Bachelor of Science in Sustainability & Energy Technology

Where Innovation Meets Energy Technology

As global investments into a future of innovative energy technologies rise, the University of Michigan-Flint created the transformative Bachelor of Science in Sustainability & Energy Technology degree program to cultivate visionary leaders in the burgeoning field.

The Sustainability & Energy Technology (SET) major positions you to be at the forefront of the next era in energy generation, distribution, storage, and other societal and industrial needs. With an interdisciplinary curriculum and project-based learning, you gain a breadth of knowledge and skills to engineer sustainable solutions to pressing energy issues and environmental and social challenges.


Why Earn a Sustainability & Energy Technology Degree at UM-Flint?

Workforce Development

The student experiences of the Sustainability & Energy Technology program provides the enriched perspectives that are necessary for the culturally driven global marketplace of today and the future.  Learning in a collaborative environment, you are able to actively engage with advisors and faculty mentors at the College of Innovation and Technology. You receive strong career guidance and preparation while maintaining rigorous and relevant academic progress.

Experiential Learning

The University of Michigan-Flint’s Sustainability & Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree program is hands-on, emphasizing the development of your creative problem-solving, engineering, and design thinking skills. Through group projects, case studies, and capstone projects, you learn how to develop, communicate, and implement next-generation theories and technologies to solve real-world problems.

Industry Experience in the Classroom

The Sustainability & Energy Technology faculty are experts in the field with a wealth of real-world knowledge in sustainability and renewable energy engineering. Guided by our distinguished faculty, you can gain a unique perspective of the inner workings of energy-based industries.

Along with partnerships with some of the world’s most well-known organizations like Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Consumers Energy, our robust SET program further enriches your study with valuable industry experience.

BS in Sustainability & Energy Technology Program Curriculum

The Sustainability & Energy Technology curriculum puts an emphasis on building your abilities in qualitative and quantitative methods associated with policies, people, materials, environment, and information. All of which cover a broad range of sustainable and renewable processes within energy generation, storage, and distribution.

The curriculum encompasses courses in Mathematics, Physics, Thermofluids, and Engineering. It also provides two track options—Data Analytics and Entrepreneurship—for you to tailor the coursework to your career ambitions and interests.


At the end of the program, you are required to take two capstone courses where you apply your knowledge to planning and designing sustainable or renewable energy solutions that meet cost, performance, and user-interface goals.

Review the detailed Bachelor of Science in Sustainability & Energy Technology curriculum.

Sustainability & Energy Technology Core Courses

  • URP 140 – Healthy Planet Healthy People: Shaping a Sustainable Healthy Future (3)
  • EGR 235 – Global Energy (3)
  • DMT 260 – Electronic Systems (3)
  • SET 250 – Smart Energy Monitoring (3)
  • SET 410 – Energy Issues on Consumption and Policy (3)

Career Opportunities in Sustainable Energy Technology

Graduates with the Sustainability & Energy Technology degree embrace ample exciting employment opportunities, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates steady job growth rates through 2030 in this field. Two of the fastest-growing occupations over the next decade are related to wind and solar energy, with anticipated growth rates of 68% and 52%, respectively, as compared to an overall 7% growth in all occupations.

Within Michigan’s 100,000+ jobs in clean energy, roughly 65% are related to energy efficiency, 21% to clean vehicles, and 10% to renewable energy. The continued significant growth in sustainable energy jobs, backed by aggressive investments from the federal government into clean energy technology, manufacturing, and supply chain investments, position SET graduates to find rewarding jobs locally and globally.

68%
projected employment
growth for wind and solar
energy related occupations
through 2030
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

CIT Class Scholarship

By enrolling in the Sustainability & Energy Technology bachelor’s degree program, you are eligible for the College of Innovation & Technology’s generous scholarship:

  • Given to all admitted students to a CIT program for fall 2022
  • $1,000 per semester for fall/winter in year 1
  • $500 per semester for fall/winter in years 2-4
  • A laptop that you get to keep
  • All students must have a 2.0 GPA or higher to maintain eligibility

Academic Advising for SET Majors

The University of Michigan-Flint is proud to provide comprehensive academic advising services to support our Sustainability & Energy Technology students. If you need assistance with mapping your degree plan, exploring academic interests, or meeting your learning goals, contact your dedicated advisor, Kyle Manley, at kmanley@umich.edu or (810) 762-3361.

Learn more about Academic Advising.


Admission Requirements

If you envision yourself igniting changes in sustainability and being on the edge of innovative energy solutions, apply to the Bachelor of Science in Sustainability & Energy Technology program with the following materials:

  • A completed online or paper application
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools attended

Review UM-Flint’s first-year admission requirements or transfer requirements.


Learn More about the Sustainability & Energy Technology Program

Ready to take the path forward in shaping the future of clean and renewable energy? The University of Michigan-Flint’s Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainability & Energy Technology empowers you to engineer creative solutions to global energy and environmental crises.

Apply today or submit a request information form to learn more.