The Applied Climate Science and Energy Technologies (ACSET) Certificate program is designed to empower students to address the challenges posed by climate change and the imperative for sustainable energy solutions.

Emphasizing both the fundamentals of climate science and practical aspects of engineering, our program offers students a rich educational experience. It features a selection of courses in atmospheric sciences and energy technologies as core requirements, while affording students the flexibility to tailor their learning experience with elective courses aligned with their specific interests and career aspirations.

Our program offers elective courses from departments within the College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Public Health, and Tippie College of Business. This collaborative approach provides students with the opportunity to receive a holistic education and skill set related to climate change and energy technologies.

Why Iowa?

Situated in a state renowned for its leadership in wind energy and other renewable energy sources, the University of Iowa stands at the forefront of research in weather, climate, environment, and energy technologies.

Students choose to study engineering at Iowa because of the college’s academic excellence, individual attention, small-college environment, camaraderie, and a wealth of research opportunities.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Iowa’s undergraduate program in the top third of engineering programs nationwide.

Approximately 500 new students join the College of Engineering each year. Women account for over 28 percent of Iowa’s engineering students; the national average is 25 percent.


Applied Climate Science and Energy Technologies

The certificate requires 18 semester hours of credit. Elective courses in the following subjects are available:

  • Insurance and business operations
  • Hazard surveillance
  • Public health
  • Precision agriculture
  • Clean energy
  • Construction and manufacturing
  • Natural resource management

Housed within the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, the ACSET Certificate program fosters inclusive excellence. By strategically sequencing coursework and coordinating across disciplines, our program equips students with the skills and expertise needed to address complex challenges and drive meaningful change in the realm of climate science and renewable energy.