Associate Degree Specialization in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power

Earn Your Degree in As Little as 16 Months1

Use software and simulation tools to explore alternative energy technologies such as hydroelectricity, geothermal power and waste fuels with DeVry University’s Associate in Engineering Technology with a specialization in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power.

This specialization, anchored by our Tech Core curriculum, includes an embedded Engineering Technology Certificate of the same specialization. This degree also stacks into our Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology helping you to demonstrate your growing skills before completing your degree at DeVry2.

Best of all, you can earn your Associate Degree Specialization in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power online on your schedule. Request more information to see how our online degree programs can help you further your education on your terms.

Get to Know Our Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power Degree Specialization

Our online Associate in Engineering Technology with a Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power degree specialization takes students who want to make a difference in the world deep into the future of alternative energy. You’ll:

  • Learn about motors, generators and battery technologies
  • Understand the smart grid and integrated alternate energy technologies
  • Build circuits and analyze, voltage, current and power outputs
  • Explore a variety of alternate energy sources such as solar, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal technologies

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Associate Degree in Engineering Technology with Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power Specialization in as little as 1 year + 4 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.

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Why DeVry?

Complimentary Laptop

You’ll get a complimentary laptop as part of your technology program3. It’s our way of investing in your education—and you.

Work With IoT Technologies & Systems

Immerse yourself in the Internet of Things (IoT) world and obtain hands-on experience with IoT, cloud, software and security technologies and systems.

Certification Exam Reimbursement

Several of our tech programs are designed with industry-recognized certifications in mind. Qualified students may receive up to a $300 reimbursement for the cost of one exam attempt across a wide range of certifications:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Cloud+


Other certifications may also be eligible for reimbursement. Speak to your Student Support Advisor for additional information.

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What You'll Learn

Our Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power Degree Specialization will cover topics such as:

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    Communicate Methods and Findings

    Learn to communicate the rationale behind research methods and recommendations while presenting performance objectives, issues and solutions.
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    Sustainability

    Assess different renewable energy sources and storage options best suited for a selected region.
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    Complex Problem Solving

    Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.
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    Alternative Energy

    Understand how conventional energy sources can be replaced by alternate energy technologies.
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    Collaborate in Dynamic Work Environments

    Learn to collaborate with colleagues in varying locations and environments to coordinate and share information.
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    Circuit Analysis

    Design and analyze circuits ensuring proper construction, voltage and currents.
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    Machines and Power

    Understand how conventional energy sources can be replaced by alternate energy technologies.
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    Automation and Control

    Configure and troubleshoot control systems.
  • digital literacy icon

    Digital Literacy

    Learn to apply appropriate technologies in order to solve digital issues and problems within databases.

Skill Focused Curriculum

Elements of the curriculum are aligned to industry certifications to help you validate your knowledge and skills as you prepare to pursue such certification exams as:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA ITF+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Cloud+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • PCEP Certified Entry-Level Python Programmer

Strong Legacy

At DeVry University, our first Associate in Electronics Engineering Technology program was accredited in 1955, and our first Bachelor’s in Electronics Engineering Technology was launched in 1969. We’re proud to continue this legacy through the programs we offer today.

Degrees in engineering technology at DeVry prepare for careers to solve technology problems.

Career Opportunities

Built on a solid Tech Core, the online Associate in Engineering Technology with a Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power specialization prepares you to tackle climate change as you learn to harness, use and analyze a variety of alternative energy sources.

With a Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power degree specialization, you can consider careers including, but not limited to:

  • Electrical Engineering Technician
    This position allows you to assist an electrical engineer with the design, development and testing of electrical control systems and equipment, including those that connect to the smart grid. Depending on the specific role, your work might be hands-on or more theoretical in nature.

  • Computer User Support Specialist
    Also known as a help-desk technician, this job assists computer users with challenges they face. In the renewable energy sector, this might mean helping end users solve problems with their solar power setup or assisting corporate team members with their software analysis tools. This is primarily remote work in which you will assist by email, chat or phone, but site visits may sometimes be necessary.
  • Field Service Technician
    As a field service technician, you’re responsible for installing, maintaining and repairing equipment, such as wind turbines or solar batteries. You’ll spend the majority of your time visiting sites where the equipment is housed.

  • Engineering Technologist (General)
    General engineering technologists meet many different challenges across a wide variety of engineering specialties. Under the guidance of an engineer, you might work in product design, field engineering or technical operations across the renewable energy sector.

Course Options

The online Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power degree specialization consists of a minimum of 64 credit hours divided into:

  • General Education (Essentials): 26 credits
  • Tech Core: 21 credits
  • Automation and Electronic Systems: 6 credits
  • Career Preparation: 1 credit
  • Specialization: 10 credits

General Education Courses

Communication skills

ENGL112 Composition

One of:

SPCH275 Public Speaking
SPCH276 Intercultural Communication

Humanities

One of:

ETHC232 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions
ETHC334 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Social Sciences

SOCS185 Culture and Society

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

MATH114 Algebra for College Students
PHYS204 Applied Physics with Lab

Personal and Professional Development

CARD405 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Tech Core Courses

Tech Core

CEIS101 Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
CEIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems
CEIS110 Introduction to Programming
CEIS114 Introduction to Digital Devices
NETW191 Fundamentals of Information Technology and Networking
NETW211 Fundamentals of Cloud Computing
SEC285 Fundamentals of Information Systems Security

Program Courses

Automation and Electrical Systems

ECT226 Electronic Device and System Foundations
ECT286 Automation and Controls

Career Preparation

CEIS299 Careers and Technology

Specialized Courses

Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power

SUST210 Renewable Energy: Science, Technology and Management

Two of:

REET302 Introduction to Alternative Energy Technologies
REET322 Power Electronics and Alternative Energy Applications
REET326 Electric Machines and Power Systems

Stackable Credits – Apply Credits to the Next Degree Level at DeVry

All courses from this Associate in Engineering Technology with Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power specialization stack into our Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology.** Build your skills—and make use of your credits earned—at your pace. Chat with us to learn more about your options or find out more below!

Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power FAQs


What is a sustainable energy degree?

A degree in sustainable energy, sometimes called a sustainability degree, is a degree that covers topics related to the generation, distribution and research of sustainable energy from water, wind, the sun or renewable sources like biomatter. In the case of our Associate Degree in Engineering Technology with a specialization in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power, our degree aims to prepare you to work with and understand the various technologies that generate and distribute renewable energies in an efficient manner.


Are sustainable and renewable energy the same?

Despite often being used interchangeably, there is a difference between sustainable and renewable energy. Renewable energy refers to resources that can be replenished on a reasonable timeline like crops, wood and other biomatter. Sustainable energy is derived from sources that cannot be depleted, such as wind power and solar energy. Hydroelectricity is often considered a sustainable energy generation method, though water can be depleted in the event of severe droughts caused by climate change.


What degrees are best for pursuing a career in renewable energy?

In general, the best degrees for people looking to work toward a career in renewable energy are engineering degrees with a specialization in renewable and sustainable energy. DeVry's Associate Degree in Engineering Technology with a specialization in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power can be a great place to get started as this degree program gives you the opportunity to build your engineering skills while learning about specific considerations for green energy.


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1Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.
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As part of this program, one complimentary laptop is provided to students enrolled in the Associate in Information Technology and Networking, Associate in Engineering Technology, Associate in Network Systems Administration, Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking, Bachelor’s in Software Development, Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology, Bachelor’s in Network and Communications Management and Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems. The laptop is issued during the student’s second session. Certain restrictions apply.
*The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements
**At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.