Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage

Undergraduate Certificate

On-Campus & Online

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Foster your interest in CCUS in our School of Energy Resources with maximum flexibility

Enter a cross-section of disciplines covering the technology, economics, and policy of Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS). Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, UW’s certificate program is designed for a broad audience with an interest in energy, sustainability and climate change mitigation.

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What is Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage?

This certificate was created in conjunction with the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and the College of Business to provide a unique one-of-a-kind certificate online, on-campus or via a hybrid option. CCUS enables energy and industrial processes with energy as a by-product to mitigate emissions. The importance of CCUS stems from increasing interest in the ability to reduce emissions on a larger scale. UW is a recognized leader in several aspects of this growing field.

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The School of Energy Resources is proud to have some of the most passionate and cited faculty at UW. For example, Professor Righetti has been an influential legal expert in the Rocky Mountain region, tackling research across the energy spectrum in hydrogen, nuclear, fossil fuel and renewable energy generation, land use and decarbonization. A prolific writer, Righetti has published peer-reviewed articles in leading law journals both nationally and internationally. Her scholarship is regularly cited for her aptitude and excellence related to policy and regulatory aspects of CCUS, particularly the storage of CO2 in the subsurface and especially in federal pore space — a topic of significance to Wyoming. Regularly sought for her expertise and aid on major energy and carbon storage projects nationwide, she is a renowned expert on U.S. energy law. In 2018, she was appointed as a trustee-at-large with the Foundation (fka the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation). Professor Righetti spent the 2021/2022 academic year in Lille, France as a Fulbright Scholar where she conducted a comparative study of energy, industrial and workforce transition policies in Wyoming and France, and she was recently appointed to serve on the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) task force for Carbon Dioxide Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration (CCUS) Federal Lands and Outer Continental Shelf Permitting Task Force. In her capacity, she will provide recommendations to the federal government on how to ensure that CCUS projects, including carbon dioxide pipelines, are permitted in an efficient manner, reflect the input and needs of a wide range of stakeholders, and deliver benefits rather than harms to local communities. As you can see, at SER you really do learn from the best!



What can you do with a CCUS Certificate

There’s a growing need for professionals with knowledge of emission mitigation. Demand statistics demonstrate this to be a growing field with an anticipated need for more than 100,000 jobs in decarbonization by 2035.

CCUS Careers

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Chemical Technician
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Project Developer/Manager
  • Environmental Protection Technician
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CCUS Program Highlights

Students studying CCUS benefit from a variety of resources and opportunities presented throughout the certificate completion process.


Experiential Learning

The School of Energy Resources hosts conferences and offers internships so students can be more hands-on. Through these opportunities, students can network among peers and professionals to discover career paths. Students may also be interested in joining the Student Chapter of Energy Resources among other organizations.


Financial Support

Some scholarships and opportunities may be available to students. Employers of working professionals may cover costs to add this body of knowledge to their companies. Growing concern involving emissions has prompted organizations, especially those with regulations to take action.

The diverse backgrounds and expertise of the professors teaching the CCUS certificate prepares the student to succeed in this ever-growing industry.

- Montgomery Hughes
SER Alum

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School of Energy Resource

Department 3012, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 343-0509