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Energy Engineering Minor

Electrical Engineering
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 45 to 46
  • none
The energy engineering minor provides students with basic knowledge and skills needed to understand, address, and make effective decisions about the generation, production, utilization, and application of energy. It provides high quality education in energy-related topics that will prepare students for employment opportunities in the private and public sectors, graduate studies, and research. This interdisciplinary minor, administered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is designed for students with majors in engineering. However, students with majors in other disciplines may also apply, should they meet the course prerequisites. The coursework provides broad-based science and engineering knowledge suited to energy generation, production, utilization, and application. The minor enhances degrees in engineering.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Pre-Minor Core (29 cr)
Chemistry with lab
CHEM 1153 - General Chemistry I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1154 - General Chemistry Lab I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
Mathematics
MATH 1296 - Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
MATH 1297 - Calculus II [LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
MATH 3280 - Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (4.0 cr)
Physics I with lab
PHYS 2013 - General Physics I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 2017 - Honors: General Physics I [NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2014 - General Physics Lab I [NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
Physics II with lab
PHYS 2015 - General Physics II (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 2018 - Honors General Physics II (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2016 - General Physics Lab II (1.0 cr)
Core Courses (10 - 11 cr)
EE 2006 - Electrical Circuit Analysis (4.0 cr)
CHE 2111 - Material and Energy Balances (3.0 cr)
or CHE 2211 - Materials and Energy Balances (4.0 cr)
CHE 2121 - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3.0 cr)
or ME 2211 - Thermodynamics [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
Electives (6 cr)
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CE 5515 - Sustainable Design and Construction (SUSTAIN) (3.0 cr)
· CHE 4603 - Biorenewable Resources [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
· CHE 5612 - Hazardous Waste Process Engineering (3.0 cr)
· EE 4501 - Power Systems (4.0 cr)
· ME 4050 - Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering (3.0 cr)
· ME 4375 - Pipeline Engineering (3.0 cr)
· EE 5501 - Energy Conversion System (3.0 cr)
or ME 5325 - Sustainable Energy System (3.0 cr)
 
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CHEM 1153 - General Chemistry I (LE CAT5, NAT SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02278 - CHEM 1173/CHEM 1153/CHEM 1161
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamental principles of chemistry exemplified by study of elements, compounds, and their reactions. Covers fundamental concepts of the atom, molecule, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, gas laws, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding, and other selected topics. The companion laboratory, CHEM 1154, should be taken concurrently. The combination of CHEM 1153 and CHEM 1154 meets the lab component of NAT SCI, LE CAT 4. prereq: One year high school chem, Math ACT 24 or higher or a grade of least C- in Math 1005, Credit will not be granted if already received for 1151 or 1161 or 1173.
CHEM 1154 - General Chemistry Lab I (LE CAT4, NAT SCI)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02279 - CHEM 1174/CHEM 1154
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic laboratory skills while investigating the fundamental principles of chemistry. Covers fundamental concepts of the atom and molecule, stoichiometry, acid-base reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions, thermochemistry, characteristic properties of anions, gas laws and spectrophotometry. This laboratory accompanies lecture CHEM 1153. The combination of CHEM 1153 and CHEM 1154 meets liberal education category 4 requirements. prereq: Previous or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1153 or 1173; credit will not be granted if already received for CHEM 1151, 1161 or 1174.
MATH 1296 - Calculus I (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01420 - Math1290/1296/1596
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
First part of a standard introduction to calculus of functions of a single variable. Limits, continuity, derivatives, integrals, and their applications. prereq: Math ACT 27 or higher or a grade of at least C- in Math 1250 or department consent
MATH 1297 - Calculus II (LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01421 - Math 1597/1297
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Second part of a standard introduction to calculus. Vectors, applications of integrals, transcendental functions, series, and multivariable functions and partial derivatives. prereq: A grade of at least C- in 1290 or 1296 or 1596
MATH 3280 - Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
First, second, and higher order equations; series methods; Laplace transforms; systems; software; modeling applications; introduction to vectors; matrix algebra, eigenvalues. prereq: A grade of at least C- in 1297 or 1597
PHYS 2013 - General Physics I (LE CAT5, NAT SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Calculus-based introduction to Newtonian Mechanics, fluid mechanics, and heat. The companion laboratory, PHYS 2014 should be taken concurrently. The combination of PHYS 2013 and 2014 meets liberal education category 4. prereq: previous or concurrent registration in PHYS 2014. Prerequisite of Math 1290 or 1296 or 1596; credit will not be granted if already received for PHYS 1201 or 2011.
PHYS 2017 - Honors: General Physics I (NAT SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced coverage of General Physics topics that include Newtonian Mechanics, fluid mechanics, and heat. Mathematically and conceptually demanding problem solving techniques. The companion laboratory, PHYS 2014, should be taken concurrently. The combination of PHYS 2014 and PHYS 2017 meets liberal education natural science with lab. prereq: Previous or concurrent registration in PHYS 2014. Previous or concurrent registration in Math 1290 or Math 1296 or 1596, or physics major or instructor permission. Credit will not be granted if already received for PHYS 1201 or PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2013.
