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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 Code Course Title Description General Education Requirement(s)sort icon
PHYSICS 172 Solid State Physics (APPPHYS 272) Introduction to the properties of solids. Crystal structures and bonding in materials. Momentum-space analysis and diffraction probes. Lattice dynamics, phonon theory and measurements, thermal...
PHYSICS 220 Classical Electrodynamics Special relativity: The principles of relativity, Lorentz transformations, four vectors and tensors, relativistic mechanics and the principle of least action. Lagrangian formulation, charges in...
PHYSICS 240 Introduction to the Physics of Energy Energy as a consumable. Forms and interconvertability. World Joule budget. Equivalents in rivers, oil pipelines and nuclear weapons. Quantum mechanics of fire, batteries and fuel cells....
PHYSICS 241 Introduction to Nuclear Energy Radioactivity. Elementary nuclear processes. Energetics of fission and fusion. Cross-sections and resonances. Fissionable and fertile isotopes. Neutron budgets. Light water, heavy water and graphite...
PHYSICS 450 Quantum Chaos and Quantum Gravity Course reviews aspects of classical and quantum chaos; discussions of recent connections of these topics to the physics of black holes and scattering experiments in AdS/CFT; and estimates of a bound...
POLISCI 336 Introduction to Global Justice (ETHICSOC 136R, INTNLREL 136R, PHIL 76, POLISCI 136R) 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...
POLISCI 421K Questionnaire Design for Surveys and Laboratory Experiments: Social and Cognitive Perspectives (COMM 339, PSYCH 231) The social and psychological processes involved in asking and answering questions via questionnaires for the social sciences; optimizing questionnaire design; open versus closed questions; rating...
PSYCH 231 Questionnaire Design for Surveys and Laboratory Experiments: Social and Cognitive Perspectives (COMM 339, POLISCI 421K) The social and psychological processes involved in asking and answering questions via questionnaires for the social sciences; optimizing questionnaire design; open versus closed questions; rating...
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...
PUBLPOL 194 Technology Policy (PUBLPOL 294) How the U.S. federal government promotes, uses, and regulates new technologies; tensions between representative governance and the need for elite expertise in policymaking; contemporary debates over...
PUBLPOL 294 Technology Policy (PUBLPOL 194) How the U.S. federal government promotes, uses, and regulates new technologies; tensions between representative governance and the need for elite expertise in policymaking; contemporary debates over...
SIS 103Q Stanford Introductory Seminar : Pros and Cons of Energy Options in the 21st Century
SIS 125Q Stanford Introductory Seminar: Fundamentals of Energy Processes
STRAMGT 356 The Startup Garage: Design Startup Garage is an intensive hands-on, project-based course, in which students will apply the concepts of design thinking, engineering, finance, business and organizational skills to design and...
STRAMGT 574 Strategic Thinking in Action - In Business and Beyond (II) This six-session 2-point Bass seminar will involve students (maximum 18) in analyzing the emerging global electric automotive industry by focusing on: (1) The electric automotive industry in the U.S...
URBANST 167 Green Mobilities for the Suburbs of the Future Much of the recent academic discussion of the future of urban mobility has stressed the likelihood of a concentration of all urban functions in dense urban centers. The need for sustainability, so...
AA 241X Design, Construction, and Testing of Autonomous Aircraft Students grouped according to their expertise to carry out the multidisciplinary design of a solar-powered autonomous aircraft that must meet a clearly stated set of design requirements. Design and...
AA 280 Smart Structures Mechanics of smart materials and current approaches for engineering smart structures to monitor health, self heal, and adapt to environment. Definition of smart structures; constitutive models for...
ANTHRO 187 Nuclear Cultures This course examines the new cultural forms that arose out of the use of nuclear technology. Subjects covered will include: The Manhattan Project, nuclear activism, nuclear experimentation in...
CEE 16SC Energy in the Southwest (ENERGY 11SC, 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...
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 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 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...
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 174A Providing Safe Water for the Developing and Developed World This course will cover basic hydraulics and the fundamental processes used to provide and control water, and will introduce the basics of engineering design. In addition to understanding the details...
CEE 174B Wastewater Treatment: From Disposal to Resource Recovery This course builds upon CEE 174A, covering basic hydraulics and the fundamental processes used to treat wastewater. In addition to understanding the details behind the fundamental processes, students...
