The courses and options within the Master of Science in Energy and Certificate in Energy

The tracks and courses in the master’s degree in energy and graduate certificate in energy.

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Master of Science in Energy (MSE) and Certificate in Energy

The Master of Science in Energy degree and the Certificate in Energy introduce students and professionals to the multiple interdisciplinary facets of energy ranging from an overview of energy technologies (fossil-based, renewable, and non-fossil based) to multi-scale energy systems engineering methods, to energy economics, law, security, policy, and societal impact.

The structure of the degree is based on (a) non-overlapping modules, (b) distinguished seminar series, and (c) research thesis (Track 1 only).

Each module is 1.5 weeks long and has 5 teaching days, including a total of 22 hours of lecture/lab material (22 contact hours) with 4.4 hours of lectures per teaching day. Therefore, two modules are equivalent to a semester-long course, and correspond to 3.0 credits. Bi-weekly seminars are delivered by distinguished energy experts from academia, industry, and government. Research thesis topics are provided and supervised by faculty members affiliated with the Texas A&M Energy Institute and representing numerous departments across the campus.

Students pursuing Track 2 – Non-Thesis in the Master of Science in Energy are free to select from the entire set of Elective Modules to design a custom array of courses. The Texas A&M Energy Institute suggests three Elective Course Themes in the following topical areas: Energy Digitization, Energy Policy and Management, and Sustainable Energy.

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Curriculum

Master of Science in Energy

The Master of Science in Energy degree is offered in two tracks. Track 1 is with a research thesis, and Track 2 is with only course work (i.e., without research thesis). The duration of Track 1 and 2 is approximately 10 months (i.e., September 1 – June 30).

Track 1

Face-to-Face
Master of Science in Energy (MSE) and Certificate in Energy Face-to-Face

Track 1 requires 16 modules, thesis, and seminars, and results in 32 student credit hours. This track includes a research thesis and requires students to be Face-to-Face in College Station, Texas. Students will work in conjunction with faculty members affiliated with the Texas A&M Energy Institute.

The Fall semester structure of Track 1 has 8 modules, the distinguished seminar series, and research thesis work. The Spring semester structure of Track 1 consists of 8 modules and research thesis work.

The additional 2 summer months will be devoted towards the completion and defense of the research thesis work for cohorts beginning in the Fall semester. The total number of credits will be 32 (i.e., 24 for the 16 modules, 2 for the seminars, and 6 for the research thesis work).

Track 2

Face-to-Face or Fully Online
Master of Science in Energy (MSE) and Certificate in Energy Face-to-Face or Online

Track 2 requires 23 modules and seminars, and results in 36.5 student credit hours. This track is offered to students or professionals Face-to-Face in College Station, Texas or Online via distance learning.

The Fall semester structure of Track 2 has 10 modules and the distinguished seminars. The Spring semester structure of Track 2 consists of 10 modules. Three additional modules will be offered in the Summer semester. The total number of credits will be 36.5 (i.e., 34.5 for the 23 modules, and 2 for the seminars).

Students pursuing Track 2 – Non-Thesis in the Master of Science in Energy are free to select from the entire set of Elective Modules to design a custom array of courses. The Texas A&M Energy Institute suggests three Elective Course Themes in the following topical areas: Energy Digitization, Energy Policy and Management, and Sustainable Energy.

Certificate in Energy

Certificate in Energy
Face-to-Face or Fully Online

The Certificate in Energy is offered by taking 10 modules of the Master of Science in Energy degree program either Face-to-Face in College Station, Texas or Online via distance learning.

The Certificate in Energy takes approximately 10 months to complete (Fall enrollment: September 1 – June 30 and Spring Enrollment: January 1 –  December 31).

Modules

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Required Modules

ICPE-601 Environmental Issues of Energy Systems

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Introduction to energy-related engineering principles and energy conservation efficiency; basic processes and chemicals/materials used in the current and emerging energy systems; impact on the environment; approaches for minimizing contaminants released by usage of energy sources.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-602 Reservoir Characterization and Modeling

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Application of geostatistical techniques to build reservoir models through integration of geological core/well log, seismic and production data to generate a consistent reservoir description; background and insights to geostatistical modeling techniques and situation where the application of geostatistics could add value.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-603 Bioenergy

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Introduction to the fundamentals of biomass (biochemistry and resources); basics of important processing technologies for the pre-treatment and conversion of biomass to useful products.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-604 Energy Systems Engineering I

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

State-of-the-art topics for energy systems engineering including modeling of energy systems, mixed integer and continuous optimization techniques for the analysis of energy systems, model based control, and interactions of design, control and scheduling of power and energy systems.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-605 Energy Systems Engineering II

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

State-of-the-art topics for energy systems engineering including modeling of hybrid feedstock energy systems, energy supply chain networks, polygeneration systems, model predictive control, fuel cells and combined heat and power systems.

