The rapid and unexpected discovery of domestic oil and gas – particularly in Texas – has led to unique opportunities within the state’s energy industry over the past few decades. In June 2007, as a proactive response to these opportunities, TCU created the Energy Institute, which is now housed within the College of Science & Engineering, and located in Rees-Jones Hall, Suite 105.
Today the TCU Energy Institute is a multidisciplinary academic program that integrates all of TCU’s educational resources to provide a unique opportunity for students, faculty, professionals and the industry to examine energy resources. We focus on education and research of geothermal basins, wind farms and oil and gas from domestic shale deposits.
Ultimately, our mission is to create and promote cutting-edge knowledge about the energy industry, energy management, and energy-related technology. Additionally, we want to use this knowledge to teach and develop expertise in individuals who will enhance practices within the energy industry and throughout our nation.
At its heart, the TCU Energy Institute is built around an integrated educational approach, one that provides coursework, training and programs both on campus and throughout the greater community. We offer a variety of opportunities and classes that can complement any major.
Through our coursework, undergraduate students can enroll in our Energy Technology & Management minor, or simply take energy classes that complement their academic program or professional goals. We have an active Energy Club, and a 9-month graduate certificate program: the Ralph Lowe Energy Management Program.
All of our workshops and classes are taught by experienced faculty and industry professionals. We work to coordinate industry-sponsored internships, which allow students to gain hands-on experience that can enhance their skills and improve their prospects upon graduation. We also offer scholarships for qualified energy minors.