Gain engineering skills while also exploring the many facets of the energy industry including renewable energy resources, oil and gas recovery, geothermal engineering, and more. The program allows students flexibility in exploring renewable and fossil fuel energy systems, while providing an earth sciences based approach to energy resources.
Energy resources engineers are concerned with the design of processes for energy recovery. Included in the design process are characterizing the spatial distribution of energy resources, designing and operating production facilities, selecting and optimizing energy collection, the environmental aspects of energy exploration and production, computation of energy process performance, and monitoring. Students have the option to focus their study on clean energy or oil & gas.
The mission of the Energy Resources Engineering major is to provide students with the engineering skills and foundational knowledge needed to flourish as technical leaders within the energy industry. Such skills and knowledge include resource assessment, choices among energy alternatives, and carbon management, as well as the basic scientific background and technical skills common to engineers. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for immediate participation in many aspects of the energy industry and graduate school.
The Engineering Physics program is designed for students who have an interest in and an aptitude for both engineering and physics. Students begin with a year of mathematics and calculus-based physics, and then proceed to depth courses in physics and engineering, as well as elective courses in a selected specialty area (Aerospace Physics, Biophysics, Computational Science, Electromechanical System Design, Energy Systems, Materials Science, Photonics, or Renewable Energy).
Science, Technology, and Society
Provides students with an interdisciplinary framework through which to understand the complex interactions of science, technology and the social world.
Combines academic approaches with real-world experience to understand cities, the influence of physical environment and how to address seemingly intractable social problems.