Energy Studies

Associate Professor: Williamson (Coordinator)

The minor in Energy Studies is designed for students majoring in one of the Natural Science disciplines to combine their knowledge of energy systems in the natural sciences with an understanding of the policy, economic, and social issues surrounding energy production and utilization at the local, national, and global level.

Open only to students with majors in 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
  • ECON 225 Environmental and Resource Economics

2 electives chosen from the following:

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

2 electives, with different prefixes, chosen from the following:

  • ASTR 104: Field Geology
  • ASTR 112: Fundamentals of Geology
  • BIO 220: Environmental Biology
  • BIO 224: Ecology
  • CHEM 330: Physical Chemistry I
  • PHYS 337: Thermodynamics