Sustainable Energy Certificate

The Sustainable Energy Certificate has been designed to respond to the rapidly expanding need for skilled professionals in sustainable energy-related occupations. The certificate provides fundamental information about emerging sustainable energy systems, including solar photovoltaics (solar PV), wind energy technologies, energy storage systems, and geothermal systems. The certificate offers learners a credential in preparation for entry-level support positions in sustainable energy or to supplement experience gained in traditional energy sectors. Graduates will possess expertise in determining the benefits of integrating the sustainable energy fields associated with the certificate program into the existing energy production infrastructure. The graduates will also gain competency in evaluating the impact of energy policies in the specific sustainable energy field as well as serving in public-facing roles to improve awareness and acceptance of emerging sustainable energy sources. Graduates will be able to describe the environmental impacts associated with sustainable energy sources.

Typical Employment Outcomes:

  • Public utility companies
  • Alternative energy companies such as solar power or geothermal distributors
  • Governmental enterprises such as cities and towns
  • Public advocacy groups supporting sustainable energy

Certificate Program Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the coursework, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of solar, wind and geothermal energy sources and the integration of energy storage systems as a sustainable energy solution.
  • Provide arguments in connection with advantages, disadvantages, as well as societal, economic and environmental considerations in relation to sustainable energy solutions.
  • Evaluate the impact of specific energy policies as well as environmental policies in solar energy, wind technology, geothermal systems and energy storage applications.
  • Advocate for the implementation of sustainable energy applications including solar and wind installations.
  • Explain the methods of extracting geothermal energy to promote utility energy efficiency and electrification actions.
  • Assess funding opportunities along with other incentives associated with sustainable energy solutions.

*Gainful Employment Mandatory Disclosure Statement

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.

Contact Information


Dr. Adam Filios
Lupton Hall, Room 246
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

Fall 2020

Subject to revision

ENV 101 Energy Sustainability and Environment 3
MTH 110 Statistics 3
ENV 302 Wind Technology 3
ENV 303 Energy Storage and Electric Drive Vehicles 3
ENV 304 Geothermal Systems 3
ENV 306 Solar Energy 3

Curriculum Summary

Total Required Credits: 18


ENV 101 Energy Sustainability and Environment

This is an introductory course to create and enhance the critical awareness of the student regarding various forms of energy, sustainability issues and the impact on the environment through unbridled use of energy in the present day context. A scientific and technological approach is used to discuss various topics. The knowledge base of this course is derived from certain natural sciences such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Eco-Science. The main topics of discussion are: Forms of energy, energy conservation, impact on the environment by the use of energy, forms of renewable energy and sustainability issues. The critical policy issues related to energy are also discussed. The course prepares the student to be a fully aware citizen on energy issues facing the community and the world.

MTH 110 Statistics

Basic concepts of probability and statistical inference. Included are the binominal, normal, and chi-square distributions. Practical applications are examined. Computer assignments using Minitab form an integral part of the course. Prerequisite(s): MP2 or MTH 015

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