Energy Related Courses

Case Western Reserve University offers a range of energy-related courses across multiple disciplines such as chemical and biomolecular engineering, chemistry, earth, environmental and planetary sciences, economics, electrical engineering and computer science, environmental studies, history, materials science & engineering, and SAGES. 

Students interested in learning more about energy and energy-related issues are encouraged to enroll in one of the following classes. The classes listed below are based on the CWRU 2018-2019 General Bulletin


Applied Data Science 

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

DSCI 351/451

Exploratory Data Science for Energy and Manufacturing

Data science and analysis approaches applicable to energy and manufacturing technologies, modeling and prediction, clustering and plot analysis, logistic regression and development of predictive models

ENGR 131- Elementary Computer Programming, or equivalent

STAT 312- Basic Statistics, or equivalent


Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

ECHE 381/480

Electrochemical Engineering (Fall)

Current and potential distribution, fluid mechanical effects, mass transport, batteries, corrosion, and industrial electrolysis

ECHE 260 - Introduction to Chemical Systems


Chemistry

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

CHEM 340

Solar Energy Conversion

Physics, materials chemistry, global energy perspective, dye-sensitized solar cells, organic solar cells, and principles of photovoltaics

CHEM 106 - Principles of Chemistry II

ENGR 145 - Chemistry of Materials


Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

EEPS 117

Weather and Climate

Meteorology, climate zones, weather prediction, greenhouse warming, and global climates

none


Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

EECS 369

Power System Analysis II

Unbalanced network operation, component faults, symmetrical components, electric machine modeling, power system transient stability, and generation control

EECS 368 - Power System Analysis I

EECS 370

Smart Grid

U.S. electric power system infrastructure, renewable resources, demand response, electric vehicles, energy storage, and microgrids

EECS 368 - Power System Analysis I

EECS 374/474

Advanced Control and Energy Systems

Applied quantitative control engineering techniques to regulate renewable energy systems, fundamentals of dynamic multidisciplinary modeling, and analysis of multi-megawatt wind turbines

EECS 304 - Control Engineering I with Laboratory


Environmental Studies

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

ESTD 101

Introduction to Environmental Thinking

Environmental ethics, energy use, and economic attitudes towards environmental goods

none


Executive Doctor of Management

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

MGMT 677

Designing Sustainable Systems

Managerial problems associated with dimensions of sustainability and design. 

Enrollment in the Design Sustainable Systems track of the Executive Doctor of Management

MGMT 395

Sustainability for Strategic Advantage

Sustainable development and how it helps social issues (poverty, human rights violations, and quality of life) and environmental issues (climate change, pollution, and resource scarcity)

Declared ACCT or MGMT Major and at least Junior Standing


Law

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

LAWS 5754

Energy Law

State and federal laws regarding energy use and production, state, federal, utility, and energy production regulation and their consequences. 

Enrollment in the Juris Doctor degree program


Materials Science & Engineering

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

EMSE 349/449

Materials for Energy and Sustainability

Design strategies, materials production, recycling, photovoltaics, wind, batteries, capacitors, and energy-efficient lighting materials

ENGR 225 - Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer

ENGR 145 - Chemistry of Materials

PHYS 122 or 124 - General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism or Physics and Frontiers II - Electricity and Magnetism


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

EMAE 352

Thermodynamics in Energy Processes

Thermodynamic properties of liquids, vapors and real gasses, combustion, thermodynamic relations, thermodynamic cycles

ENGR 225- Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer


SAGES

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

FSNA 157

Plastics Recycling: Re-use of Plastic Waste

Energy usage in recycling, commercial applications, biodegradable alternatives

none

FSNA 154

The Green Energy Transformation in Germany

Globalization, resource finiteness, and sustainability challenges, including economic crises, climate change, energy insecurity, and global competition

none

FSNA 166

Energy and Materials

Methods and materials to derive energy, their advantages, disadvantages, and forms that are currently available for use and potentially for use  

none

USNA 249

Restoring the Great Lakes: Opportunities and Challenges

Improving water quality and environmental history of lakes

Passing grade in First Seminar/Concurrent enrollment in FSTS 100/No previous or concurrent enrollment in FSNA or USNA

USNA 270

Alternative Energy Sources

Solar, hydroelectric, wind, geothermal, wave, biomass, and limitations of extracting usable energy

Passing grade in First Seminar/Concurrent enrollment in FSTS 100/No previous or concurrent enrollment in FSNA or USNA

USNA 287D

Native American Environmentalism: Sustainability and Contemporary Energy

Pollution of indigenous lands, environmental racism, sustainability of lands, energy stewardship

Passing grade in First Seminar/Concurrent enrollment in FSTS 100/No previous or concurrent enrollment in FSNA or USNA

USNA 288R

Data Acquisition and the Internet of Things

Better understand the Internet of Things (IoT) through projects, readings, and discussion on the process of exchanging and collection of data between networked objects

Passing grade in First Seminar/Concurrent enrollment in FSTS 100/No previous or concurrent enrollment in FSNA or USNA