Energy Systems Specialization

energy systems

Advancing sustainable energy systems, solutions, and their applications

Greater global demand for energy is forcing us to rethink how we use our resources for the greater good.  We need sustainable and renewable sources to provide energy for a growing population. 

You will learn how and what kind of energy is used within a system and its cost. That system could be a manufacturer, a campus of buildings, or a farm.

You'll also learn how to identify alternatives to current energy needs. Can efficiency be improved through optimization or upgrades to operations to reduce the demand for energy? Could the required energy demand be met with sustainable sources from renewable energy sources?


Minors and certificate

  • Minors that complement energy systems would be construction management, housing and community development, or sustainability studies
  • Consider the Technical Communication Certificate

Research opportunities with our faculty

We have an active research faculty, and some may have opportunities for you to work on a project.

As a student with a specialization in energy systems, you may want to consider the following research area within our department:

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Admission and degree

You can apply for admission to the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

You will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Systems Management with a specialization in energy systems, which will appear on your official transcript.


Learn more about careers in energy systems and see a sample list of employers.

Contact us

If you have questions, would like to meet faculty, or tour our labs, please e-mail [email protected] or contact our SSM major coordinators:

Tim Smith
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Omar Espinoza
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