Home | Wilsonville | Academics | Degree Programs | Renewable Energy Engineering

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 Masters 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.

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.

Locations

Back to Top

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.
Back to Top

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*
4
5
4
4
4
3
EE 347
EE 430
EE 335
MATH 253N
MATH 465
MGT 345
Digital Logic***
Linear Systems & DSP
Advanced Microcontroller Eng.
Sequences and Series
Mathematical Statistics*
Engineering Economy
4
5
4
4
4
3
Notes:
* 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.
Back to Top

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
or
MATH 362
Intro to Env. Sciences
Principles of Biology
Principles of Biology
Principles of Biology
General Ecology
Data Analysis Methods

Statistical Methods II
4
4
4
4
4
4

4
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*
4
5
4
3
4
3
3
Note:
* This technical emphasis elective must have a CHE prefix; different courses are offered every year.
Back to Top

Current Students

Resources for all

Unable to view files? Click on the icon(s) below to download the free viewer for that type.
Icon

Klamath Falls students

Student Profile

Casey Coulson

Casey Coulson

Alumnus, Class of 2014

My dream job would be to work very closely in the upcoming “smart grid” and power distribution field...

James Zipay

James Zipay, BSREE Klamath Falls Program Director

OfficePV292

Wilsonville students

Student Profile

Brandon Little

Brandon Little

Alumnus, Class of 2010

The Portland environment is a very unique and exciting place.

Planning Tools

Unable to view files? Click on the icon(s) below to download the free viewer for that type.
Icon

Laboratory Toolkits

Unable to view files? Click on the icon(s) below to download the free viewer for that type.
Icon

Teshome Jiru

Teshome Jiru, BSREE Wilsonville Program Director

OfficeWilsonville

Follow us in LinkedIn

Are a REE student, faculty, alumni, or industry partner? Join our LinkedIn group.

Are you a prospective student? Do you have a general question about the program? Ask us in our LinkedIn group Renewable Energy Engineering Program, Oregon Tech.
ABET Accredited

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Accreditation

Why Choose an ABET accredited program?

ABET - Why Accreditation Matters



Youtube logoCollege of ETM

Check out the College of ETM programs
at Oregon Tech.


Back to Top