CEE 176C Energy Storage Integration - Vehicles, Renewables, and the Grid (CEE 276C) This course will provide in-depth introduction to existing energy storage solutions being used on the electric grid and in vehicles with a primary focus on batteries and electrochemical storage. We...
CEE 179X Sustainable Urban System Seminar (CEE 279X) SYSTEM OF SYSTEMS: Cities are based on several different systems; infrastructures, networks and environments. The effectiveness and efficiency of these systems determine how cities work and how...
CEE 224X Global Urban Development Program A year-long Project-Based Learning course on sustainable urban systems, in collaboration with Sechuan University, Chengdu, China. Students will form multidisciplinary teams of 8-10 and be assigned to...
CEE 224Y Sustainable Systems Project: San Jose Sustainable Urban Systems Project: San Jose is a selective opportunity to engage in a unique, real-world learning experience being piloted for a new Sustainable Urban Systems initiative within the...
CEE 224Z Sustainable Urban Systems Project: San Jose Sustainable Urban Systems Project:  San Jose is a selective opportunity to engage in a unique, real-world learning experience being piloted for a new Sustainable Urban Systems initiative within...
CEE 225 Defining Smart Cities: Visions of Urbanism for the 21st Century (CEE 125, 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...
CEE 263B Numerical Weather Prediction Numerical weather prediction. Continuity equations for air and water vapor, the thermodynamic energy equation, and momentum equations derived for the atmosphere. Numerical methods of solving partial...
CEE 265A Sustainable Water Resources Development Alternative criteria for judging the sustainability of projects. Application of criteria to evaluate sustainability of water resources projects in several countries. Case studies illustrate the role...
CEE 272R Modern Power Systems Engineering Focus is on Power Engineering from a systems point of view. Topics covered may include modeling of generation, transmission and distribution systems, load flow analysis, transient and steady-state...
CEE 276C Energy Storage Integration - Vehicles, Renewables, and the Grid (CEE 176C) This course will provide in-depth introduction to existing energy storage solutions being used on the electric grid and in vehicles with a primary focus on batteries and electrochemical storage. We...
CEE 277L Smart Cities & Communities (CEE 177L) The role of information technology (IT) in enabling mankind to improve the operations and sustainability of cities and communities. Review of what a "smarter" city of community might be,...
CEE 279X Sustainable Urban System Seminar (CEE 179X) SYSTEM OF SYSTEMS: Cities are based on several different systems; infrastructures, networks and environments. The effectiveness and efficiency of these systems determine how cities work and how...
EARTHSYS 46Q Environmental Impact of Energy Systems: What are the Risks? (GS 46Q) In order to reduce CO2 emissions and meet growing energy demands during the 21st Century, the world can expect to experience major shifts in the types and proportions of energy-producing systems....
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...
EARTHSYS 158 Geomicrobiology (EARTHSYS 258, ESS 158, ESS 258) How microorganisms shape the geochemistry of the Earth's crust including oceans, lakes, estuaries, subsurface environments, sediments, soils, mineral deposits, and rocks. Topics include mineral...
EARTHSYS 258 Geomicrobiology (EARTHSYS 158, ESS 158, ESS 258) How microorganisms shape the geochemistry of the Earth's crust including oceans, lakes, estuaries, subsurface environments, sediments, soils, mineral deposits, and rocks. Topics include mineral...
EE 155 Green Electronics (EE 255) Many green technologies including hybrid cars, photovoltaic energy systems, efficient power supplies, and energy-conserving control systems have at their heart intelligent, high-power electronics....
EE 255 Green Electronics (EE 155) Many green technologies including hybrid cars, photovoltaic energy systems, efficient power supplies, and energy-conserving control systems have at their heart intelligent, high-power electronics....
EE 293A Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution (ENERGY 293A, MATSCI 156, MATSCI 256) Operating principles and applications of emerging technological solutions to the energy demands of the world. The scale of global energy usage and requirements for possible solutions. Basic physics...
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...
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...
ENERGY 256 Electronic Structure Theory and Applications to Chemical Kinetics (CHEMENG 444) Fundamentals of electronic structure theory as it applies to chemical reaction kinetics in homogeneous and heterogeneous reaction systems. Development and application of the theory of chemical...
ENERGY 285S Smart Fields Research Seminar: Horizontal Well Technology Study in research areas within the department. Graduate students may participate in advanced work in areas of particular interest prior to making a final decision on a thesis subject. Current...
