Currently, minors are offered in computer science, energy and environmental systems, engineering management, environmental engineering,materials science and engineering, scientific computing and most disciplines of the College of Arts and Science, Blair School of Music and Peabody College. Students must declare their intention to pursue minors by completing forms available in the Office of Academic Services in the School of Engineering.
Computer science blends scientific and engineering principles, theoretical analysis, and actual computing experience to provide undergraduate students with a solid foundation in the discipline. Emphasis is on computing activities of both practical and intellectual interest, and on theoretical studies of efficient algorithms and the limits of computation.
The minor in energy and environmental systems is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of the fundamentals of energy systems and their impact on the environment.The future health and well-being of humanity hinge in large part on smart production and use of energy, water, and related resources, as these are central determinants of climate change, habitable space, and human and ecological health.
The engineering management minor is designed to provide a student majoring in an undergraduate engineering program with a working knowledge of the fundamentals of management as they apply to technology-based enterprises. Engineering management courses include such topics as accounting and finance, applied behavioral science, engineering economics, technology marketing, technology strategy, manufacturing and supply chain management, project management and planning, systems engineering, and technology-based entrepreneurship.
A minor in environmental engineering is available to all non-civil engineering students. It requires a total of 15 hours of environmental engineering courses, comprised of 6 hours of required courses and 9 hours of electives. Required courses are CE 226 (Intro to Environmental Engineering) and ENVE 271 (Environmental Chemistry).
The materials science and engineering program is integrated into the extensive ongoing nanotechnology research. The Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscience and Engineering (VINSE) is at the center of this effort. This interdisciplinary research involves faculty from all of the engineering disciplines as well as faculty from chemistry, physics, and the medical school.
The nanoscience and nanotechnology minor presents principles and methods used in this rapidly growing field. The core originates in the physical sciences by providing key approaches for describing the behavior of matter on the nanoscale. Synthetic approaches are used to manipulate matter systematically, for creating uniquely functional nanomaterials that can be inorganic, organic, biological, or a hybrid of these. With a third component of characterization, a process for designing systems to have particular properties as a result of their composition and nanoscale arrangement emerges.
Faculty in the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Science offer an interdisciplinary minor in scientific computing to help natural and social scientists and engineers acquire the ever-increasing computational skills that such careers demand. Computation is now an integral part of modern science and engineering. In engineering, computer simulation allows the analysis and synthesis of systems too expensive, dangerous or complex to model and build directly.