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Bioenergy is a rapidly growing field that will require knowledgeable individuals with advanced, multidisciplinary skills in feedstock production, supply chain systems, and conversion. The role of professionals in this field will not be strictly technical in nature. Those with the ability to manage and improve the bioenergy industry through project development, system design and analysis, and process improvement will be in great demand.

Why a Certificate in Bioenergy at Penn State?

The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Bioenergy is offered through Penn State’s World Campus to make it possible for you to further your education while maintaining your current responsibilities. This online graduate certificate provides you with great flexibility to complete your course work at times and places most convenient for you, combined with a highly relevant, dynamic curriculum taught by faculty with world-class expertise. 

Who Should Apply?

The graduate certificate in bioenergy is ideal for you if you are a current or aspiring practitioner who wants to obtain advanced skills to further your career in the growing bioenergy industry. Students will come from varied undergraduate preparations, but experience in science or engineering is advised for this graduate certificate.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

The bioenergy field is rapidly evolving, and many career paths are emerging. With this graduate certificate you can acquire the skills — applied science, communication, business, social, and industry perspectives — that companies will look for in professionals who lead their bioenergy projects.
Because of the balanced perspective of technical understanding and project development skills, individuals in the following fields may be able to use this certificate to advance their careers:

  • biochemists and biophysicists
  • chemical or laboratory technicians
  • chemists
  • microbiologists
  • soil and plant scientists

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions. 

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.