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 2019-2020 General Bulletin

SAGES

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

FSNA 103

Energy and Society 

Renewable and non-renewable energy issues, energy use. 

none

FSNA 124

The Challenge of Sustainability 

Transitions to a sustainable society, climate change.

none 

FSNA 134

 

Fuel Cells 

US and world energy outlook, potential role and impact of fuel-cells, polymer type fuel cells (PEMFCs) for transportation and portable power, modeling fuel cell performance, limits to fuel cells. 

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 157

Plastics Recycling: Re-use of Plastic Waste

Energy usage in recycling, commercial applications, biodegradable alternatives

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 287B

 

Electrical & Electronic Devices in Our Lives

Electricity, electrical units, measurement, the Arduino microprocessor development platform, the engineering design process. 

Passing letter grade in a First Seminar OR concurrent enrollment in FSTS 100 (if transfer student); AND 2) No previous/concurrent enrollment in FSNA/USNA; OR Requisites not met permission.

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

Investigate key questions regarding the current energy situation of the world and develop a fuller and more precise understanding of energy.

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

Global and US energy outlook; the relationship between energy storage, delivery, and use; the role of energy storage for renewable energy implementation; characteristics and challenges of different energy storage technologies; the potential political, public policy, economic, and environmental impact of large-scale energy storage; and approaches to energy storage in other parts of the world.

Although this course is designed for students from all disciplines, all students will be expected to do some quantitative analysis Requirements to enroll: 1) Passing letter grade in a First Seminar OR concurrent enrollment in FSTS 100 (if transfer student); AND 2) No previous/concurrent enrollment in FSNA/USNA; OR Requisites not met permission.

USNA 288J

Sustainable Energy: Resources, Technologies, and Impact

Evaluate (from a scientific, mathematical and societal perspective) the trade-offs and uncertainties of various energy systems and explore a framework for assessing possible solutions. 

1) Passing letter grade in a First Seminar OR concurrent enrollment in FSTS 100 (if transfer student); AND 2) No previous/concurrent enrollment in FSNA/USNA; OR Requisites not met permission.

USNA 288L

Future Energy: @home&abroad

Part of this course involves visiting an international location for five or more days over a University break to visit energy conversion and storage installations involving solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, wind farms, geothermal and hydroelectric and acquire profound knowledge of technological and economic factors involved in their operation and maintenance. 

1) Passing letter grade in a First Seminar OR concurrent enrollment in FSTS 100 (if transfer student); AND 2) No previous/concurrent enrollment in FSNA/USNA; OR Requisites not met permission.

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


Chemical 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

ECHE 382

Electrochemical Processes and Devices

Major industrial applications of electrochemical technology, focusing on batteries and fuel-cells, corrosion and its abatement, electroplating, metal electrowinning  and refining , industrial electrolytic processes, electrochemical separation processes, and electrochemical sensors. 

none

ECHE 472

Electrochemical Energy Storage 

Batteries and supercapacitors as part of renewable energy systems; related fundamental electrochemistry concepts, materials and techniques; challenges, current literature, and future opportunities in energy storage.

Offered as ECHE 372 and ECHE 472. Prereq: Graduate standing or Requisites Not Met permission.


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

Scientific and economic aspects of the operation of energy storage devices currently being considered for both small and large scale applications, ranging from portable electronics to the electrical grid. 

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


Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

EECS 321

Semiconductor Electronic Devices

Energy bands and charge carriers in semiconductors and their experimental verifications. Excess carriers in semiconductors. Principles of operation of semiconductor devices that rely on the electrical properties of semiconductor surfaces and junctions. Development of equivalent circuit models and performance limitations of these devices. 

Prereq: PHYS 122. Prereq or Coreq: MATH 224.

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

EECS 443

Flexible Electronics

Covering organic and inorganic semiconductors, vacuum and solution-based metal-oxide semiconductors, nanomembranes and nanocrystals, conductors and insulators, flexible and ultra-high-resolution displays, lightemitting transistors, organic and inorganic photovoltaics, large-area imagers and sensors, non-volatile memories and radio-frequency identification tags. Discussing applications of flexible, stretchable and large-area electronics as part of the foregoing topics.

Recommended Preparation: EECS 322.


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


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


Macromolecular Science & Engineering 

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

EMAC 425

Polymer Plus Energy

Solar cells, fuel cells, batteries, double layer electrochemical capacitors, dielectric capacitors, and wind energy.

none  

 


Materials Science & Engineering

Course Number Course Name Course Topics Prerequisites

EMSE 349/449

Role of Materials in Energy and Sustainability

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

ENGR 225 or EMAE 251 or EMAC 351  

ENGR 145 

PHYS 122 or PHYS 124.


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