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Alternative and Sustainable Energy Systems

List of courses required for Alternative and Sustainable Energy Systems Certificate 

SES-100
Green Strings: Tying Energy Efficiency and Energy Sustainability Together
1 credit hour
One hour of lecture weekly
Examines energy fundamentals, energy pathways, production and consumption patterns, energy economic and environmental impact, and the rationale for developing and for implementing sustainable, renewable alternative energy resources and systems.

SES-101
Introduction to Conventional and Alternative Energy Systems
3 credit hoursThree hours of lecture weekly; one term
Introduces basic energy concepts and principles and presents a detailed overview of both conventional and alternative energy sources.

SES-200
Residential Energy Systems 1: The Electrical System
4 credit hoursThree hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory weekly; one term
Integrates theory, laboratory investigations, and fieldwork to investigate both the fundamentals of electrical circuitry and the design and function of the residential electrical energy distribution system. The principles of performance and efficiency of lighting systems and common appliances are presented, strategies for both improving household electrical energy efficiency and for conserving electrical energy use are analyzed, and the feasibility of incorporating a residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system is evaluated. Lab fee $40.

SES-201
Residential Energy Systems 2: Heating and Cooling Systems
4 credit hoursThree hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory weekly; one term
Addresses theoretically and practically the problem of maintaining a seasonally comfortable residential temperature and humidity environment. The principles of heat transfer, the requirements for satisfying and for regulating home heating and cooling load demands, and the design and function of residential heating and cooling systems are examined and analyzed, using theory, laboratory investigations, and fieldwork. Strategies for energy conservation and increased energy efficiency are explored, including solar heating and cooling systems, sustainable design, and landscaping options. Lab fee $40.

SES-250
RESNET Energy Rater Certification Training
4 credit hoursThree hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory weekly; one term
Reviews the basic principles and design of household energy systems and develops the skills and provides the training for the measurement and the evaluation of residential energy performance. Lab fee $40.

NOTE: Successfully completing this course prepares the student to sit for the RESNET National Energy Rater Exam, administered at course’s end. The fee for the RESNET National Energy Rater Exam is the student’s responsibility.