In this video, former student and Cal rugby player James Kondrat discusses what he loved about Energy and Society, a key course in the ERG minor. 

Students in the minor gain an understanding of: 

  • Technology, Development, and Society
  • Consumption, Resource Use and Equity
  • Global Change Science and Economics
  • Governance Challenges

A colorful sunset with electrical grid towers in the foreground

The minor is satisfied by completing five upper division courses, including two core courses and three electives. The core courses introduce interdisciplinary analysis and tools and methods from different disciplines such as economics and ecology. They also cover key energy and resource issues. The electives, which are selected from a pre-approved list or with faculty permission, allow further exploration of these concepts. 

Core courses:

ENERES C100/W100: Covers energy sources, uses, and impacts: an introduction to the technology, politics, economics, and environmental effects of energy in contemporary society. Energy and well-being; energy in international perspective, origins, and character of energy crisis.

ENERES 102: Discusses human disruption of biogeochemical and hydrological cycles; causes and consequences of climate change and acid deposition; transport and health impacts of pollutants; loss of species; radioactivity in the environment; and quantitative models to understand these environmental problems.

List of electives

Completion of the minor program will be noted in the memorandum section of the student’s transcript of Berkeley work.

If you are interested in pursuing the Energy and Resources Minor:

Complete the “Interest in Energy and Resources Minor” form to get information about the minor and learn when you can declare.

Submit the “Minor Completion Form” by the last week of instruction of the semester before the semester in which you intend to graduate to the undergraduate staff advisor at erg.minor@berkeley.edu or to 260 Mulford Hall.

Energy and Resources Minor Snapshot

For more information, email erg.minor@berkeley.edu


Energy and Resources Minor Faculty Advisor: Lara Kueppers

Headshot of Lara Kueppers

Associate Professor, Energy and Resources Group


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The Energy and Resources Group (ERG), which administers the minor, is an academic unit within the Rausser College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. To receive updates about events and programs in ERG, please join the ERG mailing list