Dec 09, 2022  
2022-23 Western Washington University Catalog 
    
2022-23 Western Washington University Catalog

Energy Science and Technology, BS


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Energy Studies, University Interdisciplinary Programs

107-113 credits

Introduction

The goal of the Energy Science and Technology degree is to give students knowledge and analytic skills in the science and technology of today’s diverse energy systems and industries. The degree is designed to prepare graduates to become leaders in Washington’s emerging clean energy economy with an interdisciplinary education that emphasizes applied science and technology, complemented by energy policy and business practices, that industry experts have prioritized among Washington’s energy workforce needs.

Note: Students who complete the BS degree in Energy Science and Technology can also receive the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero-Energy Design Designation by completing the following courses within the major: ENRG 360 - Energy Efficient and Carbon Neutral Design  or ESCI 360 - Energy Efficient and Carbon Neutral Design ; and ENRG 464 - Sustainable Building Analysis and Design  or ESCI 464 - Sustainable Building Analysis and Design 

Why Consider an Energy Science and Technology Major?

Globally, access to modern energy services, including efficient usage, is essential to realize 20th century, let alone 21st century, living standards. A transition from inefficient use of fossil fuels to a clean, efficient energy system is key to managing urgent global risks such as climate change. Locally, demand is increasing for a trained energy workforce in Washington, due to an aging energy workforce and growth in emerging energy efficiency, grid modernization and energy storage industries in the state.

 Contact Information

Institute Director
Joel Swisher
360-650-4424
Joel.Swisher@wwu.edu

Program Advisor
Gail Cowan
360-650-4422
Gail.Cowan@wwu.edu

Administrative Assistant
Hailey Rieman
360-650-6190
riemanh@wwu.edu

 
 Sample Careers

Corporate/Campus Energy Manager | Energy Efficiency Analyst | Building Energy Modeler | Energy Program Manager | Energy Resource Planner | Renewable Energy Project Manager | Director of Greenhouse Gas Management | Founder, new energy-related enterprise

 Major/Career Resources

www.wwu.edu/careers/students_choosingamajor.shtml

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Contact the Institute for Energy Studies office at 360-650-4422.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors. Students enrolled in this degree program are not eligible for Energy Science Minor.

Requirements


Electives (16 credits minimum)


Students must take at least 16 credits from this list.

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