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Graduate Program

Sustainable Energy Cluster

Different types of sustainable energy technology.

The sustainable energy concentration is for students who want a solid technical foundation in the fundamental principles of sustainable energy production and use. Through the recommended concentration courses, students will acquire an in-depth understanding of the scientific and engineering principles central to various sustainable energy technologies and will develop tools to evaluate their economic feasibilities.

Students will also have the opportunity to delve deeper into specific energy technologies in specialized elective courses. The degree can be tailored for students from a broad range of academic majors, including engineering disciplines and the life and physical sciences.

To complete the sustainable energy cluster, students are required to select from the following electives in addition to the MS core classes in thermodynamics, kinetics, transport phenomena and advanced mathematics.


Sustainable Energy Cluster Requirements

Core MS requirements:

CHE 400: Applied Boundary Value Problems (fall)
CHE 441: Advanced Transport Phenomena (fall)
CHE 461: Advanced Kinetics and Reactor Design (spring)
CHE 485: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (spring)

Pick one elective in:

TEC 472: Energy System Economics and Modeling (spring)
CHE 488: Introduction to Energy Systems (fall)

Pick two electives in:

TEC 472: Energy System Economics and Modeling (spring)
CHE 488: Introduction to Energy Systems (fall)
EESC 436: Physics of Climate (fall)
CHE 456: Electrochemical Engineering: Fundamentals and Applications (spring)
CHE 458: Electrochemical Engineering: Batteries and Fuel Cells (fall)
CHE 460: Solar Cells (fall)
CHE 464: Biofuels (fall)
CHE 465: Sustainable Chemical Processes (spring)
CHM 486: Energy, Science, Technology & Society (spring)

Other electives can be added after consulting with an academic advisor