Students should fulfill this one-credit requirement junior or senior year. There are two choices:
ENER 37001: Energy Studies Minor Capstone - students complete an energy-related, hands-on experience prior to or during the capstone semester. Examples include a summer internship, work in a lab, research with a professor, an internship with the city of South Bend, or any other pre-approved activity. The capstone class includes monthly meetings to discuss energy topics, several short papers, and presentations by students about their experiences at the end of the semester.
ENER 37002: Puerto Rico: Road Map to a Renewable Future - this new 1-credit course is being offered for fall 2019 and 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 during fall break, and a final project.
CSC Seminars: Students may enroll in an energy-focused seminar with the Center for Social Concerns with pre-approval. An example of this is Energy, Climate, and Social Change. Some CSC Appalachia seminars may also qualify.
All ESM students should meet with Anne Berges Pillai (email@example.com) for pre-approval of the capstone experience.