The energy engineering minor provides energy-minded students with a foundational understanding of energy technologies and the energy industry, including technological, policy and economic considerations related to conventional and renewable energy systems.

Required courses include a fundamentals-based energy course, an energy policy/society focused course and 12 credits of energy-focused technical elective courses. Elective courses, selected from across the CU campus, allow students to specialize according to their specific interest in the energy field.

The energy engineering minor has strong connections with industry through an industry advisory panel and guest speakers.

For more information, visit the college's Energy Engineering Minor webpage.


Students must complete 18 credit hours for the minor: one fundamentals-based course, one policy/society course and four electives chosen from a list of approved courses. A cumulative GPA of 2.000 or better is required for courses used to satisfy the requirements of this minor. For an up-to-date listing of elective courses, visit the Energy Engineering Minor Technical Electives webpage.

Required Courses
Fundamentals Course
Choose one course (3 credits) from the following:3
Energy Efficient Buildings
Chemical Engineering Material and Energy Balances
Electromagnetic Energy Conversion 1
Thermodynamics 2
Policy Course
Choose one course (3 credits) from the following:3
Sustainable Energy (or EVEN 3650 Sustainable Energy)
Energy Policy and Society
Energy and the Environment
Choose four courses (12 credits) from the following: 1,212
Circuits for Architectural Engineers
Energy System Modeling and Control
Sustainable Building Design
Aerospace Heat Transfer
Aerospace Electronics
Metabolic Engineering
Chemical Engineering Heat and Mass Transfer
Energy Fundamentals
Solar Cells and Optical Devices for Sustainable Buildings
Electrochemical Engineering
Chemical Process Design
Catalysis and Kinetics
Introduction to Construction
Engineering Geology
Introduction to Circuits and Electronics
Renewable Sources and Efficient Electrical Energy Systems
Power Electronics and Photovoltaic Power Systems Laboratory
Principles of Energy Systems and Devices
Introduction to Power Electronics
Renewable Energy and the Future Power Grid
Engineering Economics
Oil and Gas Processing
Interdisciplinary Energy Engineering Projects
Special Topics
Circuits for Engineers
Introduction to Mineralogy
Introduction to Geochemistry
Introduction to Petroleum Geology
Circuits and Electronics for Mechanical Engineers
Heat Transfer
Renewable Fuels, Fuel Cells and Internal Combustion Engines
Wind Energy and Wind Turbine Design
Introduction to Combustion
Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage
Total Credit Hours18