The renewable energy program was designed to provide students with a bachelors of science in renewable energy and students are required to choose one of three emphasis areas: design, international development or management. Students in the major have a core number of about half a dozen classes then they take courses that develop their respective emphasis areas.
The engineering degree with renewable energy concentration has math and science focus to meet industrial needs from an engineering career direction. Students are trained to design and integrate the systems used to create renewable energy solutions.
The management emphasis is essentially business courses combined with renewable energy. These students may go into sales, marketing or management - areas of the business that involve renewable energy beyond the technical aspects.
The international development emphasis combines renewable energy courses with courses in intercultural studies. Students interested in international development may want to help impoverished communities develop better, safer water or find energy sources that wont harm to their communities. Many organizations around the world are attempting to perform similar community development functions, but JBU has an even stronger calling in this area because of its Christian foundations.
"Many come to JBU because they are missionary kids or they are interested in international development and they want to go into that field," said Fernando Vega, program director. "When we conduct international development, we don't do it in a secular way. We do it with Christian intention."
John Brown University offers a Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy with three options available:
- Management Option This option is focused on preparing graduates for positions in business, government, and non-profit organizations in the area of energy management or production
- International Development Option This option is focused on preparing graduates to serve domestically or internationally in the arena of community and technological development for NGOs and technical missions work
A minor in Renewable Energy is also available.
Courses in the Renewable Energy department emphasize laying a strong foundation of the fundamentals of science and energy conversion, its application to international sustainable development and the business and management skills to drive its growth market can be effective agents for sustainable change.
The Renewable Energy program is a cross-disciplinary program grounded in the belief that students who understand the fundamentals of science and energy conversion, its application to international sustainable development and the business and management skills to drive its growth market can be effective agents for sustainable change. The Department of Renewable Energy will draw from existing strengths in the Science, Engineering, Business, and the Institute for Biblical Community Development.