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Designing and implementing optimal methods to produce and utilize energy is one of the most pressing global issues today. Finding ways to implement these solutions that are sustainable and marketable is key. The energy systems Academic Link (AL) program is meant to provide students of non–STEM disciplines (such as English, sociology, business, etc.) with the foundation skills necessary to gain the skills needed to create and implement energy solutions. Students will begin the program by taking two core courses that cover topics across thermal sciences and math along with the general energy systems curriculum.
The Academic Link core courses will provide students with an introduction to the fundamentals that are necessary to be successful in the energy system program. Academic Link courses are integrated with our multidisciplinary energy system curriculum that integrates engineering, business, and policy. Our curriculum is flexibly designed with a set of core courses in engineering and finance complemented by a range of electives across five different academic colleges. Our core and elective courses are designed to help to prepare students to lead the efforts to implement energy systems solutions that have a long-term positive effect on businesses and communities.
Graduate Certificate Options
Students enrolled in a master's degree have the opportunity to also pursue one of the many engineering graduate certificate options in addition to or in combination with the MS degree. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding these options.
A minimum of 40 semester hours must be earned toward completion of the MSEneS-AL degree. A minimum grade-point average of 3.000 is required over all courses applied toward the degree.
Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.
|Complete 20 semester hours from the following:||20|
|Fundamentals of Thermal Science 1|
|Fundamentals of Thermal Science 2|
|Economic Decision Making|
|Fundamentals of Energy System Integration|
|Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers 1|
|Complete 4 semester hours from the following:||4|
|Financial Management for Engineers|
|Foundations of Accounting and Finance|
Restricted Electives List
|Complete a minimum of 8 semester hours from the following:||8|
|Energy Storage Systems|
|Electrochemical Energy Storage|
|Power Plant Design and Analysis|
|Wind Energy Systems|
|Principles, Devices, and Materials for Energy Storage and Energy Harvesting|
|Solar Thermal Engineering|
Other Electives List
|An additional 8 semester hours can either be taken from the list above or from the list below or by approval of the program director:||8|
|Materials Chemistry of Renewable Energy|
|Power Systems Analysis 1|
|Engineering Project Management|
|Sustainable Energy: Materials, Conversion, Storage, and Usage|
|Special Topics in Energy Systems|
|Energy Systems Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 1|
|Energy Systems Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 2|
|Gas Turbine Combustion|
|Combustion and Air Pollution|
|Fundamentals of Combustion|
|Energy Democracy and Climate Resilience: Technology, Policy, and Social Change|
|Sustainable Engineering Systems for Buildings|
or any other ENSY course
All required courses and many electives are offered as online courses.
Program Credit/GPA Requirements
40 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required