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Catalog

The University of Montana catalog details degree specific credits and course requirements.

Subject Type
Energy Technology
Associate of Applied Science

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year:

Course #
Course Description
Fall  
Spring
Summer
CSCI     172 Intro to Computer Modeling 3
ETEC     105 DC Circuit Analysis 4
M           121 College Algebra 3
NRGY    101 Intro to Sustainable Energy I 3
WRIT     101 College Writing I



3

OR
WRIT     121 Technical Writing
Total 16
BGEN  105S Introduction to Business 3
ETEC   106S AC Cicruit Analysis 3
ETEC    213 Power Systems Technology 3
NRGY   235 Building Energy Efficiency 3
Various Energy Elective (see list) 3
Total 15
ETEC   113 Circuits Lab 1
NRGY  195 Practicum (60 hours) 2
Total 3

Second Year:

Course #
Course Description
Fall   
Spring
BGEN  106S Issues in Sustainability 3
ITS       221 Project Management 3
M         122 College Trigonometry 3
NRGY   102 Intro to Sustainable Energy II 3
SCN    175N Integrated Physical Science I 3
Various Energy Electives (see list) 3
Total 18
ETEC    214 Energy Storage & Distribution 3
NRGY   298 Internship 2
SCN      176 Integrated Physical Science II

3
OR
ENSC   105 Environmental Science
Various Energy Electives (see list) 9
Total 17

Total Credits: 69

*This recommended schedule may not be appropriate for all students.

Energy Elective Requirement (five courses required from the list below):

  • NRGY 241 Alternative Fuels - Offered Fall 2015 & Fall 2017
  • NRGY 242 Solar and Wind Energy Systems - Offered Fall 2015 & Fall 2017
  • NRGY 243 Fund of PV Design & Installation - Offered Spring 2015 & Spring 2017
  • NRGY 244 Bioenergy - Offered Spring 2015 & Spring 2017
  • NRGY 245 Fuel Cells - Offered Spring 2016 & Spring 2018
  • NRGY 246 Geothermal Energy Systems - Offered Fall 2015 & Fall 2017
  • NRGY 250 Energy Finance - Offered Summer 2016 & Summer 2018
  • NRGY 265 Smart Grid - Offered Spring 2016 & Spring 2018
  • NRGY 270 Recycling Technology - Offered Fall 2015 & Fall 2017
  • NRGY 290 Undergraduate Research - Offered Every Fall & Spring Semester
  • NRGY 292 Independent Study - Offered Every Fall & Spring Semester
  • NRGY 295 Energy Practicum II - Offered Fall 2016 & Fall 2018
  • NRGY 299 Energy Capstone - Offered Spring 2015 & Spring 2017
  • General Elective (maximum one)

NOTE: Many of our ETEC and NRGY classes assume a certain level of math proficiency.  Please see course descriptions to ensure you have the recommended level of math prior to registering for these courses.  This will help ensure your success in those courses and in the Energy Technology program. 

Course Descriptions

BGEN 105S Introduction to Business, 3 cr. Offered every term. Same as BUS 103S. Nature of business enterprise; role of business in society; problems confronting business management; career opportunities in business. Open to non-business majors and business majors of freshman or sophomore standing only. Business majors are advised to register for the course their freshman year. Credit allowed for only one of BGEN 105S, MIS 100S, IS 100S, BADM 100S and BUS 103S.

BGEN 160S Issues in Sustainability, 3 crOffered autumn and spring. Same as CCS/TASK 160S. This literature-intensive course is intended to expose the student to a variety of essays addressing the balance of economic development with the principles of sustainability and social equity. The student is offered an introduction to sustainability concepts, natural systems/cycles and environmental economics. Natural capitalism and triple bottom line maximization is explored, along with the role of corporations and small businesses in sustainable development. A survey of issues surrounding corporate social responsibility and sustainability-driven innovation will be conducted.

CSCI 172 Introduction to Computer Modeling, 3 cr. Offered every term. Prereq., M 090. Problem solving and data modeling using computer productivity software. Emphasis using spreadsheets and database for data analysis. Credit not allowed for CSCI 172, CRT 172, and CS 172.

ETEC 105 DC Circuit Analysis, 4 cr. Offered autumn. Prereq. M 090. An introduction to direct current (DC) and analysis of series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits. Topics include electrical quantities, units of measurement, measurement instruments, resistors, current, voltage, power, energy, network theorems, equivalent circuits, magnetism, and electromagnetism. Laboratory experiments include circuit analysis; the proper use of measurement equipment and techniques; and troubleshooting.  Although it is not a formal requirement, the Energy Technology program strongly recommends that students complete M 121 College Algebra prior to or in the same semester as ETEC 105.

