Department of Environmental Earth Science

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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 perspectibes 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:
Subject Course Title Credits
EES 205 Sustainable Energy 3
EES 305 Energy Resources 3

II. Three courses or approved substitutions from the following list:

BIO 200 Biology and the Environment 3
ECO 210 Economics and the Environment 3
ECO 322 Environmental Economics 3
EES 204 Global Climate Change 3
EES 306 Sustainable Buildings 3
EES 307 Sustainable Energy and Sustainable Development 3
EES 222 Water and Society 3
EES 402 Energy Issues in Geoscience 3
EES 405 Energy Analysis 3
GEO 331 Geography of Food 3
PSC 350 Public Policy and Decision Making 3
PSC 351 Environmental Politics and Policy 3
PSC 352 Global Environmental Politics 3
Total Credits
1EES 304 can be substituted for EES 205.  Both can not be taken for credit.
2Topic must be approved and must be consistent with the minor.



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