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Undergraduate Minor in Energy Engineering
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The objective of this undergraduate Energy Engineering minor is to provide students with basic knowledge and skills needed to understand and address energy and environmental concerns, and to make effective decisions about the production and utilization of energy in engineering applications. It provides high quality education in energy that will prepare students for employment opportunities, graduate studies and research. This interdisciplinary minor administered by the Department of Electrical Engineering is designed for students seeking education for careers in the field of energy or as preparation for graduate work in a wide range of academic disciplines. It is intended for students with majors in engineering. Coursework provides broad-based science and engineering knowledge suited to energy management.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 16 credit hours of course work must be completed to meet the requirements for the minor in Energy Engineering. This includes three core courses (10 credits) and at least two elective courses (6 credits minimum).

Core courses (10 cr.)

EE 2006 – Electrical Circuit Analysis
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Phys 2011, Math 3280; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Basic circuit analysis: resistive circuits, voltage and current sources - independent and dependent. Nodal and mesh analysis. Network theorems. Energy storage elements. RC, RL, and RLC transient and steady state analysis, phasors. SPICE analysis.
ChE 2111– Material and Energy Balances
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Chem 1151 or 1161, Math 1296 or 1596 minimum grade of C; fall, spring, every year)
Elementary principles of chemical processes, emphasizing material and energy balances.
ChE 2121– Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2111, (prereq or coreq Math 3280); A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Application of thermodynamic principles to chemical engineering, emphasizing pressure-volume-temperature relationships, thermodynamic laws, thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, and phase relationships.
ME 3211 – Thermodynamics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Phys 2012, ME 3111, BSME cand or #.; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties of liquids and gases, 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics, irreversibility and entropy. Carnot systems, work producing systems, combustion engine cycles, work absorbing systems, refrigeration cycles, psychrometrics.

Elective courses (6 cr. minimum)

CE 5515 – Sustainable Design and Construction
(3.0 cr; Prereq-BSCE or BSCHE or BSECE or BSIE or BSME or Grad student; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically) Introduction to sustainable design and construction including LEED, materials, construction/transportation/production, life-cycle/service, rating systems, codes, regulations, economical issues and social issues.
ChE 4603 – Biorenewable Resources
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2111 or #; no grad credit; A-F or Aud, spring, even years)
Comprehensive investigation of the engineering systems involved in the sustainable production of fuels, chemicals, and materials from bioresources.
ChE 4612 – Hazardous Waste Processing Engineering
(3.0 cr; Prereq-ChE 2111; A-F or Aud, once a year)
Identification of hazardous substances and their effects. Federal and state regulations. Design of waste treatment processes. Management of hazardous wastes. Modification of processes to avoid hazardous waste formation.

ME 4050 – Introduction to Nuclear Engineering
(3.0 cr; Prereq – Chem 1151, Chem 1154, Phys 2012, Math 3280)
Introduction to the fundamentals of nuclear engineering including atomic and nuclear physics, fission, fusion, isotopes, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, radiation detection, criticality, and reactor kinetics. Overview of types of reactors and some operational considerations.
EE 4501– Power Systems
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2006; no Grad School cr; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Fundamentals of rotating machines: DC, synchronous, and induction machines. Transformers. Power system representation. Transmission lines. Power system analysis: stability and dynamic performance. Balanced and unbalanced faults. Power system protection.
EE 5501– Energy Conversion Systems
(3.0 cr; Prereq – Chem 1153 and Chem 1154; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Theory, design and operation of conventional and alternative electrical energy conversion systems. Carbon dioxide cycle, Earth/Sun radiation balance, and environmental impacts. Power delivery systems and integration of conversion systems with the grid. Development of generation portfolios. Impact of energy policies and current energy issues. Case studies.
ME 5325 – Sustainable Energy Systems
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3211, BSChE or BSECE or BSIE or BSME candidate, or %; A-F only, spring, even years)

A comparison of different energy systems will be made in terms of economic, environmental and political implications. Specific energy alternatives will include coal, oil, geothermal, bioenergy, solar, wind, fission, fusion, hydrogen, fuel cell.

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