Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Data-driven Sustainable Energy Systems


The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS) in Data-driven Sustainable Energy Systems provides graduate students with interdisciplinary training in energy-system modeling, data science, energy policy, business, law, social and behavioral sciences, and energy technologies.

  • Students with an interest in sustainable energy will develop their data-analytic and computational skills, along with a holistic understanding of economics, business, finance policy, social impacts, and law as it relates to sustainable, distributed, and digitized energy systems.
  • Students will strengthen their communication skills through experiential-learning encounters and develop the ability to innovate, be adaptive, and design forward-thinking solutions to sustainable energy problems.


The GIS consists of six courses totaling 19 credit hours:
• ISE 6020 - Foundations of Data-Driven Sustainable Energy Systems
• Four elective courses from five thematic areas related to sustainable energy systems: energy system modeling; information systems; energy policy, regulation, and economics; energy-business modeling; and energy technologies, components, and subsystems.
• PUBAFRS 8620 - Innovating for Sustainable Energy Systems

Students will receive formal recognition on their transcripts after the completion of the curriculum, some of which may double-count with major requirements. 

How to Enroll

Enrollment is open to any graduate student who is interested in sustainable energy.  Students interested in enrolling should follow the steps outlined here. The Minors and Interdisciplinary Specialization enrollment form is located in GRADFORMS under the Graduation and Examination section. 

Interested in adding a course to the DRIVES GIS?

If you are a student interested in adding a course to the DRIVES GIS requirements, you will need to complete this Qualtrics form. To complete your request, you will need the following documents: 

1. A PDF of the syllabus of the course you are interested in adding to your GIS curriculum
2. A PDF of the syllabus of a course within the Thematic Area that you think aligns with the learning outcomes of the course you are interested in adding
3. A PDF of an email exchange with your academic advisor where you summarize your interest in the course you would like to have added and how it aligns with the Thematic Area. Your advisor must provide their thoughts as part of this email exchange.

In addition, there are three extended response questions. You are encouraged to write our your responses in a separate document and copy them into Qualtrics. 

Extended Responses (500 characters max): 
1. What is your rationale for the course addition? 
2. Explain why the proposed course is in line with the selected thematic area.
3. Why does the proposed course fit into the thematic area regardless of the other courses within the thematic area?

If you are a faculty member interested in adding a course to the DRIVES GIS requirements, please complete this Qualtrics form.