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Graduate Certificate
Graduate Certificate
Main Campus - Melbourne
2018-2019 Florida Tech Catalog
GCP Code: 8247 Degree Awarded: Graduate Certificate
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Graduate Location: Main Campus - Melbourne

The energy systems courses are designed to provide valuable in-depth education in advanced topics in energy conversion, renewable energy and energy systems development to engineering specialists in government, the private sector and academia. On completion of the certificate program of study, energy systems engineering specialists will be proficient in theory and modeling, and have the tools necessary to perform engineering tasks related to planning and operating energy and power systems.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in engineering from an ABET-accredited program. Applicants with degrees in other fields will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In evaluating an international application, consideration is given to academic standards of the school attended and the content of the courses leading to the degree obtained. For graduates of domestic schools, GRE examination is not required but will be considered in admission decisions. Applicants with undergraduate degrees from accredited curricula who are in the upper half of their graduating class may be considered for admission; accepted applicants must show outstanding potential to succeed at the graduate level. Admission and application procedures can be found online at


The Energy Systems Graduate Certificate consists of four courses for a total of 12 credits. The student is required to take 12 credits of core courses or a minimum of nine credits of core courses and three credits of an approved elective. Students must complete all coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Core Courses (9-12 credit hours)
  • CHE 5250 Hydrogen Technology
    Credit Hours: 3

    Presents the fundamental knowledge of hydrogen and the current and potential future development of hydrogen science and technology. Investigates the use of hydrogen as a fuel, and its properties, methods of production and storage. Discusses hydrogen technology applications.

  • ECE 5683 Power Systems Operation and Control
    Credit Hours: 3

    An in-depth analysis of computer methods for power systems. Topics include system matrices, power-flow studies, optimal dispatch, fault studies and stability analysis with programming considerations for each topic.

  • ENS 5300 Principles of Renewable Energy
    Credit Hours: 3

    Overviews energy generating systems; renewable energy sources including wind, solar, tidal, biomass, hydro and ocean currents. Emphasizes sustainable energy and its environmental, social and economic effects.

  • MEE 5240 Solar Energy Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3

    Studies solar radiation principles, data estimation and prediction. Reviews heat transfer principles, and radiation and optical properties of surfaces. Includes flat plate solar collector analysis and analysis of concentrating collectors, solar energy storage, and solar heating/air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

  • SYS 5310 Systems Engineering Principles
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduces the fundamental principles in systems engineering (SE) that deal with system life cycle phases with emphasis on requirement and design methodologies. Key topics include SE definition; life cycle methodologies, tools and techniques; evaluation of system and technology alternatives; reliability and maintainability; trade-off models; and SE management tools and techniques.


All requirements may be met by courses taken from the core course list. Students may choose to use one of the courses below in lieu of one course from the core.

  • CHE 5288 Petroleum Processing
    Credit Hours: 3

    Focuses on the properties of crude oil and each of a refinery's products. Includes details on each of the refinery's operations and how economics is changing the importance of each of a refinery's process units.

    Instructor approval
  • MEE 5250 Physical Principles of Nuclear Reactors
    Credit Hours: 3

    Presents the fundamental physical principles of nuclear reactors. Covers the equivalence of matter and energy, nuclear reactions and radiation, neutron diffusion and slowing-down theory, criticality condition, reactor core, composition, configurations and long-term behavior, reactor kinetics and control.

  • MEE 5290 Selected Topics in Heat Transfer and Energy
    Credit Hours: 3

    Advanced topics reflecting the current research interests of the faculty and visiting scholars.

    Instructor approval
  • MET 5310 Numerical Weather Prediction
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers the physical and mathematical basis of numerical weather prediction; numerical methods and computational stabilities; modern operational and research forecast models. Includes a virtual laboratory with applications of simple-to-complex dynamical models and a team project.


    MET 3402 and MET 4305 

  • MTH 5007 Introduction to Optimization
    Credit Hours: 3

    An applied treatment of modeling, analysis and solution of deterministic (e.g., nonprobabilistic) problems. Topics include model formulation, linear programming, network flow, discrete optimization and dynamic programming.

  • MTH 5107 Optimization Models and Methods
    Credit Hours: 3

    Surveys popular optimization models and algorithms. Topics chosen from linear, integer, nonlinear, dynamic and combinatorial optimization.

Total Credits Required: 12