Energy Co-major

Energy is one of the most important issues of our global modern society. A sustainable energy future will require engineering, scientific, economic, and policy approaches working together to meet the technological, institutional, and environmental challenges.

The goal of an Energy Co-major is to provide students with core interdisciplinary training in energy that complements their disciplinary majors in engineering, natural sciences, architecture, business, and the social sciences. This co-major exposes students to the principles of energy production and distribution, energy supply and demand, pollution control and building systems, and energy policy and regulation. Students can pursue career paths in the energy industry and startup companies, consulting firms, and non-profit organizations.

Program Requirements

The Energy Co-major requires 34-43 semester hours, distributed as listed below. Depending on your major, some of these credits may also count toward your primary major or as Miami Plan Foundation courses. For example, some majors could meet the Energy Co-major requirements by taking 19-24 semester hours outside of their major.

  1. Major
  2. Physical Science (7-12 hours)
  3. Math, Information Technology, Statistics (6-8 hours)
  4. Political and Social Dimensions of Energy and Resources (9-10 hours)
  5. Energy and Building Systems (6-7 hours)
  6. Climate and Air Pollution (3 hours)
  7. Practicum and Synthesis (3 hours)

Note: MPF = Miami Plan Foundation.


Students must complete a major in one of the divisions of the university.

Physical Science

Take 1 of these courses or course sequences:

Course Title Hours
PHY 121 Energy and Environment (MPF)
PHY 161/162 Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory 4, 4
PHY 191/192 General Physics with Laboratory (MPF) 5, 5

Take 1 of these:

Course Title Hours
GEO 121 Earth's Physical Environment (MPF) 4
GLG 121
GLG 115L
Environmental Geology (MPF)

Understanding the Earth (MPF)


Math, Information Technology, Statistics

Take 1 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
MTH 151 Calculus I (MPF)
CSE 243 Problem Analysis Using Computer Tools 3
ISA 245 Database Systems and Data Warehousing 3

Take 1 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
ISA 205 Business Statistics 4
ECE 345 Applied Probability and Statistics for Engineers
STA 261 Statistics (MPF)
STA 301 Applied Statistics 3
STA 368 Introduction to Statistics 4

Political and Social Dimensions of Energy and Resources

Take this course:

IES 211 - Energy and Policy (3)

Take 2 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
POL 241 American Political System 4
POL 362 Public Management, Leadership & Administrative Politics 3
POL 433 Energy Security in Eurasia
HST 397 American Environmental History 3
ECO 406 Environmental Economics 3
IES 450 Environmental Law 3

Energy and Building Systems

Take this course:

ECE 291 - Energy Systems Engineering (3)

Take 1 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
ARC 212 Principles of Environmental Systems (MPF)
ARC 413 Environmental Systems I 3
CPB 204 Material and Energy Balances 3
CPB 244 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3
CPB 314/MME 314 Engineering Thermodynamics 3
ECE 205 Electric Circuit Analysis I 4
ECE 287 Digital Systems Design 4
ECE 491 Power Systems Engineering 3

Climate and Air Pollution

Take 1 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
GEO 421 Climatology 3
GLG 335 Ice Age Earth
GLG 401 Global Climate Change 3
GLG 436 Paleoclimatology 3
CPB 442 Air Pollution Control 3

Practicum and Synthesis

Take 1 of these courses (seminars involving speakers from the energy industry):

Course Title Hours
CPB 490 Special Topics in Paper and Chemical Engineering 1
IES 440 Contemporary Topics in Environmental Sciences 1
MME 410 Undergraduate Research Seminar 1

Take 1 of these courses or course sequences (interdisciplinary team projects):

Course Title Hours
CPB 471/472 * Engineering Design I and II 4
CSE/ECE/MME 448/449 * Senior Design Project 4
IES 495/595 Energy Design and Planning 3

* Note: The CPB, CSE/ECE/MME courses are usually taken by engineering students. IES 495/595 is open to all majors with no prerequisites.

Chief Departmental Advisor

Dr. Sarah Lynn Dumyahn
Assistant Teaching Professor, IES
221 Shideler Hall
(513) 529-0533

Combined MEn Program

The combined Master of Environmental Science program allows students to complete an M.En. degree with 1 year of additional study beyond the bachelor's degree, and is available to qualified, tuition-paying students with an undergraduate Co-major in Energy, Environmental Science, or Sustainability at Miami University.