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Online Energy Degrees (see also posts of Online Courses)


Life Collaborative:  Biofuels and Renewables Immersion Program:   The changing landscape of biofuels and other biofeedstock based products converges with tradition in this comprehensive learning track.   This program is intended to acquaint the technologist-scientist with business fundamentals and the business professional with the essentials found in creating and manufacturing bio-renewable consumer products.

30 Core Courses
• Project Management Fundamentals (Recognized by PMI)
• Comprehensive Communication Series
• Summary Science Courses for the Non-Scientist
• Finance, Marketing, Sales, and Much More
• 10+ Video Vignettes of Real World Practitioners
• 13 Optional Courses

Personalized User Interface
• Progress Gauges and Transcripts
• Suggested Learning Path
• “Remember Me” Feature
• Glossary of Commonly Used Business & Science Terms
• Downloadable Workbooks & Templates

Interactive Communication and Skill Assessments
• People Style Profile (Personality & Communication)
• My Action Plan (Skill Based Capabilities)

Professional Development Community
• Regional Events, Best Practice Blogs, Member Profiles, Webinars, Links to Skill Building Resources and More!

Examples of Business & Science Courses in this Program
• Introduction to Industrial Biotechnology
• Algae
• Business Ethics
• Biofeedstocks
• Say it Smart to Influence
• Biofuels
• Budgeting
• Valuation of Intellectual Property
• Project Management: Developing Requirements
• Economics of Industrial Biotechnology   READ MORE


Marylhurst University, Oregon M.S. Sustainable Business, Concentration, Renewable Energy Marylhurst University is a private liberal arts university located 10 miles south of Portland, Oregon, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional certificates.

Marylhurst’s online Master of Business Administration degree in Sustainable Business prepares you to make a positive footprint in your office and in the world around you. When you choose a concentration in Renewable Energy you’ll gain a fresh perspective on business while learning how to address environmental regulations and policy that incorporate important decisions impacting energy use, business strategy and operational management. READ MORE


Hosted by McGill University, BioFuelNet Canada, a national research network, is offering an online certificate course on advanced biofuels. This is a special edition for engineers who would like to complete their mandated training.  Anyone else interested is also welcome to join. This course is a basic overview of biofuels feedstocks, conversion technologies, combustion/emissions, as well as sustainability and aspects of commercialization and policy. The course features 14 lectures, organized into 4 modules by top biofuels researchers and experts in different aspects of the biofuels sector. The course will provide participants with a global understanding of the highly multidisciplinary biofuels sector and insight into the biofuels industry as well as the current challenges and opportunities.   READ MORE


Miles Community College, Milwaukee Online Associates Degree, Energy Technology; A.A.S Biofuels Miles Community College has collaborated with The University of Montana College of Technology in Missoula to offer an online degree in Energy Technology. The Energy Technology Program introduces students to the full suite of energy technologies—traditional, emerging, renewable, and alternative—and prepares them for careers in the energy industry. READ MORE


National Biodiesel Board  With the ever-expanding availability of biodiesel and biodiesel blends in the fueling and automotive marketplace, the National Biodiesel Board believes that providing current information to the technical experts who maintain our national’s vehicles and fleets is key.  See this pagefor access to an online self-directed program and for lists of other mechanics training opportunities.  READ MORE

In response to the US Engine and equipment manufacturers (EMA/OEM) support for biodiesel blends, the National Biodiesel Board’s Technical team provides education and outreach throughout several sectors of the OEM industry. Part of this technical support is hosting technical seminars for OEM equipment dealers and technicians across North America. These technical seminars follow a workshop format with both lecture and/or hands-on practicum. Typically the workshop is tailored to the industry sector and location’s needs and experience. The National Biodiesel Board OEM Technical Training Seminar series offers courses on the following subjects:

