Energy Management

Program Description

BSC has the only Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Energy Management program in the nation. Offered entirely online, the four-year degree is designed for people employed in the energy industry who are interested in advancing their career as a supervisor or manager. Curriculum includes general education and energy management courses. Classes begin every eight weeks throughout the year.


To enroll, a student must have completed an Associate in Applied Science, Certificate or Diploma in an approved energy-related program from a regionally accredited institution. Previous college coursework, along with industry experience and/or military training may be considered to determine eligibility.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the curriculum requirements receive a Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Management.

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Applied Science was developed in response to the nation’s and the industry’s ever-increasing need for highly trained energy workers and for those seeking advancement in their careers. The energy industry is encouraging continued education for industry employees who want to be considered for the many supervisory and management positions soon to be vacated by a large number of retirees.

Additional Information

National Designation

BSC’s National Energy Center of Excellence was designated as the National Power Plant Operations Technology and Education Center by U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman in 2007. This official designation recognizes BSC as the premier national center of education and training for operators and technicians in the energy industry.


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Bachelor of Applied Science

College degree requirements

Technical/Elective Credits48
General Education42
Energy Management 30
Total Degree Credits120

Energy Management Courses

ENRG 302Ethical Issues in the Energy Industry3
ENRG 310Energy Production and the Environment3
ENRG 315Energy Management Communications3
ENRG 320Fundamentals of Workforce Safety3
ENRG 330Government Regulations in the Energy Industry3
ENRG 404New and Emerging Energy Technologies3
ENRG 412Energy Economics and Finance3
ENRG 420Energy Markets and Structures3
ENRG 430Project Management in the Energy Industry3
ENRG 435Managing Energy Facilities3
Total Credit30
Technical/Elective Courses
Technical/Elective Courses48
Total Credit48
General Education Courses
Arts & Humanities
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities)3
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities)3
Business, Math, Science & Technology
MATH 137Applied Algebra (or higher) 23
ACCT 200Elements of Accounting I3
Select one of the following:3-4
Elements of Accounting II
College Algebra (or higher) 3
BADM 202Principles of Management3
BADM 281Organizational Behavior3
BADM 282Human Resource Management3
Business, Math, Science & Technology
General Education Matrix (Science) 13
Communications I
ENGL 110College Composition I3
Communications II
Select one of the following:3
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
Communications III
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Social and Behaviorial Science
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
Total Credit42-43

General Education Requirements Matrix

ENRG 302. Ethical Issues in the Energy Industry

Credits: 3
Since its inception, the energy industry has faced ethical challenges. From the Edison-Westinghouse feuds to the events leading up to PUHCA in 1935, and from Enron to the failed deregulation attempts in California. Numerous instances of ethical dilemmas and governmental response to these issues will be addressed. This class will look at these issues, what safeguards have been put in place to prevent recurrence, and conclude with several case studies to challenge the students.

ENRG 310. Energy Production and the Environment

Credits: 3
This class will provide an in-depth look at current environmental issues facing the energy industry as a whole. Included will be a detailed look at the greatest environmental challenge the industry currently faces, climate change.

ENRG 315. Energy Management Communications

Credits: 3
With the evolution of the smart grid and other advanced technologies across the energy industry more information is readily available on a system wide basis for employees, supervisors and managers. In today's energy field effective communication goes beyond the written and verbal by encompassing the understanding of the specific energy industry nomenclature used in a very technical and hazardous industry. Effectively communicating and precisely managing this information is essential for the energy industry in order to compete in an ever changing global environment. Development, dissemination and compliance of written communication plans are essential in everyday business, interpersonal communications, in crisis situations and in dealing with conflicts in the workplace. Organizational communications, climate, culture and our ethical obligation to society will be discussed in steady state, crisis and hazardous situations. Maintaining environmental compliance and ensuring efficient, reliable and clean energy for the nation are imperative for an industry that will remain under close scrutiny in the foreseeable future.

ENRG 320. Fundamentals of Workforce Safety

Credits: 3
This course presents advanced safety policies and regulations that impact occupational safety and health issues in the workplace. Students will study processes and procedures that protect both the workers and the organizations. Written safety programs, training, workers compensation, the value of safety, and means to build a safety culture in an organization will be studied in the course.

ENRG 330. Government Regulations in the Energy Industry

Credits: 3
Students study the legal and regulatory framework in which energy is developed and the business structure of energy producers. Students learn about the evolution of energy policy in the United States, including the laws and regulations related to particular types of energy sources. Finally, students study the policy and regulatory structure promoting the development of alternative energy sources and other green initiatives.

ENRG 404. New and Emerging Energy Technologies

Credits: 3
Students in this course explore the latest in energy technologies and how they are designed to increase efficiencies, protect the environment and streamline processes. Students discover how some of the new technologies have been around for quite some time and the reasons they are capturing new attention.

ENRG 412. Energy Economics and Finance

Credits: 3
Students study the global economics and financial issues that impact the energy industry. They learn how these impacts affect what strategies energy companies use to secure reliable sources of operating funds and capital investment to improve existing facilities or develop new ones, including but not limited to generating plants, transmission and distribution systems, coal, petroleum, etc. Students explore how fluctuations in regional, national, and world energy markets directly impact day-to-day operations.

ENRG 420. Energy Markets and Structures

Credits: 3
This course provides a comprehensive overview of energy markets, pricing, structures, and economics specifically relating to the energy industry. Students will study the structure of various energy markets and learn to quantify the influence of market structure on energy prices. The course will cover new and emerging markets and teach how modern energy markets are being transformed from regulated monopolies into market-driven suppliers of competitively priced energy and related services.

ENRG 430. Project Management in the Energy Industry

Credits: 3
This course introduces the student to project management as it pertains to the energy industry. Students will study the planning, scheduling, and controlling of projects, both large and small. The students will be introduced and study the following subjects: The "triangle" of project control consisting of the relationship of scope, duration and costs, and how they interact. How to read and understand bar charts The five stages of a project - initiation, planning, execution, monitoring/control and closure Work breakdown structures and how they pertain to project management Project organizational structures and staffing Project reporting methodologies Project estimation (budget vs. forecasts vs. actuals) and cost controls Different types of project risks and methods of mitigation The course covers these subjects and how they contribute to the success of a project. The course uses theoretical and case studies of actual projects that will be encountered in the energy industry.

ENRG 435. Managing Energy Facilities

Credits: 3
This course provides a comprehensive overview of facilities management specifically related to the energy industry. Students study the theories and principles associated with managing large energy production facilities. Major areas analyzed are facilities operations, maintenance, staff management, budgeting, scheduling, managing capital projects, and relationships with contractors and vendors. Students explore current issues related to facilities management and its relationship to various organizational units including human resources, operations, occupational health and safety, labor relations and unions, finance, purchasing and executive management.