B.S. in Energy Science and Technology

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The goal of the Energy Science and Technology degree is to give students knowledge and analytic skills in the science and technology of today’s diverse energy systems and industries. The degree is designed to prepare graduates to become leaders in Washington’s emerging clean energy economy with an interdisciplinary education that emphasizes applied science and technology, complemented by energy policy and business practices, that industry experts have prioritized among Washington’s energy workforce needs. 

Program Contact

Institute of Energy Studies

Arntzen Hall 303 Energy.Institute@wwu.edu (360) 650-4422

Gail Cowan, Program Advisor

gail.cowan@wwu.edu (360) 650-4422

Requirements

MATH and SCIENCE FUNDAMENTALS:

  • CHEM 161 General Chemistry I (5) 
  • GEOL 211 Physical Geology (5)
  • MATH 124 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (5) 
  • MATH 125 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (5) 
  • PHYS 161 Physics with Calculus I (5) 
  • PHYS 162 Physics with Calculus II (5)
  • PHYS 220 Physics with Calculus IV (4)
    • or PHYS 350 Engineering Thermodynamics (3)
    • or EECE 351 Electronics for Engineering (4)
  • Choose two courses from:

    • CHEM 162 General Chemistry II (5)
    • CHEM 163 General Chemistry III (5)
    • CHEM 251 Elementary Organic Chemistry (5)
    • CSCI 140 Programming Fundamentals in C++ (4)
      • or CSCI 141 Computer Programming I (4)
    • CSCI 145 Computer Programming and Linear Data Structures (4)
    • ENGR 104 Introduction to Engineering and Design (3)
    • ENGR 170 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering (4)
      • or MSCI 201 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering (4)
    • MATH 204 Elementary Linear Algebra (4)
    • MATH 224 Multivariable Calculus and Geometry I (4)
    • PHYS 163 Physics with Calculus III (5)
Note: Students will take 2-3 additional math and/or science pre-requisite courses in preparation for the advanced & specialized courses below.

ECONOMICS and POLICY FUNDAMENTALS:​

  • ECON 206 Introduction to Microeconomics (4)
  • PLSC 250 The American Political System (5)
    •  or  MGMT 271 Law and the Business Environment (4)
  • ENRG 350 Energy Policy and Politics (4)
    • or ENVS 350 Energy Policy and Politics (4)
  • ECON 384 Energy Economics (4)
    • or ECON 386 The Economics of Electricity Markets (4)
    • or ENRG 384 Energy Economics (4)
    • or ENRG 386 The Economics of Electricity Markets (4)

CORE ENERGY COURSES:

  • ENRG 320 Science of Energy Resources (3)​
  • ENRG 330 Energy from the Earth (3)​​
    • or GEOL 330 Energy from the Earth (3)
  • ENRG 360 Energy Efficient and Carbon Neutral Design (4)
    • or ESCI 360 Energy Efficient and Carbon Neutral Design (4)
  • ENRG 380 Energy and Environment (3)
    • or ESCI 380 Energy and Environment (3) 

SPECIALIZED ENERGY COURSES (ELECTIVES):

Students must take at least 25 credits from this list:

  • CHEM 351 Organic Chemistry (4)
  • EECE 351 Electronics for Engineering (4)
  • ANTH 345 Energy in the Global South (5)
    • or ENRG 345 Energy in the Global South (5)
    • or ENRG 340 Energy and Climate in Rural Development (4)
  • ENRG 381 Biofuels (3)
    • or  CHEM 381 Biofuels (3)
  • ENRG 388 Campus Energy System Analysis (2-3)
  • ENRG 392 Energy Symposium (1)
  • ENRG 449 Northwest Energy Systems Transitions (4)
    • or ENVS 449 Northwest Energy Systems Transitions (4)
  • ENRG 459 Advanced Energy Policy (4)
    • or ENVS 459 Advanced Energy Policy (4)
  • ENRG 480 Applications in Energy Production (4)
    • or ESCI 480 Applications in Energy Production (4)
  • ENRG 484 Economics of Alternative Energy (4)
    • or ECON 484 Economics of Alternative Energy (4)
  • ENVS 320 GIS I: Introduction to Geographic Information Science (4)
  • ENVS 361 Introduction to Planning (3)
  • ENVS 419 Applications in GIS (3)
  • ENVS 471 Campus Sustainability Planning Studio (3)
  • ENVS 326 Climatology (4)
    • or ESCI 392 Introduction to Global Change (4)
    • or ESCI 492 Climate Change (4)
  • GEOL 306 Mineralogy (4)
    • or  GEOL 311 Earth Materials (5)
  • MATH 307 Mathematical Computing (4)
  • MATH 331 Ordinary Differential Equations (4)
  • MATH 341 Probability and Statistical Inference (4)
    • or MATH 345 Statistics for Engineering (4)

ADVANCED ENERGY TECHNOLOGY COURSES:

Students must take at least four courses from this list:

  • ENRG 420 Advanced Energy Science (3) and ENRG 421 Energy Science Laboratory (2) *together these count as one course
  • ENRG 461 Mechanical and Environmental Systems in Buildings (5)
    • or ESCI 461 Mechanical and Environmental Systems in Buildings (5)
  • ENRG 464 Sustainable Building Analysis and Design (4)
    • or ESCI 464 Sustainable Building Analysis and Design (4)
  • ENRG 466 Life Cycle Analysis (4)
    • or ESCI 466 Life Cycle Analysis (4)
  • ENRG 475 Renewable Electric Power Systems (4)
    • or ESCI 475 Renewable Electric Power Systems (4)
  • ENRG 482 Greenhouse Gas Mitigation (4)
    • or  ESCI 482 Greenhouse Gas Mitigation (4)
  • ENRG 486 Electric Utility Resource Planning
  • ENRG 488 Energy management in organizations (4)
  • ENRG 490 Energy Capstone: Energy Systems Synthesis (4)
  • GEOL 485 Geothermal Energy (4)