Certificate in Engineering Thermal Energy Systems


Efficient use of thermal energy is an increasingly popular area of interest for UW-Madison engineering students and employers. The objective of the Certificate in Engineering Thermal Energy Systems program is to provide students in the College of Engineering with an organized set of courses that will improve their capacity to analyze and design innovative thermal energy systems. These systems include, but are not limited to, energy conversion systems and their fuels, refrigeration, combustion, and solar energy. Thermal energy systems either employ thermal energy directly or convert thermal energy to other energy forms.

The Certificate in Engineering Thermal Energy Systems is geared toward UW-Madison undergraduate students and will require a total of 18 completed credits. Up to nine (9) of the credits can be thermal energy-related courses that are required in the student’s undergraduate major. The additional nine (9) credits must be selected from an assortment of approved elective courses in the College of Engineering.

Second- and third-year students who wish to apply for admission into this certificate program will need to complete a major/certificate declaration form obtained from the student services office in the student’s major department. Once approved by the student services office and the student’s faculty advisor, the form will be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office to be added to the student record. The student services office will, in conjunction with the student’s advisor and curriculum committee chair, assist the student in selecting appropriate courses that fulfill the certificate requirements. If a special student does not have a home department in the College of Engineering, the Department of Mechanical Engineering will advise and sponsor the student in this program. To receive the certificate, the applicant must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the proposed courses listed on the completed form.


Submit the completed form to Engineering Student Services in Room 170, 1410 Engineering Drive.


Courses not on this list must be specifically approved by the curriculum committee of the applicant’s major department.

Mechanical Engineering

ME 460: Applied Thermal/Structural Finite Element Analysis
ME 461: Thermal Systems Modeling
ME 466: Air Pollution Effects, Measurement and Control
ME 469: Internal Combustion Engines
ME 520: Two-phase Flow and Heat Transfer
ME 561: Intermediate Thermodynamics
ME 563: Intermediate Fluid Dynamics
ME 564: Heat Transfer
ME 565: Power Plant Technology
ME 566: Cryogenics
ME 567: Solar Energy Technology
ME 569: Applied Combustion
ME 572: Intermediate Gas Dynamics
ME 573: Computational Fluid Dynamics

Chemical and Biological Engineering

CBE 320: Introductory Transport Phenomena
CBE 430: Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design
CBE 440: Chemical Engineering Materials
CBE 567: Solar Energy Technology
CBE 535: Heterogeneous Catalysis: Principles and Applications

Civil and Environmental Engineering

CEE 423: Air Pollution Effects, Measurement and Control

Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics

EMA 521: Aerodynamics
NE 411: Nuclear Reactor Engineering
NE 520: Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer
NE 550: Advanced Nuclear Power Engineering
NE 565: Power Plant Technology
NE 566: Cryogenics

Biological Systems Engineering

BSE 460: Biorefining: Energy and Products from Renewable Resources

Materials Science and Engineering

MSE 463: Materials for Elevated Temperature Service