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Energy Science and Technology

There is an urgent need to develop and commercialize technologies for the sustainable conversion and use of energy. The goal of these minors is to prepare students for careers that require training in energy science and technology, efficiency, and policy. Clean technologies and green technologies including energy are some of the fastest growing markets for new investments. Well-trained individuals in all related fields are needed to provide the level of expertise required to advance technology and policy and to satisfy national and global objectives for greater energy sustainability.

The minors are designed to accommodate persons of diverse backgrounds with educational interests in areas that may include engineering, science, policy, economics, planning, and management.



  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade. A grade of C- or better is required for all courses used to satisfy minor requirements with an overall GPA in the required minor courses of 2.0 or better.
  • Only one course overlap allowed between major and minor.

20 units

Complete the following courses (8 units)

  • ENG 105 Thermodynamics (4 units) 
    • Or ECH 152B Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (4 units) 
  • ENG 188 Science and Technology of Sustainable Power Generation (4 units) 

Choose 12 units from the following 

  • EBS 161 Kinetics and Bioreactor Design (4 units) 
  • ECH 158C Plant Design Project (4 units) 
  • ECH 161A Biochemical Engineering Fundamentals (4 units) 
  • ECH 161B Bioseparations (4 units) 
  • ECH 161L Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory (4 units) 
  • ECH 166 Catalysis (3 units) 
  • ECI 125 Building Energy Performance (4 units) 
  • ECI 143 Green Engineering Design and Sustainability (4 units) 
  • ECI 163 Energy and Environmental Aspects of Transportation (4 units) 
  • EME 161 Combustion and the Environment (4 units) 
  • ARE 175 Natural Resource Economics (4 units) 
  • FST 123 Introduction to Enzymology (3 units) 
  • ABT 182 Environmental Analysis using GIS (4 units) 
  • ATM 116 Modern Climate Change (3 units) 
  • PLS 101 Agriculture and the Environment (3 units) 
  • ESP 167 Energy Policy (4 units) 

Total = 20 units


Minor Advisors

B. Jenkins
(530) 752-5086

K. McDonald
(530) 752-8314

C. van Dam
(530) 752-7741