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.
The Minor in Energy requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of acceptable course work. There are three curricular tracks: Fossil Energy, Renewable Energy, and General. All Energy Minors must take Introduction to Energy, ENGY200, and Energy Economics, EBGN330/ENGY330, and Global Energy Policy, ENGY490. In addition to the required courses, students in the Fossil Energy track must take ENGY310, Introduction to Fossil Energy, and two approved fossil energy-related electives. In addition to the required courses, students in the Renewable Energy track must take ENGY320, Introduction to Renewable Energy, and two approved renewable energy-related electives. In addition to the required courses, students in the General track must take at least two of the energy topic survey courses, ENGY310, Fossil Energy, ENGY320, Renewable Energy, and ENGY340, Nuclear Energy, and one additional energy-related elective from any category. Up to 3 hours of coursework may be taken in the student’s degree-granting department. 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.
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