Energy Systems – Bachelor of Science

This is a 120-credit, four-year program providing the advanced technical, interpersonal and managerial skills necessary to embark on a professional career in the energy industry and to become an effective decision maker, manager and leader within this diverse and challenging field.

Program Requirements

Minimum credits 120
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 30


GEO 1: Write clearly, concisely and intelligibly

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

ENG 232 Technical & Business Writing 3 ENG 131

A course designed to provide practice in a variety of written and oral communications to meet the requirements of the workplace. Projects may include descriptions, instructions, résumés, proposals, reports or online documents. It involves frequent writing, both in and out of class, as well as oral presentations, collaborative activities and individual conferences.

GEO 2: Speak clearly, concisely and intelligibly

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
COM 240 Interpersonal Communication 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

(FORMERLY SPH 240) Students will learn to improve communication in one-on-one and small group situations. In this course, students will examine basic verbal and non-verbal elements affecting communication between individuals in family, peer group and work contexts. Specific units of discussion include intrapersonal perspective, conflict resolution, self-disclosure, message generation, intercultural messages and non-verbal communication.

COM 350 Intercultural Communication for Management 3 COM 231 or 240 and ENG 131

(Students cannot receive credit for both COM 250 and COM 350) This course will explore how diverse cultural orientations influence the way we perceive and interact with an increasingly culturally diverse world. We will discuss the causes of intercultural conflicts in different communication settings (interpersonal, small group, school, workplace and global) and how to manage them effectively. This course is tailored for those students seeking management/leadership positions and the unique needs of cross-cultural communication in those areas.

GEO 3: Demonstrate computational skills and mathematical reasoning

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MAT 139 College Algebra 4 MAT 039*

Algebraic functions, graphs and models are addressed. Emphasis is placed on the following function types: polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, rational and radical. In all topic areas, covered content includes simplifying expressions, solving equations, graphing using transformations, mathematical modeling and problem solving.

GEO 4: Demonstrate scientific reasoning

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CEM 141 General Chemistry I 5 CIS 095*, ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 131* or higher

This course is required for most sciences, engineering, and pre-professional health majors. Students who are required to take organic chemistry for their major should enroll in CEM 141 during their first semester. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, states of matter, kinetic molecular theory and stoichiometry. Course includes a laboratory component.

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
PHY 231 College Physics I 4 MAT 131 or higher

Pre-professional and engineering technology students explore kinematics, mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, acoustics and general wave motion. Course includes a laboratory component.

PHY 251 Modern University Physics I 5 MAT 151 or higher

Students cover classical mechanics, thermodynamics and wave motion. This course should be elected by all science and engineering students. Course includes a laboratory component.

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
PHY 232 College Physics II 4 PHY 231

Students cover topics in electricity, magnetism and modern physics and is a continuation of PHY 231. Course includes a laboratory component.

PHY 252 Modern University Physics II 5 PHY 251

Students cover topics in classical electricity and magnetism, optics, special relativity and modern physics. A continuation of PHY 251. Course includes a laboratory component.

GEO 5: Understand human behavior and social systems, and the principles which govern them

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ECN 231 Macroeconomics 3 ENG 101* and MAT 135 (Preferred), MAT 133 or MAT 139 Accepted

This course covers macroeconomics and explains the operation of free markets, the role of government in the economy, measurement of the national product, inflation and unemployment, monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth.

ECN 232 Microeconomics 3 ENG 101* and MAT 135 (Preferred), MAT 133 or MAT 139 Accepted

This course covers microeconomics: the market structure of firms operating in competition and monopoly, labor markets and unions, how income is distributed, current economic problems, international economics, and alternative economic systems.

PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 4 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

PSY 344 Organizational Psychology 3 ENG 131 and PSY 140

Performance management and organizational change techniques based on principles of behavioral psychology. Environmental change strategies are emphasized. Topics include personnel management, employee motivation, job satisfaction, compensation strategies and practices, employee behavior and leadership.

GEO 6: Understand aesthetic experience and artistic creativity

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ART 111 Art History: Prehistoric to 1400 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

This course is a survey of art history and aesthetics covering art and architecture from prehistoric times to 1400.

