The following courses are recommended for those interested in being involved in clean energy conversion research. PhD students are encouraged to have both theoretical and experimental components to their research projects. A background in quantum mechanics (ab initio and DFT simulations) is useful for the theory work while a background in spectroscopy (surface characterization) and combustion (bench-scale experiments) are desired for the experimental research.

Strongly Recommended
Course Number Title
CHEM 271 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3 units)
CHEM 273 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3 units)
ENERGY 252 Chemical Kinetics Modeling (3 units)
ENERGY 253 Carbon Capture and Sequestration (3 units)
CHEMENG 340 Molecular Thermodynamics (3 units)
CHEMENG 345 Fundamentals and Applications of Spectroscopy (3 units)
Recommended Courses
Course Number Title
ENERGY 251 Thermodynamics of Equilibria (3 units)
CME 200 Linear Algebra with Application to Engineering Computations (3 units)
CME 204 Partial Differential Equations in Engineering (3 units)
CHEMENG 130 Separation Processes(3 units)
ME 370A Energy Systems I: Thermodynamics (3 units)
ME 370B Energy Systems II: Modeling and Advanced Concepts (4 units)
ME 260 Fuel Cell Technology (3 units)
ME 371 Combustion Fundamentals (3 units)
ME 372 Combustion Applications (3 units)
MATSCI 156 Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries (4 units)
MATSCI 316 Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (3 units)
GES 170 Environmental Geochemistry (4 units)
GES 261 Physics and Chemistry of Minerals and Mineral Surfaces (4 units)
GES 262 Thermodynamics and Disorder in Minerals and Melts (4 units)
EE 293A and B Fundamentals of Energy Processes(4 units)