NOTE: The Renewable Energy Associate of Science (AS) degree is currently suspended while it undergoes revision into a bioenergy-focused Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.
The need for clean, renewable energy is growing, and with it are growing opportunities for a workforce educated in the fields of bioenergy and solar and wind energy. The Associate of Science degree program in Renewable Energy offers two areas of specialization:
• The Renewable Energy's Bioenergy emphasis focuses on the generation of biogas from organic materials from agricultural, industrial and municipal byproducts and waste. The two year Associate of Science Degree program provides coursework in chemistry, biology and physics as well as six courses specific to bioenergy production.
• The Renewable Energy's Solar and Wind emphasis focuses on the production of energy production from solar panels, wind turbines, and other renewable energy technologies. The two year Associate of Science Degree program provides coursework in chemistry, biology and physics as well as six courses specific to solar and wind energy production.
The Associate of Science degree allows students to complete approximately 50 percent of the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture at The Ohio State University.
Students in the Renewable Energy program complete a paid industry internship with such firms as biogas generation plants, wind farms, solar panel manufacturers, research facilities, and municipalities. Practicum placements and internships are a key component of the program allowing our students to graduate with state of the art technical skills and a solid work experience in their field.
Investment in the renewable energy industry is predicted to grow worldwide from $66 billion in 2007 to $630 billion in 2030. There is an expanding need for qualified employees in such positions as:
• Equipment installation and service technicians
• Environmental engineering technicians
• Bioenergy plant/system operators
• Energy facility manager
• Renewable energy equipment sales
• Research laboratory technicians
• Water and waste treatment system operators
Ohio State ATI’s specialized facilities provide numerous hands-on opportunities for students. These facilities include:
- A renewable energy laboratory with small-scale biodigesters and wind and solar trainers
- A solar panel array with both fixed and rotatable panels
- A fully-operational, 550,000-gallon biodigester where students will gain hands-on experience
- A bioenergy research laboratory at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, located adjacent to the Ohio State ATI campus
- Our 1,700-acre farm, with dairy, beef, swine, and equine facilities and 900 acres of agronomic crops
- A 21,000-square-foot greenhouse complex