Energy, Environment, and Sustainability


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Degree Overview

Calvin engineers solve problems in the real world. And in an energy-hungry society, one of the ways you’ll make a significant difference is by solving those problems sustainably.

Graduating from Calvin's energy, environment, and sustainability program means you’re committed to a bigger vision of what you can do as an engineer. It means everything you create takes into account the impact it will have on the people and places around you. It means you’ve immersed yourself in courses that analyze the most pressing environmental challenges and opportunities. And it means you embrace Calvin’s unique understanding of engineering as a way to serve, heal, and restore God’s creation.

It also means you’ll be well-suited for the job market. As more and more companies understand the importance of efficiency and sustainability, you are sure to stand out from the crowd.

Program Distinctives

Diverse skillset - A broad but intentional set of courses will give you expertise in energy efficiency analysis, environmental impact reduction, sustainable technology development, and more. And a comprehensive liberal arts core matches those skills with the practical leadership and communciation skills you'll need to be a leader in any job.
Versatile knowledge - Questions of sustainability and environmental impact are being asked in an ever-increasing range of fields, from manufacturing to urban planning to healthcare. At Calvin, you won't prepare for just one career in engineering; you'll gain the skills to lead in any field that faces these critical issues.
Practice what you learn - Your professors will help you create a program that fits both your interests and schedule, including an internship or major design project that focuses on your passion for sustainability.
Opportunity to grow - Calvin’s campus is rich with student organizations, summer research, and other programs related to your interest in sustainability and ecology.

Degree Information

  • Overview

    The energy, environment, and sustainability engineering concentration option within the engineering program provides depth in subjects that will equip students for professional engineering work in a variety of industries, in positions that require particular expertise in energy efficiency analysis, environmental impact reduction, and guidance of sustainable technology development.

  • Courses

    General Engineering Courses (26 semester hours) – same as other concentrations

    Technical Cognates (34 semester hours minimum) – same as other concentrations

    Energy, Environment, and Sustainability Engineering Concentration Requirements

    (42 semester hours minimum)

    • IDIS 184 – Sustainability Challenges

    • ENGR 305 – Mechanics of Materials

    • ENGR 306 – Environmental Engineering

    • ENGR 308 – Environmental Engineering Design

    • ENGR 320 – Hydraulic Engineering

    • ENGR 354 – Sustainability Engineering

    One of the two thermal sciences tracks

    • ENGR 319 – Intro to Thermal/Fluid Science

    • ENGR 328 – Intermediate Thermal/Fluid Sciences

    • ENGR 333 – Thermal System Design


    • ENGR 303 Chemical Engineering Principles and Thermodynamics

    • ENGR 312 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics OR

    • ENGR 330 Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer OR

    • One from

        • ENGR 315 – Control Systems

        • ENGR 318 – Soil Mechanics and Foundation Design

        • ENGR 321 – Hydraulic Engineering Design

        • ENGR 342 – Process Dynamics, Modeling, and Control

    Take at Least 4 Hours of Upper-Level Technical Electives

    At Least 2 Hours of Advanced Mathematics or Basic Science Electives

    Take the Remaining Hours from Advanced Math, Basic Science, Technical, or Engineering Electives



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