Program Overview

The Associate in Science in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management in Energy Systems Technology prepares students for supervisory roles and to start businesses of their own in the construction and energy sectors, including solar and energy efficiency. The curriculum provides a pathway for a variety of supervisory roles related to solar and energy efficiency including sales or marketing representative, account manager, crew lead, project or program manager, contractor or consultant. It will also support contractors and consultants for running small businesses in the construction and energy sectors. The program provides a solid foundation in business, management, finance, sales, marketing, accounting, law, as well as a breadth of knowledge and skills in energy efficiency and solar theory and applications. Students will prepare a comprehensive business plan with up-to-date approaches, and learn how to operate a small business. The program combines the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management certificate program requirements with coursework in ESTM.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses: Units
ACTG 100 Accounting Procedures 3 units
BUS. 100 Introduction to Business 3 units
BUS. 201 Business Law 3 units
BUS. 296 New Economy Marketing 3 units
BUS. 297 Business Planning for Success 2 units
ESTM 400 Clean Energy Concepts, Policies and Industries 3 units
MGMT 100 Introduction to Business Management 3 units
Select a minimum of 12 units from the following: Units
COOP 670 Vocational Cooperative Education 1 - 4 units
ENVS 100 Introduction to Environmental Science 3 units
ESTM 410 Introduction to Solar Installation and Integration 3.5 units
ESTM 411 Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Systems and Markets 2 units
ESTM 412 Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Design Fundamentals 2 units
ESTM 413 Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Finance and Sales 2 units
ESTM 425 Commercial and Residential Building Performance Concepts 4 units
ESTM 426 Building Performance Retrofitting 4 units
ESTM 427 Introduction to Whole Home Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling (HVAC) 3 units
ESTM 441 Solar Thermal Technology and Design 3 units
ESTM 445 Commercial Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Finance and Sales 2 units
ESTM 490 Capstone Project in Energy Systems Technology Management 1.5 - 3 units
ESTM 665 Selected Topics in Energy Systems Technology Management 0.5 - 2 units
Total Required Major Units: 32

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.