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 all 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 society's energy challenges. In addition, students will draw from technical and non-technical resources to move our country and the world toward a more sustainable energy future for all. The Energy Studies Minor offers two tracks from which students may select.

  • 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.

Both tracks require two courses (6 credits), as well as a capstone project to be determined by the student and the minor advisor. In addition, three elective courses (9 credits) are required to be selected from a technical or non-technical list in consultation with the minor advisor.

Required Courses:

  • ENER 20101: Energy and Society - fundamental technical skills needed to understand energy systems (taught by Physics).
  • ENER 20202: Business of Energy - 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 (organized through the Mendoza College of Business).

Non-Technical Elective Course List
Technical Elective Course List

For more information about the Energy Studies Minor (ESM), please contact Elizabeth Westfall, ESM Administrator, at 574-631-9106 or Elizabeth's normal office hours are Monday through Thursday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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 Elizabeth Westfall 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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