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Electrochemical Engineering Minor

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

The electrochemical engineering minor is designed to equip students with the knowledge necessary to achieve the following educational objectives: become valuable contributors in addressing society’s clean energy needs and demands especially in the electrochemical power generation sector; and educators, practicing engineers, and national leaders in electrochemical energy conversion and storage. The minor integrates skill sets in fundamentals of electrochemistry (e.g. chemistry, physics, mathematics, thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics) and electrochemical engineering applications (batteries, solar, flow and fuel cells, electrochemical synthesis and corrosion) to ensure successful career opportunities and growth within electrochemical power generation industries, government agencies, and academia. The curriculum should allow students in energy related programs such as chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, mechanical, and materials science and engineering to readily take advantage of the minor and be better prepared for careers in clean power generation and future green technologies.

The integration of knowledge and skills acquired through the inquiry-based teaching methods should enable students of the program to achieve the following student educational outcomes:

- solve problems relating to the production, storage, distribution and utilization of electrochemical energy and the associated environmental issues
- design and conduct experiments, acquire data, define, analyze, and interpret data, and solve practical, complex problems on a variety of electrochemical technologies such as batteries, solar cells, flow and fuel cells, electrolyzers, and supercapacitors
- integrate professional, ethical, social and environmental factors in electrochemical engineering design and problem solving and understand the impact of these factors on global energy issues
- develop the ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally and build teamwork
- acquire the desire for lifelong learning to maintain technical competence and keep abreast of new developments in the field.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

For the minor in Electrochemical Engineering, a minimum of 35 credits is required.


CHEM 112 GN(3), ESC 455 (3), EGEE 441(3), MATH 251(4), MATSE 421 (3), PHYS 212 GN(4) (Sem: 7-8)

Select 6 credits from: EME 301(3), EME 303(3) or CHE 220(3), CHE 330(3) or ME 300(3), ME 320(3) or MATSE 401(3), MATSE 402(3)
Select 9 credits from EGEE 420(3), EGEE 437(3), EGEE 436(3), EME 407(3), ME 403(3) (Sem: 7-8)

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2015

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-02-017

Review Date: 09/27/2011



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