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2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Renewable Energy Minor

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Department Contact:

Chair, Dr. Rachel Wagner, rwagner@francis.edu

Program Description:

Energy needs continue to increase both nationally and globally. The predominant use of nonrenewable energy resources has generated significant environmental problems which have impacted our planet. Renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hybrid technologies have the promise of making sustainable advances in helping meet our future energy needs. The Renewable Energy minor gives a solid foundation in energy with specialized course work in energy conversion, storage, and distribution. You will explore the details of energy conversion from traditional sources such as fossil fuels and nuclear energy, to sustainable sources such as solar, wind, fuel cells, and other developing innovative energy technologies. Student-design projects within the specialized course work provide hands-on learning in designing renewable energy systems.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program, students will have:

  • An ability to understand the difference between renewable and nonrenewable energy resources;
  • An ability to Identify strengths and limitations associated with different energy technologies;
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve energy type engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

Total Credits Required:

15 credits

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