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Renewable Energy

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The Renewable Energy major is a broad-based interdisciplinary program addressing the social, economic, and technical issues that graduates will encounter in the emerging field of renewable energy and green careers.

Why Study Renewable Energy?

The Renewable Energy undergraduate major is a broad-based program addressing the social, economic, and technical issues that graduates will encounter in the emerging field of renewable energy. Graduates will be prepared for jobs in the fields of biofuels, wind and solar energy, or regulatory and governmental agencies.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Technological proficiency
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Good leadership skills
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Experience in interacting with diverse populations
  • Collaborative team skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong computer skills
  • Logical Thinker

Related Fields

Wind Energy

  • Wind resource assessment
  • Service Operations Manager
  • Project Permitting Manager
  • Project Developer
  • Project Controls Engineer
  • Wind Farm Site Manager – O & M
  • Business Development Manager
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Quality manager

Employers

  • Wind farm developers
  • Wind consultants
  • Wind turbine manufacturer
  • Component manufacturer
  • Contractors

Strategies

  • Learn touse wind resource assessment software
  • Get an internship with a wind developer/manufacturer
  • Minor in Integrated Manufacturing
  • Attend county board hearings
  • Earn a certificate in project management
  • Attend trade shows and conferences

Photovoltaics/ Solar Thermal

  • Systems designer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Quality manager
  • Technical Sales representative

Employers

  • Renewable energy consultants
  • PV manufacturers
  • Renewable energy distributors

Strategies

  • Become amember of the American Solar Energy Society
  • Attend trade shows and conferences
  • Take courses or workshops on PV design and installation
  • Earn NABCEP certification

Biomass

  • Ethanol/biodiesel plant manager
  • Biomass research and development
  • Controls engineer

Employers

  • Ethanol/biodiesel plants
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Biomass developers

Strategies

  • Take extra courses in agriculture and chemistry
  • Attend trade shows and conferences
  • Participate in European tour of biomass technologies
  • Learn a second language

Government

  • Research and Development
  • Policy development
  • Program manager

Employers

  • Federal government agencies
  • State government agencies
  • Department of Energy Labs

Strategies

  • Obtain internship with a government agency
  • Take extracourses on government
  • Get involved in student government
  • Seek leadership opportunities
  • Develop exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Develop research skills

Tradeand Professional Organizations/NGOs

  • Conference and Education Director
  • Legislative Affairs Director
  • Member Relations Manager
  • Policy Analyst
  • Program Developer

Employers

  • Trade/Professional organizations
  • Non government organizations

Strategies

  • Obtain internship with an organization
  • Take extra courses in communication
  • Get involved in student organizations
  • Seek leadership opportunities
  • Develop exceptional oral and written communication skills

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Megan Kayfish  110 Student Services Building  meturne@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-0735 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Joe Cleary  Turner Hall 120A  jpclear@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2609 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA

2.50

Middle 50% GPA

2.93 - 3.43

Required Courses

None

Recommended Courses

  • Physics (PSY 105)
  • Chemistry  (CHE 102 or CHE 110/112)
  • Finite Math (MAT 120)
  • Statistics (MQM 100 or ECO 138)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110)
  • Economics - Macro and Micro (ECO 105)

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Cathy McKay  Turner Hall 215  camckay@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2665 

Middle 50% GPA

2.93 - 3.43

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Application Period

Applications always available.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Cathy McKay  Turner Hall 215  camckay@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2665 
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