The four-year program leading to the BS degree provides a foundation for careers in many facets of the energy industry. The curriculum includes basic science and engineering courses that provide sufficient depth for a broad spectrum of energy, engineering, and environmental careers.

One of the program’s goals is to provide experience integrating the skills developed in individual courses to address a significant design problem. In course Senior Project and Seminar in Energy Science and Engineering, taken in the senior year, student teams identify and propose technical solutions for an energy-resource-related problem of current interest.

The requirements for the BS degree in Energy Science and Engineering are similar, but not identical, to those described in this Bulletin’s “School of Engineering” section. Students must satisfy the university General Education requirements, Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing (Ways), writing and rhetoric, and language requirements. The standard Energy Science and Engineering undergraduate program automatically satisfies the University Ways requirement in the Disciplinary Breadth areas of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Mathematics.

Courses taken to fulfill the requirements for the major (energy science and engineering core and depth; mathematics; engineering fundamentals; and science) must be taken for a letter grade if the option is offered.

The Energy Science and Engineering undergraduate curriculum is designed to prepare students for participation in the energy industry or for graduate studies while providing requisite skills to evolve as the energy landscape shifts over the next half-century. The program provides a background in mathematics, basic sciences, and engineering fundamentals such as multiphase fluid flow in the subsurface. In addition, the curriculum is structured with a flexibility that allows students to explore energy topics of particular individual interest and to study abroad.