Using the existing strengths at CU to train professional engineers that will be at the forefront of the interface between technology and the environment. Our students receive preparation to become the energy leaders of the future by studying in a world-leading venue for energy education. You will be developing novel environmental sensors and models, software, and data analytics that will be used for everything from reducing traffic to enhancing crop growth, from improving infrastructure safety to greenhouse gas emissions assessment.

Unique Opportunities at CU Boulder

CU Boulder is a world leader in environmental science and engineering as evidenced by being #1 in EPA-funded science and engineering research. The Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering is a big driver of technology development and assessment and leads the way in renewable energy research, such as energy storage for sustainability, wind energy and solar cell materials. Close partnerships with national research laboratories in the Boulder area further strengthen our research programs. 

Recommended Coursework

Courses foundational to the Clean Technology Option include:

  • MCEN 5057 Environmental Modeling
  • MCEN 5228 Environmental Measurements
  • CVEN 5454 or ASEN 5047 Statistics or APPM 5520 Intro to Mathematical Statistics or APPM 6520 Mathematical Statistics

Other specialized courses and electives supportive of the Clean Technology Option include:

  • MCEN 5034 Thermodynamics of Materials
  • MCEN 5041 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • MCEN 5131 Air Pollution Control (prereqs Fluids and Thermo)
  • MCEN 5154 Energy Conversion and Storage
  • MCEN 5228 Environmental Law
  • MCEN 5228 Environmental Toxicology
  • MCEN 5228 Inverse Methods
  • MCEN 5032 Sustainable Energy
  • MCEN 5228 Thermal Fluids Lab
  • MCEN 5228 Wind Energy
  • ASEN 5519 Energy Systems for Earth and Aerospace Applications
  • CHEM 5151 Atmospheric Chemistry
  • CHEM 5271 Chemistry of Solar Energy
  • CVEN 5404 Water Chemistry
  • CVEN 5424 Environmental Organic Chemistry
  • CVEN 5534 Wastewater Treatment
  • CVEN 5524 Water Treatment
  • ENST 5000 Energy Science and Technology
  • ENST 5002 The Business of Sustainable Energy
  • ENER 5002 (BADM 6930) Commercializing Sustainable Energy Technologies
  • ECEN 5017 Conventional and Renewable Energy Issues