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Graduate Certificate in Energy
Rutgers University, Graduate School, New Brunswick


  The Program

The Graduate Certificate in Energy is designed to giving Rutgers students a strong background in the timely topic of energy. The Graduate Certificate in Energy takes advantage of the several energy-related courses offered at Rutgers, as well as ongoing research at our university involving all aspects of energy. The Graduate Certificate in Energy will build on the diversity, magnitude, and variety of Rutgers resources in science, engineering and public policy by enabling graduate students to cross over to courses outside their graduate program and enrich their background in energy. Students receiving this certificate will have received a broad exposure to the topics and challenges in energy and they will have stronger qualifications to pursue a career in industry, government and academia upon graduation, as well as become leaders in innovation. Currently, Rutgers is unique in New Jersey offering a Graduate Certificate in Energy.

Participating graduate programs currently include but are not limited to:

Bioenvironmental Engineering

Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Business School

Earth and Planetary Sciences

Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Environmental Science

Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Physics and Astronomy


Eligibility and Application to the Program

Any graduate student in a natural sciences or engineering graduate program is eligible to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Energy. Once accepted, the graduate student must take three courses from the list of courses below. The certificate will be issued after the student completes all degree requirements for their programs of study. The student must submit an application to the Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) office, listing the courses the student intends to take for the Certificate in Energy. Students are encouraged to select their courses from a broad range of topics related to energy, in order to have balance and diversity in their education.
The courses that the certificate student takes must be outside the student's graduate program. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that they will get graduate credit for the courses they take from their graduate programs and that they have satisfied the prerequisites of the certificate courses they wish to take.
A student can select one of the certificate courses as an independent study. The topic and the faculty member supervising the independent study have to be approved by the REI office.

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Courses that a Student Can Take in Order to Receive the Graduate Certificate In Energy

New courses are continually being added and the list is not limited to those listed.  The course list is periodically revised to reflect new offersings at Rutgers.

Energy Graduate Courses

16:335:501,502 Integrated Energy Challenges and Opportunities I,II (2,2) Challenges and opportunities related to society's demand for energy and the resulting environmental impact, from the perspective of physical, biological, and social sciences and  engineering. Prerequisite: IGERT fellowship or permission of instructor. Goldman, Felder, Struwe. Cross Listed with Energy Sustainability and Policy 34:970:620 and 34:833:620 Energy Policy and Planning



26:120:522 (NW) Resource Sustainability

Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

833:680 Energy, Sustainability and Polcy (credit not given for this course and 970:620)

970:620  Energy Sustainability and Policy cross listed with 833:620 Energy Policy and Planning

970:662 Transportation and the Environment (cross linked with 10:762:495) 

970:670  Energy Engineering, Economics and Policy

970:672  Energy Policy and Planning

Business School

22:799:607 (NW) Supply Chain Management Strategies

22:799:608 (NW) Procurement Management and Global Sourcing

Business and Science

137:555  Concepts in Corporate Sustainability

137:556  Integrated Energy Challenges and Opportunities (crosslinked to 16:335:501,502)

Earth and Planetary Science

460:629  Seminar in Earth System Science (Contact Prof. Kopp at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information)

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

155:453  Chemical Environmental Engineering

155:511  Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

155:512  Advanced Chemical Engineering Molecular Thermodynamics

155:514  Kinetics, Catalysis, and Reactor Design

155:518  Process Systems Engineering

155:531  Biochemical Engineering

155:533  Bioseparations

Chemistry and Chemical Biology

160:425  Chemical Thermodynamics

160:521  Atomic and Molecular Structure

160:525  Chemical Thermodynamics

160:541  Special Problems Chemistry/Materials: Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

160:575  Organometallic Chemistry

160:579  Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry - Integrated Energy Challenges and Opportunities

Civil and Environmental Engineering

180:429  Water and Wastewater Engineering

180:564  Unit Processing in Environmental Engineering

180:565  Biogeochemical Engineering

180:568  Thermal Effects on Receiving Waters

Ecology and Evolution

215:650 Fundamentals of Ecosystem Ecology

Electrical and Computer Engineering

332:402/585  Sustainable Energy: choosing among options

332:411 Electrical Energy Conversion

332:581  Introduction to Solid State Electronics

332:583  Semiconductor Devices I

332:594  Solar Cells

Environmental and Business Economics

373:363  Environmental Economics

Environmental Sciences

375:322  Energy Technology and its Environmental Impact

375:510  Environmental Microbiology

375:517  Applications of Aquatic Chemistry

375:522  Environmental Organic Chemistry

375:523  Environmental Fate and Transport

375:534  Environmental Sustainability

375:563  Geomicrobiology

Materials Science and Engineering

635:405 Solar Cell Design and Processing

635:503 Theory of Solid State Materials

635:511  Thermal Analysis of Materials

635:527  Thermodynamics of Materials Systems

635:532 (S) Kinetics of Materials Systems

635:566  Electron Microscopy

635:604 Special Problems Chemistry/Materials: Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

635:604:02:78052  Special Topics Materials: Devices for Energy Storage, Harvesting and Conversion

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

650:461  Internal Combustion Engines

650:462  Power Plants

650:474  Alternative Energy Systems

650:541 Microsystems and Nanosystems

650:570  Conduction Heat Transfer

650:574  Advanced Thermodynamics

650:578  Convection Heat Transfer

650:670  Combustion

650:674  Radiation Hear Transfer


680:491  Microbial Ecology and Diversity

Ecology and Evolution

704:466  Ecosystem Modeling and Management


750:451  Physical Oceanography

750:611  Statistical Mechanics

750:612  High Energy Astrophysics

Planning and Public Policy

970:571  Industrial Ecology

970:672  Energy and Policy and Planning


For More Information on the Graduate Certificate in Energy

Rutgers Energy Institute
Paul Falkowski, Director, Graduate Certificate Program
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
71 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-8521

Program Coordinator
Beatrice Birrer
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Admission to Rutgers University

Applicants interested in pursuing graduate work at Rutgers, either the master's or doctoral level, must apply to one of the participating graduate academic degree programs. A curriculum plan will be developed with an appropriate faculty adviser in that program. For application forms and additional information about Rutgers admission to the participating degree programs (including deadlines, GRE scores, and other requirements, which vary by program), contact:

Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions,
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,
18 Bishop Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8530

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