Energy Resources Engineering (BS)
The four-year program leading to the B.S. 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 wide spectrum of careers in the energy, engineering, and environmental fields.
One of the goals of the program 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 Resources, 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 B.S. degree in Energy Resources Engineering are similar, but not identical, to those described in the "School of Engineering" section of this bulletin. Students must satisfy the University Thinking Matters, Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing (Ways), writing and rhetoric, and language requirements. The normal Energy Resources 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 resources core and depth; mathematics; engineering fundamentals; science; and technology in society) must be taken for a letter grade if the option is offered.
The Energy Resources 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 flexibility that allows students to explore energy topics of particular individual interest and to study abroad.
The following courses constitute the normal program leading to a B.S. in Energy Resources Engineering. The program may be modified to meet a particular student's needs and interests with the adviser's prior approval.