2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 02, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Sustainable Energy Systems Minor

Program Coordinator/Contact

Michael Twedt, Lecturer
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Crothers Engineering Hall 216, Box 2219

Program Information

The Sustainable Energy Systems Minor is appropriate for students interested in gaining a background in sustainability, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies. The minor helps to prepare graduates with training that distinguishes them from their peers and supports immediate entry into careers in energy resource development, energy production, and efficient end-use technologies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the minor must understand how energy is produced, the fundamentals of energy conversion and efficiency, and demonstrate technical expertise in some area of sustainable energy systems. Upon completion of the minor, the student will be able to:

  • apply mathematics and engineering science to the analysis of energy conversion systems.
  • understand and apply the concept of sustainability to the design of energy conversion systems.
  • demonstrate competency in analysis and design of a particular type of energy converting device or system.
  • demonstrate the ability to work effectively in an area of sustainable energy systems.

Course Delivery Format

Competence in Sustainable Energy Systems requires both study and practice. Instruction occurs through a combination of traditional classroom methods, laboratory exercises using contemporary engineering technologies, internship/research experiences and focused design projects.

Internship or Undergraduate Research/Scholarship Experience

The internship or Undergraduate Research/Scholarship experience must be a sustainable energy systems application approved by the Coordinator of the Minor. Credits: 2-3




  Project or experience must focus on sustainable energy systems and must be approved by the program coordinator. Senior capstone design projects with ABE, EE, or PHYS prefix will also satisfy the capstone project requirement.