Sustainable Energy

College of Rural and Community Development

Occupational Endorsement

Providing education and training in energy efficiency and renewable energy, the sustainable energy occupational endorsement addresses many of the energy issues that influence Alaska communities and provides the basic academic preparation for entry-level sustainable energy careers. It also serves as a steppingstone into science- and engineering-related certificate, associate or bachelor’s programs.

The program is structured as 6 credits of foundation knowledge and a minimum of 6 credit electives that allow students (in consultation with their advisor) to specialize in specific areas of sustainable energy. Some examples of how the electives can be formed into specific areas of study follow. Applicants must be 16 years old to be admitted.

Energy Science
ENVI F101Introduction to Environmental Science3
PHYS F102XEnergy and Society4
CTT F100Construction Technology Core3
CTT F160Photovoltaic Systems I5
CTT F161Photovoltaic Systems II5
CTT F100Construction Technology Core3
CTT F250Current Topics in Construction Trades2
ENVI F120Home Energy Basics1
CTT F100Construction Technology Core3
CTT F250Current Topics in Construction Trades1-3
ENVI F120Home Energy Basics1
Energy-Efficient Construction
CTT F100Construction Technology Core3
CT S201Cold Climate Construction 13
Other areas of study related to sustainable energy

CT S201 is offered by the University of Alaska Southeast.

Complete the following admissions requirement:

  • Be at least 16 years old by the first day of the semester in which you are admitted.

Occupational Endorsement Program

Minimum Requirements for Occupational Endorsement: 12 credits

Students must earn a C- or better in each course.

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
Occupational Endorsement Requirements
Complete the occupational endorsement requirements.
Program Requirements
ENVI F220Introduction to Sustainable Energy3
Select one from the following:3
Construction Mathematics
Intermediate Algebra
Mathematics for the Trades
Select 6 credits from the following:6
CT S201
Cold Climate Construction 1
Construction Technology Core
Photovoltaic Systems I
Photovoltaic Systems II
Current Topics in Construction Trades
Introduction to Environmental Science
Home Energy Basics
Building Ventilation and Energy
Energy Efficient Building Design and Simulation
Energy and Society
RE A110
Introduction to Solar Photovoltaic Systems 2
RE A130
Introduction to Small Wind Systems 2
RE A150
Basics of Ground-Source Heat Pump Systems 2
or other, advisor-approved electives
Total Credits12

CT S201 is offered by the University of Alaska Southeast.


 RE A110, RE A130 and RE A150 are offered by the University of Alaska Anchorage.