Minor in Renewable Energy

Program Description

This minor will provide students an opportunity to examine different sources of traditional and renewable energy simultaneously in the context of our total energy use using a systems perspective. Students will be exposed to views from a variety of disciplines as they wrestle with a wide array of issues related to current and future energy supply and use.

The Renewable Energy minor is available to all ESF undergraduate students (except students who are in the Sustainable Energy Management Major or the Renewable Energy option in Environmental Science) who have a GPA of 2.70 or better by the end of their sophomore year. The minor will require a minimum of 15 credits, 12 of which are required courses. The remaining 3 credits can be selected from a list of suggested courses.

Focus Areas

  • Focuses on energy systems
  • Renewable energy
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Biomass energy
  • Sustainable energy systems for buildings
  • Engineering thermodynamics

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Renewable Energy Analyst
  • Energy Consultant
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Environmental Consultant/ Education Coordinator
  • Green Building Consultant
  • Energy Policy Advocate
  • Energy Data Analyst
  • Renewable Energy Technician

Program Format


Educational Level Prerequisites

High School diploma

Program Type

Degree Program

Expected Outcomes