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Energy and its Impacts (ILM)

General Information

Many of the issues facing humanity today center on energy: its supply, use, and impact on our environment. Energy and its Impacts is a 25-credit Integrated Learning Major that provides students with the background required to understand the origin of today’s energy problems and the ability to seek 21st-century solutions to the problems.

Requirements

Students enrolled in the Energy and its Impacts Integrated Learning Major must take three Foundation courses (nine credits), four or five elective courses (12-15 credits), a Junior Seminar (one credit), and a Senior Capstone Seminar (three credits).

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General Information

The Energy and its Impacts Integrated Learning Major is intended to complement a broad range of primary majors in the natural sciences, the social sciences, engineering, or management. Students enrolled in the ILM will confront some of the most challenging issues in the global energy marketplace.  The interdisciplinary approach will enable students to examine problems from multiple perspectives, enhancing critical thinking skills and the ability to work with a diverse group of people to collectively develop solutions.

Students from a broad range of primary majors (in the Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, or Management)will come together to confront some of the most important challenges that confront the world. A team-based capstone project will enhance interdisciplinary learning while building problem-solving skills. The program is of special interest for students in the following majors:

The College of Arts and Sciences
•    Biology
•    Biochemistry
•    Biotechnology
•    Chemistry
•    Economics
•    Earth Science
•    Geography
•    International Relations
•    Physics
•    Public Affairs

L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science
•    Chemical Engineering
•    Electrical Engineering
•    Environmental Engineering
•    Mechanical Engineering
(Engineering students must also enroll in the LCS Energy Systems minor)

Whitman School of Management
•    Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises
•    Finance

Many of the issues facing humanity today center on energy: its supply, use, and impact on our environment. Energy and its Impacts is a 25-credit Integrated Learning Major that provides students with the background required to understand the origin of today’s energy problems and the ability to seek 21st-century solutions to the problems.

Program Director

Peter R. Saulson

Peter R. Saulson 
Martin A. Pomerantz '37 Professor of Physics

Program Faculty

Mark  Braiman

Mark  Braiman 
Professor, Chemistry

Douglas A. Frank

Douglas A. Frank 
Professor
Biology

Chris Johnson

Chris  Johnson 
Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Jane Read

Jane  Read 
Associate Professor, Geography

Christopher A. Scholz

Christopher A. Scholz 
Professor

Peter Wilcoxen

Peter  Wilcoxen 
Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs