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Renewable Energy Engineering

About the Program

What is the Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering?

In 2005, Oregon Tech furthered its commitment to sustainable power by introducing the first Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy Systems in North America (now known as Renewable Energy Engineering). Oregon Tech's renewable energy program establishes the engineering principles graduates will need to develop, promote, and implement sustainable energy technologies. The Master of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering was offered for the first time in 2012.

What kind of courses are in the BSREE program?

The degree program begins by establishing a solid foundation of physics, chemistry and mathematics, which pave the way for coursework in electrical and mechanical engineering. Upper-division courses in renewable-energy specific courses include photovoltaics, energy management and auditing, wind power, biofuels, renewable-energy transportation systems, green building and fuel cells. 

The course offerings may be different in each campus during the academic year.

What do BSREE graduates do?

The Renewable Energy curriculum prepares graduates for engineering careers in the energy sector in general, and the renewable energy in particular. Graduates of the program will be prepared for graduate study or for immediate employment as design engineers, field engineers, plant engineers, utility engineers, energy auditors, renewable energy system integrators for homes and businesses, local and state government renewable-energy planners, and other positions in the energy field.

Information regarding the MSREE degree is available in its MSREE website.

In the news:

Oregon Tech Tops the Charts for Studying Renewable Energy
In a list comprised of institutions such as University of California Berkley, Stanford and MIT, Oregon Institute of Technology ranked number 1 among the best academic institutions to pursue a degree in renewable or sustainable energy systems.

BSREE student Nick Carew wins NW Energy XP Prize
Sponsored by the BPA and PGE, the Prize awards $250,000 to top engineering students at OSU, PSU, Oregon Tech, and WSU to innovate solutions to real-world challenges facing power utilities. - See more at: http://oregonbest.org/news-events/news/#sthash.v6QFaIbP.dpuf

REE Degrees, Options, and Locations

The Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering program is offered in both Klamath Falls and Wilsonville locations.

The concurrent Bachelor of Science degree in Renewable Energy Engineering and Electrical Engineering is available at both locations. The concurrent Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering and Environmental Science is offered in Klamath Falls. Dual majors are available for students in Wilsonville.


Dual Majors

Students completing the BSREE program have the option of selecting a dual major by taking one additional year of coursework. The EERE department currently offers a dual majors in Automation, Robotics, and Controls EngineeringOptical Engineering,  and Systems Engineering and Technical Management. Students completing a BSREE degree with a dual major will receive a single BS degree with both majors listed on their diploma and transcript. The degree is issued upon completion of the requirements for each major (some courses may be used to meet the requirements for both majors). The requirements for each dual major are listed under the corresponding sections of the catalog.

Concurrent Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

The EERE Department provides the opportunity for interested and motivated students to earn two Bachelor of Science degrees: a BS in Renewable Energy Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering. The purpose of this dual degree is to provide the top students with a challenging academic program that will prepare them for career opportunities in the electronics, electrical engineering, power, and energy industries. The students receive a BS degree in a classical engineering discipline (Electrical Engineering), as well as an emerging high-growth discipline (Renewable Energy Engineering). The degree program will take an additional year beyond the BSREE degree program (or 4.5 years total by taking courses in Summer term). To obtain both degrees (BSREE and BSEE) students must complete all of the courses required for the BSREE degree and the following BSEE courses. Consult with your advisor for details.

CST 116
EE 323
EE 331
EE 333
EE 341
EE 343
C++ Programming
Electronics II
Digital System Design w/HDL
Microcontroller Engineering**
Elec. & Mag. w/Trans. Lines**
Solid State Electronic Devices*
EE 347
EE 430
EE 335
MATH 465
MGT 345
Digital Logic***
Linear Systems & DSP
Advanced Microcontroller Eng.
Sequences and Series
Mathematical Statistics*
Engineering Economy
* MATH465 can be used in place of MATH361 to meet BSREE degree requirements. EE343 can be used in place of REE337 to meet BSREE degree requirements.
**Can be used as Renewable Energy Engineering Electives
***Students can substitute EE131/133 sequence

Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in addition to the BSREE degree requirements in order to get a dual degree.

Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences

Renewable Energy Engineering students have the opportunity to earn a dual degree: a BS in Renewable Energy Engineering and a BS in Environmental Sciences. The additional degree requires 54 credits in Environmental Sciences courses, which can be taken concurrent to Renewable Energy Engineering courses or in an add-on year. A second degree in Environmental Sciences places engineering projects in the context of environmental impacts and environmental regulations, and greatly increases job opportunities for Oregon Tech Renewable Energy Engineering graduates. The purpose of the concurrent programs is to challenge motivated students to become even better prepared for the engineering and environmental job markets. To obtain both degrees, students must complete the following listed courses along with the courses required for the Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering.

BIO 111
BIO 211
BIO 212
BIO 213
BIO 327
BIO 434
MATH 362
Intro to Env. Sciences
Principles of Biology
Principles of Biology
Principles of Biology
General Ecology
Data Analysis Methods

Statistical Methods II

BIO 484
CHE 223
CHE 331
ENV 314
GEOG 105
GIS 134
Sust. Human Ecology
General Chemistry III
Organic Chemistry I
Env. Mgmt. & Restoration
Physical Geography
Geographic Information Sys.
Chem. Tech. Emph. Elective*
* This technical emphasis elective must have a CHE prefix; different courses are offered every year.

Current Students

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Klamath Falls students

James Zipay

James Zipay, BSREE Klamath Falls Program Director


Wilsonville students

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Teshome Jiru

Teshome Jiru, BSREE Wilsonville Program Director


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