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Energy Studies Minor

Prepare to transform the world's energy systems

Kesavan Yogeswaran '12, Energy Studies MinorCredit: Justin Knight

I loved the energy studies minor. The fact that MIT has a minor entirely dedicated to interdisciplinary study of energy was part of the reason I chose to come to MIT and I was not disappointed.

2014 Energy Minor Graduate


Prepare to transform the world’s energy systems

The heart of the Energy Studies Minor is a core of foundational subjects in the domains of energy science, technology, and social science.

The minor prepares graduates with subject-specific knowledge and an integrative understanding of energy issues. Students are offered hands-on subjects and opportunities to engage in the complex reality of energy.

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Completion of the Energy Studies Minor requires coursework in each of the 3 core curriculum categories below plus 24 elective units.

Core Curriculum

Notice: 15.031J: Energy Decisions, Markets and Policies is on hiatus. As this subject has been a requirement for students to fulfill the Social Science Foundations of Energy requirement, the Energy Minor Oversight Committee has approved the following two classes to temporarily serve as stand-alone substitutions for 15.031J: 11.142: Geography of the Global Economy and 14.44J: Energy Economics and Policy.


1. Science Foundations

Choose one of the following options:

Core Curriculum: Energy Science Foundations
Option 1 (one subject)
8.21 Physics of Energy 1
Option 2 (two subjects) Select a combination from the following list (subject titles below):
3.012 and 6.007
3.012 and 12.021
6.007 and 2.005
6.007 and 5.60
6.007 and 12.021
12.021 and 2.005
12.021 and 5.60
2.005 Thermal-Fluids Engineering I
3.012 Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering
5.60 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
6.007 Electromagnetic Energy: From Motors to Solar Cells
12.021 Earth Science, Energy, and the Environment

2. Social Science Foundations

Choose one of the following:

Core Curriculum: Social Science Foundations of Energy
14.01 Principles of Microeconomics
15.0111 Economic Analysis for Business Decisions

Choose one of the following options:

Core Curriculum: Social Science Foundations of Energy Options
Option 1 (one subject)
14.44J Energy Economics and Policy
15.031J Energy Decisions, Markets, and Policies 1
Option 2 (two subjects) Select one subject from each of the following groups:
Group A
14.42 Environmental Policy and Economics
15.026J Global Climate Change: Economics, Science, and Policy
Group B
1.801J Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics: Pollution Prevention and Control 1
11.162 Politics of Energy and the Environment 1
22.04J Social Problems of Nuclear Energy

3. Technology/Engineering in Context

Choose one of the following:

Core Curriculum: Energy Technology/Engineering in Context
2.60J  Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion
4.42J Fundamentals of Energy in Buildings 1
22.081J Introduction to Sustainable Energy (Offered every other year)

Electives

Students who take more than the required subjects from any of the core curriculum subject lists may count the additional coursework toward the elective requirement.

All elective subjects are 12-unit subjects unless otherwise noted.


Choose 24 units from the following:

Electives
1.071J Global Change Science
2.006 Thermal Fluids Engineering II
2.612 Marine Power and Propulsion 1
2.627 Fundamentals of Photovoltaics 1
2.813 Energy, Materials, and Manufacturing
2.S997 Fundamentals of Smart and Resilient Grids
3.003 Principles of Engineering Practice (9 units)
3.004 Principles of Engineering Practice
3.18 Materials Science and Engineering of Clean Energy
4.401 Environmental Technologies in Buildings
6.131 Power Electronics Laboratory
6.701 Introduction to Nanoelectronics
8.044 Statistical Physics I
10.04J A Philosophical History of Energy
10.213 Chemical and Biological Engineering Thermodynamics
10.27 Energy Engineering Projects Lab (15 units)
10.28 Chemical-Biological Engineering Laboratory (15 units)
10.426 Electrochemical Energy Systems
11.142 Geography of the Global Economy
11.165 Urban Energy Systems and Policy
12.213 Alternate Energy Sources (6 units) 1
12.346J Global Environmental Negotiations
15.S42J Energy Management for a Sustainable Future
22.033 Nuclear Systems Design Project
22.06 Engineering of Nuclear Systems
EC.711J D-Lab: Energy
STS.032 Energy, Environment, and Society 1

Graduate-level electives:

Graduate-level electives
5.00J Energy Technology and Policy, from Principles to Practice
6.334 Power Electronics
6.695J Engineering, Economics, and Regulation of the Electric Power Sector
15.366 Energy Ventures
15.933 Strategic Opportunities in Energy
IDS.521 Energy Systems and Climate Change Mitigation

 

1 Not offered AY 2016-2017. Anticipated for AY 2017-2018.

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How are subjects chosen for the domains of the Minor?