ETEC 106 AC Circuit Analysis, 3 cr. Offered spring. Prereq. ETEC 105. Analysis of alternating current (AC) circuits and the behavior of capacitors, inductors, reactance, impedance, transformers, and signal filters. Laboratory experiments include circuit analysis, the use of proper measurement equipment, and troubleshooting.  Although it is not a formal requirement, the Energy Technology program strongly recommends that students complete M 122 College Trigonometry prior to or in the same semester as ETEC 106.

ETEC 113 Circuits Lab, 1 cr. Offered summer. Prereq/coreq., ETEC 105. Covers proper techniques of soldering and tool usage. Electronic technical language, hands on troubleshooting skills and basic electronic measurements are involved.  Although it is not a formal requirement, the Energy Technology program strongly recommends that students complete M 121 College Algebra prior to taking ETEC 113.

ENSC 105 Environmental Science, 3 cr. Offered autumn. Provides students with opportunities to use class knowledge to make a difference; helps students build all of the following: scientific literacy; skills in critical thinking, research and self-instruction; provides an understanding of the scientific basis of environmental issues, policies and laws; encourages habits of sustainable living, scientifically-informed, active participation in social decisions, and service to their community and to the earth.

ITS 221 Project Management, 3 cr. Offered autumn. Prereq., CSCI 172. Investigation of topics in project management including scope, definition, risk, procurement and the RFP. Management of time, cost, quality, and human resources. Concepts are reinforced with PM software.

M 121 College Algebra, 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., M 095 or ALEKS placement >4. Intended to strengthen algebra skills. The study of functions and their inverses: polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Graphing calculator required.

M 122 College Trigonometry, 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., M 121 or appropriate placement score. Preparation for calculus based on college algebra. Review of functions and their inverses, exponential and logarithmic functions. Trigonometric functions and identities, polar coordinates and an optional topic such as conic sections or parametric functions.

NRGY 101 Introduction to Energy Systems I, 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Prereq. M 090. A survey of traditional energy systems and technologies. Introduces conventional primary energy sources--coal, oil, gas, nuclear--and examines the technologies used to capture, convert, distribute, store, and utilize these energy sources. Consideration is given to physical and engineering aspects, as well as economic, social environmental, and political factors that determine the sustainability of these sources.

NRGY 102 Introduction to Energy Systems II, 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., NRGY 101 or consent of instructor. Same as CCS 102. A survey of renewable energy systems and technologies. Addresses physical and technical aspects of wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, tidal, biological, and wave energy systems. Consideration is given to engineering, economic, social, environmental, and political factors that determine implementation and sustainability. Credit not allowed for both NRGY 102 and CCS 102.

NRGY 195 Practicum, 2 cr. Offered summer only. Prereq., ETEC 105 and NRGY 101, or consent of instructor. Same as CCS 191. The practicum provides students with a supervised field experience. Students will gain hands-on experience with energy specific technologies. This opportunity increases students' occupational awareness and professionalism.  Although it is not a formal requirement, the Energy Technology program strongly recommends that students complete M 121 College Algebra prior to taking NRGY 191.

NRGY 213 Power Systems Technology, 3 crOffered spring. Prereq., ETEC 106. A review of the principles of electricity, magnetism, and transformer action; the application of these principles in the operation of single-phase and three-phase ac/de motors, alternators, and generators; and the control methods for these electrical devices.  Although it is not a formal requirement, the Energy Technology program strongly recommends that students complete M 121 College Algebra and NRG 213 prior to taking NRGY 213.

NRGY 214 Energy Storage and Distribution Systems, 3 crOffered spring. Prereq., ETEC 106 or consent of instructor. Studies storage and transport methods of different types of energy. Explores emergent technologies and mechanisms designed to enhance efficiency and safety, including 'smart grid' technologies; assesses relative social, economic and environmental merits of each type of energy system in terms of its storage and distribution.  Although it is not a formal requirement, the Energy Technology program strongly recommends that students complete M 121 College Algebra and NRGY 213 prior to taking NRGY 214.

NRGY 235 Building Energy Efficiency, 3 cr. Offered spring. Prereq., NRGY 101. Provides an overview of energy efficiency opportunities in residential buildings and prepares the student to take the National RESNET Home Energy Rater Exam. Familiarity with residential construction and basic energy terminology is useful though not required.

NRGY 241 Alternative Fuels, 3 cr. Offered autumn. Prereq., NRGY 101. Identifies alternative fuel sources; explores fuel characteristics; identifies and evaluates the infrastructure required to produce, store, distribute, and use them; discusses emission and conversion efficiencies; assesses social, environmental, and economic impacts.  Although it is not a formal requirement, the Energy Technology program strongly recommends that students complete M 121 College Algebra prior to taking NRGY 241.

