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.

Minimum credits: 120
Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
Minimum grades 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: Recognize the importance of equity and inclusion in a diverse society

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.

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

Choose one of the following

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CEM 131 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 ENG 085* and MAT 033* or higher

Fills requirement for some non-science majors. Provides background for CEM 141 for those with no recent high school chemistry. Fundamental principles of chemistry such as states of matter, simple atomic and molecular structure, and the periodic classification of elements. The study of water emphasizes the properties of solutions and acid-base relations. Course includes a laboratory component.

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.

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
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.

PHY 131 Conceptual Physics 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

Become familiar with basic concepts used in physics to describe and explain various physical phenomena. The course covers the following topics: kinematics (the description of motion); mechanics (the study of force, momentum and energy); the behavior of solids, liquids and gases; temperature and heat; waves and sound; electricity and magnetism; and optics. The course is designed to familiarize the student with the basics of physics using a minimum of mathematics. 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.


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CAD 152 SolidWorks I 3

This course introduces students to basic modelling, assembly, and drawing creation in SolidWorks.

ELT 106 Basic Electricity and Fluid Systems 3

This course will cover the principles of basic electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic circuits. Students will learn how to identify components of electrical and fluid circuits, how to analyze circuits, and how to troubleshoot industrial systems. At the end of the course they will be able to take the Certified Production Technician Maintenance Awareness exam.and quality. Students may sit for Certified Production Technician exam in Production Quality at the end of the course.

MFG 135 Industrial Safety 3

This course demonstrates methods of maintaining a safe work environment. It introduces students to best safety practices as well as communication and team building skills. Students will have the opportunity to take an MSSC certification exam as well as earn their OSHA 10 card.

MFG 136 Blueprint Reading and Precision Measurement 3

This course will provide students with in depth knowledge of how to read blueprints and technical drawings, and use gauges to obtain precise measurements. Topics covered include print reading, measurement, tolerancing, and quality. Students may sit for Certified Production Technician exam in Production Quality at the end of the course.

MFG 137 Production Process and Fabrication 4

This course will focus on production processes and machining, emphasizing planning, tooling, and materials. Students will learn how the basics of safely operating machines and producing precision parts. Students may sit for the Certified Production Technician exam for Processes and Production at the end of the course.


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.

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 172 SolidWorks II 3

This course introduces students to more advanced topics in SolidWorks, including mates, sheet metal parts, and drawing production.

CAD 252 SolidWorks III 3

This course seeks to prepare students for the Certified SolidWorks Professional certification by focusing on complex projects and features using SolidWorks.

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 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 220 Industrial Motion Control 3 ELT 105 or ELT 126

This course covers motion controls as used in real world situations, including PLC, robotics, servos, sensing devices, actuators and controls.

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 211 Robotics I 3

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of robotic programming and operations. They will learn how to safely program and troubleshoot an industrial robot using a teach pendant.

MFG 262 Principles of IIOT 4

This course introduces students to the principles of smart automation, networking, and the industrial internet of things. Topics covered include networking, variable frequency drives, RFIDs, smart sensors, and databases.

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.

Technical Electives

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.

Additional Program Requirements

CPR Training/Certification