Environmental Studies

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is energy that is from a naturally replenished source such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, biomass, rivers, and geothermal heat. A person working in the renewable energy field may be involved with engineering, manufacturing, installation, or repair of technology involved in harvesting renewable energy.

Recommended Minors

  • Physics - curriculum covers the basics of classical and modern physics, examining human understanding of nature from elementary particles to the cosmos.
  • Mathematics - committed to giving its students a solid and broad-based mathematical foundation that helps prepare them for a variety of careers as well as graduate study in mathematics.
  • Global Business - students gain traditional functional knowledge and analytical skills, yet are increasingly adept at leading diverse teams of innovators and managers from around the world.

Types of Careers

  • Solar installation and repair
  • Hydroeclectric engineer
  • Wind turbine technician
  • Energy auditor
  • Geothermal installation
  • Project manager
  • Renewable car design and manufacturing
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • Biofuels and biomass industry

Environmental Studies Graduates’ Positions

  • Developer for a Wind Energy and Solar Energy Firm (Sean Flannery)
  • Project Construction Coordinator, Blattner Energy (Maddy Longley)
  • Solar Developer, Geronimo Energy
  • Program Manager, Great Plains Institute
  • President/Owner, TruNorth Solar
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Derek Larson
Chair, Environmental Studies
SJU Peter Engel 235

Jennifer Kutter
Department Coordinator
SJU Peter Engel 201

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