Program Director: Dr. Bradley Layton

Due to low enrollment, the Energy Technology Program is undergoing revisions. Some courses may not be offered as they currently exist.

Catalog

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

Subject Type
Energy Technology Certificate of Applied Science

Suggested Course Sequence

Course #

Course Description

Fall

Spring

BGEN  160S Issues in Sustainability 3
NRGY   101 Intro to Sustainable Energy I 3
WRIT    101 College Writing I 3
ETEC   105 DC Circuit Analysis 4
M          121 College Algebra 3
ETEC   113 Circuits Lab 1
NRGY  195 Practicum (60 hours) 2
ETEC   106 AC Circuit Analysis 3
ETEC   214 Energy Storage and Distribution 3
NRGY   298 Internship 2
(Various) Select One Energy Elective (see list below) 3

Total Credits: 30

Energy Elective Requirement (one course required from the list below):

  • GEO 151 Fossil Fuels (Fall)
  • NRGY 241 Alternative Fuels (Fall)
  • NRGY 242 Solar and Wind Energy Systems (Fall)
  • NRGY 243 Fundamentals of Photovoltaic Design and Installation (Spring)
  • NRGY 244 Bioenergy (Spring)
  • NRGY 245 Fuel Cells (Spring)
  • NRGY 290 Undergraduate Research
  • NRGY 292 Independent Study
  • NRGY 295 Special Topics
  • NRGY 299 Energy Capstone

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 160S Issues in Sustainability, 3 cr. Offered 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.

ETEC 105 DC Circuit Analysis, 4 cr. Offered autumn and spring. 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 113 Circuits Lab, 1 cr. Offered autumn. 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.

GEO 151 Introduction to Fossil Fuels, 3 cr. Offered autumn. A broad introduction to the basic principles and concepts related to the exploration for, the composition of, and the utilization of fossil fuels (coal, coal bed methane, natural gas, and oil). Environmental issues related to fossil fuel development and utilization are also addressed.

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.

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 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 195.

NRGY 214 (ETEC 214) Energy Storage and Distribution Systems, 3 cr. Offered 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 ETEC 213 (NRGY 213) prior to taking ETEC 214 (NRGY 214).

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., NRG 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 students complete M 121 College Algebra prior to taking NRG 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 autumn. 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 Introduction to Geothermal Energy Technology, 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 cr. Offered 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 cr. Offered 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 and autumn. 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. 

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.