Graduate Certificate Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Our interdisciplinary program is open to students in nearly any UW–Madison graduate degree program. Through classes, team projects, and extracurricular opportunities, students will engage with technical, economic, political, and social factors that shape energy policy formulation and decision-making. We examine current topics in energy resources, energy market structures and practices, traditional public utilities, energy technology, energy and environmental linkages, energy and environmental policy, and energy services. The curriculum acquaints students with relevant skills, including: quantitative analysis of energy issues, technology assessment, life-cycle analysis, business analysis, and environmental quality assessment.
EAP is not available as a stand-alone graduate degree. If students want an education focused only on EAP classes, the Nelson Institute’s Environment and Resources (MS or PhD) program provides complete curriculum overlap with the EAP certificate.
EAP welcomes applications from students in any graduate degree program at UW–Madison that allows students to pursue a certificate. Students may apply to the EAP program concurrently with their graduate school application or once they have matriculated at UW–Madison. Acceptance into EAP is contingent on enrollment in a graduate degree program.
While there are no prerequisites to the program, it is recommended that EAP applicants have completed at least one college-level course in each of the following five subject areas: physical science (physics or chemistry); natural science (biology, environmental, geology or atmospheric and oceanic); economics; social sciences or humanities (besides economics); and calculus or statistics.
For more information, contact program coordinator Scott Williams. Students accepted into the program should receive email notification within 3 weeks of the receipt of their completed application.
The certificate is open to both Master’s and doctoral students. PhD students may use the EAP certificate to fulfill their doctoral breadth requirement (equivalent to a doctoral minor), though in this case courses may not be double-counted for major requirements. Master’s students and PhD students who are not using the certificate to fulfill their doctoral breadth requirement may choose courses that overlap with their major requirements.
If you have questions on which option is more appropriate for your situation, please contact the EAP program coordinator.
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Introductory Course on Energy Analysis and Policy (3 credits)
Students in this course are introduced to the units, language and methodologies essential for analysis of energy issues. 809 also provides an opportunity to form a cohort with other EAP students, especially those who are outside of the student’s primary discipline. It is strongly recommended, though not required, that EAP students take this course before other EAP courses.
The goal of this seminar is to bring together EAP students, faculty, and industry professionals to discuss professional skills in energy analysis and policy and facilitate networking between students and industry.
Energy Analysis (Choose 1 course - 3 credits)
Courses in the Energy Analysis category involve quantitative analysis of the technical and economic factors that shape society’s use of energy resources.
Regularly offered courses in this category (and semester typically offered, though): * EB=Economics and Business, TR=Technology and Resources, HE=Health and Environment
A A E/ECON 371 – Energy, Resources and Economics (Fall)EB
A A E/ENVIR ST/POP HLTH/PUB AFFR 881 – Benefit-Cost Analysis (Fall)EB
AGROECOL/AGRONOMY/ENVIR ST 724 – Agroecosystems and Global Change (Fall)TR
ENVIR ST/A A E/ECON/URB R PL 671 – Energy Economics (Spring)EB
BSE 460 – Biorefining: Energy and Products from Renewable Resources (Spring)TR
CBE 512 – Energy Technologies and Sustainability (Fall)TR
CIV ENGR/G L E 421 – Environmental Sustainability Engineering (Fall)HE
CIV ENGR 535 – Wind Energy Balance-of-Plant Design (Occasionally/Spring)TR
E C E 356 – Electric Power Processing for Alternative Energy Systems (Fall)TR
E C E 427 – Electric Power Systems (Fall)TR
ENVIR ST/BSE 367 – Renewable Energy Systems (Fall, Spring, Summer)TR
E P D 731 – Energy Efficiency in Buildings (Fall)TR
GEOSCI/ENVIR ST 411 – Energy Resources (Fall, Summer)TR
M E 466 or CIV ENGR 423 – Air Pollution Effects, Measurements and Control (Spring)HE
M E 469 – Internal Combustion Engines (Fall)TR
M E/CBE 567 – Solar Energy Technology (Fall)TR
N E 571 – Economic and Environmental Aspects of Nuclear Energy (Spring)TR
Other courses may qualify. See Course Offerings below for lists of approved courses from the most recent semesters.
Energy Policy (Choose 1 course - 3 credits)
Courses in the Energy Policy category involve the social, political, and environmental factors that underlie decision-making around energy choices.
Regularly offered courses in this category (and semester typically offered): * P=Policy, HE=Health and Environment
ENVIR ST 349 – Climate Change Governance (Fall)P
ENVIR ST/ATM OCN 355 – Introduction to Air Quality (Fall)HE
ENVIR ST/GEOG 439 – US Environmental Policy and Regulation (Fall)P
ENVIR ST/ECON/POLI SCI/URB R PL 449 – Government and Natural Resources (Summer)P
ENVIR ST/POP HLTH 471 – Introduction to Environmental Health (Spring)HE
ENVIR ST/POP HLTH 502 – Air Pollution and Human Health (Fall)HE
ENVIR ST/POP HLTH 739 – Climate Change, Human and Planetary Health (Fall,Spring)HE
*2 credits – must be combined with a 1-credit course in consultation with certificate coordinator
ENVIR ST/POLI SCI/PUB AFFR 866 – Global Environmental Governance (Spring)P
LAW 848 – Introduction to Environmental Law (Occasionally)P
POP HLTH/M&ENVTOX 789 – Principles of Environmental Health: A Systems Thinking Approach (Occasionally/Spring)HE
Because the scheduling of the preceding courses is coordinated with the needs of their home departments, EAP cannot guarantee that specific courses will always be offered at specific times or rotations. Each semester, the EAP program faculty will consider other qualifying courses for the upcoming semester that fulfill one of the categories above. Once approved, the EAP Academic Coordinator will distribute a list of course offerings for the upcoming semester to students in the EAP program.
Below are example qualifying course lists from recent semesters:
Students may propose course substitutions by contacting the Academic Coordinator or the Faculty Chair. The EAP Chair makes the final decision. Students should provide a course syllabus, a brief justification statement, and a letter of endorsement from the faculty member teaching the course, preferably before the start of the course. The substitution proposal will be considered based upon the following criteria:
the extent to which the course content is devoted to energy
the rigor of methodology applied to the course material
the context of the class with respect to the student’s study plan
The same process applies for students who wish to substitute a course in the Energy Analysis category for the Energy Policy category, and vice versa.
Transfer of Graduate Work from Other Institutions or Prior Undergraduate Coursework
The EAP program allows students to count no more than 2 graduate classes from other institutions towards completion of the EAP curriculum. Courses taken as an undergraduate cannot be used towards the EAP program, with one exception: EAP will accept 1 course taken as an undergraduate at UW-Madison if the student’s home department also accepts that course toward fulfillment of minimum graduate degree requirements.
Students should refer to their home department’s Handbook for specific information that pertains to course transfers towards their graduate program. The Graduate School policies on prior coursework are available at: https://grad.wisc.edu/documents/prior-coursework/
Upon admission to the program, students will receive a link to fill out an online study plan document. Copies of the blank study plan form can be downloaded from here: