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

Program Core

Choose one from:

  • ENRG 101 - Energy and Society Credits: 3
  • ENRG 380 - Energy and Environment Credits: 4
  • or  ESCI 380 - Energy and Environment Credits: 4

Choose one from:

  • ECON 384 - Energy Economics Credits: 4
  • or  ENRG 384 - Energy Economics Credits: 4
  • ENRG 350 - Energy Policy and Politics Credits: 4
  • or  UEPP 350 - Energy Policy and Politics Credits: 4

❑  ENRG 320 - Science of Energy Resources Credits: 4

❑  ENRG 420 - Advanced Energy Science Credits: 3

Choose one from:

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

Choose one from

  • BIOL 416 - Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change Credits: 4
  • CHEM 425R - Surface Chemistry Credits: 3
  • ENGR 170 - Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering Credits: 4
  • or  MSCI 201 - Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering Credits: 4
  • ENGR 225 - Mechanics of Materials Credits: 4
  • ENRG 322 - Energy Data Analysis Credits: 4
  • ENRG 342 - Quantitative Methods in Environmental Science Credits: 5
  • or  ESCI 342 - Quantitative Methods in Environmental Science Credits: 5
  • ENRG 360 - Energy Efficient and Carbon Neutral Design Credits: 4
  • or  ESCI 360 - Energy Efficient and Carbon Neutral Design Credits: 4
  • ENRG 372 - Electrical Power and Electromechanical Devices Credits: 4
  • or  EECE 372 - Electrical Power and Electromechanical Devices Credits: 4
  • ENRG 374 - Energy Processing Credits: 4
  • or  EECE 374 - Energy Processing Credits: 4
  • ENRG 378 - Power System Analysis and the Smart Grid Credits: 4
  • or  EECE 378 - Power System Analysis and the Smart Grid Credits: 4
  • ENRG 381 - Biofuels Credits: 3
  • or  CHEM 381 - Biofuels Credits: 3
  • ENRG 386 - The Economics of Electricity Markets Credits: 4
  • or  ECON 386 - The Economics of Electricity Markets Credits: 4
  • ENRG 430 - Energy Materials and Waste Credits: 4
  • ENRG 461 - Mechanical and Environmental Systems in Buildings Credits: 5
  • or  ESCI 461 - Mechanical and Environmental Systems in Buildings Credits: 5
  • ENRG 464 - Sustainable Building Analysis and Design Credits: 4
  • or  ESCI 464 - Sustainable Building Analysis and Design Credits: 4
  • ENRG 466 - Life Cycle Analysis Credits: 4
  • or  ESCI 466 - Life Cycle Analysis Credits: 4
  • ENRG 475 - Renewable Electric Power Systems Credits: 4
  • or  ESCI 475 - Renewable Electric Power Systems Credits: 4
  • ENRG 480 - Applications in Energy Production Credits: 4
  • or  ESCI 480 - Applications in Energy Production Credits: 4
  • ENRG 482 - Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Credits: 4
  • or  ESCI 482 - Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Credits: 4
  • ENRG 486 - Electric Utility Resource Planning Credits: 4
  • GEOL 311 - Earth Materials Credits: 5
  • GEOL 314 - Engineering Geology Credits: 4
  • GEOL 315 - Minerals, Energy and Society Credits: 4
  • GEOL 352 - Introduction to Geophysics Credits: 5
  • GEOL 485 - Geothermal Energy Credits: 4
  • HIST 354 - Energy in American History Credits: 5
  • PHYS 350 - Engineering Thermodynamics Credits: 3
  • PHYS 476 - Physics of Solids and Materials II Credits: 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.