  • Introduction to Biodiesel, Technical Overview (BIO 1.0)
  • Overview of Diesel Engine Fundamentals (BIO 2.0)
  • Understanding Today’s Diesel Fuel (BIO 2.1)
  • Biodiesel Vehicle Performance and Maintenance (BIO 3.0)
  • Biodiesel Fleet Case Studies (BIO 3.1)
  • Biodiesel Fuel Quality and Filtration (BIO 3.2)
  • Biodiesel Educational Resources (BIO 4.0)
  • Biodiesel and Exhaust Emissions After-treatment (BIO 3.3)
  • Biodiesel Train-the-Trainer (BIO 5.0)   READ MORE


Pennsylvania State University:  Penn State’s Biomass Energy Center sponsors an annual series of advanced short course training opportunities for emerging bioenergy topics.  National and international experts in biomass energy are brought together to deliver the latest developments in bioenergy, and to provide an opportunity for the biomass energy industry to meet fellow stakeholders and network with other bioenergy experts.

Topics and schedules for upcoming events are posted  as they become available.  Some presentations from recent events are available online. READ MORE


Southeastern Illinois College Biofuels Certificate, Online Courses      Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg has created a biofuels education program. The program debuted for the Fall 2010 semester with two online courses: Energy 111 – Intro to Biofuels, and Energy 151 – Ethanol Production.   Two more courses in the program are planned for the Spring 2011 semester: Energy 131 – Biodiesel Production, and Energy 211 – Biofuels System Technology, also both online.

By offering all of SIC’s biofuels courses online, they are just as accessible to students outside the college district as for those inside. Students enrolled this fall range from local district students, to residents from as far away as New Jersey, South Carolina and Nebraska.   The courses are also very affordable – just $83 per credit hour, plus fees.   “This innovative ethanol and biofuels program will educate and train workers in support of the Renewable Fuels Standard directive – which is leading our nation toward energy, economic and environmental security, while providing jobs for American workers,” said Renee Loesche, who teaches all of SIC’s biofuel courses.

SIC’s online courses alone provide students with a greater understanding of all levels and aspects of the biofuels industry, including production, byproducts, promotion, marketing, pricing and distribution. These courses will help make students more attractive to plant operators looking for highly qualified employees as the industry continues to grow and expand.  In addition, for those wanting to obtain further and more in-depth training, the college offers certificates in biodiesel, ethanol and biofuels production. The biodiesel and ethanol certificates are one-year programs that also include some core classes, while the biofuels certificate is a fast-track, one-semester program concentrating on renewable energy courses and math, science and computer skills that would be relevant to careers in the field.  However, the 12 credit hour certificate in Biofuels Technology and Sustainability, can be earned completely online.

For more information or questions regarding the online biofuels courses at Southeastern Illinois College, contact the instructor, Renee Loesche, at  Other questions concerning the program may be directed to Dr. Dana Keating at 618-252-5400, or toll free at 1-866-338-2742, ext. 2200, or visit   READ MORE and  MORE


At Syracuse University, we believe in an education that transcends traditional classroom learning. With this mission in mind, the faculty of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science has created dynamic online programs to empower students around the globe to earn a degree from Syracuse while continuing to work in their careers.

Our online programs are invaluable opportunities to advance your knowledge and career. We are proud to offer the following degrees for online students:

The Master of Science in Computer Engineering program consists of 30 credit hours over 20 months. Topics of study include hardware, software and security assurance systems. Students engage in dynamic lectures, discussions and practical coursework led by Syracuse’s distinguished faculty of professional engineers and prominent researchers.  Click here to learn more about the online M.S. in Computer Engineering.

Syracuse’s online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering immerses students in a 30 credit hour curriculum over 20 months. Electrical engineering students explore topics including digital communication and circuits, electromagnetic fields and signal processing and system design through Syracuse’s unique and concentrated educational experience.  Click here to learn more about the online M.S. in Electrical Engineering.