Prerequisite: ICPE 604.

ICPE-606 Introduction to Optimization

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Basics of deterministic optimization with focus on modeling and computer solutions; practical examples to develop understanding of modeling and solution techniques that can be used to improve decision-making; linear, non-linear, mixed integer, combinatorial and network optimization problems.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-607 Energy Accounting

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Exploration of the financial aspects of the energy industry; emphasis on oil and gas with additional attention placed on all sources of power generation including alternatives; interactive with cases worked in each session; advanced preparation guided by the instructor.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-608 Beyond Science & Technology: The Role of Policy in the Future of Energy in the US

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Introduction to the history of U.S. science and technology policy with a specific emphasis on energy; focus on regulatory rules, the key government agencies at the national level, the role states and localities play, how government funds are allocated in research and technology transfer related to energy innovations, the role of universities, the threats and opportunities to energy-related educational success at all levels.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-609 Introduction to U.S. Energy Law & Policy

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Introduction to energy law and regulation in the United States; focus on the key sources of energy (both nonrenewable and renewable) driving the U.S. economy, and identifies the various challenges facing the industry in their production and distribution; key regulations and laws governing energy production as well as the jurisdictional and regulator divisions between federal and state governments.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-611 Economics of Energy

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Basics of economics concepts as they relate to energy applications; how the government policies affect the energy economy; present the economics of energy and climate change; introduction to renewable technologies and their impact.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-612 Entrepreneurship in Energy

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Focus on developing an understanding of the techniques and issues for growing emerging organizations in the energy field; participants will be guided through a range of issues faced by a venture team in building and growing a new organization or pursuing innovative projects inside existing organizations.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-613 Natural and Shale Gas Monetization: Technologies, Fundamentals, Economics, and Applications

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Focuses on important role played by natural and shale gas in energy market and the potentials to grow; major monetization processes including production, treatment, processing and conversion; key economic and technical aspects as they pertain to the processing technologies and the supply chains of natural and shale gas.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-614 CO2 Sequestration

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Introduction to the goals and methods of CO2 sequestration in the subsurface and of monitoring its effectiveness; discussion and explanation of current technological challenges and problems in monitoring CO2 in the subsurface and in implementing sequestration for mitigating climate change; addresses how carbon is transferred between atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere by natural processes; basic geologic processes influencing sequestration programs.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-618 Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Introduction to technologies for carbon capture, modeling and technoeconomic analysis and comparison of different carbon capture technologies, and economics of carbon capture, utilization, and storage statewide and nationwide.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-681 Seminars

Credits: 2

Seminars will be delivered by distinguished energy experts from academia, industry, and government. Research thesis topics will be provided and supervised by faculty members affiliated with the Texas A&M Energy Institute.

ICPE-691 Thesis – Fall semester (Track 1 only)

Credits: 3

Research thesis topics will be provided and supervised by faculty members affiliated with the Texas A&M Energy Institute and its Interdisciplinary Curricular Program in Energy (ICPE).

ICPE-691 Thesis – Spring semester (Track 1 only)

Credits: 2

Research thesis topics will be provided and supervised by faculty members affiliated with the Texas A&M Energy Institute and its Interdisciplinary Curricular Program in Energy (ICPE).

ICPE-691 Thesis – Summer semester (Track 1 only)

Credits: 1

Research thesis topics will be provided and supervised by faculty members affiliated with the Texas A&M Energy Institute and its Interdisciplinary Curricular Program in Energy (ICPE).

Elective Modules

ICPE-610 The Global Energy Future

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Global energy outlook including energy demand, population growth and humanitarian issues, environmental and climate concerns, and the energy/water nexus and water scarcity; evolution of the global oil and gas industry; controlling nations, laws and agencies (OPEC, IEA, etc.); international and domestic climate change laws and policies; global future of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-615 Smart Grid Fundamentals

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Fundamentals of electricity grid development; monitoring, control and protection; renewable generation; microgrids and grid integration; electricity markets; long term planning and associated risk, and grid robustness.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-617 Gas Separations for Energy: Fundamentals, Applications and New Directions

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Robust foundation of advanced expertise in gas separation technologies including (i) solid-phase absorbent technologies, (ii) liquid amine-based adsorption technologies, (iii) polymeric and inorganic membrane technologies, and (iv) emerging reactive separation for process intensification.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-620 Thermoelectric Materials and Devices

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Methods useful for the synthesis of both bulk crystals and nanomaterials (nanoparticles and nanowires); focus on the underlying thermodynamics and kinetic principles involved in the synthesis of these materials; pathways useful for the integration of nanomaterials into functional thermoelectric devices, methods used for ascertaining the thermoelectric performance of materials and devices.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-622 Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Introduction to energy efficiency in buildings; understanding the energy use in buildings, the heating and cooling requirements, the role of renewable energy resources, the impact of lighting, the role of optimal control measures in existing and new buildings, the verification of energy savings, and the building energy simulation.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-623 Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Securing energy, clean water and greening agriculture; principles of the Water-Energy-Food nexus and its application to the corresponding three themes; includes hands on laboratory.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-624 Energy-Water Nexus

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Various aspects of energy-water nexus including the fundamentals, technologies, applications and economics; focus on energy production, conversion and utilization; connection with water production, treatment, delivery and usage.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-631 Sustainability Considerations In Energy

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Introduces principles of sustainability within energy systems. Examines economic, environmental, and societal aspects using quantitative assessments. Promotes informed decision-making through explanations of available assessment tools, the boundaries of analysis, and process integration considerations.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-689 Special Topics in Energy: Renewable Energy Law

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

This module provides an overview of domestic renewable energy law policies and practices. It explores and analyzes laws that allocate interests in energy resources and that regulate energy production and delivery strategies so as to promote economic efficiency and to mitigate adverse impacts on the natural environment.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-689 Special Topics in Energy: Energy Industry Project Portfolio Management

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

This management course is an overview of project portfolio management (PPM), especially regarding the energy industry. PPM is the highest level of the project organizational hierarchy. The course is designed to provide an appreciation for the elements of portfolio planning and optimizing. Unlike project management’s project planning, execution, monitoring, and closing, portfolio management is concerned with selecting projects that align with strategy and monitoring to ensure they continue to add value.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-689 Special Topics in Energy: Policy, Regulation, and Non-Market Strategy

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Overview of interactions between political incentives and rules with firms and industry associations, along with regulatory environments and social outcomes. Specific emphasis on non-market strategies such as lobbying, political campaign contributions, coalition building, social media campaigns, (mis)information campaigns, self-regulation, and others.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-689 Special Topics in Energy: Renewable Abiotic Energy Resources & Conversion

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Study of the rapid development and progress of renewable abiotic energy resources and conversion technologies: renewable energy and resources; direct power conversion photovoltaics, thermal conversion via concentrating solar and geothermal power strategies; chemical conversion via photon energy systems; energy from the wind; blue energy from oceans, rivers, and lakes; overview of fundamentals of renewable energy storage and distribution.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-689 Special Topics in Energy: Data Science Fundamentals for Energy I

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

This is an introductory course discussing basic concepts and methods used in data science with an emphasis on applications in energy. Topics to be discussed include concepts of probability theory, probability distributions, statistical data modeling and inference, linear regression and predictive models, dimension reduction, introduction to machine learning, and statistical modeling of dependent data.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-689 Special Topics in Energy: Data Science Fundamentals for Energy II

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

This is an introductory course discussing machine learning methods commonly seen in data science with an emphasis on applications in energy. Topics to be discussed include supervised and unsupervised learning, clustering, classification, predictive models, performance evaluation, neural networks, and reinforcement learning.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-689 Special Topics in Energy: Data Science for Intelligent Oil Field Operations

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Introduction to the “digital oil field” (DOF) and the incorporation of new practices to leverage new technologies in drilling, production, and reservoir management processes. Discusses state-of-the-art digital technologies applied in the context of reservoir exploration and production, instrumentation, workflows for automation in drilling, production, and reservoir management. Overview of artificial intelligence for the smart integration of production systems.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-689 Special Topics in Energy: Data Science Applications for Process Systems Engineering

