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Stanford offers over 300 energy courses. Link below to current listings.

We hope to see you at the weekly cross-campus Energy Seminar on Mondays during the academic year at 4:30-5:20pm in NVIDIA Auditorium. Students may take the Energy Seminar for credit or drop in for talks of interest.

Incoming graduate and professional school students may enroll in a week-long energy course Energy@Stanford&SLAC, that runs September 8-11, 2015.

For lifelong learners, the Stanford Center for Professional Development offers an Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies Certificate.

If you notice any omissions or inaccuracies in the listing please email:  precourt_institute@stanford.edu. Thank you.

2015 - 2016 Academic Year

Department Course Codesort icon Course Title Description General Education Requirement(s)
EARTHSYS 10 Introduction to Earth Systems For non-majors and prospective Earth Systems majors. Multidisciplinary approach using the principles of geology, biology, engineering, and economics to describe how the Earth operates as an... GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA
OSPAUSTL 10 Coral Reef Ecosystems Key organisms and processes, and the complexity of coral reef ecosystems. Students explore the Great Barrier Reef from the southern end which demonstrates the physical factors that limit coral reefs... GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-SMA
CEE 100 Managing Sustainable Building Projects Managing the life cycle of buildings from the owner, designer, and contractor perspectives emphasizing sustainability goals; methods to define, communicate, coordinate, and manage multidisciplinary... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
EARTHSYS 101 Energy and the Environment (ENERGY 101) Energy use in modern society and the consequences of current and future energy use patterns. Case studies illustrate resource estimation, engineering analysis of energy systems, and options for... GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-AQR, WAY-SMA
ENERGY 101 Energy and the Environment (EARTHSYS 101) Energy use in modern society and the consequences of current and future energy use patterns. Case studies illustrate resource estimation, engineering analysis of energy systems, and options for... GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-AQR, WAY-SMA
ENERGY 101A Energizing California A weekend field trip featuring renewable and nonrenewable energy installations in Northern California. Tour geothermal, bioenergy, and natural gas field sites with expert guides from the Department...
CEE 101B Mechanics of Fluids Physical properties of fluids and their effect on flow behavior; equations of motion for incompressible ideal flow, including the special case of hydrostatics; continuity, energy, and momentum... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
EARTHSYS 102 Renewable Energy Sources and Greener Energy Processes (ENERGY 102) Do you want a much better understanding of renewable power technologies? Did you know that wind and solar are the fastest growing forms of electricity generation? Are you interested in hearing about... GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-SMA
ENERGY 102 Renewable Energy Sources and Greener Energy Processes (EARTHSYS 102) Do you want a much better understanding of renewable power technologies? Did you know that wind and solar are the fastest growing forms of electricity generation? Are you interested in hearing about... GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-SMA
EARTHSYS 103 Understanding Energy (CEE 107A, CEE 207A) Energy is one of the world's main drivers of opportunity and development for human beings. At the same time, our energy system has significant consequences for our society, political system, economy... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
HISTORY 103D Human Society and Environmental Change (EARTHSYS 112, ESS 112) Interdisciplinary approaches to understanding human-environment interactions with a focus on economics, policy, culture, history, and the role of the state. Prerequisite: ECON 1. WAY-SI
HISTORY 103E The International History of Nuclear Weapons (POLISCI 116) An introduction to the history of nuclear weapons from World War II to the present. The focus is on politics, but the role of technology transfer ¿ whether legal or illicit ¿ in the... GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-SI
SIS 103Q Stanford Introductory Seminar : Pros and Cons of Energy Options in the 21st Century
ENERGY 104 Sustainable Energy for 9 Billion This course explores the transition to a sustainable energy system at large scales (national and global), and over long time periods (decades). Explores the drivers of global energy demand and the... WAY-AQR
ENGR 105 Feedback Control Design Design of linear feedback control systems for command-following error, stability, and dynamic response specifications. Root-locus and frequency response design techniques. Examples from a variety of... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
ECON 106 World Food Economy (EARTHSYS 106, EARTHSYS 206, ECON 206, ESS 106, ESS 206) The economics of food production, consumption, and trade. The micro- and macro- determinants of food supply and demand, including the interrelationship among food, income, population, and public-... WAY-SI
CEE 107A Understanding Energy (CEE 207A, EARTHSYS 103) Energy is one of the world's main drivers of opportunity and development for human beings. At the same time, our energy system has significant consequences for our society, political system, economy... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
CEE 107F Understanding Energy -- Field Trips (CEE 207F, EARTHSYS 103F) Understanding Energy - Field Trips takes students on trips to major energy resource sites located within a few hours of Stanford University. Students visit at least two of the many field trips...
