Interdisciplinary Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Energy and Sustainability Concentration

This concentration is particularly relevant for students who are pursuing or interested in pursuing careers in energy and environmentally related applications in the law, national and international policy, government, print and media journalism, public and social service, teaching, advanced graduate studies, ethics, business, and basic and applied research.

Sustainability by definition aims to meet our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A sustainability education lies within the intersection of environmental science and engineering, economics and business, public policy, and many other areas. Energy is a crucial component of sustainability.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 36

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Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 36 credits of graduate coursework in one of the concentrations which follow. Students must submit a curriculum worksheet that has been approved by their concentration head and the director. All students complete their work in the program with a project or thesis.

Concentration in Energy and Sustainability (EAS)

This concentration is designed for students interested in careers in energy and sustainability-related positions in the public, private, or non-profit sectors, including law, national and international policy, media, government, and business. As one of the University's Green Leaf academic programs, the concentration in energy and sustainability focuses on finding ways to meet present needs for energy and material goods without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A sustainability education lies at the intersection of environmental science, engineering, economics, business, public policy, social justice, and many other areas. Energy required to fuel all of these endeavors is a crucial component of sustainability.

Required Course of Interdisciplinary Studies Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Core Courses in Energy and Sustainability

Required Courses  
EVPP 533 Energy Policy 3
GGS 507 Sustainable Development 3
Natural Science Course  
PHYS 581 Topics in Renewable Energy 3
or GEOL 521 Geology of Energy Resources
Total Credits 9

Energy, Sustainability or Environmental Policy

Students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Select two courses from the following: 6
BIOD 760
National Security Technology and Policy  
Special Topics in Economics (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability policy)  
EVPP 505
Selected Topics in Environmental Science (when the topic involves energy or sustainability policy; take 3 credits)  
EVPP 638
Corporate Environmental Management and Policy  
EVPP 642
Environmental Policy  
GGS 525
Economics of Human/Environment Interactions  
PUBP 710
Topics in Public Policy (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability issues)  
Total Credits 6

Humanities or Social Science Approaches to Sustainability and Environmental Issues

Students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Select two courses from the following: 6
Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns  
Problems in American History (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability issues)  
Special Topics in Economics (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability policy)  
Contemporary Issues in Social Justice Human Rights  
ITRN 760
International Environmental Politics  
Environmental Ethics  
Religion and the Natural Environment  
Total Credits 6

Planning, Modeling, or Management

Students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Select one from the following: 3-4
CEIE 601
Infrastructure Modeling  
EVPP 650
Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling  
EVPP 693
Directed Studies in Environmental Science and Public Policy (take 3 credits)  
Total Credits 3-4

Natural Science

Students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Select one from the following: 3
CLIM 690
Scientific Basis of Climate Change  
EVPP 607
Fundamentals of Ecology  
EVPP 677
Applied Ecology and Ecosystem Management  
Total Credits 3

Electives

Students who wish to take MAIS 798 Interdisciplinary Studies Project for their capstone research experience will take one course (3 credits) of electives from courses listed below or other relevant course chosen in consultation with an advisor. Students who wish to take MAIS 799 Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis will not take an elective course.

Select 0-3 credits from the following: 0-3
BIOD 760
National Security Technology and Policy  
CEIE 601
Infrastructure Modeling  
CLIM 690
Scientific Basis of Climate Change  
Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns  
Special Topics in Economics (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability policy)  
EVPP 505
Selected Topics in Environmental Science (when the topic involves energy or sustainability policy; take 3 credits)  
EVPP 607
Fundamentals of Ecology  
EVPP 638
Corporate Environmental Management and Policy  
EVPP 642
Environmental Policy  
EVPP 650
Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling  
EVPP 677
Applied Ecology and Ecosystem Management  
EVPP 693
Directed Studies in Environmental Science and Public Policy (take 3 credits)  
GEOL 521
Geology of Energy Resources  
GGS 525
Economics of Human/Environment Interactions  
Problems in American History (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability issues)  
Contemporary Issues in Social Justice Human Rights  
ITRN 760
International Environmental Politics  
Environmental Ethics  
PHYS 581
Topics in Renewable Energy  
PUBP 710
Topics in Public Policy (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability issues)  
Religion and the Natural Environment  
Total Credits 0-3

Research Methods Course

Students choose one of the following courses or other relevant courses in consultation with an advisor.

Select one course from the following: 3
BINF 690
Numerical Methods for Bioinformatics  
EVPP 632
Qualitative Research Methods for Environmental Scientists  
EVPP 650
Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling  
EVPP 651
Multivariate Data Analysis for Ecology and Environmental Science  
OR 682
Computational Methods in Engineering and Statistics  
PUBP 710
Topics in Public Policy  
Methods and Logic of Social Inquiry  
Total Credits 3

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

Students who wish to do a project in lieu of a thesis will take 1 credit of MAIS 798 Interdisciplinary Studies Project and an additional 3 credit elective course from the courses listed under the electives requirement. Students who choose to write a thesis will take 4 credits of MAIS 799 Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis and no additional electives.

Zero to three credits of electives 0-3
Select one from the following: 1-4
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (minimum of 1 credit)  
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)  
Total Credits 4
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