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The Energy Engineering Certificate will prepare undergraduate students to:

  • Face world energy supply and demand challenges
  • Ensure a sustainable energy future

The program is for:

  • Engineering majors
  • Suitably prepared science majors

The program stresses all energy sources, including development, generation, conversion, transmission and use. Emphasis is placed on improving the standard of living for all people while preserving and improving the environment.

An overall GPA of 3.0 is required. The certificate is recorded on a student’s permanent transcript upon successful completion.

To earn the Energy Engineering Certificate, students must complete a minimum of 13 semester credit hours, including either: 

  • ENGR 101 – Energy: Resources, Utilization and Importance to Society; or,
  • PETE 201 – Introduction to Petroleum Engineering, and GEOG 201 – Introduction to Human Geography

Three additional courses will be selected from approved list linked below. 

Approved Additional Courses


Students must complete and submit the certificate application to the Energy Certificate Program Coordinator (501U Richardson Building) prior to registering for any of the certificate courses.


  • Be in good academic standing within major department.
  • Obtain a "C" or better in each course taken towards certificate program.
  • Achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 in approved certificate program coursework.
  • Submit completed certificate worksheet to the Energy Certificate Program Coordinator upon registering for final course(s) to complete certificate requirements.
  • It is recommended that students take 6 hours of coursework above what is required for their degree program.
  • Consult with an academic advisor prior to submitting the application for the certificate.

Certificate Courses Accepted by Major

  • Some or all courses may be accepted as technical electives with approval from the respective department.
  • The civil and environmental engineering department will accept these courses as a technical elective for some majors.
  • The aerospace engineering department will accept 485/491 courses towards degree plans if they are honors, as well as ENGR 281 and 381. Students can petition for a 400-level or 600-level course in AERO or another department to count for an AERO technical elective.
  • The biological and agricultural engineering department has one 3-hour technical elective and one 3-hour engineering elective which could be fulfilled by appropriate courses used toward a certificate program.
  • The electrical and computer engineering department has several 400-level courses which could be used as technical electives for ECEN. Each is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • The engineering technology and industrial distribution department will accept most any upper level (3xx or 4xx) engineering courses as a technical elective. Students should submit a written request explaining why and how their selected course applies to the program.

Certificate Application and Worksheet

Students may obtain a certificate application and worksheet by emailing the program coordinator listed below.

For more information

Cathy Sliva

  • Associate Professor of Engineering Practice, Petroleum Engineering
  • Director, Undergraduate Advising, Petroleum Engineering
Cathy Sliva