Certificate in Energy and Environment - Undergraduates Only

The Certificate in Energy and the Environment is designed to provide Duke undergraduates with an understanding of the breadth of issues that confront our society in its need for clean, affordable and reliable energy. An expertise in energy will expand career options in the private, non-profit, government and academic sectors. The goal of the Certificate is to develop innovative thinkers and leaders who understand the energy system as a whole and the important interconnections among policy, markets, technology and the environment.

Certificate Requirements

Energy use is a multifaceted problem, which draws upon the perspectives and expertise of a variety of disciplines. The Certificate in Energy and the Environment is therefore similarly interdisciplinary.

These requirements apply to students who declare their intent to pursue the certificate in Fall 2013 or thereafter. Students who declared prior to Fall 2013 will follow the previous requirements, or may petition to follow the new requirements.

Core Course:


Three elective courses (one from each area):

Markets and Policy

CEE 315 (ENVIRON 365D, PUBPOL 211). Engineering Sustainable Design and the Global Community
ECON 325S. Economic Analysis of Current Energy Issues
ECON 431S. Research Methods: Energy Markets/Environmental Impacts
ECON 439 (ENVIRON 363). Economics of the Environment
ENVIRON 212 (PUBPOL 275). United States Environmental Policy
ENVIRON 577 (PUBPOL 577). Environmental Politics
ENVIRON 583S (POLISCI 663S, PUBPOL 583S). Energy and U.S. National Security
GER 364S (HISTORY 250S, ENVIRON 366S, ENERGY 364) Green Germany: World Leader in Environmental Policy
POLISCI 145 (ECON 119). Introduction to Political Economy
POLISCI 344 (ENVIRON 345, PUBPOL 281). Environmental Politics in the United States
POLISCI 549S (ENVIRON 544S). Collective Action, Property Rights, and the Environment

The following half-courses, any two of which may be combined to fulfill this elective requirement:

ENVIRON 520. Resource and Environmental Economics I
ENVIRON 521. ;Resource and Environmental Economics II
ENVIRON 635. Energy Economics and Policy


CEE 160L. Intro to Environmental Engineering and Science
CEE 461L. Chemical Principles in Environmental Engineering
CEE 462L. Biological Principles in Environmental Engineering
EOS 202. Ocean and Atmosphere Dynamics
EOS 351S. Global Environmental Change
EOS 364S. Changing Oceans
EOS 355. Global Warming
ENVIRON 102. Intro to Environmental Science and Policy
ENVIRON 245. The Theory and Practice of Sustainability

Energy Science and Technology

CHEM 590. Special Topics in Chemistry (Energy: Science and Engineering Fundamentals)
ENRGYEGR 310. Introduction to Energy Generation, Delivery, Conversion, and Efficiency
ENRGYEGR 490.01. Bioenergy
ENRGYEGR 490.02 (ME 490.01). Energy for the Built Environment
ENRGYEGR 490.03. Renewable Energy Technologies
ENRGYEGR 490.04. Power Electronics
ENRGYEGR 490.05. Modern Power Systems
ENVIRON 630. Transportation Energy
ENVIRON 631. Energy Technology and the Impact on the Environment
ME 461. Energy Engineering and the Environment

*Note: In selecting the elective course in Energy Science and Technology, it is important to consider which course will provide optimal preparation for the student's Capstone project course. Students should discuss their selection of this elective with a co-director of the program.

One Additional Elective Course (selected from elective course list, or alternate approved course)

Capstone Project Course (choose 1)

ENVIRON 452L (for Trinity students); EGR 424L (for Pratt students). Energy and Environment Design: Teams of students explore the feasibility of a new modified energy resource, technology, or approach. An integrative design course addressing both creative and practical aspects of the design of systems related to energy and the environment.

Or, with prior approval of the certificate co-director, the following may serve as the capstone project course if taken during the student's junior or senior year. Alternatively, students may take the following as their fourth elective course for the certificate:

ENERGY 595/596. Connections in Energy: Projects: Teams of undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty supervisors to identify, refine, explore and develop solutions to pressing energy issues. Teams may also include postdoctoral fellows, visiting energy fellows, and other experts from business, government, and the non-profit sector. A team's work may run in parallel with or contribute to an on-going research project. Teams will participate in seminars, lectures, field work and other learning experiences relevant to the project. Instructor consent required.

Note: The certificate requires a total of six courses. AP credit may not fulfill certificate requirements. No more than three courses may originate in a single department (*the capstone course is not included in this requirement). No more than two courses that count toward the Certificate may be used to also satisfy the requirements of any major, minor, or other certificate program.

Enrollment & Contact Information

As a Trinity student, you must declare the certificate through the University Registrar’s Office. Forms can be filled out at their office in the Smith Warehouse. As a Pratt student, you can access the form here or through the Dean’s office.

More information may be obtained from:
Duke University Energy Initiative
Emily Klein, 919-684-5965, ek4@duke.edu

Gendell Center for Engineering, Energy & the Environment
Josiah Knight, 919-660-5337, jknight@duke.edu