Program Overview

The University of Florida’s Graduate Certificate in Solar Energy is offered through an entirely online format. This program is administered through the College of Engineering, and under the university’s EDGE Department. The Solar Energy Certificate is designed to prepare engineers for careers related to solar technologies. This program’s distance learning delivery was designed with working students and engineering professionals in mind who wouldn’t normally have the freedom to pursue a traditional certificate on-campus due to family, location, or work commitments.

This program’s core curriculum consists of three courses, or nine credits. The coursework takes approximately one year to complete, and students can begin any semester they choose. There is only one required course, and students fulfill the other two course slots by choosing an elective from a list tailored to their personal interests and professional goals.

The required course spans the topic of Solar Energy Utilization, emphasizing the characteristics, availability, collection, storage, conversion, and refrigeration of solar energy. The elective courses cover a wide range of topics, including solar radiation heat transfer, advanced solar reactors, concentrated solar energy, and energy conversion. Upon successful completion of the thorough curriculum, students may be equipped with the solid skill set and knowledge base to succeed in this field.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Students must have a BS degree in Engineering, with minimum undergraduate GPA 3.0

    School Overview

    The University of Florida is a public research university located in Gainesville, Florida. The university is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university. Founded in 1853, UF was the first state-supported higher learning institution in Florida. At UF, our students utilize more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. With some of the most future-focused facilities led by some of the best minds in their fields, it’s no wonder UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities.

    UF has 16 academic colleges and over 150 research facilities, offering students the ability to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. University of Florida offers many degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level entirely online.


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