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This college-wide interdisciplinary minor is designed for students considering a career in the field of renewable energy, or as preparation for graduate work in a wide range of academic disciplines.

Renewable energy, as normally understood, includes a variety of methods of energy generation, such as solar, wind, hydro, tidal, and geothermal, as well as energy storage methods and energy conservation. Jobs related to renewable energy lie in a wide range of areas including engineering, business, marketing, finance, installation, software, legal affairs, and research. Projections suggest that employment opportunities in the renewable energy field will increase dramatically in the near future. The Renewable Energy Interdisciplinary Minor is therefore ideally suited for students with majors in engineering, business, policy, and science.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: RNRG

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 17-20

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Core Courses

PHYS 331Fundamentals of Renewable Energy3
PHYS 385Materials Science with Applications to Renewable Energy3
MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)4
Total Credits10


Select one from the following:1-3
College Physics II (Mason Core)
University Physics III (Mason Core)
Introduction to Thermodynamics
Total Credits1-3

Other Science or Engineering Course

Select 3-4 credits from the following in consultation with minor advisor:3-4
Solar Cells
General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
Geology of Energy Resources
General Chemistry for Engineers Lecture (Mason Core)
General Chemistry for Engineers Lab (Mason Core)
Digital Electronics
Other appropriate science or engineering course chosen in consultation with the minor advisor.
Total Credits3-4


Select one from the following options:3
Physics Internship 1
Total Credits3