Santa Clara University

Graduate School of Engineering

Sustainable Energy Program

Program Advisor: Dr. Samiha Mourad

Students interested in this major must satisfy the standard admissions criteria used by the School of Engineering, which include an undergraduate degree in a field of engineering (physics degrees will also be considered), appropriate GRE scores and (for international students) demonstrated proficiency in English. Both TOEFL and IELTS scores are acceptable for this purpose. All students are expected to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 while enrolled in the program. They must also develop a program of studies with an academic advisor and file this document with the Graduate Services Office by the end of their first quarter at SCU.

Required Courses

Three foundational classes:

  • ELEN 280/MECH 287 Alternative Energy Systems (2 units)
  • ELEN 281A Power Systems: Generation (3 units)
  • ELEN 285 Introduction to the Smart Grid (2 units)

Three fundamental sustainability courses: (These courses also satisfy the Graduate Core requirements)

  • CENG 208 Engineering Economics and Business (3 units)
  • ENGR 272 Energy Public Policy (2 units)
  • ENGR 273 Sustainable Energy and Ethics (2 units)

Eight units in applied mathematics, which are to be selected in consultation with the student’s academic advisor

A set of specialized energy-related courses which are appropriate to the area of engineering in which the student is interested. These four areas are:

Mechanical Engineering

  • ELEN 281B Power Systems: Transmission and Distribution ( 2 units)
  • ELEN 287/ENGR 339 Energy Storage Systems (2 units)
  • MECH 228 Thermodynamics (2 units)
  • MECH 288 Energy Conversion I (2 units)

Electrical Engineering

  • COEN 282/ELEN 288 Energy Management (2 units)
  • ELEN 281B Power Systems: Transmission and Distribution (2 units)
  • ELEN 287/ENGR 339 Energy Storage Systems (2 units)
  • ELEN 353 DC to DC Power Conversion (2 units) or
    ELEN 164 Power Electronics (4 units)

Computer Engineering

  • COEN 250 Information Security Management (2 units)
  • COEN 282/ELEN 288 Energy Management (2 units)
  • COEN 389 Energy-Efficient Computing (2 units)
  • ELEN 281B Power Systems: Transmission and Distribution ( 2 units)

Civil Engineering

  • CENG 213 Sustainable Materials (4 units)
  • CENG 215 Sustainable Structural Engineering (4 units) and
    CENG 215L (lab 1 unit)

Additional elective courses to complete the 45-unit requirement, which must be approved by the academic advisor. These elective courses may include a thesis, up to 9 units.

Please Note: ELEN 379 Nanotechnology for Energy does not count toward the completion of this degree.

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