ENERGY 293A Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution (EE 293A, MATSCI 156, MATSCI 256) Operating principles and applications of emerging technological solutions to the energy demands of the world. The scale of global energy usage and requirements for possible solutions. Basic physics...
ENERGY 293C Energy from Wind and Water Currents This course focuses on the extraction of energy from wind, waves and tides.nThe emphasis in the course is technical leading to a solid understanding ofnestablished extraction systems and discussion...
ENERGY 300 Graduate Directed Reading Independent studies under the direction of a faculty member for which academic credit may properly be allowed.
ESS 158 Geomicrobiology (EARTHSYS 158, EARTHSYS 258, ESS 258) How microorganisms shape the geochemistry of the Earth's crust including oceans, lakes, estuaries, subsurface environments, sediments, soils, mineral deposits, and rocks. Topics include mineral...
ESS 219 Climate Variability during the Holocene: Understanding what is Natural Climate Change Many elements of the debate about attribution of modern climate change to man-made influences hinge on understanding the past history of climate as well as forcing functions such as solar output,...
GSBGEN 332 Sustainable Energy: Business Opportunities and Public Policy This course examines trends and opportunities in the sustainable energy sector with a particular focus on low carbon energy. We examine these trends in the context of technological change, emerging...
GSBGEN 335 Clean Energy Project Development and Finance This case study-oriented course will focus on the critical skills needed to evaluate, develop, finance (on a non-recourse basis), and complete standalone energy and infrastructure projects. The...
LAW 774 Clean Energy Project Development and Finance This case study-oriented course will focus on the critical skills needed to evaluate, develop, finance (on a non-recourse basis), and complete standalone utility-scale energy and infrastructure...
MATSCI 206 Defects in Crystalline Solids (MATSCI 196) Thermodynamic and kinetic behaviors of 0-D (point), 1-D (line), and 2-D (interface and surface) defects in crystalline solids. Influences of these defects on the macroscopic ionic, electronic, and...
ME 216A Advanced Product Design: Needfinding Human needs that lead to the conceptualization of future products, environments, systems, and services. Field work in public and private settings; appraisal of personal values; readings on social...
POLISCI 25SC Energy in the Southwest (CEE 16SC, ENERGY 11SC) 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...
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...
CEE 262A Hydrodynamics The flow of incompressible viscous fluid; emphasis is on developing an understanding of fluid dynamics that can be applied to environmental flows. Topics: kinematics of fluid flow; equations of mass...
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 275 Quantitative Methods in Basin and Petroleum System Modeling (GS 256) Examine the physical processes operating in sedimentary basins by deriving the basic equations of fundamental, coupled geologic processes such as fluid flow and heat flow, deposition, compaction,...
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,...
ESS 246A Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: The Atmospheric Circulation (EARTHSYS 146A, EARTHSYS 246A, ESS 146A, 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,...
ESS 258 Geomicrobiology (EARTHSYS 158, EARTHSYS 258, ESS 158) How microorganisms shape the geochemistry of the Earth's crust including oceans, lakes, estuaries, subsurface environments, sediments, soils, mineral deposits, and rocks. Topics include mineral...
ME 262 Physics of Wind Energy (CEE 261) An introduction to the analysis and modeling of wind energy resources and their extraction. Topics include the physical origins of atmospheric winds; vertical profiles of wind speed and turbulence...
ENVRES 201 The Energy Transformation Collaborative Research seminar. Evaluate the technologies, economics, policy mechanisms and drivers, and business model innovations to enable East Palo Alto to transition to a sustainable, resilient future....
CHEMENG 444 Electronic Structure Theory and Applications to Chemical Kinetics (ENERGY 256) Fundamentals of electronic structure theory as it applies to chemical reaction kinetics in homogeneous and heterogeneous reaction systems. Development and application of the theory of chemical...
GS 246 Reservoir Characterization and Flow Modeling with Outcrop Data (ENERGY 146, ENERGY 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...
GS 253 Petroleum Geology and Exploration The origin and occurrence of hydrocarbons. Topics: thermal maturation history in hydrocarbon generation, significance of sedimentary and tectonic structural setting, principles of accumulation, and...
MSE 241 Economic Analysis Principal methods of economic analysis of the production activities of firms, including production technologies, cost and profit, and perfect and imperfect competition; individual choice, including...
CEE 164 Introduction to Physical Oceanography (CEE 262D, EARTHSYS 164, ESS 148)

The dynamic basis of oceanography. Topics: physical environment; conservation equations for salt, heat, and momentum; geostrophic flows...

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