Energy Science

Associate Professor: Williamson (Coordinator)

The Energy Science minor is designed for students with majors outside the natural sciences to combine their understanding of the policy, economic, and social issues surrounding energy production and utilization at the local, national, and global level with science literacy on issues of energy drawn from the disciplines of biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.

Open only to students with majors other than the natural sciences, namely Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. No more than two courses may count toward other majors or minors.

The minor requires 6 courses, distributed as follows:

2 core courses:

  • PSCI 226: The Politics of Energy
  • CHEM 200: The Science of Energy

1 elective chosen from the following:

  • ANTH 232: Environmental Anthropology
  • BUS 200: The Business of Energy
  • CCOM 335: Public Communication of Science
  • ECON 225: Environmental and Resource Economics
  • HIST 200: Energy, Security, and Global Competition
  • PHIL 228: Philosophy and the Environment
  • PSCI 338: Environmental Law and Politics

3 electives chosen from the following, at least one of which must be numbered 200 or above:

  • ASTR 104: Field Geology
  • ASTR 112: Fundamentals of Geology
  • BIO 220: Environmental Biology
  • BIO 224: Ecology
  • CHEM 110: General Chemistry I
  • PHYS 106: Energy Alternatives

Students may substitute relevant, upper-level natural science courses to complete the minor’s natural science course requirements with the approval of the coordinator.