Low Carbon and Efficiency Technology

Earth and Environmental Engineering

Online Program Overview

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One of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century is to enable economic growth, while simultaneously reducing global greenhouse gas emissions to avoid dangerous impacts on the climate. Meeting the goal of building a low-carbon economy requires new technologies and approaches led by a workforce trained in understanding carbon management systems.

    Admissions Requirements

    Columbia Video Network now offers a Certification of Professional Achievement in Low Carbon and Efficiency Technology designed for students and professionals to become leading experts in carbon management to work in industry, academia, NGOs, and public policy. The Certification will teach students to:

    • Understand the science and technology underlying energy systems and carbon capture and storage;
    • Understand the role of terrestrial ecosystems in sequestering carbon and methods to monitor and verify biological capture;
    • Shape regulatory frameworks to enable ground breaking change, while incorporating the latest scientific and engineering information;
    • Understand the interdisciplinary nature of carbon management, which includes science, engineering, business, law, policy, and psychology;
    • Engage in systems thinking that relates practical problem-solving to sustainable development, upgrading energy systems, and other global challenges.

    Applicants to the Certification of Professional Achievement Program must submit official transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, personal-professional statement, resume, and the $150 application fee.

    Candidates for the Certification of Professional Achievement Program must complete the program of study as defined by the appropriate department. Program requirements for completion of these Certification Programs are listed below:

    Program requirements for completion of these Certification Programs are as follows:

    • 4 classes all earned through CVN, as a non-degree student.
    • Minimum of 12 credit points
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Completion of program within two (2) calendar years.


    Core courses

    • Introduction to Carbon Management (EAEE E4300)
    • Carbon Capture (EAEE E4302)
    • Carbon Storage (EAEE E4301)
    • CO2 Utilization and Conversion (EAEE E4305).

    Electives (to substitute one or more of the core courses in case student has already completed them):

    • Carbon Sequestration (EAEE E6212),
    • Alternative Energy Resources (EAIA W4200),
    • Photovoltaic Systems Engineering and Sustainability (EAEE E4190),
    • Quantitative Environmental Risk Analysis (EAEE E6210),
    • Prospects for Nuclear Energy (EAEE E9281),
    • Solar Energy and Smartgrid Powersystems (ELEN E4510)


    Course List

    EAEE4300 - Introduction to Carbon Management

    This course offers an introduction to the natural and anthropogenic carbon cycle and carbon and climate. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we explore the rationale and need to manage carbon, and the tools with which to do so. These include basic science, psychology, economics, policy, negotiations, and an understanding of societal impacts. We use a simple carbon emission model to estimate the impacts of a specific intervention for national, per capita and global emissions. Students lead case studies (e.g., reforestation, biofuels, carbon capture and storage, efficiency, and alternative energy) to illustrate necessary systems approaches required to tackle global challenges.

    EAEE4302 - Carbon Capture

    This course will introduce major new technologies to capture carbon dioxide from new or retrofitted power plants, from other emissions occurring in industrial processes, and ultimately the capture of carbon dioxide from ambient air to deal with emissions that have no other solution. In addition to the basic science and engineering challenges of each technology, the full spectrum of economic, environmental, regulatory, political/policy aspects, and their implication for regional and global carbon management strategies of the future will be discussed.

    EAEE4301 - Carbon Storage

    This course teaches major technologies to store carbon dioxide: geological, ocean, and in the carbon chemical pool. Carbon dioxide transport technologies are also covered. In addition to the basic science and engineering challenges of each technology, a full spectrum of economic, environmental, regulatory, and political/policy aspects, and their implication for regional and global carbon management strategies of the future will be discussed.

    EAEE4305 - CO2 Utilization and Conversion

    This course provides an introduction to various CO2 utilization and conversion technologies that can reduce the overall carbon footprint of commodity chemicals and materials. The fundamentals of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, reaction kinetics, catalysis, and reactor design will be discussed using technological examples such as enhanced oil recovery, shale fracking, photo and electro-chemical conversion of CO2 to chemical and fuels, and the formation of solid carbonates and their various uses. Life cycle analyses of potential products and utilization schemes will also be discussed, as well as the use of renewable energy for CO2 conversion.

    Tuition & Fees

    2018 - 2019 Tuition & Fees

    Please note that all tuition and fees are in U.S. dollars and are estimated. Tuition and most fees are prescribed by statute, and are subject to change at the discretion of the Trustees.

    CVN Credit Tuition: $2,018 per point (Credit Hour)
    CVN Fee: $395 non-refundable fee per course
    Transcript Fee: $105 non-refundable one-time fee

    Estimated cost of each nondegree course: $6,554
    Estimated total cost of certification (four online courses) : $25,901

    Estimated total cost of MS (ten online courses): $64,595
    Estimated total cost of DES (ten online courses plus a minimum of 12 research credits) : $90,391

    Graduate Admission Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee
    Certification Program Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee

    Late Registration Fee: $100 non-refundable fee

    CVN Withdrawal Fee: $75, plus prorated tuition and all non-refundable fees
    For example: A three credit course would be $6,054 + transcript fee $105 (one-time) + CVN fee $395 = $6,554

    For Drop/Withdrawal fees and dates, refer to the Academic Calendar for the current term.

    Please note: CVN no longer offers courses for audit.


    Payment should be mailed to:

    Columbia Video Network
    540 S.W. MUDD Building, MC4719
    500 West 120th Street
    New York, NY 10027


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