ART 112 Art History: Renaissance to Present 3 ENG 085*

This course is a survey of art history and aesthetics covering art from the Renaissance through the 20th century.

MUS 131 Understanding Music 3 ENG 085*

Lecture and directed listening on the elements, forms and historic chronology of Western music.

THR 116 Introduction to Theatre 3 ENG 085*

Survey of Western theatre and drama. Appreciation of theatre through understanding of historical development and societal function. Theatre architecture, production, costuming and acting styles, and the artists who create them.

GEO 7: Understand and respect the diversity and interdependence of the world’s peoples and cultures

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
HUM 131 Cultural Connections 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This interdisciplinary course examines contemporary issues, their human and technological components, and their historical precedents through art, music, literature and philosophy.


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ALT 200 Principles of Alternative Energy 3 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

(SAME AS ELT 160) This course will introduce students to alternative energy systems and their design and applications. The course will focus primarily on wind turbines, solar systems, and hydrogen fuel cells. A basic understanding of electricity is highly recommended.

BIO 158 Environmental Science 4 ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

This course serves as a foundation for environmental science majors. It is also suitable for non-majors interested in environmental topics. Emphasis is placed on laboratory experience, environmental surveys, and class discussions to reinforce scientific principles. Environmental case studies are covered in detail. In laboratory, the students will learn how to analyze quantitative environmental data through application. This class has a laboratory component.

BUA 220 Principles of Management 3 CIS 095, ENG 085, ENG 091

This management course exposes students to the dynamics of the changing world. Topics such as management functions/processes, quality, leadership styles, power, global issues, and the challenges and opportunities of diversity are included. Emphasis is placed on ethics, decision making, effective communication, evaluating employees, motivational tools, organizational design, environmental scanning, supervising groups, controlling quality, productivity improvement, managing change and conflict, labor relations and time management.

BUA 420 Project Management and Leadership 3 PHL 232, CIS 101 or CIS 201, ENG 131, and MAT 131* or higher

Students will experience and complete the entire project management process, from start to finish. Each student will create a project proposal, develop scope definitions, determine schedule, allocate resources, establish cost predictions, manage risk and critical path threats, communicate with stakeholders and closeout and document the project. Additional topics include building and leading project teams, utilizing industry project management software, and following the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) framework.

CAD 151 AutoCAD 1 3 MFG 105 and ENG 085*

This course covers the applications in which the phases of computer graphics are involved. A general introduction to drafting application will be presented. Recommended: Windows® and blue print reading experience.

CAD 251 AutoCAD II 3 CAD 151

This is a second level CAD-based design course that will expand the student’s knowledge of 3D CAD modeling, 3D assemblies, and more complex CAD-based designs. 3D Stereolythographic printers and other prototyping equipment will be used to construct design projects.

EGY 101 Energy Industry Fundamentals 3 MAT 020* and ENG 085*

Energy Industry Fundamentals provides a broad understanding of the electric and natural gas utility industry and the generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure, commonly called the “largest machine in the world,” which forms the backbone for the industry. The course includes business models, regulations, types of energy and their conversion to useable energy such as electric power, emergent technologies, and the connection to careers in the energy industry. An ANSI accredited EIF Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of final certification exam.

EGY 220 Energy Industry Experience EGY 101

This is a field-based course that includes tours of power production, transmission, and distribution facilities with guided conversation and reflection. Prepares students for internship selection.

EGY 345 Energy Systems Internship 3 Instructor Permission Required

This course offers meaningful industry experience within the energy systems arena. The internship demands intentional reflection on the part of student based upon feedback from their industry supervisor. A specific internship site, industry supervisor and learning outcomes must be jointly agreed upon between the student, the faculty member and the site supervisor. A portfolio of the internship will be created and submitted to the faculty member. Student may only take twice for credit.

EGY 361 Industry Materials Analysis 3 EGY 101, MFG 105, CAD 151, and PHY 231 or PHY 251

This course provides students with the necessary concepts, terminology and principles to interact effectively with engineers and engineered materials in a power plant or other energy industry environment. Topics include stress/strain, tensile strength, yield strength, fatigue, dynamic loading, and basic finite element analysis (FEA). In addition, students will explore additional principles of power engineering and roles within the energy industry. The term project will cover the complete design and specification process for engineered materials.

