- Minor in Energy
- Area of Special Interest in Energy
The discovery, production, and use of energy in modern societies have profound and far-reaching economic, political, and environmental effects. As energy is one of CSM's core statutory missions, several CSM departments have come together to offer Minor and Area of Special Interest (ASI) programs related to Energy. The 18-credit Energy Minor adds value to any CSM undergraduate degree program by not only addressing the scientific and technical aspects of energy production and use but its broader social impacts as well. The Energy Minor program is intended to provide engineering students with a deeper understanding of the complex role energy technology plays in modern societies by meeting the following learning objectives:
- Students will gain a broad understanding of the scientific, engineering, environmental, economic and social aspects of the production, delivery, and utilization of energy as it relates to the support of current and future civilization both regional and worldwide.
- Students will develop depth or breadth in their scientific and engineering understanding of energy technology.
- Students will be able to apply their knowledge of energy science and technology to societal problems requiring economic, scientific, and technical analysis and innovation while working in a multidisciplinary environment and be able to communicate effectively the outcomes of their analyses in written and oral form
Tim Ohno & Kathleen Hancock
303-273-3847 / 303-384-2407
Reuben Collins, Department of Physics
Roderick G. Eggert, Division of Economics and Business, Interim Division Director
Ramona M. Graves, Dean of the College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering
P.K. Sen, Division of Engineering
Roel Snieder, Department of Geophysics, Keck Foundation Professor of Basic Exploration Science
Linda Figueroa, Division of Environmental Science and Engineering
Kathleen Hancock, co-director, Division of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
John Heilbrunn, Division of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Andrew M. Herring, Department of Chemical Engineering
Kathryn Johnson, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Masami Nakagawa, Department of Mining Engineering
Timothy R. Ohno, co-director
Marcelo Simoes, Division of Engineering
Neal Sullivan, Associate Professor
Eric Toberer , Department of Physics
Jeffrey C. King, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Linda Battalora, Department of Petroleum Engineering
Charles Stone, Department of Physics
Teaching Associate Professors
Joseph Horan, Division of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
John M. Persichetti, Department of Chemical Engineering
General CSM Minor/ASI requirements can be found here.
Minor in Energy
Minimum 18 hours required:
Required Courses (6 credit hours)
|ENGY200||INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY||3.0|
|or EBGN330||ENERGY ECONOMICS|
Policy Course: Select at least one of the following (minimum 3 credit hours)
|HASS490||ENERGY AND SOCIETY||3.0|
|HASS492||ENERGY AND SECURITY POLICY||3.0|
Select the remaining electives from the following:
Social Sciences and Law
|EBGN310||ENVIRONMENTAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS||3.0|
|EBGN340||ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY||3.0|
|HASS464||HISTORY OF ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT||3.0|
|PEGN430||ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND SUSTAINABILITY||3.0|
All Energy Sources
|CBEN469||FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY||3.0|
|or MTGN469||FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY|
|or MEGN469||FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY|
|or MTGN469||FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY|
|CBEN472||INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES||3.0|
|EENG389||FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRIC MACHINERY||4.0|
|EENG481||ANALYSIS AND DESIGN OF ADVANCED ENERGY SYSTEMS||3.0|
|EENG489||COMPUTATIONAL METHODS IN ENERGY SYSTEMS AND POWER ELECTRONICS||3.0|
|GEOL315||SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY||3.0|
|NUGN506||NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE||3.0|
|NUGN510||INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR PHYSICS||3.0|
|ENGY320||INTRO TO RENEWABLE ENERGY||3.0|
|CEEN477||SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING DESIGN||3.0|
|CHGN311||INTRODUCTION TO NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY||3.0|
|EENG390||ENERGY, ELECTRICITY, RENEWABLE ENERGY, AND ELECTRIC POWER GRID||3.0|
|EENG472||PRACTICAL DESIGN OF SMALL RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS||3.0|
|EENG589||DESIGN AND CONTROL OF WIND ENERGY SYSTEMS||3.0|
|PHGN419||PRINCIPLES OF SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS||3.0|
|PEGN102||INTRODUCTION TO PETROLEUM INDUSTRY||3.0|
|ENGY310||INTRO TO FOSSIL ENERGY||3.0|
|CBEN480||NATURAL GAS HYDRATES||3.0|
|PEGN305||COMPUTATIONAL METHODS IN PETROLEUM ENGINEERING||2.0|
