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Minors are open to every student in the College of Engineering.  A minor consists of a minimum of 15 credits (typically 5 three-credit classes) in a specific field.  The intention of a minor is to allow students to develop a competency beyond that developed through a College major.  In order to achieve a minor, 9 of the 15 credits must be beyond degree requirements.  The College of Engineering currently offers minors in:

a.    Bioengineering:  This minor encourages students to use the tools of engineering analysis with fundamentals of the engineering and life sciences to enliven the understanding of living organisms, medical treatments, and biochemical pathways and to provide quantitative predictions and insight towards the design of medical and biological devices and processes.
        i.    It requires 2 advanced courses in biology (one must be cell bio) and 4
              engineering courses (one common introductory course from a
              predetermined specialization sequence and 3 electives)
        ii.   Current specializations include: biomaterials, biomechanics, tissue
              engineering and biomaterials, biotransport and micro-medical devices,
              and molecular and cellular engineering

b.    Computational Engineering: This minor gives students exposure to the fundamentals of programming and numerical methods, experience and skills in computer usage, and knowledge of applications from a range of different areas.
        i.    It requires 5 courses
        ii.   Examples of courses include: numerical methods, computer graphics, and
              simulation and optimization

c.    Energy Engineering:  This minor introduces students to the increasing need for sustainability and energy efficiency in an ever evolving world. Note that students not enrolled in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering or the Department of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering will be required to take Thermodynamics as a pre-requisite for many of the courses offered.
        i.    It requires 5 courses
        ii.   Examples of courses include: Environmental Systems, Electric and Hybrid
              Vehicles and Energy and Climate

d.    Environmental Earth Sciences:  This minor provides a foundation for students interested in the physical sciences, emphasizing the processes that occur near or at the surface of the Earth, and the impact of human activity on such processes.
        i.    It requires 16 credits
        ii.    Examples of courses include: mineralogy, structural         
        geology and rock mechanics, and environmental impact of resource utilization

e.    Minor in Engineering Corporate Practice:  This minor gives students exposure to the basics of business.  It is open only to seniors who have completed the College’s Engineering/Business sequence (EG 40421 and 40422), and enrollment is restricted to no more than 60 students (may be less in any given year due to demands on the business program).
     i.     It requires EG 40421 and 40422, an economics course (which may not be
            satisfied by advanced placement credit) and Accountancy and Corporate
            Finance courses in the senior year.
    ii.     The minor allows students to double-count with major requirements either EG
            40421 (as a technical elective) or the economics course (as the University
           social science requirement).  The other four classes are taken in addition to
           degree requirements.
f. Resiliency and Sustainability of Engineering Systems
Sustainable engineering systems in the context of multiple hazards, the environment, society, and economic constraints require mitigation to lessen the impacts from natural disasters and human activity and as well as resiliency to recover quickly from those hazards. The Resiliency and Sustainability of Engineering Systems minor will help educate students from all disciplines in the College of Engineering to become successful leaders who understand the complexity of the multi-hazard challenge in a changing World and can offer meaningful solutions. The graduates from this minor will be able to:

     i.     Recognize and assess the complex interactions and interdependencies
            within and between critical infrastructure, engineering networks, social
            systems, and our environment.
    ii.    Recognize the technical, social, economic, ethical, and philosophical
           aspects of a commitment to sustainable and resilient development.
   iii.    Recognize and apply engineering principles, processes, and practices to
           engineered infrastructure and systems that result in sustainable and
           resilient development.
    iv.    Develop a functional knowledge of the historical and economic
           frameworks that guide engineering regulations and public policy.
    v.    Develop skills to convey critical information about sustainability and
           resilience to the non-expert.

g. Energy Studies: The Energy Studies Minor (ESM) is open to undergraduate students in all majors and colleges at the University of Notre Dame. This minor is intended to prepare students to become successful leaders who understand the complexities of the world's energy challenges. Students may draw from both technical and non-technical resources to learn how to help move our country and the world toward a more sustainable energy future.

Two required courses (6 credits total), three elective courses (9 credits), and a capstone class (1 credit) are required to complete the minor.
     i.   ENER 20101: Energy and Society - a course developing the basic ideas
          of energy and power and their applications from a quantitative and
          qualitative viewpoint
     ii.  ENER 20202 / BA 20202: Business of Energy - a survey of energy
          resources, global climate change, basics of energy business and finance,
          energy economics, national and global energy policy, the psychology and
          ethics of energy consumption and behavior, and new urbanism