EGY 380 Power Grid/Smart Grid 3 EGY 101, ALT 200, and PHY 231 or PHY 251

The electric power grid has quietly supported our industrialized society for over a century, but a changing world poses major challenges. Today, new technology is transforming the energy industry as smart grid solutions and renewable energies enter the market. Industry professionals need to understand the evolution of the present system, the technology and challenges that have emerged in recent years, and additional changes that are on the horizon. Topics include: advanced metering systems, powerline communications, integration of renewables, cybersecurity, microgrids, and more.

EGY 499 Senior Seminar 3 STM 401, COM 350, and senior standing in program

This course is the capstone experience for the Bachelors of Science in Energy Systems Management degree. The course centers around an energy related capstone project, which may be community-based, industry-based, or student created. Students will draw upon their previous coursework, synthesize skills, knowledge, and experience, and demonstrate their potential to make a positive difference in the industry or community.

ELT 105 Introduction to Electrical Systems 3 ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

This course provides non-electricians an introduction to principles of electricity, circuits, electrical devices and electrical safety. Students gain hands-on experience wiring circuits, using test equipment, and troubleshooting electrical equipment problems. The course gives students the tools necessary to work safely with and around electricity in an industrial environment that may include special machines, facility (process) support equipment, energy production equipment, and energy distribution systems.

ELT 260 Basic Programmable Controllers 4 ELT 126

Basic programmable controllers is a course for apprentices and skilled trades trainees looking at the history, characteristics, application and limitation of PCs. Numeration systems, binary-coded decimals, ASCII, gray code and Boolean logic studied. Additional study includes input/output devices, processing and programming functions, program development, documentation, start-up and troubleshooting.

ELT 261 Advanced PLC Programming 2 ELT 260

This course introduces topics that include advanced PLC programming, troubleshooting and data communications.

MFG 105 Blueprint Reading 2

This course will provide the student with a working knowledge and understanding of a variety of mechanical and electrical blueprints. Students will learn to recognize and identify symbols and specifications common to modern industrial blueprints. Topics will include: lines and symbols, views, form, position, title blocks, sketching, features and sections.

MFG 164 Basic Fabrication 4 MFG 105*

This course instructs students in standard fabrication principles and practices used in industry. Safety, terminology, material milling, lathe, grinding, sawing, drilling, tapping, riveting, sheet metal working, standard layout skills, measurement and standard shop procedures are used to complete various projects. A working knowledge of hand and machine tools is achieved through a series of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on projects..

MFG 240 Introduction to Quality Management 3 MAT 131 or higher, ENG-131, and CIS 101

This is a beginning course in the field of quality management. Students will be introduced to history of the field; problem solving strategies; root cause analysis; workflow diagraming; Six Sigma/Lean concepts; and basic statistical process control (SPC) as the concept of systems thinking is explored in practical scenario based projects. The concepts in this class are universal to all industries.

STM 101 Introduction to Sustainability 3 CIS 095, ENG 085, ENG 091

Students will familiarize themselves with the environmental issues facing our community, state, country and planet. This course will provide meaning to the term “sustainability” in order to build skills that will help the leaders of tomorrow protect the earth’s resources and meet the needs of humanity indefinitely. It is an introduction to both the scientific and social sides of the environmental problems the world faces, with a specific aim at establishing a foundation in environmental comprehension and for further learning within the topic of sustainability.

STM 401 Systems Thinking: Topics in Sustainability 3 STM 101, PHL 232 and MAT 131* or higher

In a changing world, systems-thinking is needed to make wise decisions, solve complex problems, and understand your role within the larger context. This course uses topics in sustainability to develop systems thinking skills and to engage with real-world, meaningful issues. Topics include: complex systems theory, energy systems, social systems, ecosystems, and others. Students will research, speak, and write about these topics in depth to explore the complete system, the challenges involved, and the potential solutions that exist.


Select any courses from ALT, CAD, ELT, MAT, MFG, or WLD (or additional subjects approved by program faculty) to meet the program’s 120-credit requirement.


Rigging Safety Training/Certification, CPR Training/Certification