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Energy Engineering Major

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Energy Engineering is an exciting and unique undergraduate program offered by the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. This B.S. degree is a first of its kind in the country with the curriculum addressing the call for the development of alternative sources of energy and conventional fossil fuels at the undergraduate level.

What is Energy Engineering?

Energy engineers are equipped with required engineering knowledge and skills needed to solve problems in the production, processing, storage, distribution, and utilization of energy. Energy processes include natural resources, such as the extraction of oil and gas, as well as from renewable or sustainable sources of energy, including biofuels, hydro, wind, and solar power.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You aspire to be a lifelong learner, problem-solver, and leader in the energy industry.
  • You excel at math, science, and engineering and seek a broad overview of energy fields.
  • You’re interested in a well-rounded education on all facets of the energy market, including renewable energy.


The program combines a rigorous foundation in the science of fuels and energy technologies with courses focused on renewable energy, electtic power systems, and electrochemical engineering as well as professional electives on business, finance, and management. Graduates of the program will be able to understand engineering fundamentals and apply that knowledge to solving problems in the production, processing, storage, distribution, and utilization of energy using multiple techniques such as synthesis, analysis, design, and case studies.

This flexibility in the curriculum makes it an attractive dual or concurrent major and minor option for students in other energy-related programs as it prepares students to become valuable contributors in addressing society's energy needs and demands.

In addition, the program prepares students to be successful leaders in advancing the technology and management of energy; innovators and entrepreneurs in the energy sector; and educators, practicing engineers, and national leaders in the energy and associated environmental health and safety, policy and economic fields.

It trains students to be lifelong learners, problem solvers, and energy industry leaders. The curriculum is sufficiently flexible, broad, and diverse to enable students to tailor their educational experience to particular interests, background, and expected role in the society. The flexibility allows students in energy related programs such as agricultural and biological, chemical, electrical, environmental, mechanical, nuclear, and petroleum engineering, materials science and engineering, industrial health and safety, and business and finance to have dual or concurrent degrees, minors, or options.

Want to learn more?

Visit the University Bulletin to learn more about:

  • How to Get In
  • Program Requirements
  • Integrated Undergrad-Grad Program
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Academic Advising
  • Suggested Academic Plan
  • Career Paths
  • Accreditation

The Energy Engineering B.S. program in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) at Penn State is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.

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