Energy Minor Program

Program Description and Learning Objectives

The discovery, production, and use of energy in modern societies has profound and far-reaching economic, political, and environmental effects. As energy is one of Mines’ core statutory missions, it is appropriate that Mines offer a program of study that not only addresses the scientific and technical aspects of energy production and use but its broader social impacts as well. The Energy Minor program is intended to provide engineering students with a deeper understanding of the complex role energy technology plays in modern societies by meeting the following learning objectives:

Students will gain a broad understanding of the scientific, engineering, environmental, economic and social aspects of the production, delivery, and utilization of energy as it relates to the support of current and future civilization both regional and worldwide.
Students will develop depth or breadth in their scientific and engineering understanding of energy technology.

Students will be able to apply their knowledge of energy science and technology to societal problems requiring economic, scientific, and technical analysis and innovation, while working in a multidisciplinary environment and be able to communicate effectively the outcomes of their analyses in written and oral form.

Program Requirements

The Minor in Energy requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of acceptable course work. All Energy Minors must take Introduction to Energy, ENGY200, and Energy Economics, EBGN330/ENGY330, and one of three social science courses: Energy & Society (ENGY490 or HASS490), Energy Politics (HASS491) or Energy & Security Policy (HASS492). Up to 3 hours of coursework may be taken in the student’s degree-granting department. Students may double-count up to 9 credit hours for their degree and the Minor.  An outline of the course requirements can be found at: Energy Minor/ASI Curriculum.

The Area of Special Interest (ASI) in Energy requires a minimum of 12 credit hours of acceptable course work: ENGY200, EBGN330/ENGY330 and two additional courses selected from the Energy-related course list. If a student identifies an energy focused class that they think should qualify for the Minor but is not approved, they should contact their advisor who can suggest to Dr. Hancock that the course be included in the electives. Classes must meet two criteria: (1) appropriate for non-majors (as well as majors) as evidenced by no more than two pre-reqs, including pre-reqs to the pre-reqs; and (2) have a strong focus on energy issues (~50+% of content).



Application Process

To declare the Minor, students must complete the Minor Designation form found on the Registrar’s page under Forms.  Have your advisor sign and then forward to one of the Energy Minor Directors: Dr. Kathleen Hancock ( or Dr. Tim Ohno (  Forms should be completed and submitted at least a semester before graduation.

Enrollments in the Energy Minor and ASI are approved by the Director. Advising and monitoring of progress is accomplished by an Energy Program-affiliated faculty member. The Energy Minor and ASI programs are available to any full-time undergraduate student enrolled at Colorado School of Mines. Students interested in pursuing an Energy Minor or ASI should contact the Director of the Energy Program. In order to complete all requirements on a timely basis, Energy Minor students should enroll during the first semester of the sophomore year and register for ENGY200, Introduction to Energy, in the spring semester.