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Renewable Energy & Ecological Design
Program Director: Lucas Brown, M.Arch.
Division of Environmental Studies & Management
Bachelor of Arts in Renewable Energy & Ecological Design
Certificate in Renewable Energy & Ecological Design
The B.A. in Renewable Energy & Ecological Design is a unique, innovative program that integrates the study of energy and design in conjunction with the College's award winning Environmental Liberal Arts experience. Students in this major learn about and apply ecological design strategies using both mind and hands, and develop a comprehensive understanding of energy use and the pathways to a clean energy future. The program's interdisciplinary curriculum provides a high degree of flexibility, allowing students to develop a concentration in their area of interest.
Skills-focused classes in the well-equipped fabrication facility, design exploration in the dedicated studio, engaging internships, numerous field trips, and participation in real-world hands-on community projects are critical components of this major. As a graduate of the program, students are equipped to employ ecological design strategies, analyze renewable energy opportunities, and the skills to realize appropriate and meaningful solutions. Potential career paths included product design, residential design/build, small-scale renewable energy, utility-scale renewable energy, energy policy, as well as further study in related areas.
Students will describe personal, national, and global energy use patterns and evaluate the social and environmental challenges of current energy systems.
Students will define a sustainable energy future and describe the technologies and policies necessary to move toward a sustainable energy future.
Students will identify ecological design principles and apply them to the built environment through both conceptual exercises and applied hands-on projects.
Students will analyze sustainable design and energy challenges within a broad interdisciplinary context and create innovative solutions.