Energy Studies

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Energy Studies

This emphasis combines courses in the colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Engineering and Engineering Technology and will introduce students to the world of green technology and energy related issues. The focus of the emphasis includes, but is not limited to, green concepts in power production, processing, manufacturing, ecologically friendly materials, and transportation. Students will also take courses on the humanities and social sciences to better understand the role that energy plays in society.

Degree Path

NIU Undergraduate Catalog

 

Major in Environmental Studies (B.S.)

Requirements in ENVS (18)
ENVS 301 - Environmental Science I: Physical Systems (3)
ENVS 302 - Environmental Science II: Biological Systems (3)
ENVS 303 - Environment in the Social Sciences and Humanities (3)
ENVS 304 - Environmental Law, Policy and Economics (3)
ENVS 305 - Green Technologies (3)

Three Credits from the following:
ENVS 450 - Issues in Environmental Studies (3)
ENVS 490 - Undergraduate Research (1-3)
ENVS 491 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies (1-3)
ENVS 492 - Internship in Environmental Studies (1-6)
ENVS 498 - Senior Thesis (1-3)
ENVS 499 - Senior Thesis: Honors (1-3) 

Requirements outside ENVS (B.S. 15-16) 

CHEM 210 - General Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 211 - General Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 212 - General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
CHEM 213 - General Chemistry Laboratory II (1)
MATH 211 - Calculus for Business and Social Science (3)
  OR MATH 229 - Calculus I (4) and MATH 230 –Calculus II (4)
STAT 301 - Elementary Statistics (4)

Requirements outside Environmental Studies (9)
GEOG 453 - Environmental Management (3)
TECH 484 - Energy Management (3)
GEOG 415/ENVS 415 - Introduction to Energy (3)

Select three of the following technology/engineering-based courses (9)
ISYE 421 - Introduction to Green Engineering (3)
ISYE 453 - Integrated Product and Process Design (3)
MEE 101 - Energy and the Environment (3)
TECH 245 - Pollution, Pestilence, Prevention, and the Cost of Doing Business (3)
TECH 417 - Design for Energy Efficiency and Green Materials (3)
TECH 418 - Bio-based Fuels and Alternative Applications (3)
TECH 419 - Energy Auditing (3)
TECH 432 - Disaster Preparedness (3)
TECH 411 - Greening Industrial Operations (3)

Select three of the applications and natural science-based courses (9)
BIOS 106 - Environmental Biology (3)
CHEM 427/ENVS 427- Environmental Chemistry (3)
ENVS 409/BIOS 409X/ GEOL409X - Water Quality (4)
GEOG 368 - Climate Change: Science, Impacts and Mitigation (3)
GEOG 256 - Maps and Mapping (3)
GEOG 359 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)
GEOG 459 - Geographic Information Systems (3)
GEOL 421 - Environmental Geochemistry (3)
GEOL 425 - Engineering Geology (3)
GEOL 496 - Geophysics (3)
PHYS 140 - Physics and Society (3)
PHYS 434 - Nuclear Energy and Radiation (3)

Select one of the following humanities and social sciences courses (3)
ANTH 425 - Environment and Anthropology (3)
ANTH 432 - Nature and the Environment Across Cultures (3)
ECON 386 - Environmental Economics (3)
GEOG 253 - Environment and Society (3)
GEOG 455 - Land-Use Planning (3)
HIST 377 - American Environmental History (3)
PHIL 335 - Environmental Ethics (3)
SOCI 364 - Environmental Sociology (3)

Select one of the following law/policy courses (3)
POLS 220 - Introduction to Public Policy (3)
POLS 324 - Politics of Environmental, Health, and Safety Regulation (3)

 

Major in Energy and Environmental Systems Technology

Department of Engineering Technology