Nine credits of technical electives are required for the Energy Engineering Minor. You can select these nine credits from the courses listed below.

In addition, there may be special topics courses offered which are suitable for the requirements of this minor. Contact the Energy Engineering Minor faculty director, Dr. Michael Walker, for information about whether a specific course can serve as a technical elective for the minor.

You may also petition to count up to three credits of an energy-related independent study toward the requirements of the minor. To do so, you must submit a petition to the Energy Engineering Minor committee for review. The petition must include a detailed description of a project you are planning, how it relates to energy engineering, as well as a list of deliverables to be completed during the independent study. Petitions may be submitted to the committee via by emailing the faculty director.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 87-180 credits (Senior, Fifth Year Senior) Program in Environmental Design major or minor students only. College of Engineering majors are excluded from this course.

Explores operations and architectural design strategies of environmental (climate) control systems in buildings with a focus on sustainability and resource efficiency. Topics include thermal comfort and indoor air quality, building thermal and moisture loads, HVAC equipment and systems and active and passive thermal strategies in buildings.

Additional Information: Departmental Category: Building Systems Engineering

Prerequisites: AREN 3010 (Waived for students enrolled in Energy Engineering Minor)

Offered fall semester only.

Introduces green building design procedure/approaches and provides insight into evolving design principles; explores aspects of building thermal/energy performance, indoor/outdoor environmental quality, occupant comfort, and climate relevant to building design (structures not covered); emphasizes both comprehensive understanding and practical applications of sustainable building design strategies; applies prevailing simulation tools to assist green building design.

Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of CHEN 3010 and CHEN 3210 or MCEN 3022 and CHEN 3220 and CHEN 4330 or CHEN 4830 (all minimum grade C-). Restricted to College of Engineering majors only.

Studies applied chemical process design including equipment specification and economic evaluation.

Prerequisites: Biochemistry I and II, or similar. Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

Offered spring semester only (on a rotating basis with 2 other CHEN classes)


Metabolic engineering involves the application molecular biological tools along with biological and engineering theory for the purposes of engineering cell metabolism. Metabolism is defined as the totality of chemical reactions that take place in an organism. As such, metabolism describes a wide-range of different cellular functions covering a range of applications relevant to chemical and biological engineers (strain engineering, enzyme engineering, tissue engineering) as well as basic biologists (biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology). This upper level undergraduate and graduate level course will introduce basic concepts in metabolic engineering and explore modern approaches in metabolic and strain engineering. Application areas that will be discussed will include the use of metabolic engineering approaches in biofuels and biorefining as well as biopharmaceutical production.

Prerequisites: CHEM 4551 and instructor consent, or graduate standing in CHEM or CHEN, or Corequisit CHEN 4330

Offered spring semster only.

Studies principles of chemical kinetics and catalytic reactions, emphasizing heterogeneous catalysis.

Prerequisites: None

Offered fall semester only

Highlights the role of geology in engineering minerals; rocks; surficial deposits; rocks and soils as engineering materials; distribution of rocks at and below the surface; hydrologic influences; geologic exploration of engineering sites; mapping; and geology of underground excavations, slopes, reservoirs, and dam sites. Includes field trips.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 87-180 credits (Senior, Fifth Year Senior) College of Engineering majors only.

Theory and application of the principles of engineering economics and classical and metaheuristic optimization techniques for evaluating problems in civil and environmental engineering.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: CVEN 5147

Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of CVEN 3313 or AREN 2120 or CHEN 3200 or GEEN 3853 or MCEN 3021 (all minimum grade C-). Requires prerequisite or corequisite course of CVEN 3227 or APPM 4570 or MCEN 3047 or MCEN 3208 or CHEN 3010.

Studies engineering applications of principles of hydrology, including hydrologic cycle, rainfall and runoff, groundwater, storm frequency and duration studies, stream hydrography, flood frequency, and flood routing.

Prerequisites: PHYS 1120

Offered fall semester only.

Introduces electrical power generation and renewable energy, including solar, wind, micro, hydro, coal, nuclear and natural gas and some of the issues in integrating renewable energy sources in the grid.

Prerequisites: PHYS 1120, ECEN 3250 (Co-Requisite)

Offered fall semester only.

Introduces block diagrams, conventional/renewable energy sources, power electronics, magnetic circuits, transformers and power systems, forces/torques of electric machines. Employs a top-down approach to present applications first and then discusses components. Uses Pspice, Mathematica, Matlab

Prerequisites: ECEN 3170

Offered spring semester only.

Studies the derivation of the dynamic equations of motion of electromechanical systems, linear and rotary motion machines based on variational principles and basic force laws. Looks at equivalent circuits in abc and dqo coordinates for Ac and Dc machines. Discusses conditions under which an electromagnetic torque can be produced. Applies theory to the most important modes of steady-state and transient operation of electrical energy converters.

Prerequisites: ECEN 3810, PHYS 2130 (co-req)

Offered fall semester only.

Develops principles underlying electronic, optical and thermal devices, materials and nanostructures for renewable energy. Course provides a foundation in statistical thermodynamics, and uses it to analyze the operation and efficiency limits of devices for photovoltaics, energy storage (batteries and ultra-capacitors), chemical conversion (fuel cells and engines), solid state lighting, heat pumps, cooling, and potentially harvesting zero-point energy from the vacuum.

Requisites: Requires prerequisite course of ECEN 4797 (minimum grade C-). Restricted to College of Engineering majors only.

