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.

Contact Information

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

  • ENRG 380 or ESCI 380: Energy and Environment or ENRG 101 Energy and Society
  • ENRG 284 The Business of Energy (4)
  • ENRG 320 Science of Energy Resources (3)
  • ENRG 350 or ENVS 350 Energy Policy and Politics (4)
  • ENRG 420 Advanced Energy Science (3)
  • ONE course from the following:
    • BIOL 416 Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change
    • BIOL 433 Quaternary Biogeography
    • CHEM 425R Surface Chemistry
    • ENGR 170 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
    • ENGR 225 Mechanics of Materials
    • ENRG 360 or ESCI 360 Energy Efficient and Carbon Neutral Design
    • ENRG 366 or ESCI 366 Life Cycle and Net Energy Analysis
    • ENRG 372 or EE 372 Electrical Power and Electromechanical Devices
    • ENRG 374 or EE 374 Energy Processing
    • ENRG 378 or EE 378 Smart and Renewable Power
    • ENRG 381 or CHEM 381 Biofuels
    • ENRG 384 or ECON 384 Energy Economics
    • ENRG 386 or ECON 386 The Economics of Electricity Markets
    • ENRG 480 or ESCI 480 Applications in Energy Production
    • GEOL 311 Earth Materials
    • GEOL 314 Engineering Geology
    • GEOL 315 Minerals, Energy and Society
    • GEOL 352 Introduction to Geophysics
    • GEOL 485 Geothermal Energy
    • ENRG 354 or HIST 354 Energy in American History
    • MSCI 201 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
    • PHYS 350 Engineering Thermodynamics
    • PHYS 476 Physics of Solids and Materials II