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.

  • ENER 20101: 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)

  • 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)
  • Three energy-related elective courses*
  • capstone experience through the CSC fall and spring energy-related seminars or an individualized capstone project for a 1-credit capstone class

* One course from outside the minor may be applied as a “double count.” Engineers may apply two.


The ESM Academic Advisor is Dr. Peter C. Burns, The Henry J. Massman Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, Director of the Energy Frontier Research Center, 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.