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Renewable Energy Minor

A student graduating with a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder may also receive a Minor in Electrical Renewable Energy Systems. As society moves away from the overwhelming dependence on fossil fuels towards more sustainable and environmentally friendlier alternatives, the need for engineers and scientists ready to take on new challenges and bring innovations to present and future energy systems is expected to grow. The objectives of the Minor in Electrical Renewable Energy Systems are to address the growing interests and technical needs in renewable energy sources and efficient utilization of electrical energy. The Minor provides training in applications of electrical engineering to renewable energy systems such as solar and wind beyond the training usually received by science, mathematics, applied mathematics or other engineering majors. This minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours.

Preparation for the minor:
Prerequisites for the required courses are two semesters of calculus and differential equations with linear algebra.

All the courses listed below are 3 credit-hour courses.

Course NumberCourse Title
Required courses - 12 credits
ECEN 2060 Renewable Sources and Efficient Electrical Energy Systems
ECEN 2250 Intro to Circuits and Electronics
ECEN 2260 Circuits as Systems
ECEN 3250 Mircoelectronics
TWO of the following upper division courses* - 6 credits
ECEN 3170 Energy Conversion 1
ECEN 4167 Energy Conversion 2 (ECEN 3170 is a prerequisite)
ECEN 4797 Introduction to Power Electronics
ECEN 4517 Power Electronics and Photovoltaic Power Systems Laboratory
(ECEN 4797 is a prerequisite)
ECEN 4228 Wind Energy (or approved substitute)

* New courses and special topics will be added as developed.

Minium Grades
Students admitted to the Renewable Energy Minor must have a cumulative GPA of 2.700 or better. A cumulative GPA of 2.250 or better is required in courses used to satisfy the requirements of this minor. Each individual course that is counted toward this minor must be passed. A passing grade is a D- or better. Note, however, that a C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses.