EaSE Graduate Certificate Option
Benefits of an EaSE Certificate
The EaSE student preparing to face future challenges in this area will obtain a thorough background in an engineering discipline, combined with an interdisciplinary understanding of the energy and sustainability challenges and a deeper understanding of a chosen subtopic. The purposeful mixture of core, breadth, and depth will allow the graduate to tackle problems that are faced in research, planning, development, and implementation of advanced technologies, and allow them to become intermediaries between technology and society.
Participation in EaSE will not delay a student’s progress toward the degree or add to the student’s total course load. The option is based on courses that are currently offered by The Grainger College of Engineering and other departments at Illinois. Upon successful completion of both the Graduate Certificate Option requirements and the requirements of the student’s master’s or Ph.D. program, he or she will receive an EaSE certificate. The certificate is not a transcriptable credential and will not appear on the student’s transcript.
Who is Eligible?
The Graduate Certificate Option in Energy and Sustainability Engineering (EaSE) is available to who are enrolled in a departmental master’s or Ph.D. program at Illinois. The EaSE program does not offer admission to the university. Therefore, interested students should first obtain admission into a department and then sign up for EaSE once they arrive on campus.
EaSE Certificate Requirements
Students interested in the EaSE Graduate Certificate must be enrolled in a departmental masters or PhD program at the University of Illinois and may sign up for the certificate once they have arrived on campus. The student must have sufficient background in relevant mathematics, science, and engineering; however, students do not need to be enrolled in a Grainger Engineering program.
Students must be in good academic standing to register and the minimum grade requirement for graduate coursework taken towards the certificate requirements is a C- (minus) or higher.
Five courses total at the graduate level (400 or 500 level courses with graduate credit).
- The EaSE core course pair, consisting of both ENG 471: Seminar Energy & Sustainability Engineering (1 credit hour); and ENG 571: Theory Energy & Sustainability Engineering (3 credit hours).
- Two courses in a chosen focus area (3 credit hours each).
- One course to provide topical breadth that is chosen from a different focus area (3 credit hours).
- At least one of the above three courses must be from outside of the student’s home department. A cross-listing out of department does not qualify.
For the Graduate Certificate Option in Energy and Sustainability Engineering (EaSE), students must complete at least 6 credit hours from one focus area, and at least 3 credit hours from a second focus area. Focus areas are to be selected from the 10 listed below. Select a focus area to view course options.
- Biomass Energy Resources
- Chemistry, Chemical & Materials Engineering
- Electrical Energy Conversion, Transmission & Distribution
- Energy Markets, Reliability, Safety & Security
- Environmental Engineering for Energy Applications
- Geologic Energy Resources
- Nuclear Power Generation
- Solar Energy & Climate Change
- Thermal Energy Systems & Combustion Engines
- Wind Energy