Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainable Energy

The Energy Institute, in partnership with the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, is proud to offer an Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainable Energy. The Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainable Energy is for students who recognize the need to break down the traditional barriers that separate the science and engineering of energy from the social, economic and political dimensions of energy. The Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainable Energy offers undergraduate students, regardless of their major, an opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of the many dimensions of sustainable energy.

Contact the John Sheehan at energy_advising@colostate.edu. On campus office: Room C117, Plant Sciences Building. Phone: (970) 491-6832.

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The minor consists of a 21 credit-hour sequence with flexibility for the student to gain a deeper knowledge of the many dimensions of sustainable energy.

Students must enroll in the minor to have it show up in their transcript. To do that students should meet with John Sheehan, the Energy minor advisor (contact information can be found below).

Completing the Minor requires the following:

  • GES101 – Foundations of Global Environmental Sustainability (3 credits)
  • GES141 – Introduction to Sustainable Energy (3 credits)
  • GES441 – Analysis of Sustainable Energy Solutions (3 credits)

GES 101 is usually taken early in the sequence of courses for the minor and is offered both Fall and Spring semesters. GES 441 is generally taken in the last spring semester before graduating. GES 441 is the capstone of the minor so completion of most of the other courses is important for taking this course.

Program learning objectives

Upon completing this program, a successful student will be able to understand:

  • Fundamental concepts of energy, including energy quantities, units, conversion, and efficiency
  • How to describe the science underlying each of the major energy sources
  • The environmental impacts of producing and consuming energy
  • How to evaluate the sustainability of energy resources

For more information on the Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainable Energy, please contact John Sheehan, Energy minor advisor, at energy_advising@colostate.edu or by calling (970) 491-6832.