The Minor in Energy Transition focuses on understanding and addressing the challenges of transitioning from conventional energy sources to sustainable and low-carbon alternatives. It provides students with a broad perspective on energy-related issues, policies, and technologies, preparing them to contribute to the global efforts to achieving a more sustainable energy future. This minor is diverse in its scope and designed for all Engineering and Science majors. It can be a valuable addition for students interested in pursuing a career in the energy sector or working on sustainable solutions for the future. Content will also address requirements of industries other than energy, including environmental consulting, policy-making, and sustainable development.

Educational Objectives of the Minor
Program Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the Minor in Energy Transition, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify and analyze various low-carbon alternatives and their applicability in different context, understanding their potential to contribute to a sustainable energy future.
  • Evaluate the economic, social, and environmental impacts of energy transition initiatives, developing strategies to address challenges and maximize positive outcomes for communities and industries.
  • Formulate comprehensive energy transition action plans, incorporating policy, regulatory, and technological solutions to accelerate the shift towards low-carbon energy systems while ensuring energy security and resilience.
Course Description

CHEG 402: Introduction to Energy Transition Management

The course examines the options and mechanisms for mitigating the causes and impacts of climate change, which includes mechanisms for reducing emissions and enhancing the removal of GHGs from the atmosphere and industrial processes and systems. The course also examines metrics used to measure performance of options and mechanisms resulting from international treaties, domestic policies, local regulations, environmental markets, technologies, industrial efforts and consumer choices.


ESMA 340: Energy Policy and Economics

This course provides a thorough grounding in the economics of energy and policy imperatives at the national and global levels including the dynamic inter-relationship between Energy, Economics and Environment. Its central aim is to develop a good understanding of how economic systems shape energy policy and its governance. Drawing on case examples and data from the developed and developing economies, the class strikes a balance between academic and policy discussions and between different approaches to student learning and engagement, including, for instance, case studies, group work, and developing policy memos.


CHEG 403: Innovative Low-Carbon Energy Conversion Systems

This course focuses on the transitions needed from the current energy conversion technologies to those required as part of a long term, sustainable, low carbon energy system. The course provides an overview of energy conversion and supply technologies with the focus on industrial processes, electricity generations, heat for buildings and transport fuels. Innovative low-carbon energy options, such as energy efficiency, carbon capture and storage, renewables and nuclear will be addressed.


PEEG 421: Carbon Capture and Storage

This course presents an overview of the motivations, challenges and technological solutions associated with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). The main carbon capture technologies and methods, CO2 transportation and underground storage are covered. These are introduced in terms of their technical, economic, and environmental criteria, as well as stage of development.


CHEG 362: Climate Change Policy and Risk Management

This course addresses the significant challenge of climate change and its impacts on the environment, as well as society and the global economy. The course provides insights into the science, policy and risk of climate change and introduces analytical tools and conceptual framework to better understand climate-related policies.


CHEG 410: Pollution Prevention & Waste Management

This course aims to reorient the chemical engineering students’ outlook to incorporate the society’s interest in environmental quality and sustainability into their engineering decisions and to build stronger environmental ethics. It aims to give chemical engineers the tools to incorporate environmental consequences in decision making in the same way that economic and safety factors are considered.


CHEG 460: Introduction to Clean Energy Production

This course aims to disseminate knowledge on the concept of clean energy, which will encompass thermodynamics aspects and working principles. A special focus will be given to recent advancement and evolution of latest technology in this area. During the course delivery, the impacts from different clean energy technologies on the environment and social economy will be highlighted too. Latest challenges and progress in clean energy adoption will also be discussed.


MEEN 486: Renewable & Sustainable Energy

The course provides introductory coverage of energy production, conversion, distribution and storage systems for different sources of energy including fossil fuel; nuclear power; biomass energy; geothermal energy; hydropower; wind energy, and solar energy. Emphasis is placed on the sustainable use of energy in light of economic, environmental, and societal constraints.

Minor Requirements