Energy Resources Engineering

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 66.7 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 66.7 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 3, 2025
2 place StudyQA ranking:5041 Duration:4 years

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Gain engineering skills while also exploring the many facets of the energy industry including renewable energy resources, oil and gas recovery, geothermal engineering, and more.  The program allows students flexibility in exploring the evolution of energy, while providing an earth sciences based approach to energy resources.

Energy resources engineers are concerned with the design of processes for energy recovery. Included in the design process are characterizing the spatial distribution of hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoir properties, drilling wells, designing and operating production facilities, selecting and implementing methods for enhancing fluid recovery, examining the environmental aspects of petroleum and geothermal exploration and production, monitoring reservoirs, and predicting recovery process performance.

The mission of the Energy Resources Engineering major is to provide students with the engineering skills and foundational knowledge needed to flourish as technical leaders within the energy industry. Such skills and knowledge include resource assessment, choices among energy alternatives, and carbon management, as well as the basic scientific background and technical skills common to engineers. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for immediate participation in many aspects of the energy industry and graduate school.

The Energy Resources Engineering undergraduate curriculum is designed to prepare students for participation in the energy industry or for graduate studies, while providing requisite skills to evolve as the energy landscape shifts over the next half century. The program provides a background in mathematics, basic sciences, and engineering fundamentals such as multiphase fluid flow in the subsurface. In addition, the curriculum is structured with flexibility that allows students to explore energy topics of particular individual interest and to study abroad.

In brief, the unit and subject requirements are:

Course List
Energy Resources Core 15-16
Energy Resources Depth 18
Mathematics 25
Engineering Fundamentals and Depth 20-24
Science 29-32
Technology in Society 3-5
University Requirements: IHUM, GERs, Writing, Language 60-70
Total Units 170-190

The following courses constitute the normal program leading to a B.S. in Energy Resources Engineering. The program may be modified to meet a particular student's needs and interests with the adviser's prior approval.

Required Core in Energy Resources Engineering

Course List
The following courses constitute the core program in Energy Resources Engineering  
ENERGY 101 Energy and the Environment 3
ENERGY 104 Sustainable Energy for 9 Billion 3
ENERGY 120 Fundamentals of Petroleum Engineering 3
ENERGY 160 Modeling Uncertainty in the Earth Sciences 3
ENERGY 199 Senior Project and Seminar in Energy Resources (WIM) 3-4
Select one of the following Series (A or B): 10
Series A  




Series B  






And the following (CME series recommended):  
CME 100 Vector Calculus for Engineers 5
or MATH 51 Linear Algebra and Differential Calculus of Several Variables
CME 102 Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers 5
or MATH 53 Ordinary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
CME 104 Linear Algebra and Partial Differential Equations for Engineers 5
or MATH 52 Integral Calculus of Several Variables
CHEM 31A Chemical Principles I 5
or CHEM 31X Chemical Principles Accelerated
CHEM 31B Chemical Principles II 5
or CHEM 31X Chemical Principles Accelerated
CHEM 33 Structure and Reactivity 5
PHYSICS 41 Mechanics 4
PHYSICS 43 Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYSICS 45 Light and Heat 4
PHYSICS 46 Light and Heat Laboratory 1
GS 1 Introduction to Geology 5
Engineering Fundamentals  
CS 106A Programming Methodology 3-5
or CS 106X Programming Abstractions (Accelerated)
CS 106B Programming Abstractions 3-5
or CS 106X Programming Abstractions (Accelerated)
ENGR 14 Intro to Solid Mechanics 4
ENGR 30 Engineering Thermodynamics 3
ENERGY 110 Engineering Economics 3
ME 70 Introductory Fluids Engineering 4
Technology in Society, 1 course  

Earth and Energy Depth

Complete at least 5 courses from either the Renewable and Clean Energy or Petroleum Engineering emphasis lists below.  Complete at least one course form the other emphasis. Units must total to at least 18 units.

Course List
Renewable and Clean Energy  
ENERGY 102 Fundamentals of Renewable Power 3
ENERGY 153 Carbon Capture and Sequestration 3-4
ENERGY 191 Optimization of Energy Systems 3-4
ENERGY 293A Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution 3-4
ENERGY 293B Fundamentals of Energy Processes 3
ENERGY 293C Energy from Wind and Water Currents 3
CEE 70 Environmental Science and Technology 3
CEE 176A Energy Efficient Buildings 3-4
CEE 176B Electric Power: Renewables and Efficiency 3-4
Petroleum Engineering  
ENERGY 121 Fundamentals of Multiphase Flow 3
ENERGY 130 Well Log Analysis I 3
ENERGY 141 Seismic Reservoir Characterization 3-4
ENERGY 146 Reservoir Characterization and Flow Modeling with Outcrop Data 3
ENERGY 153 Carbon Capture and Sequestration 3-4
ENERGY 175 Well Test Analysis 3
ENERGY 180 Oil and Gas Production Engineering 3
ENERGY 191 Optimization of Energy Systems 3-4
GEOPHYS 112 Exploring Geosciences with MATLAB 1-3
GEOPHYS 182 Reflection Seismology 3
GS 106 Sedimentary Geology and Depositional Systems 4


  • Coalition Application or Common Application
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request 
  • (counselor verification required)
  • Official testing (SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing) sent from the College Board or ACT
  • School report including counselor letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Letters of recommendation from two teachers
  • Midyear transcript
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), although not required, is strongly recommended for non-native speakers of English.
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