University of California, San Diego  Biofuels Certificate Program  As the biofuels industry continues to develop and mature, there will be an increasing demand for a well-trained workforce, including research and development scientists, engineers, and field technicians, through to policy analysts, business development professionals and project managers. Training will also be required by the support industries, which will no doubt be springing up as the biofuels industry grows.

Even at this early stage, biofuels research and development in the San Diego region constitutes an increasingly robust cluster of economic activity and employment opportunities. A 2011 analysis, conducted by the San Diego County of Governments� (SANDAG) economic bureau, reports that for the algae sector alone, the industry currently provides the San Diego region with 466 direct jobs and $81 million in direct economic activity and $157 million in total economic activity annually. With increasing pressure on fossil fuels and the movement to develop clean, renewable alternative energy, the biofuels sector is set to grow at an impressive pace.

Biofuels Science  Specialized Certificate  The Biofuels Science Certificate is aimed at training professionals for field and laboratory roles in the growing biofuels industry. It provides students hands-on technical knowledge and experience in laboratory techniques used in biofuels production, analysis and processing.  NOTE: This is a hybrid program. Lectures are completed online. The laboratory components are completed during summer quarter at the UC San Diego campus.

Biofuels Processes  Specialized Certificate  The Biofuels Processes certificate program provides students with a comprehensive view of the landscape of biofuels research and production, analysis and downstream processing, as well as project management and other business skills required to excel in a management-level biofuels position.  NOTE: This program is offered entirely online. No laboratory components are required.


University of Tennessee: Certified Biomass Procurement Specialist Switchgrass Unit  This eight-hour online course is designed to prepare agriculturists to work with farmers as employees of a bio-refinery to provide its feedstock needs. Course topics include site selection, soils, drainage, fertility, varieties, weed control, selecting growers, contracts, production systems and other switchgrass production issues. Course instructors are specialists from Auburn University, University of Tennessee, University of Kentucky and Genera Energy.


University of Vermont Bioenergy Professional Certificate Program  — UVM’s Bioenergy Professional Certificate provides alternative approaches to traditional energy sources in Biofuels, including:

  • Liquid Biofuels (seed-based biodiesel; bioethanol; algae-biofuels)
  • Solid Biofuels (wood and grass energy)
  • Biogas (farm-based energy)

This Certificate Program offers college graduates, farmers, teachers,and entrepreneurs technical exposure to Biofuels science and technology topics that address environmental, economic, social, and other Biofuels-related issues.

Depleting fossil fuel reserves and adverse effects of fluctuating oil prices have reawakened interest in alternative, sustainable sources of energy, and this emerging sector will require a well-trained workforce. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with the recent government mandate enforcing the use of alternative fuels, demand for new types of fuel production is expected to rise.

Biofuel-related occupations involve a broad range of education and experience. Although some occupations require a bachelor’s degree or higher, there are also opportunities in this field for those with related work experience.

UVM’s Bioenergy Professional Certificate is a great opportunity to understand our current energy issues, as well as explore new clean-energy solutions to improve the health of our environment.  READ MORE


University of Washington Certificate in Green Chemistry & Chemical Stewardship

A new certificate program from the University of Washington will help chemists, environmental and sustainability professionals, health and safety professionals and product managers make informed product decisions that take into account sustainability, toxicity and human health concerns. The certificate in Green Chemistry & Chemical Stewardship will be offered through the Professional and Continuing Education program at the University of Washington. The classes will be offered sequentially, beginning in January, 2015, and concluding in August, 2015.

Study the fundamental principles of green chemistry, which encourages the reduction in use of harmful substances through chemical design and material decision making processes. Examine the connection between chemicals, toxicity and human health and how these factors influence material and product decisions. Learn how to identify sustainability issues related to the adoption of green chemistry practices and how to apply your newly acquired knowledge and skills to promote chemical stewardship.

  • Online format
  • Experience using comparative chemical hazard assessment tools for product selection
  • Capstone project to evaluate a chemical or product within a sustainability framework