CEE 107S Energy Resources: Fuels and Tools (CEE 207S) Energy is a vital part of our daily lives. This course examines where that energy comes from, and the advantages and disadvantages across different fuels. Contextual analysis of energy decisions for...
CEE 107W Understanding Energy -- Workshop (CEE 207W, EARTHSYS 103W) Interactive workshop that goes in depth into cross-cutting energy topics touched on by CEE 107A/207A & EARTHSYS 103 - Understanding Energy. Topics covered include energy and...
CEE 109 Creating a Green Student Workforce to Help Implement Stanford's Sustainability Vision (EARTHSYS 109, ENVRINST 109) Examination of program-based local actions that promote resource resource conservation and an educational environment for sustainability. Examination of building-level actions that contribute to...
EARTHSYS 109 Creating a Green Student Workforce to Help Implement Stanford's Sustainability Vision (CEE 109, ENVRINST 109) Examination of program-based local actions that promote resource resource conservation and an educational environment for sustainability. Examination of building-level actions that contribute to...
ENVRINST 109 Creating a Green Student Workforce to Help Implement Stanford's Sustainability Vision (CEE 109, EARTHSYS 109) Examination of program-based local actions that promote resource resource conservation and an educational environment for sustainability. Examination of building-level actions that contribute to...
ENERGY 110 Engineering Economics The success of energy projects and companies is judged by technical, economic and financial criteria. This course will introduce concepts of engineering economy, e.g., time value of money, life...
EARTHSYS 111 Biology and Global Change (BIO 117, ESS 111) The biological causes and consequences of anthropogenic and natural changes in the atmosphere, oceans, and terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. Topics: glacial cycles and marine circulation,... GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA
ESS 111 Biology and Global Change (BIO 117, EARTHSYS 111) The biological causes and consequences of anthropogenic and natural changes in the atmosphere, oceans, and terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. Topics: glacial cycles and marine circulation,... GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA
HUMBIO 111M Marine Resource Economics and Conservation (EARTHSYS 156M, ECON 156) Economic and ecological frameworks to understand the causes of and potential solutions to marine resource degradation. Focus on conservation of marine biodiversity and ecosystem-based management.... WAY-SI
EARTHSYS 112 Human Society and Environmental Change (ESS 112, HISTORY 103D) Interdisciplinary approaches to understanding human-environment interactions with a focus on economics, policy, culture, history, and the role of the state. Prerequisite: ECON 1. WAY-SI
AA 116Q Electric Automobiles and Aircraft Transportation accounts for nearly one-third of American energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and three-quarters of American oil consumption. It has crucial impacts on climate change, air... GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-AQR, WAY-SMA
BIO 117 Biology and Global Change (EARTHSYS 111, ESS 111) The biological causes and consequences of anthropogenic and natural changes in the atmosphere, oceans, and terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. Topics: glacial cycles and marine circulation,... GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA
ENERGY 11SC Energy in the Southwest (CEE 16SC, POLISCI 25SC) The technical, social, and political issues surrounding energy management and use in the West, using California, Nevada, and Arizona as a field laboratory. Students explore energy narratives, such as...
ENERGY 120 Fundamentals of Petroleum Engineering (ENGR 120) Lectures, problems, field trip. Engineering topics in petroleum recovery; origin, discovery, and development of oil and gas. Chemical, physical, and thermodynamic properties of oil and natural gas.... GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-FR, WAY-SMA
ENGR 120 Fundamentals of Petroleum Engineering (ENERGY 120) Lectures, problems, field trip. Engineering topics in petroleum recovery; origin, discovery, and development of oil and gas. Chemical, physical, and thermodynamic properties of oil and natural gas.... GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-FR, WAY-SMA
PHYSICS 120 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I Vector analysis. Electrostatic fields, including boundary-value problems and multipole expansion. Dielectrics, static and variable magnetic fields, magnetic materials. Maxwell's equations.... GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-FR, WAY-SMA
ENERGY 120A Flow Through Porous Media Laboratory Laboratory measurements of permeability and porosity in rocks. Applications to subsurface fluid mechanics. Course is intended as an accompaniment to Energy 120.
CHEMENG 120B Energy and Mass Transport General diffusive transport, heat transport by conduction, Fourier's law, conduction in composites with analogies to electrical circuits, advection-diffusion equations, forced convection, boundary...
ENERGY 121 Fundamentals of Multiphase Flow (ENERGY 221) Multiphase flow in porous media. Wettability, capillary pressure, imbibition and drainage, Leverett J-function, transition zone, vertical equilibrium. Relative permeabilities, Darcy's law for... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
PHYSICS 121 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II Conservation laws and electromagnetic waves, Poynting's theorem, tensor formulation, potentials and fields. Plane wave problems (free space, conductors and dielectric materials, boundaries). Dipole...
