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Renewable Energy Technology Degree

Curriculum REN.REN.AAS (C260A)

(Total Program Credits: 60)

The Renewable Energy Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree emphasizes basic techniques and skills necessary for entry-level employment in the alternative energy industry. Students acquire proficiency in electricity and magnetism, controls, PhotoVoltaics (PV), wind, energy efficiency, effective communications and employment skills.

Program graduates may seek entry-level employment in companies, such as solar installation, wind, energy auditing and weatherization and may be employed as solar technicians, wind technicians, and energy auditors. Some may be entrepreneurial and may choose to start their own renewable energy companies. The Renewable Energy Technology curriculum is designed to meet the increasing demands for skilled renewable energy technicians in solar, wind, and energy efficiency. Course work emphasizes safety, electricity and magnetism, and controls, in addition to renewable energy technologies.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • explain the global impact of Renewable Energy Technologies;
  • explain the diverse career pathways in the Renewable Energy Field;
  • demonstrate safety skills used in Renewable Technology Installations;
  • design Photovoltaic Solar Energy systems;
  • explain the National Electrical Code as it relates to Renewable Energy Systems;
  • analyze Wind Technology systems and their applications; and
  • identify the basics of energy efficiency and auditing strategies to improve performance of buildings.

Placement Measures MAT, RHT, and COL sequence placement will be determined by an Academic Advisor. Contact your Academic Advisor or Transfer Specialist (if transferring), before registering for courses.
Developmental education courses do not transfer. They assist students in the path towards college credit.

(Fall 2021)

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENT 104Electricity Basic Fundamentals

3 credits

MAT 122Technical Mathematics #

3 credits

REN 100Introduction to Renewable Energy

3 credits

REN 110Electrical Construction Safety for Renewable Energy #

3 credits

REN 120Photovoltaic Design Fundamentals #

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENT 202Electricity Sustainable Applications #

4 credits

REN 130National Electrical Code and Renewable Energy Systems #

3 credits

REN 200Photovoltaic System Integrator #

3 credits

REN 220Wind Power Generation Design Fundamentals #

3 credits

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
ARC 108Materials and Techniques #

1 credit

ARC 110Materials, Methods and Sustainability I #

2 credits

BUS 141Introduction to Business

3 credits

REN 210Advanced Photovoltaic Installations #

4 credits

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16
Note: Students must complete RHT 101, with SPE 101, or RHT 101 with RHT 102. Students intending to transfer are encouraged to complete all three courses: RHT 101, RHT 102 and SPE 101 to meet university requirements.

Semester Four: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
BUS 150Principles of Management

3 credits

PHL 113Environmental Ethics

3 credits

REN 230Renewable Energy Systems: Operations and Maintenance #

3 credits

REN 240Energy Efficiency, Energy Auditing, and Commissioning of Electrical Systems #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Graduation Requirements:

Course NumberTitleCredits

General education

AAS degree

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:15

Total semester hours for program required courses program specific electives and other electives toward the AAS Degree in Renewable Energy Technology

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:45

General education Associate in Applied Science requirements by discipline:

  • Communications: Two courses (six semester hours). Department choice of RHT 101 and RHT 102 or RHT 101 with SPE 101. If transferring, it is suggested to take all three courses.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities or Fine Arts: Two courses (six semester hours are required for graduation; department choice whether courses are taken from each discipline or two courses from same discipline, to include one approved Human Diversity course.
  • Mathematics or Physical or Life Science: One course (three semester hours); review specific program requirements for your selected curriculum.
Course NumberTitleCredits

See ARC course descriptions; see REN course descriptions.

Coordinator: Frances Figg, Ext. 3129