Energy Engineering, B.S.

Program Code: ENENG_BS

Entrance to Major

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 in: CHEM 110, CHEM 111, CHEM 112, MATH 140, MATH 141, MATH 231, PHYS 211, and PHYS 212.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Energy Engineering, a minimum of 131 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 116

30 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 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.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
EE 211Electrical Circuits and Power Distribution3
EGEE 12Energy Science and Engineering Lectures1
FSC 431The Chemistry of Fuels3
FSC 432Petroleum Processing3
MATH 251Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations4
MATSE 201Introduction to Materials Science3
PHIL 103Ethics Keystone/General Education Course3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course3
EGEE 302Principles of Energy Engineering3
EGEE 304Heat and Mass Transfer3
EGEE 411WEnergy Science and Engineering Lab3
EGEE 430Introduction to Combustion3
EGEE 438Wind and Hydropower Energy Conversion3
EGEE 437Design of Solar Energy Conversion Systems3
EGEE 441Electrochemical Engineering Fundamentals3
EGEE 451Energy Conversion Processes3
EGEE 464WEnergy Design Project3
EME 301Thermodynamics in Energy and Mineral Engineering3
EME 303Fluid Mechanics in Energy and Mineral Engineering3
EMSC 100SEarth and Mineral Sciences First-Year Seminar Keystone/General Education Course 13
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 231Calculus of Several Variables2
PHYS 211General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 212General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
CHEM 202Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I3
or CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I
EME 460Geo-resource Evaluation and Investment Analysis3
or IE 302 Engineering Economy
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Introduction to Energy and Earth Sciences Economics Keystone/General Education Course
Principles of Economics Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CMPSC 200Programming for Engineers with MATLAB Keystone/General Education Course3
or CMPSC 201 Programming for Engineers with C++ Keystone/General Education Course
EGEE 494Research Project2
or EGEE 295/395/495 Internship
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 30H Honors Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3 credits of EGEE electives from an approved list in consultation with an adviser3
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.6
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.)6

Integrated B.S. in Energy Engineering and M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering

Requirements for the Integrated B.S. in Energy Engineering and M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

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 multidisciplinary 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 lifelong learning process to maintain professional competency through training, participation in professional activities and leadership.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. The Energy Engineering program is designed to enable students to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering science, and mathematics
  2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

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

Derek M. Hall
Undergraduate Program Lead of Energy Engineering
221 Hosler Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-9834
hall@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Energy Engineering, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140 or 140G (GQ)*‡#†4MATH 141 (GQ)*‡#†4
CHEM 110 (GN)*#†3ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3
CHEM 111 (GN)*#†1CHEM 112 (GN)*#†3
EMSC 100S (or CAS 100 by substitution) (GWS)‡†13PHYS 211 (GN)*#†4
ECON 102, EBF 200, or ECON 14 (GS)3General Education Knowledge Domain3
 14 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)*#4EE 2113
CHEM 202 or 2103MATH 231*#2
MATH 2514CMPSC 200 or 2013
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Knowledge Domain3
General Education Knowledge Domain3PHIL 103 (GH)3
 General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 17 15.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EGEE 121EGEE 304*3
MATSE 2013EGEE 437*3
EME 301*3EGEE 430*3
EME 303*3EGEE 451*3
EGEE 302*3FSC 4313
ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 16 16.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Professional Elective from Approved Department List23EGEE 464W*3
FSC 4323EGEE 494, 295, 395, or 495*2
EGEE 441*3EGEE Elective from Approved Department List23
EME 460 or IE 3023Technical Elective from Approved Department List2,33
EGEE 411W*3Professional Elective from Approved Department List23
Technical Elective from Approved Department List2,33EGEE 438*3
 18 17
Total Credits 131

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

To enter the major, students need a minimum 2.00 grade point average, third semester standing, and a C or better grade in CHEM 110 GN (3), CHEM 111 GN (1), CHEM 112 GN (3), MATH 140 GQ (4), MATH 141 GQ (4), MATH 231 (2), PHYS 211 GN (4), and PHYS 212 GN (4).

Courses required for the major may be offered fall semester only, spring semester only, or both fall and spring semesters. Consult with your adviser and department to discuss your academic progress and course sequencing.

Energy Engineering, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140 (GQ)*‡#†4MATH 141 (GQ)*‡#†4
CHEM 110 (GN)*#†3ECON 102, EBF 200, or ECON 14 (GS)3
CHEM 111 (GN)*#†1CHEM 112 (GN)*#†3
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3PHYS 211 (GN)*#†4
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Knowledge Domain3
 14 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)*#4ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3
CHEM 202 or 2103MATH 231*#2
MATH 2514CMPSC 200 or 2013
CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C (GWS)‡†13General Education Knowledge Domain3
General Education Knowledge Domain3PHIL 103 (GH)3
 General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 17 15.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EGEE 121EGEE 304*3
MATSE 2013EGEE 437*3
EME 301*3EGEE 430*3
EME 303*3EGEE 451*3
EGEE 302*3FSC 4313
EE 2113General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 16 16.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Professional Elective from Approved Department List23EGEE 438*3
FSC 4323EGEE 464W*3
EGEE 441*3EGEE 494, 295, 395, or 495*2
EME 460 or IE 3023EGEE Elective from Approved Department List23
EGEE 411W*3Technical Elective from Approved Department List2,33
Technical Elective from Approved Department List2,33Professional Elective from Approved Department List23
 18 17
Total Credits 131

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

To enter the major, students need a minimum 2.00 grade point average, third semester standing, and a C or better grade in CHEM 110 GN (3), CHEM 111 GN (1), CHEM 112 GN (3), MATH 140 GQ (4), MATH 141 GQ (4), MATH 231 (2), PHYS 211 GN (4), and PHYS 212 GN (4).

Courses required for the major may be offered fall semester only, spring semester only, or both fall and spring semesters. Consult with your adviser and department to discuss your academic progress and course sequencing.

Career Paths

Careers

Our graduates are prepared to become valuable contributors in addressing society's energy needs and demands.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE ENERGY ENGINEERING PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Graduates may be well suited to pursue graduate-level studies. Further study toward an M.S. or Ph.D. can lead to research, university, or management positions.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Accreditation

The Energy Engineering B.S. program in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) at Penn State is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ABET ACCREDITATION

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

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