Energy Co-Major

For more information, contact the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, 118 Shideler Hall, 513-529-5811.

The Energy Co-major provides students with fundamental principles of energy systems, physical science, and policy to prepare them for advanced study in an energy-related field or for professional careers in industry, consulting, government, or non-profit organizations. The energy co-major is designed to give interdisciplinary breadth to complement disciplinary majors in engineering, natural sciences, architecture, business, and the social sciences. The term "co-major" indicates that students must complete another major at Miami University. The Energy Co-major is open to all majors, but students are recommended to take specific courses to fulfill Miami Plan Foundation requirements in physical science and quantitative reasoning.

Program requirements

(34-45 Semester Hours)

Complete a major in one of the divisions of the university.

Physical Science
Select one of the following:3-10
Energy and Environment
Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory I
and Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory II
General Physics with Laboratory I
and General Physics with Laboratory II
Select one of the following:4
Environmental Geology
and Understanding the Earth
Earth's Physical Environment
Math, Information Technology, Statistics
Select one of the following:3-5
Calculus I
Problem Analysis Using Computer Tools
Database Systems and Data Warehousing
Select one of the following:3-4
Applied Probability and Statistics for Engineers
Business Statistics
Applied Statistics
Introduction to Statistical Modeling
Introduction to Statistics
Political and Social Dimensions of Energy and Resources
IES 211Energy and Policy3
Select two of the following:6
American Political System
Public Management, Leadership, and Administrative Politics
American Environmental History
Environmental Economics
Environmental Law
Energy and Building Systems
ECE 291Energy Systems Engineering3
Select one of the following:3-4
Principles of Environmental Systems
Environmental Systems I
Material and Energy Balances
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Engineering Thermodynamics
Electric Circuit Analysis I
Digital Systems Design
Power Systems Engineering
Sustainability Considerations in Design and Development
Climate and Air Pollution
Select one of the following:3
Ice Age Earth
Air Pollution Control
Practicum and Synthesis
Speakers from the energy industry, building & transportation, and regulatory agencies:
Select one of the following:1
Special Topics in Paper and Chemical Engineering
Contemporary Topics in Environmental Sciences
Undergraduate Research Seminar
Interdisciplinary team projects
Select one of the following: 12
Engineering Design I
Senior Design Project
Total Credit Hours34-45

We also offer 3-credit, project-based alternatives with no or few prerequisites. Please contact IES for more information.