Texas A&M Energy Institute’s Elective Course Themes

Master of Science in Energy Track 2 – Non-Thesis

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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 offers three Elective Course Themes in the following topical areas: Energy Digitization, Energy Policy and Management, and Sustainable Energy.

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Energy Digitization

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-689
Special Topics in Energy:
Data Science for Power Systems
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Overview of the use and potential for data sciences in the power systems sector.

This course is currently under development.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-689
Special Topics in Energy:
Data Science for Oil and Gas
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Overview of the use and potential for data sciences in the oil and gas sector.

This course is currently under development.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-689
Special Topics in Energy:
Data Science Fundamentals I
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Overview of the fundamentals of data science. Includes energy applications.

This course is currently under development.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-689
Special Topics in Energy:
Data Science Fundamentals II
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Overview of the fundamentals of data science. Includes energy applications.

This course is currently under development.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

Energy Policy and Management

ICPE-689
Special Topics in Energy:
International Energy Law
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

The impact of international law on energy activities. Discussion of the legal framework for trade and investment in the energy sector, as well as rules governing energy development, the climate, and the environment. Overview of corporate responsibility and human rights consequences of energy activities.

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:
Managing Projects
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Application of management processes to complex interdisciplinary organizational environments through the study of program and project management; adoptions of traditional management theories to the project environment; master typical project management microcomputer software for project planning; resource allocation; project budgeting; and control of project cost, schedule and performance.

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.

Sustainable Energy

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-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-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-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-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-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.