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Minors Offered

Resiliency and Sustainability of Engineering Systems

With approximately 9 billion people projected to inhabit the Earth by the middle of the century, we are at a defining moment in human history when we must find effective ways to reduce resource consumption to avoid dramatic degradations in our complex and inter/intra-dependent environmental, social, and economic systems. In accordance with this challenge, the new Resiliency and Sustainability of Engineering Systems minor is intended to prepare engineering students from all disciplines to recognize the impact of their design decisions on built and natural engineering systems and be adept at working closely with planners, decision makers, and the general public towards a sustainable and resilient global development.

For more information about the Resiliency and Sustainability of Engineering System Minor, please contact Kevin Walsh at kwalsh8@nd.edu.

Energy Studies

The Energy Studies Minor is open to undergraduate students in all majors and colleges at the University of Notre Dame. This minor is intended to prepare students to become successful leaders who understand the complexities of our energy challenges. Students may draw from both technical and non-technical resources to learn how to help move our country and the world toward a more sustainable energy future.

For more information about the Energy Studies Minor, please contact Anne Berges Pillai at apillai@nd.edu. 

Environmental Earth Sciences

The Earth Sciences minor degree program at Notre Dame is run by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences to provide students with an introduction to the disciplines of Earth and environmental sciences. The program provides a foundation in the physical sciences, with emphasis on processes that occur near or at the surface of Earth, and the impact of human activity on such processes. Students explore the geochemical, mineralogical and hydrological properties of Earth’s crust, and develop an understanding of the interplay of natural processes such as mineral-water-rock-bacteria interactions, with anthropogenic issues such as transport of toxic heavy metals and safe disposal of nuclear waste. A minor in Earth Sciences requires the completion of 16 credit hours in Earth Sciences. 

For more information about the Environmental Earth Sciences Minor, please contact Jeremy Fein at fein@nd.edu.