Graduate Certificate in Energy

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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.

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Eligibility and Application to the Program

  •  Any graduate student (in a natural sciences, social science, business,  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.

Participating graduate programs currently include but are not limited to:

  • Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Bioenvironmental Engineering
  • Biology
  • Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
  • Business School
  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Enginnering
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
  • Economics
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Human Ecology
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Marine Biology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Physcis and Astronomy
  • Plant Biology and Pathology
  • Sociology


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

The course list below will be periodically revised to reflect new offersings at Rutgers. Please consider courses that may not be posted and contact REI for confirmation of eligibility for certificate.

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. Cross Listed with Energy Sustainability and Policy 34:970:620 and 34:833:620 Energy Policy and Planning


Atmospheric Science

  • 16:107:571 Climate Change Risk Analysis (cross linked with 16:460:571 and 34:970:663)


Bioenvironmental Engineering

  • 16:117:507 Environmental Systems Analysis



  • 26:120:522 (NW) Resource Sustainability


Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

  • 34:833:632 Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • 34:833:680 Energy Sustainability and Policy (cross listed with 34:970:620)
  • 34:833:686:02 Climate Governance
  • 34:970:571 Industrial Ecology
  • 34:970:618 Environmental Planning and Management
  • 34:970:619 Environmental Economics and Policy (cross linked with 833:619)
  • 16:762:624 Planning, Public Policy, and Social Theory
  • 34:970:631 Communicating Science to Decision-Makers
  • 34:970:552 Transportation and the Environment (cross linked with 10:762:495)
  • 34:970:655 Climate Change Risk Analysis (cross linked with 16:218:602 and16:107:571)
  • 34:970:670 Energy Engineering, Economics and Policy
  • 34:970:672 Energy Policy and Planning


Business School

  • 22:799:607 (NW) Supply Chain Management Strategies
  • 22:799:608 (NW)  Global Procurement and Supply Management


Business and Science

  • 14:332:402 (NB)  Sustainable Energy: Choosing among Options
  • 16:137:554 Fundamentals of Sustainability
  • 16:137:555 Concepts in Corporate Sustainability
  • 16:137:556 Integrated Energy Challenges and Opportunities (crosslinked to 16:335:501,502)
  • 16:215:603 (NB)  Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change
  • 26:375:590 (NW)  Introduction to Environmental Biophysics


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

  • 16:155:453 Chemical Environmental Engineering
  • 16:155:511 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • 16:155:512 Advanced Chemical Engineering Molecular Thermodynamics
  • 16:155:514 Kinetics, Catalysis, and Reactor Design
  • 16:155:518 Process Systems Engineering
  • 16:155:531 Biochemical Engineering
  • 16:155:533 Bioseparations
  • 16:155:571 Sustainable, Renewable and Clean Energy Science and Engineering


Chemistry and Chemical Biology

  • 16:160:425 Chemical Thermodynamics
  • 16:160:521 Atomic and Molecular Structure
  • 16:160:525 Chemical Thermodynamics
  • 16:160:541 Special Problems Chemistry/Materials: Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • 16:160:575 Organometallic Chemistry
  • 16:160:579 Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry - Integrated Energy Challenges and Opportunities


Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • 16:180:429 Water and Wastewater Engineering
  • 16:180:564 Unit Processing in Environmental Engineering
  • 16:180:565 Biogeochemical Engineering
  • 16:180:568 Thermal Effects on Receiving Waters
  • 16:180:591 Sustainable Environmental Biotechnology
  • 16:180:592 Green Infrastructure for Water Management


Earth and Planetary Science

  • 16:218:602 Climate Change Risk Analysis (cross linked with 34:970:655 and 16:107:571)
  • 16:460:629 Seminar in Earth System Science (Contact Prof. Kopp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information)


Ecology and Evolution

  • 16:215:510  Conservation Ecology
  • 16:215:585 Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Modeling
  • 16:215:586 Ecosystem Modeling, Quantitative Analysis for Ecosystem Management
  • 16:215:650 Fundamentals of Ecosystem Ecology


Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • 16:332:402/585 Sustainable Energy: choosing among options
  • 16:332:411 Electrical Energy Conversion
  • 16:332:581 Introduction to Solid State Electronics
  • 16:332:583 Semiconductor Devices I
  • 16:332:585 Sustainable Energy
  • 16:332:594 Solar Cells


Environmental and Business Economics

  • 16:373:363 Environmental Economics


Environmental Sciences

  • 16:375:322 Energy Technology and its Environmental Impact
  • 16:375:510 Environmental Microbiology
  • 16:375:517 Applications of Aquatic Chemistry
  • 16:375:522 Environmental Organic Chemistry
  • 16:375:523 Environmental Fate and Transport
  • 16:375:524 Source Control of Atmospheric Pollution
  • 16:375:534 Environmental Sustainability
  • 16:375:560 Air Pollution Measurements
  • 16:375:563 Geomicrobiology


Food and Business Economics

  • 16:395:509 Environmental and Resource  Economics



  • 16:450:501 (F) Introduction to Natural Resources Management
  • 16:450:502 Resource Management Decision Making
  • 16:450:503 Environmental Management
  • 16:450:508 Environment and Development
  • 16:450:523 The Climate System and Global Climate Change


 Human Ecology

  •  16:378:501  The Human Dimensions of Environmental Change
  •  16:378:502  Assessing and Governing Long-term Risks


Materials Science and Engineering

  • 16:635:405 Solar Cell Design and Processing
  • 16:635:413  Solar Technology Venture Analysis
  • 16:635:440: Electrochemical Materials and Devices
  • 16:635:503 Theory of Solid State Materials
  • 16:635:511 Thermal Analysis of Materials
  • 16:616:35:527 Thermodynamics of Materials Systems
  • 16:635:532 (S) Kinetics of Materials Systems
  • 16:635:566 Electron Microscopy
  • 16:635:604 Special Problems Chemistry/Materials: Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • 16:635:604:02:78052 Special Topics Materials: Devices for Energy Storage, Harvesting and Conversion


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • 16:650:461 Internal Combustion Engines
  • 16:650:462 Power Plants
  • 16:650:474 Alternative Energy Systems
  • 16:650:541 Microsystems and Nanosystems
  • 16:650:570 Conduction Heat Transfer
  • 16:650:574 Advanced Thermodynamics
  • 16:650:578 Convection and Radiation Heat Transfer
  • 16:650:670 Combustion


Microbial Biology

  • 16:682:501 Microbial Life
  • 16:682:524 Applied and Industrial Microbiology
  • 16:682:572 Microbial Ecology and Biodiversity


Physics and Astronomy

  • 16:750:451 Physical Oceanography
  • 16;750:611 Statistical Mechanics
  • 16:750:612 High Energy Astrophysics




For More Information on the Graduate Certificate in Energy

Rutgers Energy Institute
Rachael Shwom, Director, Graduate Certificate Program
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
71 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Administrative Assistant



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,
56 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8541