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Motivated by the expectations for the impacts that data science will have on science and engineering, the goal of this class is to enhance the fundamental understanding and applications of data science throughout the process systems engineering field, particularly with a focus on energy applications.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-689 Special Topics in Energy: Data Science for Power Systems

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Introduction to basic concepts and methods of data science with an emphasis on energy-related applications. Discusses probability theory, data-based statistical modeling and inference, linear and non-linear regression and predictive models, dimensionality reduction, introduction to machine learning, and statistical modeling of dependent data.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

Future Modules

ICPE-616 Multi-functional Materials for Energy Conversion

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Focus on the two most important multi-functional materials (MFMs): piezoelectric materials and shape memory alloys (SMA); understanding the materials and how devices are designed using these materials; study of energy conversion via: (1) actuators that convert electrical or thermal energy into mechanical work; and (2) energy harvesting, in which mechanical work is converted into electrical energy.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-619 Nanomaterials Engineering and Energy Storage

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Nanomaterial synthesis and processing with an emphasis on the creation of materials relevant to energy storage (batteries, capacitors, etc.). Prior knowledge of an undergraduate engineering level of familiarity of chemistry and physics is desirable.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-621 Thermoelectrics: Fundamentals of Electronic and Thermal Transport

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Fundamentals of electronic and phononic transport phenomena; understanding of thermodynamics and transport properties from a microscopic viewpoint; thermal transport theories for analyzing and designing energy conversion devices, nanomaterials, microelectronics and nano/micro-electromechancial systems (NEMS/MEMS).

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-625 Integrated Risk Management for Exploration and Production Projects

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Structured introduction to project systems and advance analysis of integrated project risks to practicing engineers and decision makers in the energy sector; emphasis on risks in context of a) project phase-gate process, b) systems representation, and c) flow across different functional and design requirements, areas of expertise /specialization and construction/installation methods.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-626 Safety in Energy Systems

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Role of leadership and development of management systems to ensure safety performance in energy systems, a systems approach to safety management for energy systems, lifecycle analysis and the energy supply chain, and applications of engineering principles of process safety and hazards analysis.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-627 Interfacial Phenomena of Energy Systems

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Fundamentals of interfacial phenomena, energy related interfacial materials and interfacial issues of energy systems; specific energy-related applications include oil recovery, lubrication, thermal management, photovoltaics, battery, fuel cells and supercapacitors.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-628 Multi-physics Geomechanics for Energy Applications

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Focuses on main physical phenomena and processes that control the behavior of porous media; formulation for non-isothermal multiphase flow and transport problems in deformable porous media; problems of practical interest in the broad field of geo-engineering and geo-mechanics.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-689 Special Topics in Energy: Sustainable Development through Intensification

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Introduction to sustainable development of energy systems and energy-intensive systems with a focus on identification and design through intensification. Analysis of the performance of systems through economic, utilization, environmental, and waste considerations.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-689 Special Topics in Energy: Combustion

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Overview of combustion processes for energy utilization and fuel-using technologies. Discussion of combustion science (thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, chemical kinetics); considerations for current and future fossil and biomass-derived fuels; survey of reciprocating engines, gas turbines and furnaces; and implications for a low-carbon future.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-689 Special Topics in Energy: Energy Finance

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Overview of the valuation process for energy industry assets with specific emphasis on project financing off-balance sheet, non-recourse financing arrangements. Valuation of alternative energy projects or assets and development of investment recommendations.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ICPE-689 Special Topics in Energy: Solar Engineering of Chemical and Thermal Processes

Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Study of the rapid development and progress of solar energy technologies, solar energy conversion systems, direct power conversion photovoltaics (PV), concentrating photovoltaics (CPV), thermal conversion via concentrating solar power strategies (CSP), and chemical conversion via photon energy systems; Overview of fundamentals of solar radiation, energy collection, and storage.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

Required courses earn 1.5 student credit hours (SCH), seminars earn 2.0 SCH, and thesis credits are 3.0 SCH. All prescribed elective courses earn 1.5 SCH.

STEM OPT Extension: Not Eligible

The Master of Science in Energy offered by the Texas A&M Energy Institute, and approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, has CIP code: 30.9999.04 Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. According to the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, this code is not among the codes on the 2016 STEM designated list. The majority of the courses within the Master of Science in Energy at Texas A&M University are individually designated as STEM courses, but that factor alone is not sufficient to merit a full designation as a STEM program. Therefore, students who graduate with a Master of Science in Energy are not eligible for the Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT).