There are increasing pressures on both public and private sector organizations throughout the world to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to cleaner sources of alternative energy. This transition involves the active management of multiple technical, organizational, and financial factors, while facing rapidly changing technology and an uncertain policy environment. The 18-credit Energy Transition Management Minor is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skill sets required to effectively participate in this important activity and ultimately take leadership positions in moving our economy and society to a cleaner and more sustainable future.
At least eight credits must be unique to the minor and not applied toward any other major, minor, or concentration. Students must achieve a grade of C or better in each course that is applied toward the minor.
For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors. The School of Business residency requirement for this minor supersedes the university requirement: at least nine credits must be earned at Mason.
Total credits: 18
|ECE 311||Energy Infrastructure, Market, and Management||3|
|EVPP 361||Introduction to Environmental Policy||3|
|MGMT 303||Principles of Management||3|
|Select one from the following:||3|
|Business Analytics I (Mason Core)|
|Environmental Engineering around the World (Mason Core)|
|Community, Group, and Organizational Conflict Analysis and Resolution|
|Introduction to Renewable Energy|
|Select two courses from the following two tracks: 1||6|
|Change Management Track|
|The Change Management track provides students with the tools needed to facilitate the process of organizational change required for energy transition to take place. These changes can include modification to the organization’s structure, business model, culture, and technologies employed. Students can hone their ability to work collaboratively and resolve disagreements in a productive manner.|
|Organizational Development and Management Consulting|
|Negotiations in Organizations|
|Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills|
|Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Track|
|The Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy track provides students with knowledge about the alternative energy sources and the technical aspects of modern electric power systems that are the ultimate destination of any energy transition program. The energy transition process is at its core an engineering challenge, and students in this minor would be advised to gain a comprehensive understanding of what is required to make this transition a reality. Additionally, this track will help students understand the complex economic, security, and policy trade-offs that accompany energy transition initiatives.|
|Environmental Engineering and Science|
|Electricity Sector Engineering, Economics, and Regulation|
|Smart Grid and Cyber Security|
|Economics of Energy|
|Physics of Renewable Energy|
Students may select these courses from a single track or a combination of the two tracks.