Major : Renewable Energy

RE 100Introduction to Sustainable EnergyRE 200Electromagnetic Energy
RE 110Fundamentals of Advanced Energy ConversionRE 210The physics of energy
RE 120Fundamentals of materials science RE 215Global Warming Science
RE 150Fundamentals of Energy in buildingsRE 315Environmental Policy and Economics
RE 115Thermodynamics and KineticsRE 350Energy Economics

  • RE 100: Introduction to Sustainable Energy : This class assesses current and potential future energy systems, covering resources, extraction, conversion, and end-use technologies, with emphasis on meeting regional and global energy needs in the 21st century in a sustainable manner.
  • RE 110: Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion : This course covers fundamentals of thermodynamics, chemistry, flow and transport processes as applied to energy systems. Topics include analysis of energy conversion in thermomechanical, thermochemical, electrochemical, and photoelectric processes in existing and future power and transportation systems, with emphasis on efficiency, environmental impact and performance.
  • RE 120: Fundamentals of materials science: This course focuses on the fundamentals of structure, energetics, and bonding that underpin materials science.
  • RE 150 : Fundamentals of Energy in buildings: After taking this subject, students will understand introductory thermodynamics and heat transfer, know the leading order factors in building energy use, and have creatively employed their understanding of energy fundamentals and knowledge of building energy use in innovative way.
  • RE 115: Thermodynamics and Kinetics : This subject deals primarily with equilibrium properties of macroscopic systems, basic thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium of reactions in gas and solution phase, and rates of chemical reactions.
  • RE 200: Electromagnetic Energy : This course discusses applications of electromagnetic and equivalent quantum mechanical principles to classical and modern devices. It covers energy conversion and power flow in both macroscopic and quantum-scale electrical and electromechanical systems, including electric motors and generators, electric circuit elements, quantum tunneling structures and instruments.
  • RE 210: The physics of Energy : This course is designed to give you the scientific understanding you need to answer questions like: How much energy can we really get from wind? How does a solar photovoltaic work? What is an OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Converter) and how does it work? What is the physics behind global warming? What makes engines efficient? How does a nuclear reactor work, and what are the realistic hazards?
  • RE 215: Global warming science : This course provides students with a scientific foundation of anthropogenic climate change and an introduction to climate models. It focuses on fundamental physical processes that shape climate (e.g. solar variability, orbital mechanics, greenhouse gases, atmospheric and oceanic circulation, and volcanic and soil aerosols) and on evidence for past and present climate change.
  • RE 315: Environmental Policy and Economics :  This course explores the proper role of government in the regulation of the environment. It will help students develop the tools to estimate the costs and benefits of environmental regulations.
  • RE 350: Energy Economics : This course explores the theoretical and empirical perspectives on individual and industrial demand for energy, energy supply, energy markets, and public policies affecting energy markets. It discusses aspects of the oil, natural gas, electricity, and nuclear power sectors and examines energy tax, price regulation, deregulation, energy efficiency and policies for controlling emission.



RE 400Principles of MicroeconomicsRE 451Sustainable Energy : Design a renewable future
RE 411Economic Analysis for Business DecisionsRE 460Solar Energy
RE 415Global Climate ChangeRE 470Batteries, Fuel cells, and their Role in modern society
RE 420Energy decisions , Markets ,and PoliciesRE 480Energy and Development
RE 450Marine Power and PropulsionRE 490The Climate-Energy Challenge

