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Graduate Degree Programs

Electrochemical Science and Engineering Minor

This graduate minor is highly relevant to numerous graduate degree programs associated with energy, materials, and environmental sciences offering a unique set of skills that will benefit graduate students to develop expertise in electrochemical systems that complements their primary focus in batteries, fuel cells, or structural design. The minor will also help expand the students’ knowledge and capabilities in important topics relating to electrochemical and renewable energy fundamentals, devices and systems.

The doctoral minor will consist of no fewer than five 3-credit courses (15 credits) of integrated or articulated work in electrochemical science and engineering, related to but different from, that of the major, drawn from the two lists (500-level courses and 400-level courses) below, with a preponderance of courses at the 500 level. A minimum of 6 credits must be at the 500 level for the doctoral minor.

500-level courses:
EME 541. Electrochemical Science and Engineering Fundamentals
CHEM 524. Electroanalytical Chemistry
E SC 501. Solar Cell Devices
CH E 510/MATSE 510. Surface Characterization of Materials
CH E 528. Colloidal Forces and Thermodynamics
MATSE 560/MN PR 507. Hydrometallurgical Processing
MATSE 501. Thermodynamics of Materials
MATSE 503. Kinetics of Materials Processes

400-level courses:

EGEE 420. Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
EGEE 437. Design of Solar Energy Conversion Systems
EGEE 441. Electrochemical Engineering Fundamentals
EME 407. Electrochemical Energy Storage
E SC 455. Electrochemical Methods Engineering and Corrosion Science
MATSE 421. Corrosion Engineering
M E 403. Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Engines

The master’s minor will consist of no fewer than two 3-credit courses (6 credits) of integrated or articulated work in electrochemical science and engineering, related to but different from, that of the major, drawn from the two lists above. A minimum of 3 credits must be at the 500 level for the master’s minor.

A student enrolled in this graduate minor must receive a grade of B- or better in all minor courses.

Admission Requirements

Any graduate student enrolled at Penn State in a related field of study may be admitted to the Electrochemical Science and Engineering graduate minor.

A representative from the Graduate Faculty in the graduate minor (i.e., a “Minor Field Member”) must be appointed to the doctoral committee of each student enrolled in the doctoral minor in Electrochemical Science and Engineering.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-07-000

Review Date: 06/10/2014

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