|PEGN308||RESERVOIR ROCK PROPERTIES||3.0|
|ENGYXXX||Additional courses with energy content may be approved by the director or co-director of the energy minor.|
The Area of Special Interest in Energy requires a minimum of 12 credit hours of acceptable course work:
|ENGY200||INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY||3.0|
|or ENGY330||ENERGY ECONOMICS|
|Two additional energy-related courses||6.0|
|Total Semester Hrs||12.0|
ENGY200. INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Introduction to Energy. Survey of human-produced energy technologies including steam, hydro, fossil (petroleum, coal, and unconventionals), geothermal, wind, solar, biofuels, nuclear, and fuel cells. Current and possible future energy transmission and efficiency. Evaluation of different energy sources in terms of a feasibility matrix of technical, economic, environmental, and political aspects. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ENGY310. INTRO TO FOSSIL ENERGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) Students will learn about conventional coal, oil, and gas energy sources across the full course of exploitation, from their geologic origin, through discovery, extraction, processing, processing, marketing, and finally to their end-use in society. Students will be introduced to the key technical concepts of flow through rock, the geothermal temperature and pressure gradients, hydrostatics, and structural statics as needed to understand the key technical challenges of mining, drilling, and production. Students will then be introduced to unconventional (emerging) fossil-based resources, noting the key drivers and hurdles associated with their development. Students will learn to quantify the societal cost and benefits of each fossil resource across the full course of exploitation and in a final project will propose or evaluate a national or global fossil energy strategy, supporting their arguments with quantitative technical analysis. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ENGY320. INTRO TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I) Survey of renewable sources of energy. The basic science behind renewable forms of energy production, technologies for renewable energy storage, distribution, and utilization, production of alternative fuels, intermittency, natural resource utilization, efficiency and cost analysis and environmental impact. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ENGY330. ENERGY ECONOMICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with EBGN330,
(I). Study of economic theories of optimal resource extraction, market power, market failure, regulation, deregulation, technological change and resource scarcity. Economic tools used to analyze OPEC energy mergers, natural gas price controls and deregulation, electric utility restructuring, energy taxes, environmental impacts of energy use, government R&D programs, and other energy topics. Prerequisites: EBGN201 or EBGN311. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ENGY340. NUCLEAR ENERGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I) Survey of nuclear energy and the nuclear fuel cycle including the basic principles of nuclear fission and an introduction to basic nuclear reactor design and operation. Nuclear fuel, uranium resources, distribution, and fuel fabrication, conversion and breeding. Nuclear safety, nuclear waste, nuclear weapons and proliferation as well economic, environmental and political impacts of nuclear energy. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ENGY350. GEOTHERMAL ENERGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I) Geothermal energy resources and their utilization, based on geoscience and engineering perspectives. Geoscience topics include world wide occurrences of resources and their classification, heat and mass transfer, geothermal reservoirs, hydrothermal geochemistry, exploration methods, and resource assessment. Engineering topics include thermodynamics of water, power cycles, electricity generation, drilling and well measurements, reservoir-surface engineering, and direct utilization. Economic and environmental considerations and case studies are also presented. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ENGY490. ENERGY AND SOCIETY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with LAIS490,MNGN490,
(II). A transdisciplinary capstone seminar that explores a spectrum of approaches to the understanding, planning, and implementation of energy production and use, including those typical of diverse private and public (national and international) corporations, organizations, states, and agencies. Aspects of global energy policy that may be considered include the historical, social, cultural, economic, ethical, political, and environmental aspects of energy together with comparative methodologies and assessments of diverse forms of energy development. Prerequisites: ENGY330/EBGN330 and one of either ENGY310, ENGY320, or ENGY340. 3 hours lecture/seminar; 3 semester hours.