Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This minor is designed to be completed with any major in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will the minor in batteries and energy storage teach me?

Advances in batteries and energy storage are crucial to developing new, energy-efficient technologies. From a smart watch to a drone capable of traveling a long distance without recharging, technologies of the future will rely on small, light-weight batteries capable of carrying a significant charge. Successful global implementation of renewable energy power from sources such as solar and wind requires development of economical and safe large-scale energy storage systems.

The interdisciplinary minor in batteries and energy storage incorporates more than 50 classes from across engineering and the physical sciences to allow you to tailor the minor to your interests and get a broad look at the state-of-the-art in the field of energy storage. You'll learn how batteries function, how they are manufactured, and how energy can be harvested, stored and utilized. 

Housed in the College of Engineering, the interdisciplinary batteries and energy storage technologies minor draws on coursework in almost every engineering discipline, as well as courses in the sciences. Even if you are not an engineering major, the engineering coursework in the minor helps you gain a strong technical grounding in issues related to energy storage. 

Careers with a minor in batteries and energy storage technologies

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

Batteries and energy storage technologies minors often major in...

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Chemical engineering

Chemical engineers apply scientific principles -- along with a healthy dose of creativity -- to the creation of new chemicals and chemical processes that can improve our quality of life. Chemical engineers are involved in the design and manufacture of everything from a zestier version of your favorite toothpaste to a life-saving pharmaceutical to new and inexpensive fuel sources.

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Materials science and engineering

Self-healing plastic. Night-vision contact lenses. It seems like the stuff of science fiction, but it's reality for materials scientists and engineers, who study the relationship between a material's atomic structure and its physical properties. These engineers learn to manipulate materials at the atomic level to create new ones that are lighter, stronger or more flexible than their predecessors.

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Mechanical engineering

Self-healing plastic. Night-vision contact lenses. It seems like the stuff of science fiction, but it's reality for materials scientists and engineers, who study the relationship between a material's atomic structure and its physical properties. These engineers learn to manipulate materials at the atomic level to create new ones that are lighter, stronger or more flexible than their predecessors.

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At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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