Energy Science - Thematic Tracks


Thematic Tracks


Four Elective Thematic Tracks:
(at least 6 credit hours at the 300 or 400 level)
  1. Energy and Natural Resources
  2. Plant and Animal Bioenergy Systems—Biomass and Biogas (Agronomy, Animal Science, Biological Systems, Natural Resources)
  3. Energy Engineering—Wind, Solar, Hydrogen, Hydro, Wave and Tidal, and Geothermal (Energy Systems Designs, Production, and Power Processing)
  4. Energy Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions

Elective Courses for Thematic Tracks:


1. Energy and Natural Resources:
  • GEOL 115 The Earth's Energy Resources
  • NRES 220 Principles of Ecology
  • BIOS 232 Ecological Issues on the Great Plains
  • NRES 424 Forest Ecology
  • GEOL 424 Biogeochemical Cycles
  • GEOL 457 Ecosystem Ecology
  • NRES 467 Global Climate Change
  • AGRO 475 Water Quality Strategy
  • GEOL 421 Carbonate Petrology
  • GEOL 485 Fossil Fuel Geology and Exploration


2. Plant and Animal Bioenergy:
  • NRES 220 Principles of Ecology
  • AGRO 269 Principles of Soil Management
  • AGRO 305 Geography of Agriculture
  • ASCI 320 Animal Nutrition and Feeding
  • FDST 363 Heat and Mass Transfer
  • MSYM 364 Agricultural Products Processing and Handling
  • AGRO 435 Agroecology
  • AGRO 440 Great Plains Ecosystem
  • AGRO 437/438 (3cr) Animal, Food, and Industrial Uses of Grain/Producing Grain for Animal, Food, and Industrial Uses
  • ASCI 485 Animal Systems Analysis


3. Energy Engineering:
  • MECH 200. Engineering Thermodynamics
  • CHME 202. Mass and Energy Balances
  • BSEN 244. Thermodynamics of Living Systems
  • MSYM 245 Electrical Service Systems
  • MECH 300. Thermal Systems and Design
  • ENGR 300. Principles of Nuclear Engineering
  • ENGR 301. Introduction to Nuclear and Radiation Engineering Concepts
  • BSEN 303. Principles of Process Engineering
  • CNST 306. Building Environmental Technical Systems II
  • CHME 223. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I
  • CHME 323. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • BSEN 325 Power Systems Design
  • CHME 331. Equilibrium Stage Operations
  • CHME 332. Transport Operations I
  • CHME 333. Transport Operations II
  • BSEN 344. Biological and Environmental Transport Processes
  • ENGR 310 Utilization of Nuclear Technologies in Society
  • MSYM 312 Engine Power Systems
  • ENGR 401. Elements of Nuclear Engineering
  • ENGR 402. Energy Systems and Resources
  • MECH 403 Internal Combustion Engines
  • MECH 404 Theory of Combustion
  • MECH 406 Air Conditioning Systems Design
  • ELEC 406 Power Systems Analysis
  • ELEC 407 Power Systems Planning
  • MECH 407 Power Plant Systems Design
  • MECH 408. Heat Exchanger Design
  • ENGR 411. Nuclear Reactor Theory
  • ENGR 412. Nuclear Reactor Analysis
  • AREN UNO 412. Building Energy II: Primary and Secondary Systems
  • AREN UNO 420. Lighting II: Theory, Design and Application
  • ENGR 420. Nuclear Reactor Engineering
  • MECH 420. Heat Transfer
  • MECH 425. Solar Energy Engineering
  • AREN UNO 425. Lighting Design
  • ELEC 428. Power Electronics
  • ELEC 438 Introduction to Electric Power Engineering
  • CHME 442. Chemical Reactor Engineering and Design
  • ELEC 454. Power Systems Operation and Control
  • CHME 486. Electrochemical Engineering
  • ELEC 498a. Renewable Energy
  • ELEC 498b. Wind Energy
  • ELEC 498c. Electric Machines
  • ELEC 498d Solar Energy


4. Energy Economics, Policy, and Human Dimensions:
  • PHIL 225. Environmental Ethics
  • ENVR 249 Individual and Cultural Perspectives on the Environment
  • AECN 265 Resource and Environmental Economics I
  • NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy
  • ANTH 430 Nutritional Anthropology
  • JOMC 444 Science Writing
  • AECN 445 Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy Analysis
  • SOCI 446 Environmental Sociology
  • AGRO/GEOG/METR 450 Climate and Society
  • AECN 399 Energy Law
  • AECN 456 Environmental Law
  • AECN 465 Resource and Environmental Economics II
  • HIST 469 Global Environmental History
  • ANTH 473 Ecological Anthropology
Additional elective courses can be approved by academic advisors and ENSC coordinator.
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