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​Energy and its Impacts

​College of Arts and Sciences

Energy and its impacts is an integrated learning major that provides students an understanding of the origin of today’s energy problems and the ability to seek 21st-century solutions.

The program includes extensive coursework and research on energy issues, its supply, use, and impact on our environment. The major is designed to complement a broad range of programs in the natural sciences, the social sciences, engineering, or management.

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About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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Core coursework is centered on environmental studies, earth science, and international relations. Sample courses include

  • Dynamic Earth
  • Ecological Problems and Society
  • Thermodynamics
  • Climate Change Past and Present
  • Economic Ideas and Issues
  • Solar Energy Science and Architectures

View official B.A. requirements.

View official B.S. requirements.

Practical Experience

Take advantage of real-world learning opportunities that will bolster and enhance your experience.

  • Organize geography-related events such as films and outings as a member of the Geography Club.
  • Supplement your learning and networking experiences as a Renée Crown University Honors student.
  • Get hands-on experience as an intern at leading environmental and urban planning firms.

Study Abroad

Consistently ranked among the top international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad is a storied part of the Syracuse experience. With over 100 programs in 60 countries, nearly half of all students go abroad during their four years. Energy and its impacts students have studied abroad in Santiago, Florence, and London.

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in energy and its impacts you can explore careers such as:

  • Environmental engineer
  • Geographer
  • Geographic specialist
  • Urban and regional planner
  • Researcher

Or earn a graduate level degree in the areas of economics, geography, and sociology, among others.