Energy Systems

Advancing sustainable energy systems, solutions and their applications

Photo of wind turbine and corn fieldGreater global demand for energy is forcing us to rethink how we use our resources for the greater good.  We need sustainable and renewable sources to provide energy for a growing population.

First, we need to understand how energy is used within a system.  That system could be a manufactureer, a campus of buildings, or a farm.  What kind of energy is being used to heat and cool the buildings?  What kind of energy is fueling the vehicles used by the businesses?  How much does it cost?  Where is that energy going?

Next, we need to identify alternatives to current energy needs.  Can efficiency be improved through optimization or upgrades to operations to reduce the demand for energy?  Could the required energy demand be met with sustainable sources from renewable energy sources?  

The Energy Systems specialization combines science, engineering, technology, and systems thinking coursework with cutting-edge research related to sustainable energy systems and their applications. Students will enter the workforce with the knowledge and skills necessary to design, assess, implement, and manage energy systems to advance the goals of sustainability.


Students in this program will apply for admission to the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. They will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Systems Management with an emphasis in energy systems (which will appear on the official transcript).


4-Year Plan - Energy systems students have a 4-Year Plan to follow, ensuring courses are taken in sequence.

Courses and Electives - Students are fortunate to take courses from internationally-recognized faculty.

Minors to Consider - Minors that complement energy systems would be construction managementhousing and community developmentsustainability studies, and corporate environmental management. Students should also consider the Technical Communication Certificate.


The future is bright for energy systems students and graduates. Check out our list of prospective employers in the energy systems field.

Beyond the Classroom

Student Groups - Being engaged outside the classroom is beneficial for students. This department has several student groups, as does CFANS.

Research - There are several opportunities for students to gain experience in a research environment. Related research areas within BBE include:

Current Students

Check out a page of resources just for you, including links to frequently-used University pages, forms you'll need to complete, and much more.

Contact Us

Questions or requests to meet with faculty or tour labs can be directed our SSM Major Coordinators, or fill out our online Contact Form.
SSM Major Coordinators: Professor Jason Hill, and Professor Omar Espinoza.