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Graduate Degree Programs


Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Ali Demirci
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
249 Ag Engineering Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-1098

The graduate certificate in Bioenergy is designed specifically for current and aspiring practitioners who seek advanced skills for growing the bioenergy industry. To accommodate participation by working professionals the program is offered through Penn State's World Campus by Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (RESS) graduate program. Bioenergy certificate students earn the certificate and 12 graduate credits by earning a grade of "C" or better in each of four prescribed online courses (note that grade requirements for using these courses in other graduate programs may be different). Students who are subsequently admitted to the RESS degree program may count credits earned in the certificate program toward the RESS degree; successful completion of a certificate program neither implies nor guarantees admission to a graduate degree program.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. A background in chemistry and thermodynamics is also required.

Required Courses
A B E 884. Biomass Energy Systems (3)
A B E 885. Biomass Harvesting and Logistics (3)
A B E 888. Conversion Technologies for Bioenergy Production (3)
FOR 880. Bioenergy Feedstocks (3)

Effective Semester: FA 2013
Expiration Semester: SU 2017

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-02-059

Review Date: 10/08/2013




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