Energy and the environment

Energy and the Environment, a major application area in both Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, focuses on imparting specific skills required to understand the nature, scope, and challenges of environmental impact and the science behind energy and propulsion systems that minimize that impact. The Energy and the Environment Track will allow students with a particular interest in environment impact, energy systems and renewable energy to focus their technical electives in that area.  This Track will be available to all Aerospace and Ocean Engineering majors.

Technical Electives for Energy and the Environment Concentration

Choose a minimum of 9 credit hours from the following courses.

Course Title CH
AOE 4064 Fluid Flows in Nature 3
AOE 4264 Foundations of Aero/Hydroacoustics 3
AOE 4474 Propellers and Turbines 3
AOE 4634 Wind Turbine Technology and Aerodynamics 3
AOE 4824 Special Topics in Energy and the Environment 3
ECE 4364 Alternate Energy Systems 3
ENGR 3124 Introduction to Green Engineering     3
ME 3124 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics 3
ESM 4194 Sustainable Energy Solutions for a Global Society 3

Prerequisites may apply – see your advisor

I. Purpose:

Aerospace and ocean engineering has a foundational option and eight concentrations:

  • Aero/hydrodynamics
  • Dynamics, control and estimation
  • Energy & environment
  • Naval engineering 
  • Propulsion
  • Space engineering
  • Structures and materials
  • Vehicle and system design

The concentration in energy and the environment would allow students, who were interested primarily in this topic, to develop that specialization. Students will choose three classes from AOE 4064, AOE 4264, AOE 4474, AOE 4634, AOE 4824, ECE 4364, ENGR 3124, ME 3124, ME 4194, and STAT 4714.
 

II. Justification:

The concentration in energy and the environment will allow students with a particular interest in environment impact, energy systems and renewable energy to focus their technical electives in that area and receive recognition on their transcripts.
 

III. Hours Requirement:

A total of 128 hours is required to graduate with a BS in aerospace and ocean engineering. The concentration in Energy and the Environment requires nine credit hours of coursework out of a total of eighteen hours of technical electives.
 

IV. Eligibility:

The concentration in energy and the environment will be available to all aerospace and ocean engineering majors. Students majoring in aerospace and ocean engineering may pursue more than one departmental concentration.
 

V. Relevance:

Energy and the environment, a major application area in both aerospace and ocean engineering, focuses on imparting specific skills required to understand the nature, scope, and challenges of environmental impact and the science behind energy and propulsion systems that minimize that impact.
 

VI. Policies regarding intra-departmental majors and minors:

The AOE department offers majors in both aerospace and ocean engineering. Courses for the two majors overlap. Students may choose to pursue both majors simultaneously.
 

VII. Required resources

No additional resources are requested.

VIII. Methods of Communication:

These changes are communicated to students by posting the option checksheet to our department website, e-mail notification via the AOE listserv, and presentation to incoming students at advising sessions.

The AOE academic advisors will discuss the option with students during their advising sessions and concentration checksheets will be available in the AOE Academic Advising Center.