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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Energy Engineering

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

PROFESSOR SARMA V. PISUPATI, Undergraduate Program Chair

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 goals: 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 during the course of study in the Energy Engineering program provides graduates with the following student outcomes:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Energy Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Our 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.

Entrance to Major Requirements:

In addition to the minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements described in the University Policies, the Energy Engineering entrance-to-major requirement must also be completed with a minimum grade of C: MATH 140 GQ(4)[1]. This course must be completed by the end of the semester during which the entrance-to-major process is carried out.

Integrated B.S. in Energy Engineering (ENENG) and M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME)

The integrated undergraduate-graduate (IUG) program between the Energy Engineering undergraduate program and the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program enables academically superior and research-focused ENENG undergraduate students to also obtain an M.S. degree in Energy and Mineral Engineering in five years of study. Students should refer to the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program in the Graduate Program Bulletin for the IUG admission and degree requirements. (http://bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/whitebook/graduate_degree_programs.cfm?letter=E&program=grad_eme.htm)

For the B.S. in Energy Engineering, a minimum of 131 credits is required. This baccalaureate program in Energy Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., www.abet.org.

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

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 116 credits
(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.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (84 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), EM SC 100S GWS(3)[88], MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4), PHYS 211 GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
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)[1], EGEE 441(3)[1], EGEE 451(3)[1], EGEE 464W(3)[1], F SC 432(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (17 credits)
E B F 200 GS(3) or ECON 102 GS(3) or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CHEM 202(3) or CHEM 210(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CMPSC 200 GQ(3) or CMPSC 201 GQ(3) or CMPSC 202 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
EME 460(3) or I E 302(3) (Sem: 7-8)
EGEE 494(2)[1] or EGEE 295/395/495(2)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
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)

Course Substitutions for the Integrated B.S. in Energy Engineering (ENENG) and M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME)

As many as twelve of the credits required for the master's degree may be applied to both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. A minimum of six credits counted for both the B.S. and M.S. degrees must be at the 500-level. Thesis and culminating/capstone experience credits may not be double counted. The undergraduate degree program officer will determine the specific undergraduate required courses for which the 500-level courses may be used to substitute to meet institutional and accreditation requirements.

[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.

Lasted Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-01-025

Review Date: 08/19/2014

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