What is the purpose of the certificate program?
The purpose of the Certificate in Renewable Energy and the Environment is to provide an organized channel for students who wish to pursue interdisciplinary energy studies in addition to their selected major and/or minor. The program combines academic courses, outreach interactions, hands-on research experiences, and networking opportunities.
PARC and I-CARES see the certificate program as a complement to a student's major and/minor coursework. The certificate is also seen as complementary because it offers applied and experiential learning opportunities, such as outreach activities, seminars, field trips, etc., outside of the classroom.
PARC and I-CARES emphasize the certificate not as alternative coursework but as a supplemental experience.
How do I enroll in the certificate program?
Any degree-seeking undergraduate student at Washington University may begin the certificate program by completing and submitting the online Certificate Program Application.
How is the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Renewable Energy and the Environment different from an academic minor?
While the courses students take for an academic minor may also be counted toward certificate points, the certificate program differs from an academic minor in several ways: (1) The certificate program is not an academic award, and thus will not appear on transcripts. However, students who are awarded a certificate may choose to list the accomplishment on their résumé. (2) The certificate program is organized, supported, and presented to students by two research centers whereas minors are awarded by a school/college. (3) Minors typically consist of academic coursework only. In addition to coursework, the certificate program is designed to include a balance of applied and experiential learning outside of the classroom. In this way, the certificate may be viewed as complement to a student's academic minor.
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