ERG’s Summer-Only Minor

Summer-Only Minor and Certificate in Sustainability – Summer 2018


ERG will launch a new interdisciplinary summer minor and certificate program in Sustainability in Summer 2018, open to matriculated UC Berkeley undergraduates and summer-only students. Upon completion, UC Berkeley undergraduates receive a Minor in Sustainability; summer-only students receive a Certificate in Sustainability from UC Berkeley.


The Energy and Resources Group’s Sustainability minor or certificate focuses on environmental science, policy, and behavior. Students complete courses in global and local environmental change; the science, engineering, economics, and policy, of renewable energy; biodiversity; the economics of degradation and sustainability; and environmental justice.

The requirements are 15 total units of coursework, which can be completed in either one or two summers. UC Berkeley undergraduates may elect to take Energy and Society (ENERES C100 or PUBPOL C184) either in the summer or the fall. All other courses will be offered during the summer only and are unique to summer. ERG will offer two Economics courses (Economics of Climate Change and Ecological Economics) in alternate years.

Required Sessions:

Session B: June 4 – August 10
Session C: June 18 – August 10
Session D: July 2 – August 10

* For California Water, class time will include breaks and field trips.



Summer courses may also be viewed on the UC Berkeley Course Catalog and Class Schedule.

  • Energy and Society (4 units – 10 weeks, Session B)
    Offered in summer and fall — you may complete this course before or after your summer session if you are a UC Berkeley student.

    • This course is designed to provide you with the methods, tools and perspectives to understand, critique, and ultimately influence the management of technical, economic, and policy choices regarding the options for energy generation and use. We will focus equally on the technical, socioeconomic, political, and environmental impacts of energy.
  • Economics of Climate Change (3 units – 8 weeks, Session C)
    ENERES N176
    Offered in summer only (alternate years with Ecological Economics).

    • Climate change is caused by a large variety of economic activities, and many of its impacts will have economic consequences. Economists have studied climate change for more than two decades, and economic arguments are often powerful in policy decisions. This course will introduce students to these arguments and equip them with the tools to participate in discussions of climate change policy through an economic lens.
  • Ecology and Society (3 units – 8 weeks, Session C)
    ENERES 101
    Offered in summer only. 

    • This course introduces students to the many ways in which our lives are intertwined with the ecosystems around us. Topics include ecological limits to growth, climate change and other threats to biodiversity, the value of ecosystem goods and services, the ecology of disease, ecotoxicology, the evolution of cooperation in ecosystems, industrial ecology, and the epistemology of ecology.
  • Environmental Classics (3 units – 6 weeks, Session D)
    ENERES 170
    Offered in summer only. 

    • What is the history and evolution of environmental thinking and writing? How have certain ‘environmental classics’ shaped the way in which we think about nature, society and progress? What is their relevance today? This course will use books and papers from the last 6 decades that have had a profound impact on academic and wider public thinking — primarily in the USA — about the environment and society in historical context.
  • California Water (3 units – 6 weeks, Session D)
    ENERES 190 (Seminar in Energy, Environment, Development and Security Issues)
    Offered in summer only. 

    • The story of water development in California provides compelling examples of water politics, the social and environmental consequences of redistributing water, and the relationships between water uses, energy, and climate. This course provides the historical, scientific, legal, institutional, and economic background needed to understand the social and ecological challenges of providing water for California’s growing population, agricultural economy, and other uses – all of which are made more complex by climate change.


Registration is now open for the Summer-Only Minor!

Minor in Sustainability for UC Berkeley Students:

  1. Fill out “Intent to Declare ERG Minor” form (available soon).
  2. Choose your courses and enroll into summer courses via Berkeley Summer Sessions.
  3. At the start of Session D, fill out the Completion of Minor form (available in late February).
  4. Email the form to or bring to the Energy and Resources Group office at 310 Barrows Hall.

Certificate in Sustainability for Summer-Only Students:

  1. Fill out “Intent to Declare ERG Certificate” form (available soon).
  2. Choose your courses and enroll into summer courses via Berkeley Summer Sessions.
  3. At the start of Session D, fill out the Completion of Certificate form (available in late February).
  4. Email the form to or bring to the Energy and Resources Group office at 310 Barrows Hall.


If you are enrolled in this minor you may be eligible for a $2,000 scholarship if you:

  • Are currently enrolled as a UC Berkeley student
  • Complete the academic requirements of the minor by the end of Summer Sessions 2017 or Summer Sessions 2018
  • Receive a grade of “C” or higher in all courses comprising the minor and complete all courses before graduation
  • Submit the Completion of Minor form by October 1.

For more information contact:
Energy and Resources Group