Objective: The goal is to provide students a course work experience that will enhance their background, knowledge and skills in the topical area of energy engineering. The minor covers classes in several fields of science and engineering which encompass the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering; the Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering; and the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science.

A minor in energy engineering requires the completion of 18 units selected from the following menus. It is open to any undergraduate student pursuing an engineering major, students from the sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) in Arts & Sciences, and the environmental studies major.

Interested departments should expose students to energy and related concepts in their introductory courses.

Basic and Applied Sciences (fundamental content) (two courses):

EECE 203Thermodynamics I in EECE (fall)3
or MEMS 301 Thermodynamics
EECE 301Transport Phenomena I: Basics and Fluid Mechanics3
or MEMS 3410 Fluid Mechanics
EECE 303Transport Phenomena III: Energy Transfer Processes (spring)3
ESE 332Power, Energy and Polyphase Circuits (spring)3

Social Science/Policy/Economics Elective (one course):

EnSt 451Environmental Policy (fall)3
EnSt 350WEnvironmental Issues: Writing (spring)3


Choose three courses. One of the courses is required to be chosen from outside the student's major degree department. A partner department may approve the use of a course listed under basic and applied sciences as an elective.

EECE 311Green Engineering (fall)3
EECE 411International Experience in EECE (summer/fall)3
EECE 413Energy Conversion and Storage3
EECE 512Combustion Phenomena (fall)3
EECE 552Biomass Energy Systems and Engineering (spring)3
EECE 591Energy and Buildings (fall)3
ESE 434Solid-State Power Circuits and Applications (fall)3
ESE 435Electrical Energy Laboratory (spring)3
MEMS 412Design of Thermal Systems (spring)3
MEMS 5420HVAC Analysis and Design I (fall)3
MEMS 5421HVAC Analysis and Design II (spring)3
MEMS 5422Solar Energy Thermal Processes (summer)3
MEMS 5423Sustainable Environmental Building Systems (fall)3
MEMS 5705Wind Energy Systems (spring)3

Committee to Oversee Energy Engineering Minor

Pratim Biswas (EECE, Coordinator); Hiro Mukai (ESE); David Peters (MEMS)

The committee ensures that any course added to the above lists contains a significant amount of energy topics and that the entire program be cohesive.