Sustainable Energy Minor

The Sustainable Energy Minor is intended for students interested in learning more about energy, its sustainable use, energy demand management, and the public policy context in which energy use and production is regulated.

Our courses reach all areas of energy use, production, distribution, transmission, storage, and development. This includes energy use and production for transportation, space cooling and heating demands; electrical production, energy distribution and storage; and extends to energy conservation, price, greenhouse gas production and control, and aspects of public policy.


With the exception of students registered in Engineering Science’s Energy Systems Major, all Engineering undergraduates are eligible to pursue the Sustainable Energy Minor.

Sustainable Energy Minor enrolment form.


Students in the Sustainable Energy Minor must successfully complete of a minimum of six (6) one-semester courses including mandatory and elective courses. Of the four (4) electives students may choose, at least two must be from the advanced category. In all cases, students must ensure they meet the requirements of their chosen Engineering degree program or option.

Mandatory: Terrestrial Energy Systems (CIV300H1F/S)

Choose one of: Energy Policy (CS) (APS305H1S) OR Energy Policy & Environment (CS) (ENV350H1F)

Select four electives from the following courses (two must be at the Advanced Level):

Introductory Course   Advanced Courses
Technology in Society & the Biosphere I (HSS) (APS301H1F)

Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer (CHE260H1F)

Engineering Thermodynamics (CHE323H1F)

Environmental Pathways & Impact Assessment (CHE460H1S)

Environmental Engineering (CHE467H1F)

Environmental Impact & Risk Assessment (CIV440H1S)

Building Science (CIV375H1F)

Fundamentals of Electrical Energy Systems (ECE314H1F)

Introduction to Energy Systems (ECE349H1F)

Bioenergy from Sustainable Forest Management (FOR310H1S)

Efficient Use of Energy (GGR347H1F)

Carbon-Free Energy (GGR348H1S)

Thermal Energy Conversion (MIE311H1F)

Heat and Mass Transfer (MIE313H1S)

Materials Processing & Sustainable Development (MSE355H1S)

Physics of the Earth (JPE395H1S)

Introduction to Fusion Energy (AER507H1F)

Innovative Technologies & Organizations in Global Energy Systems (CS) (APS510H1F)

Appropriate Technology & Design for Global Development (APS530H1S)

Fuel Cells &  Electrochemical Conversion Devices (CHE469H1S)

Petroleum Processing (CHE451H1F)

Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning Fundamentals (MIE507H1S)

Elements of Nuclear Engineering (CHE566H1F)

Nuclear Plant Engineering (CHE568H1S)

Transport: Planning (CIV531H1F)

Sustainable Buildings (CIV576H1S)

Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities (CIV577H1S)

Energy Systems & Distributed Generation (ECE413H1S)

Electric Drives (ECE463H1S)

Power Electronics: Converter Topologies (ECE514H1F)

Advanced Power Electronics (ECE533H1S)

Bioenergy & Biorefinery Technology (FOR425H1S)

Reactor Physics & the Nuclear Fuel Cycle (MIE407H1F)

Thermal & Mechanical Design of Nuclear Power Reactors (MIE408H1S)

Alternative Energy Systems (MIE515H1F)

Combustion & Fuels (MIE516H1F)

Fuel Cell Systems (MIE517H1S)

Energy Management in Materials Processing (MSE408H1S)

Extractive Metallurgy (MSE404H1F)

Nanotechnology in Alternate Energy Systems (MSE458H1S)

Thesis or Design Project with approval of the Director of the Minor