EnergyBass Connections in Energy cuts across business, engineering, policy and science to educate tomorrow’s energy leaders, create new options through research and improve decision-making about energy.

Through Bass Connections in Energy, students at all levels and in all programs of study gain the knowledge, skills and experience needed to play leadership roles in a rapidly evolving energy future. Bass Connections in Energy raises the stakes for students and faculty by crossing boundaries through problem-focused education—boundaries among disciplines, educational levels and schools; geographic boundaries; and boundaries between the university, business, civil society and government.

Students interested in Bass Connections in Energy can apply to be a part of a project team, register for a course, enroll in a curricular program, participate in energy events and join a student club.

Educational Pathways


In addition to project teams, Bass Connections in Energy offers semester-long interdisciplinary courses.

Minor, Certificate, Concentrations, Ph.D. Program

Undergraduates can pursue an Energy Engineering minor and a certificate in Energy and Environment. Master’s students can opt for a concentration: Energy and Environment within the Master of Environmental Management program; Energy and Environment or Energy Finance for MBA students; Environment and Energy Policy within the Master of Public Policy program. Duke also offers a Ph.D. Program in Environmental Policy.


Receive individualized guidance on how to incorporate Bass Connections into your Duke experience.

Student Stories

Check out students’ experiences in Energy.

Theme Leadership

The Duke University Energy Initiative runs the Bass Connections in Energy theme, which is led by Lori Snyder Bennear, Juli Plant Grainger Associate Professor of Energy Economics and Policy.

At a Glance

Using interdisciplinary thinking to address tomorrow’s critical energy and environmental challenges
9 project teams in 2017-18
4 interdisciplinary courses


Apr 18

The second annual showcase event will feature talks, posters, awards and a reception. Come learn more about Bass Connections and find out what these research teams of faculty, grad students, undergrads and community partners have accomplished this year.