Capstone

NEW Capstone Seminars for 2021

Based on recommendations from minor graduates, ND Energy is rolling out a new version of the capstone class for the Energy Studies Minor. Students in the classes below will transition into the new course with a variety of options offered to ensure a smooth transition. The core feature of the new capstone is to provide opportunities for all minors to engage with each other throughout the progression of their studies. Students will interact during in-person and virtual classes (via Zoom calls that will be live or recorded), allowing minors at every level – sophomores, juniors, and seniors – to learn from each other, while sharing their own personal and professional interests in energy. The ultimate benefit will be the formation of a close-knit cohort for future networking.  

Class of 2021
Seniors will participate in the traditional 1-credit (S/U) ENER 37001. This course includes twelve, 1-hour sessions and a class presentation on a capstone experience.  

Class of 2022
Juniors will have two options for completing the capstone requirement:

  • Option 1: Complete the traditional 1-credit (S/U) course, ENER 37001, by participating in twelve, 1-hour sessions and presenting a capstone experience to the class.
  • Option 2:  Complete two, 0.5-credit (S/U) seminar courses, ENER 37003 and ENER 37004, during two semesters sequentially. These seminars combined will cover the same requirements as 37001. In 37003, students will select an energy-related news story to study and present to the class. In 37004, students will participate in a pre-approved energy-related experience and present what they learned to the class.

Class of 2023 (and beyond)
Sophomores and future enrollees will complete two, 0.5-credit (S/U) seminar courses, ENER 37003 and ENER 37004, over two semesters sequentially, by participating in six, 1-hour sessions during each course and giving a capstone presentation at the end. Students will be encouraged to register as early as possible for ENER 37003. Once completed, students will register for ENER 37004, ideally during their junior or senior year. In 37003, students will select an energy-related news story to study and present to the class. In 37004, students will participate in a pre-approved energy-related experience and present what they learned to the class.

(ENER 37001 will remain open for special circumstances, and students must receive prior approval before registering.) 

Participation Requirements
The following chart highlights the requirements for each of the capstone courses described above:

ENER 37001
(1 cr)
5 hours of Energy Experience Presentations 3 hours of Energy in the News Discussions 2 hours of Book or Documentation Conversations 2 hours of Energy Events on Campus
ENER 37003
(0.5 cr)
Each block = 1hr
Energy Experience Presentation Energy Experience Presentation Energy in the News Discussion Energy in the News Discussion Book or Documentary Conversation Energy Event on Campus
ENER 37004
(0.5 cr)
Each block = 1hr
Energy Experience Presentation Energy Experience Presentation Energy Experience Presentation Energy in the News Discussion Book or Documentary Conversation Energy Event on Campus

For questions and additional details, contact Anne Berges Pillai.

Puerto Rico Seminar Course

ENER 37002Puerto Rico: Road Map to a Renewable Future - this seminar course focuses on the opportunities and challenges that exist when communities attempt to reduce their carbon footprint. Students will study the technological challenges as well as consider the economic, political, historical, and ethical issues unique to Puerto Rico. This course consists of weekly classes, a trip to Puerto Rico, and a final project.