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Energy Engineering


Program Overview

The primary program educational objectives of the bachelor's degree in energy engineering are:

Graduates will attain employment and advancement  in public or private sectors of the multidisciplinary energy field or in another technical or professional field, and/or complete a graduate degree program in engineering, business, medicine, law, or another technical or professional field.

Graduates will fulfill the standards and values of the engineering profession and of their own company, and further those values through involvement in communities of practice, professional societies, policy making, and government.

Graduates will act in ways consistent with the values of Ohio University by performing community service and volunteering, voting and being an engaged citizen, engaging in civil public discourse about technical issues, making decisions consistent with the triple bottom line (environmental, financial, social), and/or using their skills and influence in any way that contributes to the greater good.


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 topics 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

To best prepare for the demands of the academic programs in Russ College, four years of college preparatory math, one year of chemistry, and one year of physics are necessary. Students ranked in the top 30 percent of their classes who score at least 24 on the ACT or comparable SAT are most likely to be successful in Russ College of Engineering and Technology.  

Change of Program Policy

Students who wish to transfer into an engineering or computer science program must have earned a C or better in a math course and a science course. The math course must be equivalent to MATH 1200  or higher. The science course must be equivalent to CHEM 1510  or higher, or PHYS 2051/PPHYS 2054 &PHYS 2055  or higher. Students enrolled at any Ohio University campus who wish to transfer into any program in the Russ College cannot do so if they would be on academic probation after transferring into that major. The probation rules for Russ College are stricter than those for the University as a whole. In order not to be on probation, a student must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher for all courses taken, for all courses taken in the Russ College, and for all courses taken in the intended major. Students must also have successfully completed all required courses in three attempts and have no required course they have attempted twice without success. For some courses, success means a grade of at least a C or C-.

External Transfer Admission

Transfer students who have earned fewer than 20 semester hours of credit at another accredited collegiate institution may be admitted directly to an engineering or computer science program, if they meet the general requirements for admission to Ohio University and have completed four years of college-prep math and one year each of chemistry and physics and have scored at least a 24 on the ACT or comparable SAT.

Transfer students who have earned more than 20 semester hours of credit at another accredited collegiate institution may be admitted directly to an engineering or computer science program, if they meet the general requirements for transfer students, including a GPA greater than 2.5.Students who wish to transfer into an engineering or computer science program must have earned a C or better in a math course and a science course. The math course must be equivalent to MATH 1200  or higher. The science course must be equivalent to CHEM 1510  or higher, or PHYS 2051/PHYS 2054 &PHYS 2055 or higher.

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.

Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic catalog

Program Details

Code: BS7274

Contact

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
www.ohio.edu/engineering/mechanical

Administrative Contact

Greg Kremer, contact person
kremer@ohio.edu

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