Curriculum Prior to Fall 2019

The M.Eng. in Energy Systems degree requires students to complete 32 credit hours of graduate coursework, consisting of courses in the areas listed below. Details about specific degree requirements can be found below.

Questions? Contact Amy McCullough.


  • ENG 471 - Seminar on Energy and Sustain Engineering (1 hour)

  • ENG 571 - Theory of Energy and Sustain Engineering (3 hours)
Professional Development (One of three options):

  • Practicum: ENG 572 as approved by an advisor

  • Project: ENG 573 as approved by an advisor

  • 4 credit hours of course work approved by an advisor
Primary Field courses from an approved list12
Secondary Field courses from an approved list6
Topical Breadth course from an approved list3
Electives courses – chosen in consultation with an advisor3
Total Hours 32
Other Requirements and Conditions (may overlap):
  • ENG 572 or ENG 573 may be taken for variable credit up to a maximum of 8 credit hours subject to advisor approval. Additional credit hours exceeding the 4 credit hour requirement may be applied toward the Primary Field course work requirement or the Elective course work requirement.
  • A minimum of 16 500-level credit hours applied toward the concentration, 8 of which must be in some combination of ENG and the Primary Field.
  • A maximum of one 1-credit-hour course may be applied toward the minimum 16 500-level credit-hour requirement.
  • The minimum program GPA is 3.0.

Primary and Secondary Field Approved List

Students must designate one of the areas listed below as their Primary Field and one area as their Secondary Field.  Students will complete 12 credit hours in their Primary and 6 credit hours in the Secondary fields.  Students must designate a subcategory within their Primary and Secondary fields.  Students must select courses from the approved lists within their fields.

Students must email Amy McCullough to document Primary and Secondary areas in their first semester on campus.

Professional Development (Practicum, Project, or Coursework)

Students may complete either ENG 572, ENG 573, or 4 credit hours of business-related coursework with advisor approval. You can learn more about completing this requirement by reviewing the Professional Development Requirement Handbook. Please see the Professional Development Opportunities page for additional resources to help you complete this requirement.

ENG 572 – Professional Practicum:  The Energy Systems Practicum course involves reporting on how experience in an internship or design project relates to pertinent reading material. Reflecting the importance of developing good communication skills beyond written papers, this course will require additional reporting via website development and oral presentation. This course includes a half-day orientation session and a half-day debriefing session. It also requires review of periodic reports, and a cumulative report, which shall be thesis length if the course is taken for 8 hours of credit. Each student participant must have a mentor at the site of the practicum and a faculty member to provide oversight.

ENG 573 – Capstone Project:  For the Energy Systems Project, students will consult with a faculty member approved by their program advisor, select a project, get the topic and general scope approved, survey associated literature and state-of-the-art, and then conduct, as appropriate, system-level or conceptual design studies, design and build activities, feasibility studies, experimental work, detailed numerical simulations, or detailed theoretical analyses of physical phenomena. The main output of the project will be a final report that describes in detail what was done, why it was done, what avenues were not pursued and why, and makes appropriate recommendations, and as appropriate, suggestions for further work.

Professional Development Coursework:  Professional Development coursework aims to build skills in leadership, teamwork, project development, project management, oral and written communication, feasibility studies, innovation and entrepreneurship, engineering economics and business aspect of technology, and component or system-level conceptual design studies, design and build activities. Students may select one or more course from the pre-approved list, or an advisor-approved alternative.

Breadth Area Course

Each student must complete at least 3 credit hours focusing on scientific, economic, political, or other subjects relevant to either energy or energy-producing areas of the world. Students may select a course from the any of the courses listed under a different main category than that of their chosen Primary and Secondary field requirement, from the Topical Breadth Course List, or an advisor-approved alternative.


Students may complete up to 3 credit hours of coursework qualified for graduate credit from the approved course lists (not used to fulfill other requirements), or courses for graduate credit taken as a prerequisite for required courses. Additional credit hours or practicum/project hours (not used to fulfill Primary Field coursework and exceeding the 4 credit hour requirement) may be applied toward this requirement.

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