Energy Science and Technology

Energy Science and Technology
BS

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.

Beyond the Classroom

Women in Energy Mentoring Network

WWU's Women in Energy works to bring together women students with professional women in the energy field, to provide mentoring, and create a network of connections. 

Energy Union

The Energy Union at WWU is a place to learn about energy, network with peers and professionals, and find ongoing projects to begin building your career. 

Further Involvement

Our students are also involved in Students for Renewable Energy and Project ZeNETH.

Careers and Graduate Studies

The BS degree in Energy Science and Technology builds students’ knowledge and analytic skills in the science and technology of today's diverse energy systems and industries.

The energy BS 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, which industry experts have prioritized among Washington's energy workforce needs. Demand is increasing for a trained energy workforce in the state, due to an aging energy workforce and growth in emerging energy efficiency, grid modernization and energy storage industries in Washington.

Graduates of this robust program will possess a comprehensive understanding of energy-related business, economics and policy. They will be well equipped for leadership roles in an industry that is dynamic, evolving and highly competitive. Potential job titles and roles for which graduates will be qualified include the following:

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

To ensure the program is preparing students for the new clean energy economy, the Institute for Energy Studies has an advisory board of industry partners, including representation from Alpha Technologies, Bonneville Power Administration, Climate Solutions, Microsoft, Trane Corp., McKinstry, Universal Mechanical, Puget Sound Energy, Snohomish County PUD, Seattle City Light, The Boeing Company, and others.

We are proud to support the Institute for Energy Studies program at WWU. As a member of the founding advisory board, I have had the opportunity to provide input to the program and can say that the proposed curriculum is precisely what is needed to address our current and future energy workforce needs.

Warren W. Michelsen, District General Manager, Trane Climate Solutions, Ingersoll Rand Corp.

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Sample Jobs

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

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.

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Department of Institute for Energy Studies