The interdisciplinary minor in renewable energy is open to all undergraduate students. Separate tracks are available to students in engineering and to students outside engineering, allowing both technical and nontechnical students to study this dynamic field. Regardless of the track chosen, the program is designed to ensure that students are exposed to the technical, economic, and policy issues relevant to renewable energy.
Track I is designed for students in engineering who seek specialization in the interdisciplinary studies of renewable energy sources, power generation and fuel production technologies, renewable energy policy, and the economics of various energy sources. Students in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science and mechanical engineering will find this minor complements their major and provides them with the background needed to start a career in renewable energy. Students in other technical majors may also find this track appealing. All students are encouraged to consult with their major advisor to discuss the suitability of the minor to their individual long-term goals.
Track II is designed primarily for students in disciplines other than engineering. These students will receive training in the basic technical aspects of renewable energy as well as learning about energy policy and the economics of various energy sources. Students in any major may pursue this track. This track may be particularly appealing to students interested in science, environmental studies, political science and business.
All students are encouraged to consult with their major advisor in selection of this minor.
The objective of the interdisciplinary renewable energy minor is to provide students with technical skills, economic and political background, and analysis and design skills that will help them to apply the knowledge gained in their major to the important national issues of alternative and renewable energy. Students will be exposed to a broad range of technical and social/political disciplines necessary to understand the sources of renewable energy, technical and economic decisions involved in using alternative energy sources, and the policy and regulatory issues that influence the development and adoption of alternative energy resources.