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. 

Anthropology

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

ANTH 347/447

Cultural Ecology: An Epistemological Approach to Environmental Sustainability

Human culture and environmental sustainability challenges, human/nature interactions

ANTH 102- Being Human: An Introduction to social and Cultural Anthropology


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

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

CHEM 344

The Chemistry and Physics of Energy Storage

Portable electronics, the electrical grid, energy management, compressed air, batteries, and supercapacitors

CHEM 106 - Principles of Chemistry II


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

EEPS 215

Climate Crises in Earth History

Carbon cycle, climate change, and future impacts

none


Economics

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

ECON 368

Environmental Economics

Market failure due to externalities, renewable resources management, global climate change, and cost-effective pollution control

ECON 102 - Principles of Microeconomics


Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

EECS 368

Power System Analysis I

Steady-state modeling of electric power systems, power flow, economic operation studies, and new grid technologies

EECS 245 - Electronic Circuits

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

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

Electrochemical Engineering (Fall)

Managerial problems associated with dimensions of sustainability and design. 

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


History

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

HSTY 292

Energy and Environment in American History 1750-2010

Energy use, environmental change, how energy shaped American history

none


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

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 103

Energy and Society

World of energy, non-renewable sources, energy issues, quantitative measures of energy use

none

FSNA 113

Facts and Values in Environmental Decisions

Evaluation of environmental issues, climate change, natural environmental processes, decision making about shared resources

none

FSNA 124

The Challenge of Sustainability

Challenges in transitioning to a sustainable society, impacts on the natural environment of climate change, population increases 

none

FSNA 134

Fuel Cells

Impact of broad application of fuel cells, World and U.S. energy outlook, polymer type fuel cells (PEMFSc), and fuel cell performance modeling

none

FSNA 143

Materials and Energy

Energy consumption, energy demand, and impact of materials usage

none

FSNA 157

Plastics Recycling: Re-use of Plastic Waste

Energy usage in recycling, commercial applications, biodegradable alternatives

none

USNA 216

Fuel Cells--Reality, Prospects and Myth

Advantages and limitations of fuel cells, alternative fuels, potential economics and environment impact of fuel cells

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

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 287U

Energy - The Great Challenge Ahead

Energy needs, environmental implications, solutions

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

USNA 287Y

Large Scale Energy Storage

Efficiency and economic large-scale energy storage, energy storage technologies, renewable energy implementa

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

USNA 288B/FSNA 154

The Green Energy Transformation in Germany

Energy conversion technologies, Germany's renewable energy policies, climate change, global competition, and energy insecurity

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

USNA 288J

Sustainable Energy: Resources, Technologies and Impact

Energy resources, technologies and solutions, uncertainties of energy systems, solutions to energy issues

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

USNA 288L

Future Energy: @home&abroad

Energy conversion, solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, wind farms, energy needs in the future

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

USSO 288C

Green Transformation and Globalization

Green transformation in China, climate protection, climate change, and international competition

Passing grade in First Seminar/Concurrent enrollment in FSTS 100/No previous or concurrent enrollment in FSSO or USSO