Colorado State University

Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainable Energy

(Proposed for Fall 2017 – subject to change)


Energy is a critical resource for society and is intimately connected to climate change, food production, and water resources. As such, it is vital that our students have the opportunity to become more literate in energy issues, and to have a basic understanding of energy technology, economics, policy, and sustainability.

The Minor in Sustainable Energy offers undergraduate students, regardless of their major, an opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of the many dimensions of sustainable energy.

Program Description:

This minor provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand the challenges and opportunities in the transition to a sustainable energy future. Providing society with energy in a sustainable way requires a broad understanding of technical, environmental, and social science issues, and this perspective guided the selection of courses for the minor. Students will complete 21 credits in core and elective courses that are relevant to the technical, environmental, and social science issues as we transition to a sustainable energy future. The three required core courses include two new courses on sustainable energy, one as an introductory survey course and the other as a capstone. Between those sustainable energy courses, students select from courses in each of two categories: social/economic and science/engineering.

Program learning objectives:

Upon completing this program, a successful student will be able to:

 

For more information, please contact Professor John Sheehan

Courses required for the minor:

Required Core Courses (9 credits)

Department

Course

SoGES

GES 101 Foundations of Environmental Sustainability

Energy Institute | SoGES

GES 141 Introduction to Sustainable Energy

Energy Institute | SoGES

GES 441 Analysis of Sustainable Energy Solutions

Social and Economic Issues for Sustainable Energy (choose two courses)
6 credits minimum and at least 3 credits upper division

Department

Course

Economics

AREC/ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics, (AUCC 3C)

Economics

AREC/ECON 240 Issues in Environmental Economics, (AUCC 3C)

Economics

ECON 444 Economics of Energy Resources

Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

ESS 502 Greenhouse Gas Policies

Natural Resources

NR 320 Natural Resource History and Policy

Political Science

POLS 101 American Government and Politics, (AUCC 3C)

Political Science

POLS 364 U.S. Energy Policy Analysis

Science and Technology of Sustainable Energy (choose two courses)
6 credits minimum and at least 3 credits upper division

Department

Course

Atmospheric Sciences

ATS 150 Science of Global Climate Change

Atmospheric Sciences

ATS 350 Introduction to Weather and Climate

Atmospheric Sciences

ATS 351 Introduction to Weather and Climate Laboratory

Atmospheric Sciences

ATS 555 Air Pollution

Biology

BZ 104 Basic Concepts of Plant Life, (AUCC 3A)

Biology

BZ 120 Principles of Plant Biology, (AUCC 3A)

Biology

BZ 332 Introductory Phycology

Biology | Natural Sciences

BZ 353/NR 353 Global Change Ecology, Impacts and Mitigation

Chemical and Biological Engineering

CBE 210 Thermodynamic Process Analysis

Chemistry

CHEM 103 Chemistry in Context, (AUCC 3A)

Chemistry

CHEM 107 Fundamental of Chemistry, (AUCC 3A)

Chemistry

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I, (AUCC 3A)

Chemistry

CHEM 117 General Chemistry I for Chemistry Majors

Construction Management

CON 476 Sustainable Practices-Design and Construction

Ecosystem Science and Sustainability | Geography 

ESS 210/GR 210 Physical Geography

Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

ESS 311 Ecosystem Ecology

Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

ESS 524 Foundations for Carbon / Greenhouse Gas Mgmt.

Engineering

ENGR 501 Foundations of Systems Engineering

Engineering

ENGR 530 Overview of Systems Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

ECE 465 Electrical Energy Generation Technologies

Geosciences

GEOL 120 Exploring Earth:  Physical Geology, (AUCC 3A)

Geosciences

GEOL 122 Geology of Our Environment, (AUCC 3A)

Geosciences

GEOL 150 Physical Geology for Scientists and Engineers

Geoscience | Civil Engineering

GEOL/CIVE 424 Modern Gas and Oil

Mechanical Engineering

MECH 303 Energy Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

MECH 337 Thermodynamics

Mechanical Engineering

MECH 463 Building Energy Systems

Mechanical Engineering

MECH 575 Solar and Alternative Energies

Physics

PH 110 Descriptive Physics, (AUCC 3A)

Physics

PH 121 General Physics I, (AUCC 3A)

Physics

PH 141 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I, (AUCC 3A)

Energy Institute Member Organizations

Center for Energy and Behavior Center for Energy Development and Health Center for Energy Water Sustainability Center for Laser Sensing and Diagnostics Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics Center for the New Energy Economy Electric Power Systems Laboratory Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory Industrial Assessment Center Institute for the Built Environment Rural Energy Center Sustainable Biofuels Development Center