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 and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.
Total credits: 17-20
Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.
|PHYS 331||Fundamentals of Renewable Energy||3|
|PHYS 385||Materials Science with Applications to Renewable Energy||3|
|MATH 113||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)||4|
|Select one from the following:||1-3|
|College Physics II (Mason Core)|
|University Physics III (Mason Core)|
|Introduction to Thermodynamics|
Other Science or Engineering Course
|Select 3-4 credits from the following in consultation with minor advisor:||3-4|
|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)|
Other appropriate science or engineering course chosen in consultation with the minor advisor.
|Select one from the following options:||3|
|Physics Internship 1|
Or a 3 credit internship in another natural science or engineering field. The course must be focused on renewable energy and chosen in consultation with the minor advisor.