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Biofuels Technology and Sustainability - Certificate

Program Details

The Biofuels Technology and Sustainability program at Southeastern Illinois College is a more basic, introductory program designed to introduce students to the subjects of biofuels and sustainability. This program is a non-degree option and can serve to benefit students that already have earned an associate's or bachelor's degree and desire additional education in biofuels in order to break into or advance through the industry. As the use of biofuels and the focus on sustainability increases, so does a demand for professionals that are aware of current and emerging trends in the field.

It is the goal of this program to prepare students for entry-level work, transfer to a senior institution for additional study, or to create their own entrepreneurial role in the field. According to the faculty at SIC, reducing the United States dependence on foreign oil and overall pollution are two main contributing factors to the focus on alternative energy sources. There are a few facts about biofuels of which SIC wants applicants to be aware. Biodiesel burns more efficiently than traditional diesel and is easier to move and store, and ethanol yields more fuel than it takes to produce it, making it another option.

In order to complete the program, students are to complete a sequence of four courses, resulting in 12 credits. This program focuses more on the production side of the industry, instructing students in biodiesel and ethanol production, as well as biofuels systems technology. Graduates of this program should be prepared to take on entry-level work positions in government agencies, ethanol plants, and biofuels companies.


Applicants must submit an official copy of their high school transcript or GED scores and official college transcripts to the Enrollment Services Office.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Southeastern Illinois College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.