The Energy Studies Minor (ESM) is 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 the world's energy challenges. Students may draw from both technical and non-technical resources to learn how to help move our country and the world toward a more sustainable energy future.


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

  • Required Courses:

PHYS 20333 / ENER 20333: Earth Focus (temporary replacement for Energy and Society) - a course developing the basic ideas of energy and power and their applications from a quantitative and qualitative viewpoint (or optional elective for engineers).

Due to circumstances beyond our control, ENER 20101: Energy and Society will not be offered in fall 2020. The same material will be covered in PHYS 20333: Earth Focus. A new section, ENER 20333 will be added with 10 seats for Energy Studies minors. ENGINEERS, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS COURSE FOR NOW. You may take an extra elective instead. If you are a senior who was counting on taking Energy and Society and you cannot fit Earth Focus into your schedule, please contact Anne Pillai, apillai@nd.edu, for other options. We look forward to Energy and Society returning in the near future.

ENER 20202 / BA 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 (or Integrated Engineering and Business Fundamentals for engineers).

  • Electives:  Three energy-related elective courses* (9 credits) from a pre-approved list of technical and non-technical courses. (*One course from outside the minor may be applied as a “double count.” Engineers may apply two.)

  • Capstone:  A (1-credit) pre-approved capstone experience.

The ESM Academic Advisor is Dr. Peter C. Burns, The Henry J. Massman Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, Director of the NNSA Actinide Center of Excellence, and Director of ND Energy. If you have questions for Dr. Burns or would like more information about the ESM, contact Anne Berges Pillai, Education and Outreach Associate Program Director, at 574-631-9106 or apillai@nd.edu.