Curriculum Effective 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:

Core Courses
Electives
Professional Development

Questions? Contact Amy McCullough.

Degree RequirementsHours
• ENG 471: Seminar Energy & Sustainability Engineering (1 credit hour)

• ENG 571: Theory Energy & Sustainability Engineering (4 credit hours)

• ABE 436: Renewable Energy Systems (4 credit hours)

• NPRE 480: Energy and Security or NPRE 481: Writing on Technology and Security (3 credit hours)
12
Electives (approved by academic advisor)16
Professional Development courses from an approved list4
Total Hours32
Other Requirements and Conditions (may overlap):
• A minimum of 20 credit hours must be taken from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.
• A minimum of 12 500-level credit hours, with a minimum of 8 hours of ENG or NPRE 500-level coursework
• A maximum of one 1-credit-hour course may be applied toward the minimum 12 500-level credit-hour requirement.
• No courses used to fulfill any degree requirement may be taken using the “Credit/No Credit” option.
• The minimum program GPA is 3.0.

Core Courses

Students must complete 12 credit hours of Core Courses:

  • ENG 471: Seminar Energy & Sustainability Engineering (1 credit hour)
  • ENG 571: Theory Energy & Sustainability Engineering (4 credit hours)
  • ABE 436: Renewable Energy Systems (4 credit hours)
  • NPRE 480: Energy and Security or NPRE 481: Writing on Technology and Security (3 credit hours)

Electives

Students must complete 16 credit hours of Electives (approved by academic advisor). Below are recommended courses outlined by focus areas. Enrollment in these courses may depend on course availability. Elective Course options for Online students can be found on the Online Programs website.

Professional Development (Practicum, Project, or Coursework)

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Professional Development. 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 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.

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