The new Bachelor of Science in Energy Systems Engineering (ESE) program is the third undergraduate engineering degree to be offered at MMA and began in fall 2012 with the class of 2016. This program will prepare graduates for careers in the many varied segments of the fast growing energy industry in positions that provide for the engineering planning, design, and installation of various equipment and systems required for the generation, management and distribution of electrical power.
The ESE program consists of a four year sequence of courses, including twelve new courses that will be offered for this degree. The program requires the students to obtain 128 academic credits through classroom and laboratory instruction, including 45.5 credits of general education courses. The new ESE major courses include advance mathematic and applied engineering courses along with specific courses that address the design of alternative and renewable energy systems. In addition to academic credits, the students earn 18 program credits for cooperative (co-op) experiential learning. This includes six credits for Sea Term I and 12 credits for two summer ESE co-ops.
The ESE program requires the completion of two co-ops that are scheduled for the students' junior and senior summer sessions. A summer session co-op runs 9 to 11 weeks from mid June through the end of August. The ESE co-op program provides the students with energy industry specific opportunities to gain first-hand industry knowledge, establish professional contacts, and develop future employment options.
Students in the ESE program will be required to take the nationwide Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam in the spring semester of their senior year. Professional accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) will be pursued for the ESE program.
Students in the ESE program can also take a U. S. Coast Guard (USCG) marine engineer license option. This dual major option may require a fifth year to accommodate the additional marine engineering coursework and will require three additional sea terms starting with the student's sophomore winter session. During their last semester, the license option students would take and have to pass the USCG Third Assistant Engineer's license exam.