Sustainable Energy Studies Minor

Sustainable Energy Studies Minor:

The production and consumption of energy, especially energy based on fossil fuels, is a major source of environmental and social problems in the U.S. and the world, including global warming, air pollution, ecosystem destruction, and economic instability. Continuing growth in fossil fuel energy consumption is not sustainable into the indefinite future and a transition to an economy based on renewable energy technologies such as hydroelectric, solar, and wind energy is inevitable. Sustainable Energy Studies is the study of this transition through the perspectives of the natural sciences and the social sciences. Students who minor in Sustainable Energy Studies will be prepared to work as energy policy specialists in government, indusry, and education.
The objectives of the minor in Sustainable Energy Studies are:

  1. To introduce students to the emerging field of sustainable energy studies.
  2. To prepare students for post-graduate employment involving energy policy.
  3. To insure that science students understand the social and economic implications of energy technology.
  4. To insure that social science students comprehend the technological and scientific basis of energy policy.
  5. To prepare educators to teach about energy science and energy policy.

The minor consists of 15 credit hours.

I. Required Courses:
EES205Sustainable Energy3
EES305Energy Resources3
II. Three courses or approved substitutions from the following list:
BIO200Ecology and the Environment3
ECO210Economics and the Environment3
ECO322Environmental Economics3
EES204Global Climate Change3
EES306Sustainable Buildings3
EES222Water and Society3
EES402Energy Issues in Geoscience3
EES405Energy Analysis (Spring 2016)3
GEO331Geography of Food3
PSC350Public Policy and Decision Making3
PSC351Environmental Politics and Policy3
PSC352Global Environmental Politics3
Total Credits 

1: EES 304 can be substituted for EES 205. Both can not be taken for credit.
2: Topic must be approved and must be consistent with the minor.

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