Electrochemical Engineering, Minor

Program Code: ELCHE_UMNR

Program Description

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 become 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.

What is Electrochemical Engineering?

Electrochemistry is the science that focuses on the process of transforming chemical energy into electrical energy. Electrochemical engineers investigate electrochemical energy conversion and storage to create sustainable and alternative energy. They research electrochemistry for applications such as energy storage, power generation, and green energy. Electrochemical engineers seek to improve energy technology within industries, government agencies, and academia.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You are interested in energy-related programs such as chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, mechanical, and materials science and engineering.
  • You are interested in pursuing a career in clean power generation and future green technologies.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 35

Requirements for the Minor

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

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course3
EGEE 441Electrochemical Engineering Fundamentals3
ESC 455Electrochemical Methods Engineering and Corrosion Science3
MATH 251Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations4
MATSE 421Corrosion Engineering3
PHYS 212General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Process Fluid Mechanics
Engineering Thermodynamics I
Thermodynamics in Energy and Mineral Engineering
Fluid Mechanics in Energy and Mineral Engineering
Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Materials Process Kinetics
Fluid Flow
Thermodynamics of Materials
Select 9 credits of the following:9
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
Modern Thermodynamics for Energy Systems
Design of Solar Energy Conversion Systems
Electrochemical Energy Storage
Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Engines

Student Outcomes

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.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Serguei Lvov
Program Officer for Electrochemical Engineering Minor
207 Hosler Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-8377
sxl29@psu.edu

Contact

University Park

JOHN AND WILLIE LEONE FAMILY DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND MINERAL ENGINEERING
113 Hosler Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-3437
eme@ems.psu.edu

http://www.eme.psu.edu