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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Earth and Mineral Sciences

Begin date: Summer Session 2010
End Date: Summer Session 2012

Energy Engineering - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (ENENG)

PROFESSOR SARMA V. PISUPATI, Undergraduate Program Officer

The undergraduate program in energy engineering is designed to reflect the growing impact and demand for energy in society and to equip students with the knowledge necessary to achieve the following career and professional accomplishments or program educational objectives: become valuable contributors in addressing society's energy needs and demands; successful leaders in advancing the technology and management of energy; innovators and entrepreneurs in the energy sector; and educators, practicing engineers, and national leaders on energy and associated environmental, health and safety, and policy and economics issues. The program integrates skill sets in the physical sciences (chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics) and social sciences (economics, policy, and management) to ensure successful career opportunities and growth within energy-related industries, government agencies, and academia.

The courses are structured to enable students to understand engineering fundamentals and apply the knowledge to solve problems in the production, processing, storage, distribution, and utilization of energy using multiple techniques as synthesis, analysis, design and case studies. Inquiry-based teaching methods and lab experiences are emphasized. The faculty research and scholarly activities are integrated into the curriculum. The program is designed to train students to be lifelong learners, problem solvers, and energy industry leaders. The educational opportunities are sufficiently flexible, broad, and diverse to enable students to tailor their educational experience to particular interests, background, and expected role in society. Flexibility in the curriculum allows other students in energy related programs such as agricultural and biological, chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, mechanical, mining, nuclear, and petroleum engineering, materials science and engineering, industrial health and safety, and energy business and finance to have dual or concurrent degrees, minors, or options (e.g., energy and fuels engineering option in chemical engineering).

The integration of knowledge and skills acquired should enable graduates of the program to solve energy and associated environmental problems using the fundamental knowledge in basic mathematical, chemical, physical, and social sciences learned. Graduates will be able to design and conduct experiments; acquire data; analyze and interpret data; and solve practical, complex energy engineering problems.

Energy engineering graduates will be:

1. Employed in the public or private sectors in the areas of energy science, energy engineering or energy business management, or pursuing an advanced degree.

2. Contributing to development of solutions to society’s current energy needs by integrating key science and engineering principles while being adaptable to changing organizational and societal needs;

3. Engaged in individual projects and multi-disciplinary teams designing, evaluating, and recommending methods and strategies for the efficient production, processing and utilization of renewable or non-renewable energy and addressing the associated environmental challenges;

4. Effectively communicating with management, coworkers, customers, clients and others in diverse environments;

5. Engaged in life-long learning process to maintain professional competency through training, participation in professional activities and leadership.

For the B.S. in Energy Engineering, a minimum of 131 credits is required.

(30 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)


(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)


(This includes 30 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GH courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.)

CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), EM SC 100S GWS(3)[88], MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), PHYS 211 GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
CHEM 210(3), E E 211(3), MATH 231(2), MATH 251(4), PHIL 103 GH(3), PHYS 212 GN(4) (Sem: 3-4)
EGEE 012(1), EGEE 302(3)[1], EGEE 304(3)[1], EGEE 411(3)[1], EGEE 430 (3)[1], EGEE 438(3)[1], EME 301(3)[1], EME 303(3)[1], F SC 431(3), MATSE 201(3) (Sem: 5-6)
ENGL 202C GWS(3), EGEE 437(3), EGEE 441(3)[1], EGEE 451(3)[1], EGEE 464W(3)[1], EGEE 494(2)[1], F SC 432(3) (Sem: 7-8)

E B F 200 GS(3) or ECON 102 GS(3) or ECON 014 GS(3); ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CMPSC 201 GQ(3) or CMPSC 202 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
I E 302(3) or P N G 489(3) (Sem: 7-8)

Select 3 credits of EGEE electives from an approved list in consultation with an adviser.
Select 6 credits of professional courses from an approved list in consultation with an adviser. Other substitutions outside the approved list must be approved by petition.
Select 6 credits of technical electives from a broad list of energy related courses across colleges at Penn State. A list of suggested courses from energy-related departments at Penn State is provided. (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC to some of the elective choices.) (Sem: 7-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[88] The following substitutions are allowed for students attending campuses where the indicated course is not offered: CAS 100 GWS can be substituted for EM SC 100S GWS; and an appropriate electrical circuits course may be approved as a substitute for E E 220.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 38-06-093

Review Date: 04/13/2010



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