Minor in Electrochemical Engineering

The electrochemical engineering minor is designed to equip students with the knowledge necessary to achieve the following educational objectives: become valuable contributors in addressing society’s clean energy needs and demands especially in the electrochemical power generation sector; and to become educators, practicing engineers, and national leaders in electrochemical energy conversion and storage. The minor integrates skill sets in fundamentals of electrochemistry (e.g.; chemistry, physics, mathematics, thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics) and electrochemical engineering applications (batteries, solar, flow and fuel cells, electrochemical synthesis and corrosion) to ensure successful career opportunities and growth within electrochemical power generation industries, government agencies, and academia. The curriculum should allow students in energy related programs such as chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, mechanical, and materials science and engineering to readily take advantage of the minor and be better prepared for careers in clean power generation and future green technologies.

The integration of knowledge and skills acquired through the inquiry-based teaching methods should enable students of the program to achieve the following student educational outcomes:

  • solve problems relating to the production, storage, distribution and utilization of electrochemical energy and the associated environmental issues
  • design and conduct experiments, acquire data, define, analyze, and interpret data, and solve practical, complex problems on a variety of electrochemical technologies such as batteries, solar cells, flow and fuel cells, electrolyzers, and supercapacitors
  • integrate professional, ethical, social and environmental factors in electrochemical engineering design and problem solving and understand the impact of these factors on global energy issues
  • develop the ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally and build teamwork
  • acquire the desire for lifelong learning to maintain technical competence and keep abreast of new developments in the field.

A total of 35 credits are required for the minor. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Prescribed Courses: 20 Credits

  • CHEM 112 - Chemical Prinicples II (3 credits)
  • E SC 455 - Electrochemical Methods in Corrosion Science and Engineering (3 credits)
  • EGEE 441 - Electrochemical Engineering Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • MATH 251 - Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations (4 credits)
  • MATSE 421 - Corrosion Engineering (3 credits)
  • PHYS 212 - General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (4 credits)

Additional Courses: 15 Credits

Select a pair of courses for a total of 6 credits: 

  • EME 301 & EME 303 - Thermodynamics in EME (3 credits) and Fluid Mechanics in EME (3 credits)
  • CH E 220 & CH E 330 - Intro to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3 credits) and Process Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
  • M E 300 & M E 320 - Engineering Thermodynamics (3 credits) and Fluid Flow (3 credits)
  • MATSE 401 & MATSE 402 - Thermodynamics of Materials (3 credits) and Materials Process Kinetics (3 credits)

Select 9 credits from the following courses:

  • EGEE 420 - Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (3 credits)
  • EGEE 437 - Design of Solar Energy Conversion Systems (3 credits)
  • EGEE 436 - Modern Thermodynamics for Energy Systems (3 credits)
  • EME 407 - Electrochemical Energy Storage (3 credits)
  • M E 403 - Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Engines (3 credits)