Focuses on analysis, modeling, design and testing of electrical energy processing systems in a practical laboratory setting. Studies power electronics converters for efficient utilization of available energy sources, including solar panels and utility. Experimental projects involve design, fabrication and testing of a solar power system.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: ECEN 5517 

Prerequisites: ECEN 3250

Offered fall semester only.

An introduction to switched-mode converters. Includes steady-state converter modeling and analysis, switch realization, discontinuous conduction mode, and transformer-isolated converters. AC modeling of converters using averaged methods, small-signal transfer functions, feedback loop design, and transformer design.

Prerequisites: None

Offered: Spring semester only

Examines the electrical grid, including conventional generation, transmission/ distribution, and new renewable generation technologies. Issues including grid stability, the increase in variable generation on the grid, and how the electrical grid will change in the future will be addressed. Intended for students with an engineering background from outside electrical engineering who desire an introduction to the power grid.

Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) College of Engineering students only.

Introduces engineering cost concepts, financial statements and the corporate economic environment. Includes concepts and methods of analysis of the time value of money, comparison of project alternatives before and after taxes, cash flow, replacement analysis, risk management and financial case statements.

Prerequisites: Junior/Senior Standing or Instructor Consent.

Offered: TBA

Provides a foundation in the fundamentals of oil and gas processing, including discovery, extraction, and refining. Due to the importance of oil and gas in the current energy infrastructure, this course provides a broad understanding of the industry to students interested in energy engineering.

Requisites: Restricted to Graduate (GRAD) and Non-Degree Graduate (NDGR) students.

Addresses the business of renewable energy, including opportunities and challenges with renewable electricity, renewable transportation fuels and energy efficiency. Topics include energy markets, opportunity identification, life cycle analysis, economic analysis, policy impacts and project financing of sustainable renewable energy business models. Formerly RSEI 5002.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: BADM 6930

Examines contemporary issues in energy consumption and its environmental impact, including fossil fuel use and depletion; nuclear energy and waste disposal; solar, wind, hydroelectric, and other renewable sources; home heating; energy storage; fuel cells; and alternative transportation vehicles. Includes some basic physical concepts and principles that often constrain choices. No background in physics is required.

Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: PHYS 3070

Prerequisites: CHEM 1113, CHEM 1114 and MATH 1300, recommended GEOL 2005

Offered fall semester only.

Covers origin, occurrence, identification, classification, and uses of minerals with emphasis on applications of mineralogy to economic geology and petrology. Two lectures and one lab per week.

Prerequisites: GEOL 2005 or GEOL 3010

Offered spring semester only.

Studies field relations, petrography, petrology, chemistry, and origins of igneous and metamorphic rocks by means of lectures, reading, and lab and field experience. Labs include instruction in the fundamentals of optical petrography and the study of rocks in thin section.

Prerequisites: CHEM 1113, CHEM 1114 and MATH 1300

Offered spring semester only.

Introduces chemical principles as applied to geologic processes. Includes an introductory discussion of mineral and rock chemistry, aqueous geochemistry, and organic geochemistry.

​Prerequisites: GEOL 1010. Recommended coreq., GEOL 3430.

Offered: TBA

Discusses the origin and distribution of conventional and unconventional petroleum resources, source rocks, types of traps and seals, reservoir rock properties, exploration methods (seismic data analysis and interpretation, formation evaluation, subsurface mapping), reservoir characterization and modeling, reserves calculations.

Requisites: Requires prerequisite courses of MCEN 3021 and MCEN 3012 or GEEN 3852 and APPM 2360 (all minimum grade C). Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior/Senior) Mechanical or Environmental Engineering majors only.

Offers advanced topics and applications for thermal system design and analysis. Topics include thermodynamics of state, entropy, thermodynamic cycles and reacting and nonreacting mixtures. Provides application to power generation, refrigeration and HVAC with conventional and advanced technologies. Most assignments are design oriented.

Prerequisites: MCEN 3012

Offered fall semester only. (Mechanical and Environmental Engineering majors would have first priority for enrollment and then we would honor requests from ENEN students, on a space available basis.)

Examines sustainability of our current energy systems, including transportation, using environmental and economic indicators. Uses systems analysis that addresses energy supply and demand. Explores the science and technology as well as environmental and economic feasibility of efficiency measures and renewable energy technologies. Additional emphasis is given to the global nature of the challenges and the potential for locally optimal solutions.

Prerequisits: MCEN 3021 and ECEN 3010

Offered: Not Scheduled

Focuses on understanding and applying principles related to current wind energy technology. Students will apply technical coursework from throughout the ME curriculum (fluids, dynamics, circuits, economics) to the process of designing a wind turning and determining whether their proposal is feasible from an economic standpoint.

Prerequisites: MCEN 3012. Recommended MCEN 3021 and MCEN 3022.

Offered: Not Scheduled

Focuses on the mechanisms by which fuel and oxidizers are converted into combustion products. Application to practical combustion devices such as Otto, Diesel, gas turbine, and power plant combustion systems. Consideration of combustion-generated air pollution, fire safety, and combustion efficiency.

Prerequisites: MCEN 2024 and MCEN 3032

Offered: TBA (usually either fall or spring)

Presents the fundamentals, principles and experimental techniques of electrochemistry, the background of ionic or electronic conduction of metal, semiconductor, inorganic and polymer materials, and applications in the areas of batteries, fuel cells, electrochemical double layer capacitors, electrochemical photonics, sensors and semiconductor electrochemistry.