NY 13408(315) 684-6000
Mid-State Technical College2-year, Public3,170500 32nd St. North, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494(715) 422-5500
SUNY College of Technology at Canton4-year, Public2,97034 Cornell Dr., Canton, NY 13617(315) 386-7011
John Brown University4-year, Private not-for-profit2,0172000 W. University St., Siloam Springs, AK 72761(479) 524-9500

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