The Energy Minor Oversight Committee is in the process of reviewing and describing the intellectual criteria for each of the Minor components. Energy Sciences guidelines are currently available. Energy Technology, Social Science, and Elective guidelines will be published in the future.

How do I change my Minor subject choices once I’ve applied?

Your Energy Studies Minor advisor approves any changes to your Minor subject choices after you have submitted the application form. Annotate your copy of the application form and have your advisor initial each change. Submit the updated form to the MITEI Education Office either electronically or deliver it to the Academic Coordinator in E19-307.

Can courses that qualify for the Minor also qualify for other Institute requirements?

If you pass a class that can be applied to more than one set of degree/minor requirements, you can receive credit for the class toward both, unless otherwise stated by your Major or 2nd Minor department.

Can I make substitutions?

If you plan to take or have taken an energy-related class that you think meets a Minor requirement but is not included in the Minor:

  • Consult your Energy Studies Minor Advisor to help you develop a petition.
  • Submit your petition to the Energy Minor Oversight Committee. It should include a class syllabus and a class description of the course you are asking to substitute, and a 1-2 page explanation of how this class meets the requirement to the Academic Coordinator of Energy Studies at MITEI.

All petitions should be received no later than one full term before the term in which you plan to graduate. The Energy Minor Oversight Committee reviews all petitions.

What happens if I can’t finish the Minor?

To drop the Minor, fill out the Completion Form and have your Energy Minor advisor sign it. Submit it to the MITEI Education Office. The Minor will not be dropped automatically; you must notify the MITEI Education Office and/or the office of the Registrar.

Where do I find more information about minors at MIT?

The Office of the Registrar states the official MIT guidelines for an undergraduate minor.

Who are the Energy Studies Minor Advisors?

In 2014 and in response to student and faculty feedback, the Energy Minor Oversight Committee (EMOC) streamlined the Energy Minor advising around the three domains that comprise the Minor’s intellectual core:  Social Science Foundations of Energy, Energy Science Foundations, and Energy Technology/Engineering in Context.

Energy Minor Oversight Committee members or qualified affiliates serve as formal faculty advisors for all Energy Studies Minor students. EMOC members have deep knowledge of ESM requirements and ready access to the community of faculty teaching in energy, as well as teaching and advising experience across diverse MIT majors.

Members of the advising subcommittee are listed below. MITEI’s Academic Coordinator, Ann Greaney-Williams, guides and supports Energy Minor advisors and students with questions on any aspect of the Minor’s administration.

When should I seek a Minor Advisor?

You may seek an Energy Studies Minor advisor at any time. It may be most useful to meet with the Energy Studies Minor advisor after you have confirmed your major and major advisor. While not required, we strongly recommend that you select a minor advisor by your sophomore year as that affords more effective advising and support from the MITEI energy education community.

How do I contact the members of the Advising Subcommittee?

Visit a profile below and click “Contact” to view their contact information.

2015


Kaitlyn Ahlers

Chemical Engineering

Cecilio Aponte

Materials Science and Engineering

Sponsor: BP

David Bender

Chemical Engineering

Priyanka Chatterjee Priyanka Chatterjee

Ocean Engineering

Sponsor: BP

Staly Chin Staly Chin

Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor: Tata Center for Technology and Design

