Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Energy Studies Minor


Current Students!  See below for class search instructions.


The Energy Studies Minor is a minor open to undergraduate students in all majors and colleges at the University of Notre Dame. This minor is intended to prepare students to become successful leaders who understand the complexities of our energy challenges. Students will draw from both technical and non-technical resources to move our country and the world toward a more sustainable energy future. The Energy Studies Minor offers two tracks, students may select to concentrate in either track.

  • Track 1 is a technical track, intended to provide a foundation of technical knowledge in energy.
  • Track 2 is a non-technical track, intended to provide students of any major with a broader perspective of the business, societal, and political considerations of energy generation and use.

Two required courses (6 credits), a capstone project (1 credit) and three elective courses (9 credits) are required to complete the minor.

Required Courses:

  • ENER 20101: Energy and Society - A course developing the basic ideas of energy and power and their applications from a quantitative and qualitative viewpoint.
  • ENER 20202: Business of Energy - A survey of energy resources, global climate change, basics of energy business and finance, energy economics, national and global energy policy, the psychology and ethics of energy consumption and behavior, and new urbanism.
  • Capstone Project - Ideally a hands-on experience in a real world setting. The student may choose to complete an energy-focused Seminar with the Center for Social Concerns; or may choose to enroll in the capstone class (ENER37001) and either give a presentation about their energy-related research or write an energy-related research paper.

Non-Technical Elective Course List
Technical Elective Course List

For more information about the Energy Studies Minor (ESM), please contact Anne Berges Pillai, Education and Outreach Program Coordinator, at 574-631-9106 or

The ESM Academic Advisor is Dr. Peter Burns, The Henry J. Massman Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, Director of the Energy Frontier Research Center, and Director of ND Energy. If you have questions for Dr. Burns, please contact Anne Berges Pillai to arrange a time to meet with him.



To search for current class offerings within the Energy Studies Minor, the following course attributes are now available through the Office of the Registrar in Class Search. By clicking and holding down the SHIFT key, you can highlight all of the subject codes, select one of these attributes, and see the flagged courses for these requirements.

ENNT - Enrgy Studies Nontechcl
ENTE - Enrgy Studies Technical

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