Sustainable Energy Systems, Minor

The sustainable energy systems minor is an interdisciplinary selection of courses designed to offer flexibility and exposure to the principles and applications of sustainable energy systems that are needed to meet the challenges of the world’s growing energy needs. Students have an opportunity to learn technical skills, analysis techniques, design strategies, and principles of economics and energy policy in topic areas including traditional (fossil fuel), alternative, renewable, and sustainable energy sources and energy system applications.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Note: Courses required to fulfill a major requirement (i.e., those that are specifically listed by course number and name on the curriculum sheet) may not be used to fulfill minor requirements. However, one engineering course from this minor with course number 4000 to 5999 in the student's major can be used as a technical elective or advanced engineering elective to fulfill the student's major requirements.

  • Civil engineering students may not count Energy Systems: Science, Technology, and Sustainability (GE 3300) toward the sustainable energy systems minor if this course is used to fulfill major requirements.
  • Chemical engineering students and mechanical engineering students may not count Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 1 (CHME 2320) or Thermodynamics (ME 2380) toward the sustainable energy systems minor since these courses are required in their respective majors.
  • Chemical engineering students may not count Conservation Principles in Chemical Engineering (CHME 2308) toward the sustainable energy systems minor since this course is required in their major.
  • Industrial engineering students may not count Engineering Economy (IE 4512) toward the sustainable energy systems minor since this course is required in their major.

Core Energy Science, Technology Courses

Complete two of the following:8
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 1
Thermodynamics
Energy Systems: Science, Technology, and Sustainability
Sustainable Energy: Materials, Conversion, Storage, and Usage
Fundamentals of Energy System Integration

Environmental/Economics/Policy Courses

Complete one of the following:4
Life Cycle Assessment of Materials, Products, and Infrastructure
Environmental Economics
Energy Economics
Sustainable Development
Sustainability in the Business Environment
Environmental Issues in Manufacturing and Product Use
Environment, Technology, and Society

Electives

Complete two of the following:8
Conservation Principles in Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 1
Biochemical Engineering
Special Topics in Chemical Engineering
Design for Sustainable Transportation: Netherlands
Life Cycle Assessment of Materials, Products, and Infrastructure
Electric Drives
Power Systems Analysis 1
Electrical Machines
Analysis of Unbalanced Power Grids
Energy Systems: Science, Technology, and Sustainability
Sustainable Energy: Materials, Conversion, Storage, and Usage
Fundamentals of Energy System Integration
Engineering Economy (IE students may not count this course toward a sustainable energy minor if used to fulfill a major requirement.)
Systems Design for Sustainability
Thermodynamics
Environmental Issues in Manufacturing and Product Use
Solar Thermal Engineering
Sustainable Design and Technologies in Construction
Sustainable Engineering Systems for Buildings

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor