Energy Systems Minor

The Energy Systems minor has a specially designed track just for for aerospace students. The 15 credit-hour multi-disciplinary program requires students to take courses that provide depth in an area relevant to energy and courses that cut across disciplines. The ultimate goal is to add breadth of knowledge in areas outside the student’s major but important to energy systems. A terminal capstone project course provides an opportunity for students to work together in multidisciplinary teams on a significant project in the energy area.

The minor is open to all Georgia Tech undergraduate students whose majors have approved the minor, including PUBP, ECON, EAS, CHEM, ME, AE and ECE. The breadth courses and the 3-credit capstone project course -- courses taken by all students completing the minor -- require one or more prerequisites in basic economics, mathematics and lab science courses. 

Prerequisite Courses
The prerequisites needed for one or more of the courses required for the minor (breadth courses and the capstone project course) are:

  • Mathematics through Calculus III (MATH 1501, 1502, and 2401)
  • Physics (PHYS 2211 and 2212)
  • Chemistry (CHEM 1310)
  • Economics (ECON 2100 or 2101 or 2105 and 2106)

Note: ECON 2105-6 are required for ECON majors.  For other majors, one ECON course is sufficient.  Student are strongly encouraged to complete the prerequisite courses first.

Depth Courses
The minor requires six (6) credit-hours of depth courses related to energy systems. A list of courses that meet this requirement is provided by each major approving the minor. Depth usually serve as technical or free electives in the student’s program of study. For multidisciplinary minors, up to six (6) credit-hours of courses from the major may count toward the minor requirements.

Breadth Courses
The minor requires six (6) credit-hours of breadth courses (two courses).  Students should try to complete  prerequisites and the depth courses prior to enrolling in the breadth courses. However, depth and breadth courses may be taken concurrently. All students pursuing the minor choose either  from options (1) or (4) and either (2) or (3) from the list below. Their choices depend on their majors (see notes below). While restrictions apply as to which courses can be used by various majors to fulfill the minor requirements (see Notes 1-4), breadth courses may, with permission of the student’s major, be taken for credit outside the minor.

  1. ME 4803                 Thermal Systems Engineering                        (See note 1)
  2. ECON 3300           Economics of Energy Systems                        (See note 2)
  3. PUBP 3350            Energy Policy                                                   (See note 3)
  4. CHEM 3400           Introduction to Alternative Energy                     (See note 4)


  1. Cannot be used by COE students to complete the minor.
  2. Cannot be used by ECON students to complete the minor.
  3. Cannot be used by PUBP students to complete the minor.
  4. Cannot be used by COS students to complete the minor.

Depth Courses Required for Aerospace Engineering Students
(prerequisites in parentheses)

  • AE 4701           Wind Engineering (Cross-listed with ME)
  • AE 4370           Life Cycle Cost Analysis
  • NRE 3208       Fundamentals of Nuclear and Radiological Engg (NRE 3301)
  • NRE 3301       Radiation Physics
  • AE 4461           Intro to Combustion 

Capstone Course
Ordinarily, students must complete all minor requirements before registering for the Project in Energy Systems course (COE/COS/IAC 4xxx, 3 hours). Some flexibility in the prerequisite chain may be allowed during the first two years of the minor.  Since courses required by name and number cannot be used in a minor, the capstone course in the minor cannot serve as a replacement for the current capstone courses in other programs.