The following features are characteristic for the Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering-study program.
- Modular study defined by distinct core, project and elective module categories.
- Interdisciplinary curriculum combining fundamentals, electrical, mechanical, and environmental engineering and complemented with systems and business subjects.
- Specialization in Energy Systems or Environmental Systems, and the possibility to obtain a business certificate.
The program has a modular structure and offers a wide range of possibilities:
- Core Modules cover the essential technical and methodological competencies and comprise roughly 50% of the overall curriculum (at least 96 out of the full 180 ECTS).
- About 30% of the modules are Project Modules adressing complex practical problems (39 ECTS minimum).
- 10% are Related Modules. These allow you to explore topics of the wider professional environment and to develop specific professional skills (15 ECTS minimum).
- The remaining 10% are Minor Modules covering non-technical skills. They enable you to put your expertise and decisions into a social, cultural, ethical and economic context (15 ECTS minimum).
You will graduate once you have obtained at least 180 credit points (ECTS - European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). One credit point corresponds to an approximate workload of 25-20 hours, of study (e.g. lectures, exams, preparation and follow-up work).
Energy and environmental systems require a comprehensive knowledge of various disciplines. By linking up a range of disciplines, the program fosters a holistic and systemic understanding of the field. The core modules cover the following disciplines:
- System (12 ECTS): the system skills taught enable you to link up the various disciplines to form a holistic system.
- Fundamentals (18 ECTS): these modules focus on mathematical and physical fundamentals that you will apply in the subsequent disciplines.
- Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (15 ECTS + 3 ECTS in the Energy Systems-specialization): you will deepen your knowledge of the principles of electrical engineering in the laboratory and learn about process control. If you specialize in Energy Systems, you will attend the Electrical Power Grids-module.
- Mechanical Engineering (18 ECTS): you will learn the basics of energy, fluids and process engineering through laboratory exercises. After completing the Technical Mechanics and Material Laboratory modules, you will expand your knowledge in thermodynamics and fluid dynamics.
- Electrical and Mechanical Engineering combined (9 ECTS in Energy Systems-specialization): you will gain in-depth knowledge of renewable energies (bioenergy and/or solar energy) and energy storage systems.
- Environmental Engineering (9 ECTS + 12 ECTS in Environmental Systems-specialization): you will gain knowledge in environmental chemistry and analysis, irrespective of your specialization. If you specialize in Environmental Systems, you will study the following subjects: Waste and Recycling, Air Pollution Control, Water and Wastewater Systems, as well as Environmental Laws.
- Economics (12 ECTS + 3 ECTS, in the Energy Systems specialization): you will learn to assess energy and environmental systems according to economic and social aspects in concert with technical and ecological aspects.
You will have the opportunity to further deepen your knowledge of the specific disciplines and their mutual interaction in the project and elective modules.
In order to develop a profound systemic understanding of the field, the program offers two possible specializations with well-aligned modules in the advanced part of the program:
A specialization in Energy Systems enables you to develop integrated, holistic solutions for renewable, affordable and climate-neutral energy systems. In this specialization you will attend the following core modules:
- Energy Storage Systems
- Electrical Power Grids
- Renewable Energies – Solar and/or Bioenergy
- Energy Trading, Economics and Policies
A specialization in Environmental Systems enhances your knowledge of the sustainable management of resources and waste in order to preserve nature as well as human health and well-being. In this specialization you will attend the following core modules:
- Water Management and Treatment
- Air Pollution Control
- Waste Management and Recycling
- Environmental Law and Regulations
Thanks to the unique, flexible curriculum, you have the opportunity to combine both specializations.
If you acquire 12 or more ECTS in elective business modules and provided they include the two modules specified below, you will obtain a business certificate:
- Strategic Management and Product Management (6 ECTS)
- Controlling (3 ECTS)
Total flexibility in terms of time models gives students the chance to study full time or part timem in various patterns. Switching between models is possible at the end of each semester. Students typically start the program in the fall semester (September), but starting in the spring semester (February) is also possible. Depending on the time model, the students earn the bachelor’s degree within three to five years.
Throughout the degree program, students are immerded in an international environment. This opportunity enhances the overall study experience, and offers a wider perspective of the entire energy and environmental sector. Meetings and projects with partner companies, the possibility of international student exchange semesters and tliving and learning with fellow multi-cultural students and faculty members are hallmarks of this unique environment.
The internationally recognized Bachelor of Science Hochschule Luzern/ FHZ in Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering degree qualifies students for admission to a consecutive Master of Science in Engineering. Graduates also have the opportunity to enter master's programs at partner universities.