2015-16 Energy Engineering

230 Bechtel Engineering Center #1702

Department Overview

Energy Engineering is part of the multi-departmental and interdisciplinary Engineering Science Program. This undergraduate program encompasses a variety of closely-related areas of the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering. It is intended to provide a means whereby students, while acquiring knowledge of engineering methods, can pursue their interests in areas of natural science. The options offered within the curriculum prepare students for advanced study in engineering, science, or mathematics.

The Engineering Science Program is administered by the Engineering Science Committee, which is comprised of faculty from the seven departments the College of Engineering, as well as faculty from the Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Chemical Engineering, and Chemistry Departments.

Energy Engineering

Energy Engineering interweaves the fundamentals of classical and modern physics, chemistry, and mathematics with energy engineering applications. A great strength of the major is its flexibility. The firm base in physics and mathematics is augmented with a selection of engineering course options that prepare the student to tackle the complex energy-related problems faced by society. By emphasizing science and mathematics, students are well-prepared to pursue graduate studies in physics or engineering. Energy Engineering is a multidisciplinary field requiring an integration of physical principles with engineering analysis, augmented with realities of policy and engineering economics. The program incorporates courses from many departments on campus to create a discipline that is rigorously based in science and engineering, while addressing a wide variety of environmental issues.

Undergraduate Program in Energy Engineering*
Course Fall Spring
Freshman Year
Chemistry 1A and 1AL-General Chemistry or Chemistry 4A- General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis(6) 4
Engineering 7-Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists & Engineers or CS 61A-Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs(11) 4
Mathematics 1A-Calculus 4
Mathematics 1B-Calculus 4
Physics 7A-Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4
Engineering 93-Energy Engineering Seminar 1  
Reading and Composition Course from List A(2) 4
Reading and Composition Course from List B(2) 4
Free Elective(10) 3
Total 16 16
Sophomore Year
CE C30/ME C85-Introduction to Solid Mechanics 3
Energy and Resources Group 100-Energy and Society (Humanities and Science Course)(2)(3) 4
Engineering Prep Courses 1 and 2(4) 3-4 3-4
Mathematics 53-Multivariable Calculus 4
Mathematics 54-Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4
Physics 7B-Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4
Mechanical Engineering 40-Thermodynamics or Engineering 115-Engineering Thermodynamics 3-4
Total 15-16 13-15
Junior Year
CE 100-Elementary Fluid Mechanics or ME 106-Fluid Mechanics 3-4
Economics Course(5) 3-4
Elec. Eng. 137A-Introduction to Electric Power Systems 4
Math/Statistics/Analysis Course(6) 3-4
ME 109-Heat Transfer 3
MSE 136-Materials in Energy Technologies 4
Nuc Eng 161-Nuclear Power Engineering 4
Humanities/Social Science Course(2) 3-4
Total 15-16 12-15
Senior Year
CE C106-Air Pollution or CE 111-Environmental Engineering 3
CE 107-Climate Change Mitigation or Geography 142-Climate Dynamics 3-4
Engineering 194-Research Capstone Course(7) 3
Elec. Eng. 134-Fundamentals of Photovoltaic Devices 4
Sustainability Course(8) 3
Technical Elective(9) 3
Humanities/Social Science Courses(2) 3-4 3-4
Free Elective(10) 4 4
Total 16-18 17-18



Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this major, electives may be approved throughout the year.

1Chemistry 4A is intended for students majoring in Chemistry or a closely related field.

2The Humanities/Social Science (H/SS) requirement includes two approved reading and composition courses and four additional approved courses, with which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. Reading and Composition “A” and “B” must be completed by no later than the end of the sophomore year. The remaining courses may be taken at any time during the program. See engineering.berkeley.edu/hss for complete details and a list of approved courses.

3Energy and Resources Group 100 satisfies both a major requirement and one of the upper division Humanities/Social Sciences requirements.

4Two lower division courses, chosen in consultation with faculty adviser, to prepare students for upper division technical courses. One must be from List A; the second from list A or B. List A: El Eng 16A or Engin 45; List B: Civ Eng 11 or 70, Chem 1B or 3A; El Eng 16B; Physics 7C

5Economics Course. Choose one from the following list: Civ Eng 156, Eng 120; Env Econ *147, *C151, *153,*154; ERG C180; *ESPM 102D; *PEIS 101 or an Economics course chosen in consultation with faculty adviser. Courses marked with an asterisk can satisfy both the Economics requirement and one of the upper division H/SS requirements.

6Math/Stat/Analysis Course. Choose one from the following list: Civ Eng 93, Comp Sci 70, Engin 117, IEOR 172, Math 55 or Stat 134.

7Research Capstone Course: Original research with approved faculty member.

8Sustainability Course. Choose one from the following list: Civ Eng 111, 113N, 115; City & Reg. Planning *119; ERG 101. Civ Eng 111 cannot be used to fulfill more than one requirement. Courses marked with an asterisk can satisfy both the Sustainability requirement and one of the upper division H/SS requirements.

9Technical elective to be chosen in consultation with faculty adviser.

10Free electives can be any technical or non-technical course. A course of your interest offered by any department at Cal; there are no restrictions.

11Junior transfer admits may fulfill this requirement with a course equivalent to CS 61B if completed prior to transfer.

* A minimum of 120 units is required for graduation.