Diego Giraldez

Chemical Engineering

Anisha Gururaj

Chemical Engineering

Delphine Kaiser

Mechanical Engineering

Larissa Kunz

Chemical Engineering

Sarah Mayner

Chemical Engineering

Elizabeth Murphy

Materials Science and Engineering

Denise Neibloom

Biological Engineering

Brian Oldfield

Mechanical Engineering

Dimitrios Pagonakis

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dennis Prieto

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Anthony Saad

Chemical Engineering

James Slonaker

Mechanical Engineering

Isaac Sosa

Mechanical Engineering

Sterling Watson

Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority


2014


Ignacio Bachiller

Mechanical Engineering

Jacqueline Brew

Chemical Engineering

Ronald Chan

Mechanical Engineering

Alix de Monts de Savasse

Mechanical Engineering

Daniel Eisenberg

Chemical Engineering

Jad El Khoury

Mechanical Engineering

Ryan Friedrich

Chemical Engineering

Sponsor: BP

Brian Gager

Materials Science and Engineering

Samantha Hagerman

Chemical Engineering

Jacqueline Han

Political Science

Jenny Hu

Management Science

Jacob Jurewicz

Nuclear Science and Engineering; Physics

Marc Kaloustian

Chemical Engineering

Claire Kearns-McCoy

Mechanical Engineering

Charlotte Kirk

Chemical Engineering

Sponsor: Shell

Johnathan Kongoletos

Mechanical Engineering

Erica Lai

Materials Science and Engineering

Zainab Lasisi

Chemical Engineering

Phillip Marmolejo

Mechanical Engineering

Matthew Metlitz

Mechanical Engineering

Jordan Mizerak

Mechanical Engineering

Mateo Pena Doll

Mechanical Engineering

Sidhanth Rao

Mechanical Engineering

Jonathan Rea

Mechanical Engineering

Manuel Romero

Mechanical Engineering

Christiana Rosales

Architecture; Mechanical Engineering

Dhanansai Saranadhi

Mechanical Engineering

Samuel Shames

Materials Science and Engineering

Sponsor: BP

Katherine Spies

Mechanical Engineering

Maria Tou

Chemical Engineering

Aleyda Trevino

Mathematics; Physics

Akshar Wunnava

Chemical Engineering


2013


Shaena Berlin

Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science

Sara Rose Comis

Mechanical Engineering

Jackson Crane

Mechanical Engineering

Vivian Dien

Materials Science and Engineering

Christopher Hammond

Mechanical Engineering

Timothy Jenks

Mechanical Engineering

Prosper Munaishe Nyovanie

Mechanical Engineering

Nityan Nair

Physics

Nathan Robert

Mechanical Engineering; Physics

Ron Rosenberg

Materials Science and Engineering

Melissa Showers

Mechanical Engineering

Trevor Zinser

Mechanical Engineering


2012


Jessica Artiles

Mechanical Engineering

William Bender

Chemical Engineering; Economics

Matt Chapa

Nuclear Science and Engineering

Brian Chmielowiec

Chemical Engineering

Zac Dearing

Economics; Political Science

Brendan Ensor

Nuclear Science and Engineering

Ying Fan

Chemical Engineering

Martha Gross

Materials Science and Engineering

Latifah Hamzah

Mechanical Engineering

Kirsten Hessler Hessler

Materials Science and Engineering

Russell Kooistra

Political Science

Columbus Leonard

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jean Mario Martin

Mechanical Engineering

Roberto Martinez

Chemical Engineering

Uuganbayar Otgonbaatar

Nuclear Science and Engineering; Physics

Pedro Salas

Economics

Bensey Schnip

Mathematics

Scott Sundvor

Mechanical Engineering

Alex Vaskov

Mechanical Engineering

Sean Vaskov

Mechanical Engineering


2011


Desiree Amadeo

Chemical Engineering

Riley Brandt

Mechanical Engineering

Tim Grejtak

Mechanical Engineering

Yoshio Perez

Mechanical Engineering

Nicholas Sisler

Mechanical Engineering

Juliana Velez

Mechanical Engineering

Erik Verlage

Physics

Rasmus Wallendahl

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mitchell Westwood

Mechanical Engineering

Ashley Wong

Management Science

Kesavan Yogeswaran

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Paul Youchak

Nuclear Science and Engineering


2010


Ethan Bates

Nuclear Science and Engineering

Chris Carper

Mechanical Engineering

Jeff Mekler

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Apply to the Energy Studies Minor


The Application Form is due no later than one full term before the term you expect to receive the S.B. degree. View the official deadlines.

Download the Application Form


Steps for submitting the Application Form:

  1. Download the Application Form.
  2. Complete the form in consultation with your Energy Minor Advisor. Make sure the subject numbers you enter on the form precisely match the subject numbers for which you actually register.
  3. Print out the completed form and have it signed by your Energy Minor Advisor.
  4. Make a copy of the signed form to keep for your records.
  5. Obtain a current copy of your unofficial MIT transcript.
  6. Hand deliver (or mail) the signed original application and unofficial transcript to the MITEI Education Office.

Completion Form

The Completion Form is due by the end of the third week of the term in which you plan to receive your S.B. degree, even if you are taking subjects in your final term to complete this minor.

There is a $40 late fee and you risk not being awarded the minor if the Completion Form is not submitted on time.

Download the Completion Form


Deadlines

The energy minor should be designated by the end of your sophomore year, but no later than the MIT “Add Date” one full term before the term in which you expect to receive the SB degree. More information on minors at MIT.

Energy Studies Minor Deadlines
Graduating Class Form Due Date
Members of the Class of 2017
(graduating in February 2017)
Completion Form September 23, 2016
Members of Class of 2017
(graduating in June 2017)
Application Form
Completion Form
October 7, 2016
February 24, 2017
Members of the Class of 2018
(graduating in February 2018)
Application Form March 10, 2017

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