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Programs & Courses - Concentration in Renewable Energy (BA, BS Economics)

The Renewable Energy Economics Concentration may be taken under either the B.A. in Economics or the B.S. in Economics.  To complete the Renewable Energy Economics Concentration, students complete all requirements for their B.A. or B.S. degree, and also complete the concentration requirements.  Normally students take their concentration course requirements as part of as part of their economics core courses, or as part of their professional or free electives.

Core courses:

ECO 180 Citizens, Energy and Sustainability

ECO 405 Sustainable Energy Economics and Policy

POS 100 American Government

Elective Courses (choose 8):

PHI 232 Environmental Ethics (could be used to meet Ethics Gen Ed)

PAA 327 Environmental Policy, Management and Regulation

ECO 381 Sustainable Development Principles and Policy (could be used to meet Ethics Gen Ed)

EES 324 Environmental Protection Law and Policy

ECO 473 Economics and Policy Applications of GIS

ECO 371 Public Finance and Fiscal Policy

ECO 477 Economics of Environmental and Resource Management

ECO 475 Industrial Organization

ECO 479 Land Use Planning

The following courses are recommended:

CHY 121 Introduction to Chemistry

PHY 111 General Physics I OR PHY 121 – Physics for Engineers and Physical Scientists I

Students should consider the following courses:

ERS 191 Energy and the Earth System

ERS 369 Energy Resources and Climate Change

EET 498 Renewable Energy and Electricity Production

Topics include: basic circuit components, load specification, history of electric utilities, distributed generation, the economics of energy, wind generation, and solar generation.

SFR 455 Bioenergy Sources, Systems, and Environmental Effects

This purpose of this course is to detail the use of biomass for bioenergy use worldwide and providing a review of the biomass sources, definitions, thermodynamics, common measures, equipment are discussed.  Environmental problems and benefits associated with biomass use are also detailed along with legislative incentives in the United States.

Students may also wish to consider internships and/or independent study opportunities related to renewable energy.  Discuss these with your advisor, the see SOE Undergraduate Coordinator or SOE Director for approval.

Details on the BA in Economics and the BS in Economics can be found here.

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Renewable Energy Minors
5796 AMC Building, Room 200
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2217 | Fax: (207) 581-2220E-mail: paige.case@umit.maine.edu
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Orono, Maine 04469
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