PUBLPOL 121 Policy and Climate Change Science and economics, including recent findings. History and evolution of local, state, regional, national, and international policy. California's recent landmark climate change bill. Future policy...
ENERGY 123 When Technology Meets Reality; An In-depth Look at the Deepwater Horizon Blowout and Oil Spill The Deepwater Horizon blowout and spill in April 2010 occurred on one of the most advanced deepwater drilling rigs in the world operated by one of the most experienced companies. In this course we...
CEE 124 Sustainable Development Studio (Graduate students register for 224A.) Project-based. Sustainable design, development, use and evolution of buildings; connections of building systems to broader resource systems. Areas include...
ENERGY 125 Modeling and Simulation for Geoscientists and Engineers Hands-on. Topics include deterministic and statistical modeling applied to problems such as flow in the subsurface, atmospheric pollution, biological populations, wave propagation, and crustal...
CEE 125 Defining Smart Cities: Visions of Urbanism for the 21st Century (CEE 225, URBANST 174) In a rapidly urbanizing world, "the city" paves the way toward sustainability and social well-being. But what does it mean for a city to be smart? Does that also make it sustainable or...
SIS 125Q Stanford Introductory Seminar: Fundamentals of Energy Processes
CEE 126 International Urbanization Seminar: Cross-Cultural Collaboration for Sustainable Urban Development (EARTHSYS 138, IPS 274, URBANST 145) Comparative approach to sustainable cities, with focus on international practices and applicability to China. Tradeoffs regarding land use, infrastructure, energy and water, and the need to balance...
CEE 129S Climate Change Adaptation in the Coastal Built Environment (CEE 229S) How will climate change impact coastal ports and harbors around the world? Leading experts discuss the latest science, policy, and engineering research on this important issue, including the...
EARTHSYS 12SC Environmental and Geological Field Studies in the Rocky Mountains (ESS 12SC, GS 12SC) The Rocky Mountain area, ecologically and geologically diverse, is being strongly impacted by changing land-use patterns, global and regional environmental change, and societal demands for energy and...
ENERGY 130 Well Log Analysis I For earth scientists and engineers. Interdisciplinary, providing a practical understanding of the interpretation of well logs. Lectures, problem sets using real field examples: methods for evaluating...
ME 131B Fluid Mechanics: Compressible Flow and Turbomachinery Engineering applications involving compressible flow: aircraft and rocket propulsion, power generation; application of mass, momentum, energy and entropy balance to compressible flows; variable area... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
URBANST 132 Concepts and Analytic Skills for the Social Sector How to create and grow innovative not-for-profit organizations and for-profit enterprises which have the primary goal of solving social and environmental problems. Topics include organizational... GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-SI
POLISCI 134L Introduction to Environmental Ethics (ETHICSOC 178M, ETHICSOC 278M, PHIL 178M, PHIL 278M) How should human beings relate to the natural world? Do we have moral obligations toward non-human animals and other parts of nature? And what do we owe to other human beings, including future... GER:EC-EthicReas, WAY-ER
ETHICSOC 136R Introduction to Global Justice (INTNLREL 136R, PHIL 76, POLISCI 136R, POLISCI 336) This course provides an overview of core ethical problems in international politics, with special emphasis on the question of what demands justice imposes on institutions and agents acting in a... GER:DB-Hum, GER:EC-EthicReas, WAY-ER
INTNLREL 136R Introduction to Global Justice (ETHICSOC 136R, PHIL 76, POLISCI 136R, POLISCI 336) This course provides an overview of core ethical problems in international politics, with special emphasis on the question of what demands justice imposes on institutions and agents acting in a... GER:DB-Hum, GER:EC-EthicReas, WAY-ER
POLISCI 136R Introduction to Global Justice (ETHICSOC 136R, INTNLREL 136R, PHIL 76, POLISCI 336) This course provides an overview of core ethical problems in international politics, with special emphasis on the question of what demands justice imposes on institutions and agents acting in a... GER:DB-Hum, GER:EC-EthicReas, WAY-ER
EARTHSYS 138 International Urbanization Seminar: Cross-Cultural Collaboration for Sustainable Urban Development (CEE 126, IPS 274, URBANST 145) Comparative approach to sustainable cities, with focus on international practices and applicability to China. Tradeoffs regarding land use, infrastructure, energy and water, and the need to balance...
BIO 13N Environmental Problems and Solutions Preference to freshmen. Students do independent investigations of current environmental problems, analyzing differing views of them and discussing possible solutions. Each student gives seminar... GER: DB-NatSci
CHEMENG 140 Micro and Nanoscale Fabrication Engineering (CHEMENG 240) (Same as CHEMENG 140) Survey of fabrication and processing technologies in industrial sectors, such as semiconductor, biotechnology, and energy. Chemistry and transport of electronic and energy...
