Curriculum for a Minor in Sustainability Engineering

For engineering majors only. Students must be admitted to the minor. Applications are available by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.

Minimum of 21 credit hours (not including prerequisites)

  • This engineering minor curriculum is only for students majoring in an engineering discipline.
  • All students must complete the four prerequisite courses listed below before declaring the minor.
  • The program director must approve the declaration of this minor.
  • In order to complete this minor, students must earn a GPA of at least 2.0 in all required courses of the minor.
  • The courses may be used to fulfill GenEd requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

  • Math (8 credit hrs.)
    Differential Calculus - 2 credits (MATH 224) AND Integral Calculus - 2 credits (MATH 225) (Fall semester) AND
    Math 226 - 2 credits AND 227 - 2 credits (Spring semester)

  • Chemistry (4 credit hrs.)
    Chemistry I (CHEM 111), or (CHEM 107 and CHEM 108)
  • Physics (4 credit hrs.)
    General Physics I (PHYS 131)

Required Courses (21 credit hrs.)

Required core sustainability engineering courses (9 hrs.)

WTSN 305, Introduction to Sustainable Engineering and Design (3 credit hrs.)
The course presents an overview of sustainability, sustainable engineering principles and sustainable engineering design principles. Students will understand and appreciate the necessity for moving toward sustainable technologies.

WTSN 306, Engineering Sustainable Energy (3 credit hrs.)
A systems approach to the application of fundamental principles of thermodynamics, energy conversion, economics, and statistical risk analysis to problems associated with technology for sustainable energy.  Topics include systems engineering modeling approach, quantifying energy technologies and risk, thermodynamic analysis of energy conversion cycles, appropriate technologies, and the use of energy resources.

WTSN 307, Ecology for Engineers (3 credit hrs.)
Course covers the concept of ecological systems; environmental determinism; the influence of markets, regulations and policy on development predominant goals of sustainability; and the critical role of engineers in achieving sustainable development.

Required elective courses (12 credit hrs.)

Students must select courses from the list below. Courses must be from at least two different departments. In addition, at least two of the elective courses must be at the advanced undergraduate level (i.e., 300 or 400).

Courses required within a student’s major other than elective courses CANNOT be used as courses satisfying requirements for the minor. 

All courses with approval of department and instructor. Courses shown are the currently approved list; departments may add or remove courses in the future.

Sustainability Engineering Minor Approved Elective Courses (as of Fall 2016)

IMPORTANT: Every effort has been made regarding the accuracy of prerequisites in the elective courses listed, but students MUST double-check with each corresponding department when selecting courses.  Changes could occur unbeknownst to EDD, but students are still responsible for attaining and following the prerequisites, if any.

Application for Sustainability Engineering Minor

Last Updated: 11/18/16