Advanced Engineering Certificate in Energy Systems


The certificate program offered by the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology is aimed at providing understanding of energy engineering and the increasing role of energy engineers in addressing growing energy needs. The new skills and advanced understanding developed in class will prepare students for employment in rapidly growing energy industries.

Students completing the Certificate will develop an understanding of the current status of energy issues and systems, and their management; learn about varying energy resources and technologies, such as petroleum, coal, natural gas, nuclear, solar, biomass, hydro-electric, and wind; be exposed to technical details on existing commercial processes and associated economics of various energy products; gain a better understanding of public policies to provide greater momentum to the energy industry; learn about the environmental impacts of the various energy systems; get credits for future studies in energy engineering in the Hampton Roads region; and acquire the skills and knowledge to be a part of the expert workforce for the energy industry.

Biomass Research Laboratory Brochure

Advanced Engineering Certificate in Energy Systems Brochure

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Certificate Program must hold a Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) in an engineering field or undergraduate degree in another relevant STEM field. Prerequisites for applicants from non-engineering fields include college-level mathematics, calculus-based physics, and chemistry or biology.

Those interested in applying for the Certificate Program should download this Application Form (pdf), complete it, and submit via email to Dr. Sandeep Kumar (


To earn the Advanced Engineering Certificate in Energy Systems, the student must complete twelve credit hours of graduate course work, with a 3.00 or better grade point average. The 12 credit hours are to be four 3-credit courses chosen from the following list of approved courses. At least 2 of the 4 courses must be at the 600-level or higher.

CEE558 Sustainable Development
CEE559 Biofuels Engineering
CEE595 Topics in CEE: Transportation Sustainability
CEE795/895 Topics in CEE: Green Building - Analysis and Design
ECE571 Introduction to Solar Cells*
ECE772/872 Fundamentals of Solar Cells*
ENGN671/CEE659 Carbon-Free Clean Energy
ENGN672/ENMA695 Energy Systems Management
ENGN697 Independent Study in Energy Systems
ENGN772/872 Fossil Energy
MAE513 Energy Conversion*
MAE605 Advanced Classical Thermodynamics
MAE795/895 Topics in MAE: Advanced Energy Conversion*
ECE 495/595 Power Systems Design and Analysis

* Students may apply ONE of ECE571 and ECE772/872 and ONE of MAE513 and MAE795/895 to the Certificate Program.