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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2018-19 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2018-19 [Archived Catalog]

Energy Engineering (B.S.En.E.)

Major code BS7274

Russ College of Engineering and Technology 
Department of Mechanical Engineering 
251 Stocker Center
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1553
Fax: 740.593.0476

Greg Kremer, contact person, kremer@ohio.edu

Program Overview

Ohio University’s Energy Engineering major focuses on producing graduates who possess:
1.The necessary skills to be a valued individual and team contributor in a professional environment.
2.The characteristics for diverse career options in the multidisciplinary energy field.
3.The necessary analytical and technical skills to identify complex problems as well as devise and implement their solutions.
4.An understanding of the impact of underlying systems and environmental/societal policies on the global energy infrastructure.

The energy engineering profession focuses on the production, distribution, and utilization of energy sources and the economic/environmental implications surrounding these resources. Ohio’s Energy Engineering curriculum is designed to provide graduates with a solid foundation in higher mathematics and basic sciences followed by extensive training in multidisciplinary energy curricula including energy/material balances, transport phenomena, energy conversions, economics, sustainability, and policy. Additionally, the program integrates engineering experiences throughout the required coursework. These experiences require the application of engineering knowledge to develop and communicate solutions to energy-based problems. In addition, student experiences are enhanced with yearly colloquia which provide students the opportunity to learn from and interact with practicing engineers and researchers from the energy industry. The culminating experience is a year-long senior
capstone design project in which student teams apply their skills to develop a solution to a real-world energy problem including costs, safety, and societal impact.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

In addition to University admission requirements, students must have a Mathematics placement greater than or equal to PL2 or have earned a C or better grade in MATH 1200 or higher.

Change of Program Policy

Students must have a cumulative GPA greater than 2.0 for all courses at Ohio University, for all courses in Russ College, and for all courses in Mechanical Engineering. Students must have succeeded in all required courses taken previously in three or fewer attempts. For some courses, success means a grade of at least a C or C-. Additionally, current Ohio University students who want to change their major to Energy Engineering must meet with the Energy Engineering Program Director or his/her designee to obtain their approval prior to being admitted into the program.

External Transfer Admission

In addition to University guidelines, students should have earned a C (2.0) or better grade in a college math course equivalent to MATH 1200 or higher and a C (2.0) or better grade in a chemistry course equivalent to CHEM 1500 or higher or a physics course equivalent to PHYS 2051 or higher. Additionally, transfer students who want to major in Energy Engineering must meet with the Energy Engineering Program Director or his/her designee to obtain their approval prior to being admitted into the program.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Energy engineers design solutions to help our society better produce, distribute, and utilize our energy resources. Career opportunities for energy engineers include positions with utility, oil and gas, research, design, and sales companies.
In addition, graduates of Ohio’s Energy Engineering program are well suited to pursue advanced energy research in chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering graduate programs, or to pursue advanced degrees in law or business.


Major Hours Requirement

The energy engineering major requires a minimum of 126.5 hours.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology

View the College-Level Requirements for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology .

Core Curriculum

Complete the following course:

Math and Basic Sciences Requirement

Complete the following courses, plus additional courses defined in the science elective to meet the 32 minimum total hours requirement for Math and Basic Sciences.

Science Elective

Choose any of the following courses to meet the overall requirement for 32 hours of Math or Basic Sciences:

Engineering Statistics

Complete one of the following courses:

Engineering Fundamental Requirements

Complete the following courses:

Energy Engineering Colloquia

Complete the following courses:


Complete at least 9 hours of Technical and Professional electives, or at least 12 hours of Technical and Project Management Certificate electives.

Technical Electives

(6 - 9 hrs) Complete at least 6 hours, but all 9 hours can be completed from this category.

Select from:

Professional Electives

(0 - 3 hrs) A maximum of 3 hours can be counted to meet the overall requirement of 9 hours if you select the Technical and Professional elective option.

Select from:

Project Management Certificate Electives

Complete all of the following courses, in addition to at least 3 hours of technical electives if you select the Technical and Project Management Certificate option: