Minor in Sustainability Energy Systems

Cornell University

Year Founded: Jan. 1, 2011
Date Posted: Feb. 25, 2016
Submitted by: Monika Urbanski
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Energy
Content Type: Academic Programs
Discipline: Engineering
Program Type: Minor
Completion: 6 courses, 18 credits
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Full-Time


Providing affordable energy to meet the demands of both developed and developing nations without further damaging the natural environment and the Earth's climate system is a Grand Challenge for the 21st century. Our quality of life and the stability of nations ultimately depend on having accessible energy resources and an equitable and sustainable energy supply and distribution system. Achievement of thes goals requires the participation, ingenuity, and hard work of people with a range of specialized backgrounds, working collaboratively. The minor is intended to emphasize the importance of viewing the challenge of meeting the world's energy needs as a system of interacting themes. The requirements of the minor are designed to provide breadth across a range of energy resource types and conversion, transmission and storage technologies along with coverage of the environmental, economic, political, and social consequences of various options.

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