PHYS 2014 - General Physics Lab I (NAT SCI)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Calculus-based introduction to Newtonian Mechanics, fluid mechanics, and heat exemplified by laboratory study. This laboratory accompanies lecture PHYS 2013 and should be taken concurrently. The combination of PHYS 2013 and 2014 meets liberal education category 4. prereq: previous or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 2013
PHYS 2015 - General Physics II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics. The companion laboratory, PHYS 2016, should be taken concurrently. prereq: previous or concurrent registration in 2016. Prerequisite of 2011 or 2013 and 2014, Math 1297 or 1597; credit will not be granted if already received for PHYS 1202, 1204 or 2012.
PHYS 2018 - Honors General Physics II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced coverage of calculus-based introduction to electricity magnetism and optics. Mathematically and conceptually demanding problem solving techniques. The companion laboratory, PHYS 2016 should be taken concurrently. Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent registration in PHYS 2016; PHYS 2013 or 2017; co-registration in or prior completion of Math 1287 or 1597 or instruction permission. Credit will not be granted if already received for PHYS 1202 or 1204 or 2012 or 2015.
PHYS 2016 - General Physics Lab II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics exemplified by laboratory study. This laboratory accompanies lecture PHYS 2015 and should be taken concurrently. prereq: Previous or concurrently enrollment in PHYS 2015 or 2018.
EE 2006 - Electrical Circuit Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic circuit analysis: resistive circuits, voltage and current sources--independent and dependent. Nodal and mesh analysis. Network theorems. Energy storage elements. RC, RL, and RLC transient and steady state analysis, phasors. SPICE analysis. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab) prereq: Phys 2015, Math 3280 (Concurrent registration is allowed)
CHE 2111 - Material and Energy Balances
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02519 - CHE 2211/CHE 2111
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Elementary principles of chemical processes, emphasizing material and energy balances. prereq: Chem 1151 or 1161 or 1153 and 1154, Math 1296 or 1596 minimum grade of C
CHE 2211 - Materials and Energy Balances
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02519 - CHE 2211/CHE 2111
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Elementary principles of chemical processes, emphasizing material and energy balances and problem solving. pre-req: Minimum grade of C in the following courses CHEM 1151 or 1161 or (1153 & 1154) or (1173 & 1175) and MATH 1296 or 1596
CHE 2121 - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Application of thermodynamic principles to chemical engineering, emphasizing pressure-volume-temperature relationships, thermodynamic laws, thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, and phase relationships. prereq: 2111 or 2211, (prereq or coreq Math 3280)
ME 2211 - Thermodynamics (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: PHYS 2013; credit will not be granted if already received for ME 3211
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties of liquids and gases, 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics, irreversibility and entropy. Carnot systems, work producing systems, combustion engine cycles, work absorbing systems, refrigeration cycles, psychrometrics. prereq: PHYS 2013; credit will not be granted if already received for ME 3211
CE 5515 - Sustainable Design and Construction (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to sustainable design and construction including LEED, materials, construction/transportation/production, life-cycle/service, rating systems, codes, regulations, economical issues and social issues. prereq: BSCE or BSCHE or BSECE or BSIE or BSME or Grad student and instructor consent; meets DLE req of Sustainability
CHE 4603 - Biorenewable Resources (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Comprehensive investigation of the engineering systems involved in the sustainable production of fuels, chemicals, and materials from bioresources. prereq: 2111 or 2211 or instructor consent; no grad credit
CHE 5612 - Hazardous Waste Process Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Identification of hazardous substances and their effects. Federal, State and International regulations. Green Engineering - modification of processes to avoid hazardous waste formation. Life Cycle Management of hazardous substances. Design of waste treatment processes. prereq: Grad student or BSChE candidate with ChE 2111 or 2211, 3112 and 4111
EE 4501 - Power Systems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of rotating machines: DC, synchronous, and induction machines. Transformers. Power system representation. Transmission lines. Power system analysis: stability and dynamic performance. Balanced and unbalanced faults. Power system protection. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab) prereq: 2006; no grad credit
ME 4050 - Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Introduction to the fundamentals of nuclear engineering including atomic and nuclear physics, fission, fusion, isotopes, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, radiation detection, criticality, and reactor kinetics. Overview of types of reactors and some operational considerations. prereq: Chem 1151 or Chem 1153 and 1154, Math 3280, Phys 2012 or 2015 and 2016; no grad credit
ME 4375 - Pipeline Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Overview of basic elements of pipeline transportation. Multi-disciplined introduction to concepts and methods of Pipeline Engineering. Topics include Mechanical, Electrical and Geotechnical Design, Hydraulics, Route Selection, Materials Selection, Construction, Operation and Maintenance. prereq: ME 3111 or ChE 3111 or CE 3221
EE 5501 - Energy Conversion System
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02012 - EE 5501/ME 5325
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory, design and operation of conventional and alternative electrical energy conversion systems. Carbon dioxide cycle, Earth/Sun radiation balance, and environmental impacts. Power delivery systems and integration of conversion systems with the grid. Development of generation portfolios. Impact of energy policies and current energy issues. Case studies. prereq: Chem 1151 or 1153 and 1154
ME 5325 - Sustainable Energy System
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02012
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
A comparison of different energy systems will be made in terms of economic, environmental and political implications. Specific energy alternatives will include coal, oil, geothermal, bioenergy, solar, wind, fission, fusion, hydrogen, fuel cell. prereq: 3211, BSChE or BSECE or BSIE or BSME candidate, and instructor consent