The Minor in Energy Engineering

Objective: The goal of this minor is to provide students with a course work experience that will enhance their background, knowledge and skills in the topical area of energy engineering. The minor encompasses courses in several fields of science and engineering, including 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 lists. It is open to any undergraduate student pursuing an engineering major, a major in the sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) in Arts & Sciences, or 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 205Process Analysis and Thermodynamics (fall)4 or 3
or MEMS 301 Thermodynamics
EECE 301Transport Phenomena I: Basics and Fluid Mechanics (spring)3
or MEMS 3410 Fluid Mechanics
EECE 307Transport Phenomena II: Energy and Mass Transfer (fall) *3 or 4
or MEMS 3420 Heat Transfer
ESE 332Power, Energy and Polyphase Circuits (spring)3

EECE 303 Transport III: Energy Transfer Processes also fulfilled this requirement, but this course is no longer offered.

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

Anthro 3472Global Energy and the American Dream3
EnSt 347Sustainable Cities3
EnSt 350WWriting Skills for Environmental Professionals (spring)3
EnSt 357Multiparty Environmental Decision Making3
EnSt 407RESET - Renewable Energy Policy, Engineering and Business3
EnSt 451Environmental Policy (fall)3


Students choose three courses. One of the courses is required to be chosen from outside of 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 512Combustion Phenomena (fall)3
EECE 552Biomass Energy Systems and Engineering (spring)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 Thermal Energy Systems (summer)3
MEMS 5423Sustainable Environmental Building Systems (fall)3
MEMS 5424Thermo-Fluid Modeling of Renewable Energy Systems3
MEMS 5705Wind Energy Systems (spring)3

Committee to Oversee Energy Engineering Minor

Peng Bai (EECE, Coordinator); Bruno Sinopoli (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 is cohesive.

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