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Clean Energy Minor

Develop Your Skills in One of the Fastest-Growing Fields.

Clean energy is rapidly becoming one of the fastest-growing sectors of the US and global economy. With the goal that these new sources provide sustainable, dependable, and clean fuel for our current and future needs, there is enormous pressure on the industry to thrive while sustainably using natural resources and having a positive impact on our ecosystems.

If you're interested in how clean energy technology impacts the bottom line or if you want to understand how policies impact the development and use of clean energy, this program is for you.

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How to Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Environmental Science Core Area (3 Credits)

  • ENVSTY 101 - The Nature of Environmental Problems 3 Credit(s)

Energy Core Area (3 Credits)

  • PHYSIC 134 - Energy for the Future 3 Credit(s)

Environmental Economics Core Area (3 Credits)

  • ECON 345L - Natural Resources & Sustainable Development 3 Credit(s) OR
  • ECON 349L - Economic Approaches to Environmental Problems 3 Credit(s)

Environmental Policy Core Area (3 Credits)

  • ENVSCI 384 - Climate and Energy: Law, Policy, and Management 3 Credit(s)

Environmental Management Core Area (3 Credits)

  • ENVSTY 481L - Introduction to Environmental Management and Clean Energy 3 Credit(s) OR
  • MGT 481L - Introduction to Environmental Management and Clean Energy 3 Credit(s)

Environmental Capstone (3 Credits)

  • ENVSTY 301 - Internship in Environmental Studies 1-3 Credit(s) OR
  • ENVSTY 478 - Independent Study 1-3 Credit(s)


Completion Requirements

Complete 18 credits from six courses, including one course in each of the following core areas: environmental science, energy, environmental economics, environmental policy, and environmental management; and one environmental capstone.

Minimum grade: No course with a grade below C may be applied toward the minor.
GPA: A minimum GPA of 2.0 from all courses applied toward the minor.
Pass/fail: No course taken pass/fail may be applied toward the minor.
Residency: At least five courses used for the minor must be completed at UMass Boston.


Dr. Elizabeth Boyle, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, School for Environment


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