Energy Engineering

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Energy Engineering major offered through the Engineering Science Program interweaves the fundamentals of classical and modern physics, chemistry, and mathematics with energy engineering applications. A great strength of the major is its flexibility. The firm base in physics and mathematics is augmented with a selection of engineering course options that prepare the student to tackle the complex energy-related problems faced by society. Because the program emphasizes science and mathematics, students are well-prepared to pursue graduate studies in physics or engineering. Energy engineering is a multidisciplinary field requiring an integration of physical principles with engineering analysis, augmented with the realities of policy and engineering economics. The program incorporates courses from many departments on campus to create a discipline that is rigorously based in science, mathematics, and engineering, while addressing a wide variety of environmental issues.

Admission to the Major

Prospective undergraduates in the College of Engineering must apply for admission to one specific major/degree program. For further information, please see the College of Engineering's website.

Admission to engineering via a Change of College application for current UC Berkeley students is very competitive, as there few open spaces in engineering for students admitted to other colleges at UC Berkeley. For further information regarding a Change of College to Engineering, please see the college's website.

Minor Program

The Energy engineering minor has arisen as a natural outgrowth of the large amount of energy-related research in the College of Engineering. For a number of years, courses have been developed across the College of Engineering, and the energy engineering minor is designed to coordinate these courses for students who have an interest in systems that are associated with all aspects of energy systems, such as generation, transmission and consumption. The energy minor, offered through the College of Engineering, is an optional program that encourages coherence in the work students undertake around energy engineering.

For admission to the minor, students must have a minimum over-all grade point average (GPA) of 3.00, and have also completed all of the prerequisite courses. For information regarding the prerequisites, please see the Minor Requirements tab on this page.

After completion of the prerequisite courses, students will need to complete and submit a Petition for Admission form to the undergraduate staff adviser. Students must apply at least one semester prior to graduation (i.e., students cannot be on the official degree list at the time of application). Students will also need to submit a copy of their transcript and a course plan at the time of application.

Upon completion of the minor requirements, submit a Petition for Completion of the Undergraduate Minor to the undergraduate staff adviser. This must be completed no later than two weeks prior to the end of the semester.

Other Majors offered by the Engineering Science Program

Engineering Mathematics and Statistics
Engineering Physics
Environmental Engineering Science

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Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

General Guidelines

  1. All technical courses (courses in engineering, mathematics, chemistry, physics, statistics, biological sciences, and computer science) must be taken for a letter grade.

  2. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student’s major and minor programs.

  3. A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for all work undertaken at UC Berkeley.

  4. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for all technical courses taken in satisfaction of major requirements.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

For a detailed plan of study by year and semester, please see the Plan of Study tab.

Lower Division Requirements

MATH 1ACalculus4
MATH 1BCalculus4
MATH 53Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 54Linear Algebra and Differential Equations4
PHYSICS 7APhysics for Scientists and Engineers4
PHYSICS 7BPhysics for Scientists and Engineers4
Select one of the following chemistry options:4
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis 1
ENGIN 7Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers4
or COMPSCI 61A The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
ENGIN 93Energy Engineering Seminar1
MEC ENG 40Thermodynamics3-4
or ENGIN 115 Engineering Thermodynamics
Select two Engineering Prep courses: 26-10
General Chemistry
Chemical Structure and Reactivity
Data Structures
Foundations of Data Science (must also take connector course: course number 88)
Engineered Systems and Sustainability
Engineering Geology
Designing Information Devices and Systems I
Designing Information Devices and Systems II
Properties of Materials
and Properties of Materials Laboratory
Introduction to Solid Mechanics
Engineering Mechanics II
Physics for Scientists and Engineers
1

CHEM 4A is intended for students majoring in chemistry or a closely-related field.

2

Students interested in the areas of data, distribution, generation or materials are advised to choose the following courses for Engineering Prep:

Upper Division Requirements

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this major, electives may be approved throughout the year.

