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Undergraduate Education in Energy and Environmental Policy

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Requirements for the B.S. in Energy and Environmental Policy

The Bachelor of Science in Energy and Environmental Policy offers an exciting opportunity for students to prepare for academic and professional careers in the high-demand fields of energy, environment, sustainable development and climate change. Students combine courses in policy analysis, economics, the social and natural sciences, and engineering with a well-established internship program to learn in the classroom AND in the practical settings of government, industry, think tanks and environmental organizations.

In order to fulfill the requirements for graduation, students must successfully complete 125 credit hours that fulfill university, major, concentration-specific course requirements and electives, and must maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPA). All courses must be passes with a minimum grade of C-. These credit hours include a student internship and senior thesis.

University Requirements

The University of Delaware requires all students to complete the following ten credit hours of courses.

  • Seminar in Composition (3 credits)
  • First Year Experience (1 credit)
  • Discovery Learning Experience - ENEP Internship (3 credits)
  • Multicultural Requierment (3 credits)

Breadth Requirements

All majors have Breadth Requirements to develop well-rounded scholars by introducing students who are familiar with diverse fields and perspectives.  The ENEP major has the following distribution of 31 credit hours of Breadth Requirements:

  • Creative Arts and Humanities (9 credits)
  • History and Cultural Change (6 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
  • Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology (10 credits)
Requirements for the Major

Core Curriculum Requirements

These fundamental courses offer the foundation for energy and environmental policy study

  • ENEP 250 Introduction to Energy Policy (3 credits) Group C Breadth Requirement
  • PHYS 143 Energy, Technology and Society (3 credits)
  • ECON 101 Introduction to Micro-Economics (3 credits) Group C Breadth Requirement
  • GEOG 236 Conservation of Natural Resources (3 credits)
  • POSC 220 Introduction to Public Policy (3 credits) OR UAPP 2225 Crafting Public Policy (3 credits)

Capstone Courses

These advanced courses provide opportunities for students to integrate, explore and research sustainable energy and environmental issues:

  • ENEP 424 Sustainable Energy Policy and Planning (3 credits) Group C Breadth Requirement
  • ENEP 425 Energy Policy and Administration (3 credits) Group C Breadth Requirement
  • CHEG 625 Green Engineering (3 credits)
  • GEOG 422 Resources, Development and the Environment (3 credits)

Additional Requirements

Concentration Specific Courses

Senior Research Paper (6 credits)

Second Writing Course (3 credits)


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Undergraduate Education in Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Energy and Environmental Policy Program
  • 278 Graham Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-0950