Fuel a brighter tomorrow

A concentration in Energy will prepare you to contribute in one of today’s most critical areas of global public concern—energy generation, use, and impact. Taking an interdisciplinary approach that connects science, technology, economics, and public policy, this concentration focuses on energy policy and technology, exploring the socioeconomic and environmental consequences of both.

You will learn the life cycle of energy resources and study the economics of energy production and consumption. You’ll also explore the feasibility of various tools and techniques for reducing carbon emissions and diversifying the energy sector. Specific topics of study include the formation and mitigation of air pollution, climate change, coal use and carbon sequestration, alternative energy sources, including wind and solar power, and the technical, policy, and social changes linked to increased use of natural gas. As a graduate in this concentration, you can look forward to a variety of opportunities with organizations in the public and private sectors.

A broad base, plus depth and detail

You’ll begin by mastering the fundamentals reflected in the MSES program’s core competencies—15 credit hours encompassing the rigor and breadth that employers seek. The concentration also features 18 credit hours of specialized advanced courses, including Energy Analysis and Markets (E 574) and Energy Economics and Policy (R 674).

Personalize your program

The remainder of the course work comes in 12 credit hours of electives, where you can tailor your Energy program to your own specific interests. Two of your elective courses must be in the natural sciences and two in economics, public policy, or law.

Natural Science Courses

  • Fundamentals of Air Pollution (E 515)
  • Vector-based Geographic Information Systems (E 518)
  • Coal Utilization and Carbon Sequestration (E 555)
  • Natural Gas: Technical and Policy Challenges ( E555)
  • Physical Meteorology and Climatology (GEOG-G 532)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GEOG-G 538)
  • Sustainable Energy Systems (GEOG-G 542)
  • Climate Change (GEOG-G 575)
  • Principles of Petroleum Geology (GEOL-G 571)
  • Organic Geochemistry (GEOL-G 587)
  • Environmental Physics (PHYS-P 510)

Economics, Public Policy and Law Courses

  • Human Behavior and Energy Consumption (E 501)
  • International Environmental Policy (E 535)
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Programs (P 541)
  • Public Natural Resources Law (V 550)
  • Seminar in Climate Change Law and Policy (V 550)
  • Sustainable Development (S 596)
  • Environmental Economics and Policy (R 625)
  • Natural Resource Management and Policy (R 643)
  • Environmental Law (R 645)
  • Seminar in Energy Law and Policy (LAW-L 644)

After consulting with a faculty advisor, you also may enroll in elective courses offered by other IU departments, including geography and law.

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