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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Energy and Environmental Policy Program

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Telephone: (302) 831-0950
Faculty Listing: https://www.enep.udel/people/faculty

The Energy and Environmental Policy Program (ENEP), part of the College of Arts and Sciences, conducts interdisciplinary research and supports graduate and undergraduate study on the interlocking issues of energy, environment, and development. Work in ENEP is guided by theories of political economy and technology, environment, and society. Research programs currently organized in ENEP or carries out in the Center of Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) include sustainable development, environmental justice, global environmental change, energy efficiency and renewable energy applications, water conservation and management, and comparative energy and environmental policy.

The Energy and Environmental Policy Program offers an undergraduate degree in the interdisciplinary field of Energy and Environmental Policy (ENEP). The ENEP major offers an integrated set of courses in the fields of social and policy sciences, natural sciences, engineering and analytical methods to prepare its graduates with the necessary knowledge and tools to enter professional positions in the fields of energy and environmental analysis, planning and policy development. Students are provided with the cross-disciplinary knowledge and analytical skills to address local, national and global energy and environmental issues in complex, real world contexts. The program’s faculty is drawn from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Business and Economics.

The ENEP undergraduate degree is the only program in the state or region providing an undergraduate major that integrates a cross-disciplinary set of courses in policy analysis, economics, the social and natural sciences, and engineering to address the need to build a positive sustainable energy and environmental future. The unique nature of this major is that it combines the rigor and content knowledge of these disciplines to educate and prepare students to be effective decision makers and problem solvers in the energy and environmental sectors.

The undergraduate major in ENEP is designed to educate and build core competencies and skills for prospective practitioners who will work at the intersections of business, technology, government, research, and civil society sectors seeking to improve energy and environmental policy.

Beyond the core courses, majors must choose to specialize in one of three concentrations:

  1. Energy, Economics and Public Policy: provides an understanding of the influence of policy and economics on the development of the energy sector, with special emphases on sustainable energy development.
  2. Energy, Environment and Society: prepares majors to understand and analyze GHG emissions projection scenarios such as those developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and to evaluate technology and policy options related to climate challenges. Coursework in social science, econometrics, and statistical analysis as well as science and technology prepares students to conduct energy and environmental scenario analyses, policy simulations, and long-term policy analysis and planning.
  3. Energy, Science and Technology: enables students to understand the scientific and technological constraints and opportunities that can effect sustainable energy development. Courses bridge scientific and technological knowledge with an understanding of energy and environmental policy.

For all concentrations, students will be prepared to continue their education in graduate study in ENEP and related fields at the master’s level. Each concentration also includes the experience of Internship fieldwork and a senior research paper.

Students transferring into the major from outside the University of Delaware will have their transcripts evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

A minor in Energy and Environmental Policy is also offered.  To enroll in this minor program, the student must have permission of the Director, who will assign the student a minor advisor. For inquiries regarding the minor, contact the Energy and Environmental Policy Program at (302) 831-0950.


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