The Energy Engineering major interweaves the fundamentals of classical and modern physics, chemistry, and mathematics with energy engineering applications. A great strength of the major is its flexibility. The firm base in physics and mathematics is augmented with a selection of engineering course options that prepares the student to tackle the complex energy-related problems faced by society. Because the program emphasizes science and mathematics, students are well-prepared to pursue graduate studies in physics or engineering. Energy Engineering is a multidisciplinary field requiring an integration of physical principles with engineering analysis, augmented with the realities of policy and engineering economics. The program incorporates courses from many departments on campus to create a discipline that is rigorously based in science, mathematics, and engineering, while addressing a wide variety of environmental issues.
The Possibilities: Energy Engineering students will be prepared for graduate studies in Energy Systems, Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Environmental Engineering, Solar Engineering.
Job Opportunities: green energy, photovoltaic engineering, energy systems, energy generation, storage, consumption and transmission, fuels engineering, and clean energy specialties.
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|Chemistry 1A and 1AL-General Chemistry or Chemistry 4A- General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis(1)||4||–|
|Engineering 7-Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists & Engineers or CS 61A-Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs(10)||–||4|
|Physics 7A-Physics for Scientists and Engineers||–||4|
|Engineering 93-Energy Engineering Seminar||1|
|Reading and Composition Course from List A(2)||4||–|
|Reading and Composition Course from List B(2)||–||4|
|CE 100-Elementary Fluid Mechanics or ME 106-Fluid Mechanics||–||3|
|Energy and Resources Group 100-Energy and Society (Humanities and Science Course)(2)(3)||4||–|
|Engineering Prep Courses 1 and 2(4)||3-4||3-4|
|Mathematics 53-Multivariable Calculus||4||–|
|Mathematics 54-Linear Algebra and Differential Equations||–||4|
|Physics 7B-Physics for Scientists and Engineers||4||–|
|Mechanical Engineering 40-Thermodynamics or Engineering 115-Engineering Thermodynamics||–||3-4|
|EE 137A-Introduction to Electric Power Systems||4||–|
|EE 137B-Introduction to Electric Power Systems||–||4|
|ME 109-Heat Transfer||3||–|
|Engineering Electives (9)||3-4||6-8|
|Humanities/Social Science Course(2)||–||3-4|
|CE 186-Design of Cyber-Physical Systems||3||–|
|Engineering Elective (9)||3-4||–|
|Engineering 194-Research Capstone Course(7)||–||3|
|EE 134-Fundamentals of Photovoltaic Devices||–||4|
|Math/Stat/Analysis Course (6), CE 191 or EE 127||3-4||–|
|Humanities/Social Science Courses(2)||3-4||3-4|
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this major, electives may be approved throughout the year.
1: Chemistry 4A is intended for students majoring in Chemistry or a closely related field.
2: The Humanities/Social Science (H/SS) requirement includes two approved reading and composition courses and four additional approved courses, with which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. Reading and Composition “A” and “B” must be completed by no later than the end of the sophomore year. The remaining courses may be taken at any time during the program. See Humanities and Social Science Requirements for complete details and a list of approved courses.
3: Energy and Resources Group 100 satisfies both a major requirement and one of the upper division Humanities/Social Sciences requirements.
4: Engineering Prep. Choose two from CS 61B, CS 8 + connector (course number 88); EE 16A, 16B; Engin 45; , CE 11 or 70, Chem 1B or 3A; Physics 7C; ME C85, 104. Students interested in the areas of data, distribution, generation or materials are advised to choose the following courses for Engineering Prep:
- Data: CS 8 + connector (course number 88) and 61B
- Distribution: EE 16A and 16B
- Generation: ME C85 and 104
- Materials: Engin 45 and Physics 7C
5: Economics Course. Choose one from the following list: Civ Eng 156, Eng 120; Env Econ *147, *C151, *153,*154; ERG C180; *ESPM 102D; *PEIS 101 or an Economics course chosen in consultation with faculty adviser. Courses marked with an asterisk can satisfy both the Economics requirement and one of the upper division H/SS requirements.
6: Math/Stat/Analysis Course. Choose one from the following list: Civ Eng 93, Comp Sci 70, Engin 117, IEOR 172, Math 55 or Stat 134. Students interested in data are advised to take CE 191, IEOR 172, or Stat 134.
7: Research Capstone Course: Original research with approved faculty member.
8: Sustainability Course. Choose one from the following list: Civ Eng 111, 113N, 115; City & Reg. Planning *119; ERG 101. Courses marked with an asterisk can satisfy both the Sustainability requirement and one of the upper division H/SS requirements.
9: Students are required to take four engineering electives of at least 3 units each. Engineering electives are upper-division courses in any engineering department and must be chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser. Engineering electives cannot include any courses taken on a P/NP basis; BioE 100; ChemE 185; CS 195, H195; Des Inv 190; Engin 125, 157AC; IEOR 172, 185, 186, 190 series, 191, 192, 195; ME 190K, 191AC, 191K. Students interested in data, distribution, generation or materials are advised to choose from the following courses as their Engineering Electives:
- Data: CS 180 series courses; Stat 133, 135 (exception approved for these two Statistics courses)
- Distribution: CS 61B (exception approved for this lower division course); EE 105, 113, 117, 120, C128/ME C134; ME 132
- Generation: BioE C181; ME 130, 140, 146; NE 161
- Materials: MSE 103, 111, 113, 125, 136
10: Junior transfer admits may fulfill this requirement with a course equivalent to CS 61B if completed prior to transfer. CS 61B may be used to fulfill only one requirement.
* A minimum of 120 units is required for graduation.