NRGY 242 Solar and Wind Systems, 3 cr. Offered autumn. Prereq., NRGY 101. Same as CCS 242. Introduction to the fundamentals of solar and wind energy for the design and installation of solar and wind systems. Includes an overview of the physics and chemistry of the resource and the technology, and will prepare students for a career in renewable energy or for installing a renewable energy system on their own home. Credit not given for NRGY 242 and CCS 242.  Although it is not a formal requirement, the Energy Technology program strongly recommends that students complete M 121 College Algebra prior to taking NRGY 242 and completing M 122 College Trigonometry prior to or in the same semester as NRGY 242.

NRGY 243 Fundamentals of Photovoltaic Design and Installation, 3 cr. Offered spring. Prereq./coreq., ETEC 105. An introduction to the fundamental principles and technologies of solar photovoltaic energy systems. Emphasis on system design and installation, including site and resource assessment, load analysis, trouble shooting, and cost analysis. The material covered prepares students for a career in renewable energy or for installing a renewable energy system on their own home.  Although it is not a formal requirement, the Energy Technology program strongly recommends that students complete M 121 College Algebra prior to taking NRGY 243.

NRGY 244 Bioenergy, 3 cr. Offered spring. Prereqs., SCN 175N and NRGY 102, or consent of instructor. Investigates the physical nature of various biorenewable resources and the technologies currently employed to produce, harvest, refine and convert these into useable energy, feedstocks and products.  Although it is not a formal requirement, the Energy Technology program strongly recommends that students complete M 121 College Algebra prior to taking NRGY 244.

NRGY 245 Fuel Cells, 3 cr. Offered spring. Prereq., NRGY 101. An introduction to the different types of fuel cells (hydrogen, biological, metal/air, proton exchange membrane, etc.) accompanied by a critical examination of their applications, operation, efficiencies, advantages and disadvantages.  Although it is not a formal requirement, the Energy Technology program strongly recommends that students complete M 121 College Algebra prior to taking NRGY 245.

NRGY 246 Geothermal Energy Systems, 3 cr. Offered autumn. Prereqs., NRGY 101 and NRGY 102. An introduction to the physical and technical aspects of geothermal energy systems. Topics covered include the fundamental principles of geology and hydrology, heat flow mechanisms, and a consideration of heat exchange systems including: dry steam, flash, binary systems, heat pumps, passive systems. The course also surveys political, economic, ecological, and social aspects of geothermal energy development.  Although it is not a formal requirement, the Energy Technology program strongly recommends that students complete M 121 College Algebra prior to taking NRGY 246.

NRGY 290 Undergraduate Research, 1-10 crOffered every term. Preq. consent of instr. Independent research under the direction of a faculty member. Graded credit/no credit. 

NRGY 291 Special Topics, 1-4 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of Energy Technology faculty and visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics. 

NRGY 292 Independent Study, 1-6 crOffered autumn and spring. Students complete an energy technology project in an individual or team setting. Previous topics have included the Shell Eco Marathon solar car competition and the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge. Contact Energy Technology Program Director for specific opportunities.

NRGY 298 Internship, 2 cr. Offered every term. Consent of instructor required. Same as CCS 298. Extended classroom experience providing practical application of classroom learning through on the job training in a student's field of study. This experience increases student skills, prepares them for initial employment, and increases occupational awareness and professionalism.  Although it is not a formal requirement, the Energy Technology program strongly recommends that students complete M 121 College Algebra prior to taking NRGY 298.

NRGY 299 Energy Technology Capstone, 3cr. (R-9) Offered spring. Students participate in an energy technology design, build, testing, and competition. Previous examples include participation in the Shell EcoMarathon and the American Society of Mechanical Engineering Human Powered Vehicle Challenge. This course is very time intensive and will require meetings outside of regularly scheduled class times. Travel to competition is strongly encouraged, but not required. 

SCN 175N Integrated Physical Science I, 3 cr. Offered every term. Prereq., or coreq., M 095. An introduction to the basic principles of physics, chemistry, environmental and earth sciences with emphasis on the scientific method and process. (Suitable for students with little science background).

WRIT 101 College Writing I, 3 cr. Offered every term. Prereq., WRIT 095 or passing score on placement test. Instruction and practice in expository writing, argumentation and research processes. Emphasis on the use of specific writing strategies to develop style, unity, clarity, and force of ideas, and structure. Students are expected to write without major errors in sentence structure or mechanics. Grading A-F, or NC.