Energy Systems Engineering

The Energy Systems Engineering (ESE) program prepares graduates for careers in various segments of the fast-growing energy industry.  Students are employed in positions in engineering planning, design, and installation of equipment and systems required for the generation, management and distribution of electrical power.  The ESE curriculum includes advanced mathematics and applied engineering courses along with coursework that addresses the engineering design of conventional, alternative, and renewable energy systems. 

The Energy Systems Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).  Information about ABET may be found at

The ESE program requires the completion of two cooperative (co-op) learning experiences in industry that are scheduled for the students' junior and senior years. The ESE co-op program provides the students with opportunities to learn the practical application of their studies in real-world industrial settings, establish professional contacts, and develop future employment options.

Students in the ESE program are required to take the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam during their senior year. This examination is the first step toward professional licensure in the field of engineering. More information about the FE exam may be found at

Students in the ESE program can also take a U. S. Coast Guard (USCG) marine engineer license option with a dual major in Marine Engineering (MENG).  This dual major option may require a fifth year to accommodate the additional MENG coursework and will require the student to participate in four sea terms during the winter sessions.  During their last semester, the license option students would be required to take and pass the USCG Third Assistant Engineer's license exam.


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Further Detail:  The new Bachelor of Science in Energy Systems Engineering (ESE) program is the third undergraduate engineering major to be offered at MMA and began in fall 2012 with the Class of 2016.  This program curriculum was developed to 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 and cooperative learning experiences that includes twelve new courses and labs created for this major.  The program requires the students to obtain 128.5 academic credits through classroom and laboratory instruction, including 45.5 credits of general education courses.  

The two ESE co-ops (12-credits) are scheduled for the student's junior and senior years.   At least one co-op has to be a summer session co-op and at least one co-op has to be a senior year co-op.  A summer session co-op runs 8-10 weeks from mid-June thru the end of August, and a winter session co-op runs 6-8 weeks from late December thru the end of February. 

The two ESE co-ops provide the students with industry specific experiential learning opportunities.  In addition, ESE students will have the chance to participate in the Costa Rica EARTH University (see separate link) freshmen experiential learning program.  This optional international sustainability focused 3-credit winter session program will satisfy a free elective.