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Hagerstown Community College / HCC

Academic Catalog

2022-2023 Catalog 
    Dec 06, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Alternative Energy Technology, A.A.S.

The Alternative Energy Technology Program is designated as a Statewide Program; therefore, some residents of Maryland enrolled in this program of study on the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion.

The Alternative Energy Technology Program prepares students to enter the industrial/commercial/residential setting in the growing areas of renewable energy (i.e., solar, wind, and geothermal technologies). Within the Alternative Energy Technology Program, students can earn progressive levels of certificates toward employment and/or the degree. The methods of instruction include hands-on training as well as classroom instruction. Real-world lab environment will include experiments with solar, wind, and geothermal equipment, use of meters, measurements and calculations of values. This program of study embraces the body of knowledge found in national certifications for renewable energy professionals. This A.A.S. program is a career degree, preparing students for the workforce after graduation. However, students can opt to transfer to a four-year program rather than start a career, but should confer with advisors and transferring institutions for specific requirements.

Program Pathways

Fall Admission Cohort: 
First Year Fall   First Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits    Course Number Course Name Credits 
MAT 114
MAT 160
Introduction to Applied Algebra
Precalculus I
3   ENG 112 Technical Writing 3
INT 101 Introduction to Industrial Technology 3   Gen Ed Arts/Humanities 3
ELE 110 Fundamentals of Electricity 4   ELE 113 Instrumentation and Process Control I 3
AET 102 Introduction to Alternative Energy 3   PHY 112
PHY 201
Applied Physics (3 credits)
General Physics I (4 credits)
*(transfer students should take PHY 201)
BUS 145
STU 106
Customer Service
Professionalism in the Workplace
1   Restricted Elective Choose from the list 3
        INT 120 Introduction to OSHA 1
TOTAL   14   TOTAL   16
Second Year Fall   Second Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
Gen Ed Diversity 3   Gen Ed Behavioral/Social Science 3
AET 106 Photovoltaic Installation I 3   AET 107 Photovoltaic Installation II 3
INT 121 Facilities Codes and Compliance 2   Restricted Elective Choose from the list 3
CAD 152 Computer-Aided Design 3   Restricted Elective Choose from the list 3
Restricted Elective Choose from the list; 3-4 credits 3   Restricted Elective   Choose from the list; 3-4 credits 4
TOTAL   14   TOTAL   16

General Education Requirements (18-19 Credits)


Behavioral/Social Sciences

Biological/ Physical Science



* A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for ENG-112

Degree Requirements (60 Credits)