The overall objective of the 32-credit online iMPS-RESS program is to provide you with the knowledge to become a technically outstanding expert in renewable energy and sustainability systems. You will take 11 credits in the program's core courses. In addition, the 9 credits in the wind energy option will specifically help prepare you to lead wind energy development projects.
In consultation with your program adviser, you will select an additional 9 credits from an array of electives designed to meet your individual learning goals. You will then complete your studies with the 3-credit capstone experience.
General areas related to the following will be included in the core curriculum:
- energy and sustainability science
- energy and sustainability project development
- business acumen
- energy and sustainability leadership
- advanced critical thinking
Courses in the wind energy option will address topics such as:
- interconnected design elements of a modern horizontal axis wind turbine and how their design relates to site specific implementation
- aerodynamic theory and computational methods used for the design of state-of-the-art wind turbines
- use of design and analysis software common across the industry
- optimization of a wind project site from performance, logistics, financial, and environmental perspectives
Course List - Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems - Wind Energy Option
The degree for the iMPS-Wind Energy option will be conferred upon students who complete a minimum of 32 credits while maintaining a grade-point average of 3.0 or better in all course work, including at least 18 credits at, or above, the 500 level (with at least 6 credits at the 500 level), and who complete a quality culminating capstone project in consultation with a graduate adviser.
Please note that courses used to satisfy option credits cannot be used to fulfill the required elective credits.
|Ethical Dimensions of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems||BIOET 533||Examination of ethical issues relevant to research procedure, professional conduct, social and environmental impacts, and embedded values in research.||2 credits|
|Foundations in Sustainability Systems||EME 504||Theoretical background of sustainability issues and studies of sustainability systems.||3 credits|
|Energy Markets, Policy, and Regulation||EME 801||Structure and function of energy markets; existing and emerging environmental regulations; decision making by energy companies.||3 credits|
|Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems||EME 802||An overview of renewable energy technologies and energy system analysis.||3 credits|
|Wind Turbine Aerodynamics||AERSP 583||Analysis of wind turbine performance, aeroacoustics, and loads; turbine selection for site-specific application.||3 credits|
|Wind Turbine Systems||AERSP 880||Wind turbine technology and the critical elements of turbine systems design.||3 credits|
|Engineering of Wind Project Development||AERSP 886||An overview of the wind project development process and technical considerations for onshore and offshore applications.||3 credits|
|Biomass Energy Systems||A B E 884||Theories and applied technologies for production and conversion of biomass into energy and co-products.||3 credits|
|Distributed Energy Planning and Management||A E 862||Theories and practices of distributed energy production and management in context of regional and integrated energy grid structures.||3 credits|
|Applied Energy Policy||EME 803||Provides in-depth exploration of energy policy development, implementation, and assessment of multiple governmental and corporate scales with emphasis on energy markets.||3 credits|
|Solar Resource Assessment and Economics||EME 810||Methods, economic criteria, and meteorological background for assessing the solar resource with respect to solar energy conversion technologies.||3 credits|
|Utility Solar Electric and Concentration||EME 812||Technical and theoretical background for utility scale solar energy conversion technologies to generate electric power.
Prerequisite: E M E 810
|Project Management||MANGT 510*||A problem-based, interdisciplinary course in project management skills and techniques needed to manage projects in a modern business environment.||3 credits|
|Supply Chain Management||SCM 800*||Introduction to the strategic framework, issues, and methods for integrating supply and demand management within and across companies.||4 credits|
*These courses require special permission.
|Management and Design of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems||A B E 589||Real-world renewable energy systems projects using a systems analysis and case-study approach.||3 credits|
See course start and end periods and semesters offered on the Penn State World Campus student resources website.