Energy Engineering Minor Curriculum


The Energy Engineering Minor curriculum is designed to prepare students to enter directly into a wide variety of careers in the energy sector serving the greater Houston area, national and the international communities. Students of all majors are encouraged to enroll in the courses offered through the program. The curriculum is designed to work within the structure of the students’ majors.

The Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (CEES) is instrumental in developing the Energy Engineering Minor. The goal of this center is to establish research and education focused on energy engineering. The three research themes of the center are biofuels, wind energy and energy and environment.

The Energy Engineering Minor has four focus areas:

  1. Chemical Engineering – Fossil Fuel and Nuclear Energy Focus
  2. Civil and Environmental Engineering – Energy and Environment Focus
  3. Electrical Engineering – Generation and Distribution Focus
  4. Mechanical Engineering – Renewable Energy Focus

Students shall complete the Energy Engineering Minor through satisfactory completion of 18 SCH from the following courses:

Three Required Energy courses …………………………………………………………………………….9 SCH

CHEG 3113 – Introduction to Energy Systems

CVEG 4113 – Energy and Environment

MCEG 3123 – Renewable Energy and Energy Sustainability

Three Elective courses from the following……………………………………………………………….9 SCH

CHEG 4103 Special Topics – Intro to Nuclear

CHEG 4103 Special Topics – Biofuels and Biomass

CHEG 4103 Special Topics – Fossil Fuels

CVEG 4103 Special Topics – Nuclear Waste Management

CVEG 4103 Special Topics – Energy and Waste Management

ELEG 4013 Electromechanical Energy Conversion

ELEG 4023 Power Systems Engineering

ELEG 4223 Photonics and Electronic Materials & Devices

MCEG 4123 Energy System Design

MCEG 4163 Special Topics – Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning

MCEG 4163 Special Topics – Power Plants

Other Energy related courses approved by the College


CHEG 3113. Introduction to Energy Systems. (3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. This course introduces fundamental physical and engineering principles associated with various energy systems. Basic energy concepts will be introduced describing the magnitudes and patterns of human energy needs. Historical evolution and present status of the conventional fossil and nuclear-fueled energy will be investigated along with others such as hydropower, biofuels, and the developing renewable energy systems.

Prerequisite: MATH 2024, PHYS 2523, and CHEM 1034 or equivalent.

CVEG 4113. Energy and Environment. (3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. Introduction to climate and climate change, the carbon cycle, air and water pollution from energy systems, impacts and implications of energy use for human health, current energy and energy-related environmental policies to foster the development of sustainable energy technologies, fuels, and practices, energy alternatives for the future and their impact on the local and global environment.

Prerequisite: CHEG 3113.

MCEG 3123. Renewable Energy and Energy Sustainability. (3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. The topics of various types of renewable energies, energy conversion, utilization and storage technologies, such as wind, solar, biomass, fuel cells and hybrid systems. For each source, the physical and technological principles are explained and the economics, environmental impacts and future prospects are examined. The course explores the main factors likely to influence the long-term evolution of the world’s energy systems and the technologies and policies that could be adopted to create more sustainable energy systems.

Prerequisite: CHEG 3113.

CHEG 4103. Special Topics in Chemical Engineering. (3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. This course presents selected current and emerging topics in chemical engineering depending on need as determined by the department faculty.

Prerequisite: Consent of advisor.

CVEG 4103. Special Topics. (3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. Selected current and emerging topics in Civil Engineering depending on need determined by the department. Prerequisites: Senior Standing and Approval by the Department Head.

ELEG 4013. Electromechanical Energy Conversion. (3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. Electric and magnetic devices, force and torque measurements, iron core transformers, single phase and poly phase power circuit analysis. Introduction to per unit system.

Prerequisites: MATH 3685 and ELEG 3013.

ELEG 4023. Power Systems Engineering. (3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. Elementary synchronous machines. General considerations of power generation, transmission, distribution and utilization, survey of load flow, faults, transient stability and economic power dispatch. Prerequisite: ELEG 4013.

ELEG 4223. Electronic and Photonic Materials and Devices. (3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. Properties of insulators, conductors, semiconductors, electro-optical and magnetic materials. Basic operation of opto-electronic devices and systems.

Prerequisite: ELEG 3033

MCEG 4123. Energy System Design. (3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. A design course emphasizing heat exchangers, heat pipes, heat reclamation devices, piping systems, and solar heating and cooling systems.

Prerequisites: MCEG 3013 and MCEG 3023.

MCEG 4163. Special Topics. (3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. Selected current and emerging topics in mechanical engineering depending on need determined by the department.

Prerequisite: Consent of advisor.