CIV ENG 100Elementary Fluid Mechanics3-4
or MEC ENG 106 Fluid Mechanics
CIV ENG 186Design of Cyber-Physical Systems3
EL ENG 134Fundamentals of Photovoltaic Devices4
EL ENG 137AIntroduction to Electric Power Systems4
EL ENG 137BIntroduction to Electric Power Systems4
ENE,RES C100Energy and Society 14
ENGIN 194Undergraduate Research3
MEC ENG 109Heat Transfer3
Sustainability Course, select one course from the following:3
Environmental Engineering
CIV ENG 113N
Course Not Available
Water Chemistry
Planning for Sustainability 3
Ecology and Society
Economics Course: Choose one from the following3-4
Infrastructure Planning and Management
Ecological Economics in Historical Context
Principles of Engineering Economics
Regulation of Energy and the Environment 4
Economic Development 4
Population, Environment, and Development 4
Economics of Poverty and Technology 4
Climate and Energy Policy 4
Contemporary Theories of Political Economy 4
Math/Statistics/Analysis Course: Choose from list below or choose CIV ENG 191 or EL ENG 127 53-4
Engineering Data Analysis
Discrete Mathematics and Probability Theory
Methods of Engineering Analysis
Probability and Risk Analysis for Engineers
Discrete Mathematics
Concepts of Probability
Engineering Electives 612
1

ENE,RES C100 satisfies both a major requirement and one of the upper division humanities/social sciences requirements.

2

CIV ENG 111 cannot be used to fulfill more than one requirement.

3

This course satisfies both the sustainability requirement and one of the upper division humanities/social sciences requirements.

4

This course satisfies both the economics requirement and one of the upper division humanities/social sciences requirements.

5

Students interested in data are advised to take CIV ENG 191IND ENG 172 or STAT 134 for the Math/Statistics/Analysis requirement.

6

Students are required to take four Engineering Electives of at least 3 units each. Engineering Electives are upper division courses in any engineering department and must be chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser. Engineering Electives cannot include any course taken on a P/NP basis; BIO ENG 100CHM ENG 185COMPSCI 195COMPSCI H195, DES INV courses (except DES INV 190E), ENGIN 125ENGIN 157ACIND ENG 172IND ENG 185IND ENG 186, IND ENG 190 series, IND ENG 191IND ENG 192IND ENG 195MEC ENG 190KMEC ENG 191ACMEC ENG 191K.

Students interested in data, distribution, generation or materials are advised to choose from the following courses as their Engineering Electives:

Minor Requirements

Minor programs are areas of concentration requiring fewer courses than an undergraduate major. These programs are optional, but can provide depth and breadth to a UC Berkeley education. The College of Engineering does not offer additional time to complete a minor, but it is usually possible to finish within the allotted time with careful course planning. Students are encouraged to meet with their ESS adviser to discuss the feasibility of completing a minor program.

All the engineering departments offer minors. Students may also consider pursuing a minor in another School or College.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be taken for graded credit.

  2. A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the prerequisite courses is required for acceptance into the minor program.

  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.

  4. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student’s major and minor programs.

  5. Completion of the minor program cannot delay a student’s graduation.

Lower Division Prerequisites

MATH 1ACalculus4
MATH 1BCalculus4
MATH 53Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 54Linear Algebra and Differential Equations4
Select one of the following:
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis
PHYSICS 7APhysics for Scientists and Engineers4
PHYSICS 7BPhysics for Scientists and Engineers4
ENGIN 7Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers4

Upper Division Minor Requirements

MEC ENG 40Thermodynamics (or approved equivalent)3
or ENGIN 115 Engineering Thermodynamics
EL ENG 137AIntroduction to Electric Power Systems4
Select one of the following:4
Energy and Society
Environmental Engineering
CIV ENG C106Air Pollution3
Select two of the following:8
Energy and Environment
Planning for Sustainability
Climate Change Mitigation
Environmental Engineering
CIV ENG 113N
Course Not Available
Water Chemistry
Infrastructure Planning and Management
Fundamentals of Photovoltaic Devices
Introduction to Electric Power Systems
Energy and Society
Ecology and Society
ENE,RES C180
Course Not Available
Principles of Engineering Economics
Undergraduate Research
Regulation of Energy and the Environment
Economic Development
Population, Environment, and Development
Economics of Poverty and Technology
Climate and Energy Policy
Climate Dynamics
Probability and Risk Analysis for Engineers
Concepts of Probability
Materials in Energy Technologies
Fluid Mechanics
Heat Transfer
Nuclear Power Engineering
Contemporary Theories of Political Economy

College Requirements

Students in the College of Engineering must complete no fewer than 120 semester units with the following provisions: 

  1. Completion of the requirements of one engineering major program of study. 
  2. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 (C average) and a minimum 2.00 grade point average in upper division technical coursework required of the major. 
  3. The final 30 units and two semesters must be completed in residence in the College of Engineering on the Berkeley campus. 
  4. All technical courses (math, science and engineering), required of the major or not, must be taken on a letter graded basis (unless they are only offered P/NP). 
  5. Entering freshmen are allowed a maximum of eight semesters to complete their degree requirements. Entering junior transfers are allowed a maximum of four semesters to complete their degree requirements. (Note: junior transfers admitted missing three or more courses from the lower division curriculum are allowed five semesters.) Summer terms are optional and do not count toward the maximum. Students are responsible for planning and satisfactorily completing all graduation requirements within the maximum allowable semesters. 
  6. Adhere to all college policies and procedures as they complete degree requirements.
  7. Complete the lower division program before enrolling in upper division engineering courses. 

