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Master of Science in Energy Resources Engineering

The objective of the M.S. degree in Energy Resources Engineering is to prepare the student either for a professional career or for doctoral studies.

Students in the M.S. degree program must fulfill the following:

  1. Complete a 45-unit program of study. The degree has two options:
    1. a course work degree, requiring 45 units of course work
    2. a research degree, of which a minimum of 39 units must be course work, with the remainder consisting of no more than 6 research units.
  2. Course work units must be divided among two or more scientific and/or engineering disciplines and can include the core courses required for the Ph.D. degree.
  3. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  4. The program of study must be approved by the academic adviser and the department graduate program committee.
  5. Students taking the research-option degree are required to complete an M.S. thesis, approved by the student's thesis committee.

RECOMMENDED COURSES AND SEQUENCES

The following list is recommended for most students. With the prior consent of the student's adviser, courses listed under technical electives may be substituted based on interest or background.

CORE SEQUENCE

Subject and Catalog Number

Units

ENERGY 221. Fundamentals of Multiphase Flow

3

ENERGY 246. Reservoir Characterization and Flow Modeling

3

CME 200. Linear Algebra with Application to Engineering Computations

3

CME 204. Partial Differential Equations in Engineering

3

CS 106X. Programming Methodology and Abstractions

3

ENERGY 293A. Fundamentals of Energy Processes

3

ENERGY 293B. Fundamentals of Energy Processes

3

MS&E 248. Economics of Natural Resources

3

Total

24

SUBJECT SEQUENCE ALTERNATIVES

Geothermal—

ENERGY 223. Reservoir Simulation

3

ENERGY 269. Geothermal Reservoir Engineering

3

CHEMENG 120B. Energy and Mass Transport

4

GES 217. Faults, Fractures, and Fluid Flow

3

ME 131. Heat Transfer

3

ME 370. Energy Systems I

3

Total

15

Low Carbon Energy (select 15 units from the following)—

ENERGY 104. Technology in the Greenhouse

3

ENERGY223. Reservoir Simulation

3

ENERGY 251. Thermodynamics of Equilibria

3

ENERGY 252. Chemical Kinetics Modeling

3

ENERGY 269. Geothermal Reservoir Engineering

3

ENERGY 291. Optimization of Energy Systems

3

CHEMENG 130. Separation Processes

3

GES 170. Environmental Geochemistry

4

GES 171. Geochemical Thermodynamics

3

ME 370A. Energy Systems I: Thermodynamics

3

ME 370B. Energy Systems II: Modeling & Advanced Concepts

4

MATSCI 156. Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries

4

CEE 272P. Distributed Generation and Grid Integration of Renewables

3

Total

15

Modeling Natural Resources (select 15 units from the following)—

ENERGY 240. Geostatistics for Spatial Phenomena

3

ENERGY 241. Seismic Reservoir Characterization

3

ENERGY 260. Modeling Uncertainty in the Earth Sciences

3

ENERGY 284. Optimization: Deterministic and Stochastic Approaches

3

GP 200. Fluids and Flow in the Earth: Computational Methods

3

GP. 262. Rock Physics

3

Total

15

Oil and Gas—

ENERGY 104. Technology in the Greenhouse

3

ENERGY 222. Advanced Reservoir Engineering

3

ENERGY 223. Reservoir Engineering

3

ENERGY 240. Geostatistics for Spatial Phenomena

or ENERGY 260. Modeling Uncertainty in the Earth Sciences

3

ENERGY 251. Thermodynamics of Equilibria

3

Total

15

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES

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