Our modern life is based on the availability of low cost and reliable energy. To supply these energy needs, we have relied on a global system that combines vast physical infrastructure, complex economic and political relationships, and cutting-edge science and technology. This system—and the constantly increasing efficiency with which it has converted energy resources into usable energy—has allowed industrialization and the growth of a robust global economy.
Most of our energy needs are supplied by hydrocarbons. Yet supplies of these energy resources are finite, and at least in the case of petroleum, may soon face a peak in production capacity. Geopolitical events further constrain supplies; at the same time, demand is growing, especially in developing nations such as India and China. Finally, the environmental impacts of current energy systems are significant, and in the case of climate change, potentially catastrophic.
Rising energy costs, concerns about CO2 emissions, and worries about the environmental effects of "business as usual" have led many companies to look for ways to respond to current and future environmental issues. In particular, implementation of CO2 regulations, whether tax or cap-and-trade, will lead to a carbon-constrained economy; companies will have to find ways to control energy costs and emissions, develop a strategy for meeting regulatory requirements. Large opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs will exist, as will pitfalls for companies that do not adapt to the new business environment.
In this concentration, students will learn about the energy industry, how energy and environmental issues will affect businesses in the future; tools for analyzing energy and environmental problems; and strategies that business can use to succeed in an economy in which energy and environmental issues are much more important than they have been in the past. The variety of business and non-business electives listed below provide the opportunity for a student to choose courses to fit his or her interests, ranging from a focus on specific energy topics to a more general coverage of energy, environment, and sustainability topics.
To complete the concentration, a student must complete a total of 18 course credits according to the requirements shown below (credits in parentheses). These 18 credits are part of the total Fuqua credit requirement.
Fuqua has transitioned to a new course numbering system. The new numbers are in effect for all courses beginning in the first Fall Term of 2012. View a sortable list of all renumbered courses.
ENRGYENV 898 — Energy, Markets, & Innovation (3 credits)
Depth Courses (minimum 6 credits):
Offered at Fuqua
ENRGYENV 626 — Modeling and Analysis for Environmental Sustainability (3 credits)
ENRGYENV 898/ENVIRON 831 — Sustainable Business Strategy (listed as ENVIRON 831 through Nicholas) (2 credits)
ENRGYENV 895 — Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum: Energy and Environment
Focus (6 credits)
MANAGEMT 898 — Corporate Social Impact Management (3 credits) or MANAGEMT 750 — Social Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
MGRECON 782 — Environmental Economics [Note: not offered 2011-2012]
Offered through other schools at Duke*
ENVIRON 711 — Energy and the Environment (3 credits)
ENVIRON 590.20 — Transportation and Energy (3 credits)
ENVIRON 631 — Energy Technology and Impact on the Environment (3 credits)
ENVIRON 716L — Modeling for Energy Systems (3 credits)
ENVIRON 635 — Energy Economics and Policy (3 credits)
ENVIRON 640 — Climate Change Economics and Policy (3 credits)
ENVIRON 638 — Environmental Life Cycle Analysis and Decision Making (2 credits)
ENVIRON 717 — Markets for Electric Power (3 credits)
ENVIRON 801 — Approaches to a Low Carbon Economy (1 credit)
LAW 235 — Environmental Law (3 credits)
LAW 520 — Climate Change and the Law (2 credits)
LAW 598 — Environmental Law and the Constitution (3 credits)
PUBPOL 790.01 — Economic Development and Environmental Conservation (3 credits)
*Other courses offered through the Nicholas School (listed under ENVIRON) are also eligible with approval.
Breadth courses (minimum 6 credits):
ACCOUNTG 591 — Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
ACCOUNTG 598 — Valuation and Fundamental Analysis (3 credits)
DECISION 611 — Decision Models (3 credits)
DECISION 613 — Strategic Modeling and Business Dynamics (3 credits)
DECISION 614 — Statistical Forecasting (3 credits)
FINANCE 646 — Corporate Finance (3 credits)
FINANCE 648 — Derivatives (3 credits)
FINANCE 651 — Entrepreneurial Finance (3 credits)
FINANCE 661 — Raising Capital (3 credits)
MANAGEMT 738 — Managing Innovation in a Global Organization (3 credits)
MANAGEMT 746 — Power and Politics in Organizations (3 credits)
MARKETNG 796 — Market Intelligence (3 credits)
MARKETNG 797 — Consumer Behavior (3 credits)
MARKETNG 802 — Marketing Innovations (3 credits)
MGRECON 781 — Global Economic Environment of the Firm (3 credits)
MGRECON 788 — Competitive Analysis (3 credits)
OPERATNS 827 — Global Operations (3 credits)
OPERATNS 828 — Supply Chain Management (3 credits)
STRATEGY 838 — Entrepreneurial Strategy (3 credits)