Frequently Asked Questions

What is the intellectual core of the energy systems program?

There are three major energy systems that have huge impacts on our lives. They are energy for electricity, transportation and buildings (heating and cooling). As it is impossible to build a coherent undergraduate program around all three, we focus on electrical systems, which are certainly in great demand.

Can I work in this area without doing a graduate degree?

Yes. Many students after graduation get employed by energy providers, consulting firms, manufacturers and a host of new energy service firms. While you are not required to go onto graduate school, there are obviously rewards for doing so. Grad students are qualified for more specialized responsibilities.

What areas of grad work are available to me?

The program was designed to allow motivated and capable students to access advanced energy studies and degrees in Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Chemical, Industrial and even Material Science. Students, however, aren’t limited to these areas, as an Engineering Science Degree also leads to degrees in law, medicine and a variety of science programs.

Why are there so many ECE courses in the program?

The reason there are so many ECE courses in the program is due to the fact that the program has a strong emphasis on electrical systems. However, almost all other programs are represented within the program as well.

How do you choose electives in fourth year?

We provide a broad list of pre-approved “energy electives” for fourth year, but the list is not fully exhaustive. The program permits and encourages students to find and map out a strong set of electives that meet their educational and career goals. Since energy is such a broad and multi-faceted domain, the Option is open to substations of technical electives from the prescribe set, to a more personalized set. The goal is that the set of chosen electives must be coherent, sensible and well-argued. If it meets these requirements, variations in electives will – in most cases – be approved.