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2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Power and Energy Certificate


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Requirements for the Undergraduate Certificate in Power and Energy

The purpose of the Power and Energy Undergraduate Certificate is to provide students with a formalized recognition of an emphasis in power and energy as part of their undergraduate degree program. The certificate consists of a series of foundational courses, supplemented with a broad array of elective courses related to power and energy. The elective courses cover a wide variety of areas, including fundamentals, conventional and emerging technologies, smart grid systems, distributed generation, power system protection, energy storage, solar power, biofuels, and others. This certificate is an important part of the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK), created through a grant from the US Department of Energy.

Structure

The Director of the Power and Energy Undergraduate Certificate is responsible for admitting students into the certificate, approving each student’s curriculum for completing the certificate, and notifying the Registrar when certificate requirements have been completed. Students completing the certificate will receive a paper certificate and the certification will also be posted on the student’s official transcript. The certification will not appear on the student’s diploma.

Entrance Requirements

To be accepted into the University of Kentucky Power and Energy Undergraduate Certificate, the student must be pursuing an undergraduate degree and have completed at least 24 credits with a UK cumulative GPA of at least 2.50. A transfer student can be accepted into the certificate if he/she has completed at least 24 credits with a weighted cumulative GPA from all other institutions of at least 2.50.

Exit Requirements

  • The student must complete a minimum of 15 credits of course work in the certificate curriculum taken for a letter grade. Courses taken prior to admission into the certificate can be applied to the certificate.
  • A minimum of 9 credits must be at, or above, the 300-level.
  • The student must earn a grade of C or better in each course used to satisfy the certificate.
  • The student must complete a 3-credit breadth component. The breadth component requires that a student take courses in at least two disciplines, with a minimum of 3 credits completed in the second discipline.
  • The certificate will be awarded to students who complete the certificate curriculum and also complete an undergraduate degree.
  • No more than 9 credits of the Power and Energy Undergraduate Certificate can be used as required courses in the student’s major, minor, or other certificate. Courses used to satisfy the certificate can be used as electives (including technical electives) in a student’s degree program.
  • Courses applied to the Power and Energy Undergraduate Certificate cannot also be applied to the Power and Energy Graduate Certificate.
  • The Power and Energy Undergraduate Certificate Director must approve the certificate curriculum for each student.

Power and Energy Undergraduate Certificate Curriculum

The structure of the certificate curriculum is shown below:

Required Course: 3


Core Elective: 3


Choose one of the following courses:

Power and Energy Electives: 9


Choose 9 credits from the approved list of Power and Energy Electives. The selected courses must be approved by the Director of the Power and Energy Undergraduate Certificate to ensure that the selections maintain a thematic consistency and fulfill the certificate breadth requirement. A partial list of approved power and energy courses is provided below. Additional courses will be added as they are approved for the power and energy certificate curriculum.

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