Energy Science Minor

The Energy Science minor is an interdisciplinary program providing broad exposure to the science, business and policy of energy while ensuring core competency in energy science. The extensive scientific prerequisites for the minor make this program a good fit for science and engineering majors who wish to complement a deeper understanding of energy science with a working knowledge of energy policy and business. Graduates will be well prepared to enter the workforce as leaders, equipped with the knowledge, skills and applied expertise demanded by the rapidly-expanding clean energy economy. The participating departments are recognized for their outstanding educational programs and demonstrated excellence. This program will foster interdisciplinary thinking, learning and problem solving.

Program Contact

Institute for Energy Studies

Arntzen Hall 303 Energy.Institute@wwu.edu (360) 650-4422

Gail Cowan, Program Advisor

gail.cowan@wwu.edu (360) 650-4422

Requirements

CORE COURSES:

Choose one from:

  • ENRG 101 Energy and Society (3)  
  • ENRG 380 Energy and Environment (4) 
    • or ESCI 380 Energy and Environment (4)

Choose one from:

  • ECON 384 Energy Economics (4)
    • or  ENRG 384 - Energy Economics (4)
  • ENRG 350 Energy Policy and Politics (4)
    • or ENVS 350 Energy Policy and Politics (4)
  • ENRG 320 Science of Energy Resources (3)
  • ENRG 420 Advanced Energy Science (3)

Choose one from:

  • ENRG 461 Mechanical and Environmental Systems in Buildings (5)
    • or  ESCI 461 Mechanical and Environmental Systems in Buildings (5)
  • ENRG 464 Sustainable Building Analysis and Design (4)
    • or ESCI 464 Sustainable Building Analysis and Design (4)
  • ENRG 475 Renewable Electric Power Systems (4)
    • or ESCI 475 Renewable Electric Power Systems (4)
  • ENRG 482 Greenhouse Gas Mitigation (4)
    • or ESCI 482 Greenhouse Gas Mitigation (4)

CHOOSE ONE COURSE from the following:

  • BIOL 416 Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change (4)
  • CHEM 425R Surface Chemistry (3)
  • ENGR 170 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering (4)
    • or MSCI 201 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering (4)
  • ENGR 225 Mechanics of Materials (4)​
  • ENRG 322 Energy Data Analysis (4)
  • ENRG 342 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Science (5)
    • ESCI 342 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Science (5)
  • ENRG 360 Energy Efficient and Carbon Neutral Design (4)
    • or ESCI 360 Energy Efficient and Carbon Neutral Design​ (4)
  • ENRG 372 Electrical Power and Electromechanical Devices (4)
    • or EECE 372 Electrical Power and Electromechanical Devices (4)
  • ENRG 374 Energy Processing (4)
    • or EECE 374 Energy Processing (4)
  • ENRG 378 Smart and Renewable Power (4)
    • or EECE 378 Smart and Renewable Power (4)
  • ENRG 381 Biofuels (3)
    • or CHEM 381 Biofuels (3)
  • ENRG 386 The Economics of Electricity Markets (4)
    • or ECON 386 The Economics of Electricity Markets (4)
  • ENRG 430 Energy Materials and Waste (4)
  • ENRG 461 Building Energy & Environmental Systems (5)
    • or ESCI 461: Building Energy & Environmental Systems (5)
  • ENRG 466 Life Cycle and Net Energy Analysis (4)
    • or ESCI 466 Life Cycle and Net Energy Analysis (4)
  • ENRG 480 Applications in Energy Production (4)
    • or ESCI 480 Applications in Energy Production (4)​
  • ENRG 486 Electric Utility Resource Planning (4)
  • GEOL 311 Earth Materials (5)
  • GEOL 314 Engineering Geology (4)
  • GEOL 315 Minerals, Energy and Society (4)
  • GEOL 352 Introduction to Geophysics (5)
  • GEOL 485 Geothermal Energy (4)
  • HIST 354 Energy in American History (5)
  • PHYS 350 Engineering Thermodynamics (3)
  • PHYS 476 Physics of Solids and Materials II (3)

Note: Students may not count ENRG 461 or ESCI 461 or ENRG 464 or ESCI 464 or ENRG 475 or ESCI 475 or ENRG 482 or ESCI 482 as both a required course and an elective.