Humanities and Social Science (H/SS) Requirement

To promote a rich and varied educational experience outside of the technical requirements for each major, the College of Engineering has a six-course Humanities and Social Sciences breadth requirement, which must be completed to graduate. This requirement, built into all the engineering programs of study, includes two reading and composition courses (R&C), and four additional courses within which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. Follow these guidelines to fulfill this requirement:

  1. Complete a minimum of six courses from the  approved Humanities/Social Sciences (H/SS) lists
  2. Courses must be a minimum of 3 semester units (or 4 quarter units).
  3. Two of the six courses must fulfill the college's Reading and Composition (R&C) requirement. These courses must be taken for a letter grade (C- or better required) and must be completed by no later than the end of the sophomore year (fourth semester of enrollment). The first half of R&C, the “A” course, must be completed by the end of the freshman year; the second half of R&C, the “B" course, must be completed by no later than the end of the sophomore year. View a detailed lists of courses that fulfill Reading and Composition requirements, or use the College of Letters and Sciences search engine to view R&C courses offered in a given semester. 
  4. The four additional courses must be chosen within College of Engineering guidelines from the H/SS lists (see below). These courses may be taken on a Pass/Not Passed basis (P/NP).
  5. Two of the six courses must be upper division (courses numbered 100-196).
  6. One of the six courses must satisfy the campus American Cultures requirement. For detailed lists of courses that fulfill American Cultures requirements, visit the American Cultures site. 
  7. A maximum of two exams (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or A-Level) may be used toward completion of the H/SS requirement. View the list of exams that can be applied toward H/SS requirements.
  8. Courses may fulfill multiple categories. For example, if you complete CY PLAN 118AC that would satisfy the American Cultures requirement and one upper division H/SS requirement.
  9. No courses offered by any engineering department other than BIO ENG 100, COMPSCI C79, ENGIN 125, ENGIN 157AC, MEC ENG 191K and MEC ENG 191AC may be used to complete H/SS requirements.
  10. Foreign language courses may be used to complete H/SS requirements. View the list of language options.
  11. Courses numbered 97, 98, 99, or above 196 may not be used to complete any H/SS requirement
  12. The College of Engineering uses modified versions of five of the College of Letters and Science (L&S) breadth requirements lists to provide options to our students for completing the H/SS requirement. No courses on the L&S Biological Sciences or Physical Sciences breadth lists may be used to complete H/SS requirements. Within the guidelines above, choose courses from any of the lists below.

Class Schedule Requirements

  • Minimum units per semester: 12.0.
  • Maximum units per semester:  20.5.
  • Minimum technical courses: College of Engineering undergraduates must enroll each semester in no fewer than two technical courses (of a minimum of 3 units each) required of the major program of study in which the student is officially declared.  (Note: for most majors, normal progress will require enrolling in 3-4 technical courses each semester).
  • All technical courses (math, science, engineering), required of the major or not, must be taken on a letter graded basis (unless only offered as P/NP).
  • A student's proposed schedule must be approved by a faculty adviser (or on approval from the dean or a designated staff adviser) each semester prior to enrolling in courses.

Minimum Academic (Grade) Requirements

  • A minimum overall and semester grade point average of 2.00 (C average) is required of engineering undergraduates. A student will be subject to dismissal from the University if during any fall or spring semester their overall UC GPA falls below a 2.00, or their semester GPA is less than 2.00. 
  • Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C average) in upper division technical courses required of the major curriculum each semester. A student will be subject to dismissal from the University if their upper division technical grade point average falls below 2.00. 
  • A minimum overall grade point average of 2.00, and a minimum 2.00 grade point average in upper division technical course work required of the major is needed to earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

Unit Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, students must complete at least 120 semester units of courses subject to certain guidelines:

  • Completion of the requirements of one engineering major program of study. 
  • A maximum of 16 units of special studies coursework (courses numbered 97, 98, 99, 197, 198, or 199) is allowed towards the 120 units; a maximum of four is allowed in a given semester.
  • A maximum of 4 units of physical education from any school attended will count towards the 120 units.
  • Students may receive unit credit for courses graded P (including P/NP units taken through EAP) up to a limit of one-third of the total units taken and passed on the Berkeley campus at the time of graduation.

