Applied Climate Science and Energy Technologies, Certificate

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The undergraduate Certificate in Applied Climate Science and Energy Technologies (ACSET) requires 18 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a grade-point average of at least 2.00 in coursework for the certificate. Up to 6 s.h. of transfer credit may be applied to the certificate. A maximum of 9 s.h. of coursework used to satisfy requirements for a major, a minor, or another certificate may be applied toward this certificate.

The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program. Undergraduate to Graduate (U2G) students may earn the certificate when the undergraduate classification is primary.

Students should consult with the ACSET coordinator about their intent to earn the certificate and are encouraged to work with their academic advisor and the ACSET coordinator to develop an individual plan of study that complements their degree program and career interests. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the certificate, students should pay close attention to prerequisites and other requirements that must be completed prior to enrolling in certificate courses.

The undergraduate Certificate in Applied Climate Science and Energy Technologies requires the following coursework.

Core Course

Course # Title Hours
This course:
CBE:2050/CEE:2050Severe and Unusual Weather3

Energy Technology and Climate Impacts/Solutions Courses

Students complete at least one course with an emphasis on energy technology and climate impacts/solutions.

Course # Title Hours
At least one of these:
CBE:2030Energy and Society3
CBE:2040Environment, Energy, and Climate Change3
CBE:3405Green Chemical and Energy Technologies3
CEE:4180Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science3

Analytical, Statistical, and Applied Courses

Students complete at least two analytical, statistical, and applied courses with a focus on climate, atmospheric, and energy systems.

Course # Title Hours
At least two of these:
CBE:3020Applied Statistics for Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering3
CBE:3405Green Chemical and Energy Technologies3
CBE:4410/CEE:4107Sustainable Systems3
CBE:4459/CEE:4159/IGPI:4159Air Pollution Control Technology3
CBE:4460Process and Design for Satellites and Environmental Sensors3
CBE:5410Electrochemical Engineering3
CBE:5412Atmospheric Modeling3
CBE:5415/IGPI:5415Satellite Image Processing and Remote Sensing of Atmosphere3
CBE:5417/IGPI:5417Physical Meteorology and Atmospheric Radiative Transfer3
CBE:5425/CEE:5115Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics3
CEE:4180Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science3
CEE:5310/IGPI:5311/URP:5310Informatics for Sustainable Systems3
CEE:5410Politics and Economics of the Food, Energy, Water Nexus3
CHEM:4873Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry3
ECE:5630Sustainable Energy Conversion3
ISE:5520Renewable Energy3
ME:4048Energy Systems Design4


Course # Title Hours
At least two of these:
BAIS:3200Database Management3
BAIS:3500Data Mining3
BAIS:4150Business Analytics and Information Systems Capstone3
CPH:1600Public Health Science: Inquiry and Investigation in Public Health3
CPH:2200Climageddon: Understanding Climate Change and Associated Impacts on Health3
CPH:2220Building a Healthier Tomorrow: Public Health Methods to Minimize Disease and Pollutant Exposures3
CPH:4200Agriculture, Food Systems, and Sustainability3
ECON:3625/URP:3135Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3
EES:2020/ENVS:2020Earth's Climate System3
ENGR:2730Computers in Engineering3
GEOG:2050Foundations of GIS4
GEOG:2310/EES:2310Introduction to Climatology3
MKTG:4250Marketing and Sustainability3
Additional courses from the "Energy Technology and Climate Impacts/Solutions Courses" list
Additional courses from the "Analytical, Statistical, and Applied Courses" list