The Energy and Environment (E&E) Concentration in Mechanical Engineering at Catholic University aims to provide students with knowledge and skills of the growing and challenging areas in energy and environmental engineering and technology.

Coursework related to this concentration focuses on various traditional energy systems and their drawbacks, modern or renewable energy technologies, fuels and combustion, environmental protection in ambient and indoor air, and waste, pollution, and climate change.

Students in this Concentration are required to take two introductory courses: Introduction to Energy and Energy Systems (ME 311) and Introduction to Environmental Engineering (ENGR 438), and one advanced course, Renewable Energy & Technology (ME 527), plus two additional advanced E&E Concentration electives.

The Concentration of E&E is noted on students’ official transcripts and will prepare students for career opportunities in the energy industry and environmental protection market. It is recommended that students interested in pursuing the E&E declare their concentration as early as possible, such as the 5th semester (junior), in their degree program in order to facilitate course planning.

The curriculum for students entering Fall 2022 or later is the following. For a printable version, click here.

  • Year 1 Fall

    Code Course Credits
    MATH 121 Calculus I 4
    ENGR 102 Intro Engr. Design and Prof. 3
    ENGR 106 Computer Aided Engr Tools 3
    PHIL 201 Classical Mind 3
    ENG 101 Rhetoric and Composition 3
    Total Credits 16
  • Year 1 Spring

    Code Course Credits
    MATH 122 Calculus II 4
    PHYS 215 University Physics I 4
    CSC 113 Intro to Computer Programming 3
    PHIL 202 Modern Mind 3
    TRS 201 Faith Seeking Understanding 3
    Total Credits 17
  • Year 2 Fall

    Code Course Credits
    MATH 221 Calculus III 4
    PHYS 216 University Physics II 4
    ENGR 201 Engineering Mechanics I 3
    CHEM 107 General Chemistry I 3
    CHEM 113 General Chemistry Laboratory I 2
    TRS 202 The Church and the Human Person 3
    Total Credits 19
  • Year 2 Spring

    Code Course Credits
    ME 242 Design and Materials 3
    ENGR 202 Engineering Mechanics II 3
    ENGR 211 Thermodynamics 3
    ENGR 212 Electrical Networks 3
    ENGR 222 Engineering Math I 4
    Total Credits 16
  • Year 3 Fall

    Code Course Credits
    MATH 309 Probability and Statistics for Engr 3
    ENGR 331 Fluid Mechanics 3
    ENGR 301 Solid Mechanics 3
    ME 344 System Dynamics 3
    ME 311 Intro to Energy & Energy Systems 3
    Total Credits 15
  • Year 3 Spring

    Code Course Credits
    ENGR 438 Intro to Environmental Engineering 3
    ME 342 Junior Design 3
    ME 362 Heat Transfer 3
    ME 392 Mech. Sys. & Dynamics Lab 2
    PHIL 362 Prof. Ethics in Engineering 3
    Lit./SBS/Fine Art Literature/Social Studies/Fine Arts 3
    Total Credits 17
  • Year 4 Fall

    Code Course Credits
    ENGR 441 Interdisciplinary Senior Design I 3
    ME 487 Thermal/Fluid Sci. Lab 2
    ENGR 401 Engineering Senior Seminar 1
    ENGR 403 Control Systems 3
    LS Liberal Study 3
    ME  Energy & Envir. Concentration Elective 3
    Total Credits 15
  • Year 4 Spring

    Code Course Credits
    ENGR 442 Interdisciplinary Senior Design II 3
    ME  Energy & Envir. Concentration Elective 3
    GTE General Technical Elective 3
    ME 427 Renewable Energy & Technology 3
    LS Liberal Studies Elective 3
    Total Credits 15

Concentration Elective Courses

  • ME 512 – Introduction to Materials for Energy and Sustainability
  • ME 524 – Hydro and Coastal Energy Technology
  • ME 526 – Alternative Energy Engineering
  • ME 527 – Renewable Energy and Technology
  • ME 529 – Environmental Protection for Energy Systems
  • ME 530 – Applied Energy Systems
  • ME 531 – Optimal Design of Energy Systems
  • ME 532 – Design of Power/Propulsion Systems
  • ME 533 – Energy Conservation and HVAC
  • ME 534 – Design of HVAC/Refrigeration
  • ME 536 – Thermal Environmental Engineering
  • ME 537 – Air Pollution & Control
  • ME 538 – Design of Solar Systems and Wind Power
  • ME 539 – Combustion and Incineration
  • ME 541 – Conduction and Radiation
  • ME 543 – Heat Exchanger: Design and Analysis
  • ME 544 – Intro to Multiphase Systems
  • ME 547 – Intermediate Thermodynamics
  • ME 548 – Intermediate Heat Transfer
  • ME 549 – Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 550 – Waste Management & Combustion
  • ME 581 – Intro to Microfluidics and Lab-on-Chip Technology

 

General Technical Elective Course

Any 300-level or above ME, ENGR, CSC, EE, BE, CEE, DA, MSE, MATH, PHYS, CHEM or BIOL course with academic advisor consent and chair approval.

 

Liberal Study Courses

Any two courses from the following list would be acceptable.

 

Literature/Fine Arts/Social Science Course

Any course from the following list would be acceptable.