Wind power is an alternative source of energy generated from the wind. It is estimated that as much as 20 percent of the national energy needs could be met by wind-generated power.

Wind energy has become a major source of clean energy and is expected to grow rapidly over the coming decades. That growth will create new jobs and a need for professionals with diverse backgrounds and knowledge of wind energy fundamentals. This interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate program has been developed to meet the emerging market needs.

Course Work

The certificate program integrates course work and faculty expertise from the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering (College of Engineering) and the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The certificate in wind energy is administered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The curriculum for the certificate focuses on energy, the environment, and information science. The program requires 18 semester hours of course work and includes both core courses and electives.  

Mechanical and industrial and systems engineering students may use this certificate as a tailored engineering focus area by adding an approved math/science elective. 

See Certificate of Wind Energy in the UI General Catalog for more information. 

Admission Requirements

The undergraduate certificate in wind energy 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.

Application Process

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Undergraduate certificate programs are available to current University of Iowa students and to all individuals who are not enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program. Review our Areas of Study to select a major.


Wind Energy