Energy Systems Engineering

Energy Systems Engineering

Degree Type
Bachelor of Science
Honors Bachelor of Science
College of Engineering


We are OSU's campus in Bend. That means we bring the excellence of OSU's College of Engineering to our energy systems engineering program — including world-class professors and the quality of education that only OSU delivers.

What is Energy Systems Engineering? The bachelor of science in energy systems engineering combines engineering fundamentals with energy-focused technical courses and business management classes. This multidisciplinary curriculum provides students with a strong foundation in the core principles of mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering. Our energy systems engineering degree is one of only six of its kind in the U.S.

Courses in energy consumption, distribution, storage, conversion, policy, and business management help prepare students for rewarding technical careers in the broad energy field.


Program Information

Degree Requirements

A total of 180 quarter credits are required to graduate, including 60 upper-division credits. Requirements include:

  • Baccalaureate core: 22-26 credits
  • Engineering requirements: 147 credits
  • Business and Sustainability requirements: 15 credits

Degree Checklist and Guides

Energy Systems Engineering Curriculum Checklist

Use our Transfer Guides to plan your transfer from an Oregon Community College into OSU-Cascades Energy Systems Engineering program.

Academic Progression Model

Academic Progression Model requires students to maintain a 2.5 OSU GPA and earn 65% of the credits they attempt at OSU. College-specific progression standards apply to all students in the College of Engineering. These standards relate to staying in good academic standing within your major and are different from staying in good standing with OSU.

Undergraduate Academic Progression Model

Four-Year Sample Plan and Curriculum

This is a sample plan intended for informational purposes only. Students will work with their OSU academic advisor to create degree plan that works best for each student based around unique interests, goals and transfer work.

Energy Systems Engineering Sample Curriculum (PDF)
Energy Systems Engineering Four-Year Sample Plan (PDF)

Using the following course forecast information students will plan ahead and work with their advisor to create and update academic plans.

OSU Course Catalog

OSU Class Search

Energy Systems Engineering Courses by Term

Upon successful completion of the program, students will meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.



Since 2012, our graduates have seen 95% job placement



Take advantage of the MECOP partnership between Oregon's university engineering programs and industry



Join a research team in our world-class Energy Systems Lab or Water and Energy Technologies Lab

With an average of 20 students per class, we get to know you — by name

You can expect:

  • Personal relationships with professors as part of a small classroom setting
  • Hands-on work using state-of-the art equipment and simulators in seventeen different courses
  • Real-world applications from faculty with 50 years combined industry experience
  • Exposure to industry-standard engineering software and programming languages
  • To help solve a problem for an industry sponsor in Capstone Design
  • Undergraduate research
  • Internship opportunities

Assistant professor Bahman Abbasi is leading a $2 million research program to look at how to turn salt water into drinking water using solar energy.

ESE Honors

Gertrude Villaverde, ESE '19, is one of the first OSU-Cascades admitted students to graduate with the Honors Baccalaureate.

ESE Capstone

Creating an air quality monitor prototype was an ideal capstone project for energy systems engineering seniors.

You'll be job ready

Energy systems engineers design devices, processes and systems used to convert, distribute and store energy. It is a broad field with many opportunities. Our alumni are working at many different companies and in a variety of roles including:

  • Project engineer at Deschutes Brewery
  • Design engineer at BasX
  • Power systems engineer at Eaton
  • Power engineer at Pacific Power
  • Production manager at EarthCruiser
  • Manufacturing engineer at Bend Research, Inc
  • Mechanical engineer at OnBoard Dynamics

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