Normal Progress

Students in the College of Engineering must enroll in a full-time program and make normal progress each semester toward the bachelor's degree. The continued enrollment of students who fail to achieve minimum academic progress shall be subject to the approval of the dean. (Note: students with official accommodations established by the Disabled Students' Program, with health or family issues, or with other reasons deemed appropriate by the dean may petition for an exception to normal progress rules.) 

Plan of Study

For more detailed information regarding the courses listed below (e.g., elective information, GPA requirements, etc.), please see the College Requirements and Major Requirements tabs.

Freshman
FallUnitsSpringUnits
CHEM 4A or 1A and 1AL14MATH 1B4
MATH 1A4PHYSICS 7A4
ENGIN 931ENGIN 7 or COMPSCI 61A4
Reading and Composition Course from List A4Reading and Composition Course from List B4
Free Elective3 
 16 16
Sophomore
FallUnitsSpringUnits
MATH 534MATH 544
PHYSICS 7B4MEC ENG 40 or ENGIN 1153-4
Engineering Prep course 123-6CIV ENG 100 or MEC ENG 1063-4
ENE,RES C10034Engineering Prep course 223-4
 Free Elective1
 15-18 14-17
Junior
FallUnitsSpringUnits
EL ENG 137A4EL ENG 137B4
MEC ENG 1093Engineering Electives26-8
Economics Course23-4Humanities/Social Sciences course3-4
Engineering Elective23-4 
 13-15 13-16
Senior
FallUnitsSpringUnits
CIV ENG 1863ENGIN 1943
Math/Statistics/Analysis Course or CIV ENG 191 or EL ENG 12723-4EL ENG 1344
Engineering Elective23-4Sustainability Course23
Humanities/Social Sciences course3-4Humanities/Social Sciences course3-4
Free Elective4Free Elective4
 16-19 17-18
Total Units: 120-135
1

CHEM 4A is intended for students majoring in chemistry or a closely-related field.

2

See Major Requirements tab for approved courses.

3

ENE,RES C100 satisfies both a major requirement and one of the upper division humanities/social sciences requirements.

Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

Ilan Adler, Professor. Financial engineering, optimization theory, combinatorial probability models.
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Ana Claudia Arias, Associate Professor. Physical Electronics (PHY); Flexible and Printed Electronics; Energy (ENE).

James Casey, Professor. Continuum mechanics, finite elasticity, continuum thermodynamics, plasticity, theories of elastic-plastic materials, history of mechanics, dynamics.
Research Profile

Scott Moura, Assistant Professor. Optimal control, PDE control, estimation, adaptive control, dynamic system modeling, energy management, battery management systems, vehicle-to-grid, smart grid.
Research Profile

Kara L. Nelson, Professor. Water and wastewater treatment, water reuse, detection and inactivation of pathogens in water and sludge, appropriate technologies.
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Junqiao Wu, Associate Professor. Semiconductors, nanotechnology, energy materials.
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Tarek Zohdi, Professor. Finite element methods, computational methods for advanced manufacturing, micro-structural/macro-property inverse problems involving optimization and design of new materials, modeling and simulation of high-strength fabric, modeling and simulation of particulate/granular flows, modeling and simulation of multiphase/composite electromagnetic media, modeling and simulation of the dynamics of swarms.
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Affiliated Faculty

David Attwood, Professor-in-Residence. Short wavelength electromagnetics; Soft X-ray microscopy; Coherence; EUV lithography.

Alex Zettl, Professor. Physics, condensed matter physics, fullerenes, condensed matter experiments, characterize novel materials with unusual electronic and magnetic ground states, low-dimensional and nanoscale structures, superconductors, giant magnetoresistance materials, nanotubes, graphene, boron nitride nanostructures, neural probes, NEMS.
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Contact Information

Engineering Science Program

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Faculty Adviser

Ana Claudia Arias, PhD

508 Cory Hall

acarias@eecs.berkeley.edu

Faculty Adviser

Tarek Zohdi, PhD

6117 Etcheverry Hall

zohdi@me.berkeley.edu

Faculty Adviser

Scott Moura, PhD

625 Davis Hall

smoura@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Staff Adviser

Joan Chamberlain

joan@ce.berkeley.edu

Engineering Student Services Adviser

Olivia Chan

230 Bechtel Engineering Center

Phone: 510-642-7594

http://engineering.berkeley.edu/ESS

oychan@berkeley.edu

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