  • RE 400: Principles of Microeconomics : This course introduces microeconomic concepts and analysis, supply and demand analysis, theories of the firm and individual behavior, competition and monopoly, and welfare economics.
  • RE 411: Economic Analysis for Business Decisions: The objective of this course is to give you a working knowledge of the analytical tools that bear most directly on the economic decisions firms must regularly make. We will emphasize market structure and industrial performance, including the strategic interaction of firms. We will examine the behavior of individual markets — and the producers and consumers that sell and buy in those markets.
  • RE 415 : Glocal Climate change : This class introduces scientific, economic, and ecological issues underlying the threat of global climate change, and the institutions engaged in negotiating an international response. It also develops an integrated approach to analysis of climate change processes, and assessment of proposed policy measures.
  • RE 420 : Energy decisions , Markets ,and Policies : This course examines the choices and constraints regarding sources and uses of energy by households, firms, and governments through a number of frameworks to describe and explain behavior at various levels of aggregation.
  • RE 450: Marine Power and Propulsion : This course discusses the selection and evaluation of commercial and naval ship power and propulsion systems. It will cover the analysis of propulsors, prime mover thermodynamic cycles, propeller-engine matching, propeller selection, waterjet analysis, and reviews alternative propulsors.
  • RE 451: Sustainable Energy : Design a Renewable future : In this course, you will learn how to assess the potential for energy reduction and the potential of renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biomass. You’ll learn how to integrate these sources in an energy system, like an electricity network and take an engineering approach to look for solutions and design a 100% sustainable energy system.
  • RE 460: Solar Energy : This course introduces the technology that converts solar energy into electricity, heat and solar fuels with a main focus on electricity generation. Photovoltaic (PV) devices are presented as advanced semiconductor devices that deliver electricity directly from sunlight.
  • RE 470: Batteries, Fuel cells, and their Role in modern society: This course is an elementary introduction to batteries and fuel cell, the cornerstone of electromobility and renewable energy, the main drivers of sustainable development
  • RE 480: Energy and Development: This course addresses the important issues of sustainable energy access and development.
  • RE 490: The Climate-Energy Challenge: This course will examine future climate change in the context of Earth history, and then consider various strategies for what might be done to deal with it.



RE 505Fundamentals of PhotovoltaicsRE 530Introduction to Electric Power Systems
RE 510Principles of Engineering practice RE 541Infrastructure and Energy Technology Challenges
RE 515The energy crisis : Past and Present RE 550Low Emission technologies and supply systems
RE 520Statistical Physics RE 556Nano to Macro Transport Processes
RE 525Electrochemical Energy systemsRE 580Engineering of Nuclear reactors

  • RE 505: Fundamentals of Photovoltaics : This course covers commercial and emerging photovoltaic technologies and cross-cutting themes, including conversion efficiencies, loss mechanisms, characterization, manufacturing, systems, reliability, life-cycle analysis, risk analysis, and technology evolution in the context of markets, policies, society, and environment.
  • RE 510: Principles of Engineering Practice : This class introduces students to the interdisciplinary nature of 21st-century engineering projects with three threads of learning: a technical toolkit, a social science toolkit, and a methodology for problem-based learning .
  • RE 515 :The energy crisis : Past and Present : This course will explore how Americans have confronted energy challenges since the end of World War II. Beginning in the 1970s
  • RE 520: Statistical Physics : This course offers an introduction to probability, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics. Numerous examples are used to illustrate a wide variety of physical phenomena such as magnetism, polyatomic gases, thermal radiation, electrons in solids, and noise in electronic devices.
  • RE 525: Electrochemical energy systems :This course introduces principles and mathematical models of electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Students study equivalent circuits, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, transport phenomena, electrostatics, porous media, and phase transformations. In addition, this course includes applications to batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors, and electrokinetics
  • RE 530: Introduction to Electric Power systems : This course is an introductory subject in the field of electric power systems and electrical to mechanical energy conversion. Electric power has become increasingly important as a way of transmitting and transforming energy in industrial, military and transportation uses. Electric power systems are also at the heart of alternative energy systems, including wind and solar electric, geothermal and small scale hydroelectric generation.
  • RE 541 : Infrastructure and Energy Technology Challenges: This seminar examines efforts in developing and advanced nations and regions to create, finance, and regulate infrastructure and energy technologies from a variety of methodological and disciplinary perspectives. It is conducted with intensive in-class discussions and debates.
  • RE 550 : Low emission technologies and supply systems : This course examines electricity generation from traditional sources including coal, gas and nuclear, and describes recent developments to improve efficiency and environmental performance.
  • RE 556: Nano to Macro Transport Processes: Topics include the energy levels, the statistical behavior and internal energy, energy transport in the forms of waves and particles, scattering and heat generation processes, Boltzmann equation and derivation of classical laws, deviation from classical laws at nanoscale and their appropriate descriptions, with applications in nano- and microtechnology.
  • RE 580 : Engineering of Nuclear Reactors :  Topics include power plant thermodynamics, reactor heat generation and removal (single-phase as well as two-phase coolant flow and heat transfer), structural mechanics, and engineering considerations in reactor design.

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