ME 140 Advanced Thermal Systems Capstone course. Thermal analysis and engineering emphasizing integrating heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics into a unified approach to treating complex systems. Mixtures, humidity,... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
EARTHSYS 140 The Energy-Water Nexus (GEOPHYS 80) Energy, water, and food are our most vital resources constituting a tightly intertwined network: energy production requires water, transporting and treating water needs energy, producing food... WAY-AQR
ENERGY 141 Seismic Reservoir Characterization (ENERGY 241, GEOPHYS 241A) (Same as GP241) Practical methods for quantitative characterization and uncertainty assessment of subsurface reservoir models integrating well-log and seismic data. Multidisciplinary combination of...
CEE 141A Infrastructure Project Development (CEE 241A) Infrastructure is critical to the economy, global competitiveness and quality of life. Topics include energy, transportation, water, public facilities, and communications sectors. Analysis of the...
CEE 141B Infrastructure Project Delivery (CEE 241B) Infrastructure is critical to the economy, global competitiveness and quality of life. Topics include energy, transportation, water, public facilities ,and communications sectors. Analysis of how...
CEE 141C Global Infrastructure Projects Seminar (CEE 241C) Real infrastructure projects presented by industry guest speakers. Energy, transportation, water, public facilities and communications projects are featured. Course provides comparisons of project...
CHEMENG 142 Basic Principles of Heterogeneous Catalysis with Applications in Energy Transformations (CHEMENG 242) (Formerly 124/224) Introduction to heterogeneous catalysis, including models of surface reactivity, surface equilibria, kinetics of surface reactions, electronic and geometrical effects in...
ENGR 145 Technology Entrepreneurship How do you create a successful start-up? What is entrepreneurial leadership in a large firm? What are the differences between an idea and true opportunity? How does an entrepreneur form a team and... GER:DB-SocSci
URBANST 145 International Urbanization Seminar: Cross-Cultural Collaboration for Sustainable Urban Development (CEE 126, EARTHSYS 138, IPS 274) Comparative approach to sustainable cities, with focus on international practices and applicability to China. Tradeoffs regarding land use, infrastructure, energy and water, and the need to balance...
ENERGY 146 Reservoir Characterization and Flow Modeling with Outcrop Data (ENERGY 246, GS 246) Project addressing a reservoir management problem by studying an outcrop analog, constructing geostatistical reservoir models, and performing flow simulation. How to use outcrop observations in...
EARTHSYS 146A Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: The Atmospheric Circulation (EARTHSYS 246A, ESS 146A, ESS 246A, GEOPHYS 146A, GEOPHYS 246A) Introduction to the physics governing the circulation of the atmosphere and ocean and their control on climate with emphasis on the atmospheric circulation. Topics include the global energy balance,...
GEOPHYS 146A Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: The Atmospheric Circulation (EARTHSYS 146A, EARTHSYS 246A, ESS 146A, ESS 246A, GEOPHYS 246A) Introduction to the physics governing the circulation of the atmosphere and ocean and their control on climate with emphasis on the atmospheric circulation. Topics include the global energy balance,...
ESS 146A Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: The Atmospheric Circulation (EARTHSYS 146A, EARTHSYS 246A, ESS 246A, GEOPHYS 146A, GEOPHYS 246A) Introduction to the physics governing the circulation of the atmosphere and ocean and their control on climate with emphasis on the atmospheric circulation. Topics include the global energy balance,...
EE 151 Sustainable Energy Systems Energy demand is expected to grow by 30% by 2025, while at the same time the European Union is demanding a carbon footprint at 1990 levels. We examine energy flow in the US and Europe, and deduce...
MATSCI 152 Electronic Materials Engineering Materials science and engineering for electronic device applications. Kinetic molecular theory and thermally activated processes; band structure; electrical conductivity of metals and semiconductors... GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-SMA
ENERGY 153 Carbon Capture and Sequestration (ENERGY 253) CO2 separation from syngas and flue gas for gasification and combustion processes. Transportation of CO2 in pipelines and sequestration in deep underground geological formations. Pipeline...
MATSCI 154 Thermodynamic Evaluation of Green Energy Technologies Understand the thermodynamics and efficiency limits of modern green technologies such as carbon dioxide capture from air, fuel cells, batteries, and solar-thermal power. GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-SMA
CEE 155 Introduction to Sensing Networks for CEE (CEE 255) Introduce the design and implementation of sensor networks for monitoring the built and natural environment. Emphasis on the integration of modern sensor and communication technologies, signal...