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Energy Sciences Concentration

The challenge

The world’s energy demands are growing and changing. Canada – already a world leader in the development of energy resources, particularly oil and gas, hydroelectricity, coal, and nuclear – stands poised to lead in the development of wind, solar and geothermal power.

Tomorrow’s energy leaders will need to address an array of technological, environmental and socioeconomic challenges. This includes the critical issue of global climate change and the associated need for development of low-carbon energy sources.

University graduates with a solid background in the science of energy systems and an understanding of alternative sustainable/renewable energy sources will be in great demand as Canada’s industries work toward solutions.

Program details

The energy sciences concentration is a unique program that trains students in the science of development and use of sustainable fuels. The energy science concentration accomplishes this training with a solid grounding in basic physics and chemistry, an introductory course in energy systems, independent study courses, and a capstone, group project-based course. The program also offers several courses in specific non-fossil sources of energy such as hydroelectricity, geothermal, nuclear, fuel cells and solar. As the energy sciences concentration is part of a natural sciences degree, graduates of the concentration also gain expertise in one other field of science.

Graduate outcomes

Energy sciences graduates are well suited to finding solutions to the multi-faceted energy issues facing our society. They leave the University of Calgary with a thorough understanding of the scientific fundamentals of energy systems (production, storage, distribution, usage/transformation) and of specific sources (oil and gas, nuclear, geothermal, solar, hydroelectric).

Our graduates are also trained in more broadly based environmental, economic/business, and policy realms. By integrating these different aspects into a holistic energy science program, our students are able to apply their knowledge and skills to the development and management of sustainable energy projects, while also addressing societal concerns regarding greenhouse gas production, environmental impacts, and economic benefits.

The multidisciplinary design of energy sciences allows students to gain the skills, knowledge, and judgment required to deal with some of the world’s most pressing energy issues. Emphasis is placed on developing knowledge and skills such as critical thinking, collaborative teamwork, and effective written and verbal communication skills.

Graduates with an energy sciences concentration are capable of providing guidance and leadership in a variety of organizations seeking sustainable energy solutions, including energy producers and distributors, environmental consultants, policy developers, regulators, non-governmental organizations, and educators.