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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)
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...
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...
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...

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; wind-driven flows; the Gulf Stream; equatorial dynamics and... GER: DB-NatSci
CHEMENG 25E Energy: Chemical Transformations for Production, Storage, and Use (ENGR 25E) An introduction and overview to the challenges and opportunities of energy supply and consumption. Emphasis on energy technologies where chemistry and engineering play key roles. Review of energy... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
CHEMENG 35N Renewable Energy for a Sustainable World Preference to freshmen. Organized to prepare a renewable energy plan for California. Energy concepts and quantitation approaches are learned, energy needs and natural resources are assessed, and... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
CHEMENG 60Q Environmental Regulation and Policy Preference to sophomores. How environmental policy is formulated in the U.S. How and what type of scientific research is incorporated into decisions. How to determine acceptable risk, the public's... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
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...
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...
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...
CHEMENG 162 Polymers for Clean Energy and Water (CHEMENG 262) The first five weeks of this course will be devoted to the fundamental aspects of polymers necessary to understand the applications in energy and the environment. These include: polymer chain...
CHEMENG 170 Kinetics and Reactor Design Chemical kinetics, elementary reactions, mechanisms, rate-limiting steps, and quasi-steady state approximations. Ideal isothermal and non-isothermal reactors; design principles. Steady state and...
CHEMENG 174 Environmental Microbiology I (CEE 274A, CHEMENG 274) Basics of microbiology and biochemistry. The biochemical and biophysical principles of biochemical reactions, energetics, and mechanisms of energy conservation. Diversity of microbial catabolism,...
CHEMENG 196 Creating New Ventures in Engineering and Science-based Industries (CHEM 196, CHEM 296, CHEMENG 296) Open to seniors and graduate students interested in the creation of new ventures and entrepreneurship in engineering and science intensive industries such as chemical, energy, materials,...
CHEMENG 240 Micro and Nanoscale Fabrication Engineering (CHEMENG 140) (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...
CHEMENG 262 Polymers for Clean Energy and Water (CHEMENG 162) The first five weeks of this course will be devoted to the fundamental aspects of polymers necessary to understand the applications in energy and the environment. These include: polymer chain...
CHEMENG 274 Environmental Microbiology I (CEE 274A, CHEMENG 174) Basics of microbiology and biochemistry. The biochemical and biophysical principles of biochemical reactions, energetics, and mechanisms of energy conservation. Diversity of microbial catabolism,...
CHEMENG 296 Creating New Ventures in Engineering and Science-based Industries (CHEM 196, CHEM 296, CHEMENG 196) Open to seniors and graduate students interested in the creation of new ventures and entrepreneurship in engineering and science intensive industries such as chemical, energy, materials,...
CHEMENG 432 Electrochemical Energy Conversion Electrochemistry is playing an increasingly important role in renewable energy. This course aims to cover the fundamentals of electrochemistry, and then build on that knowledge to cover applications...
CHEMENG 442 Structure and Reactivity of Solid Surfaces The structure of solid surfaces including experimental methods for determining the structure of single crystal surfaces. The adsorption of molecules on these surfaces including the thermodynamics of...
CHEMENG 456 Microbial Bioenergy Systems (CEE 274B) Introduction to microbial metabolic pathways and to the pathway logic with a special focus on microbial bioenergy systems. The first part of the course emphasizes the metabolic and biochemical...
CHEMENG 501 Special Topics in Semiconductor Processing Recent developments and current research. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor.
CHEMENG 516 Special Topics in Energy and Catalysis Recent developments and current research. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor.
CHEMENG 517 Special Topics in Microbial Physiology and Metabolism Recent developments and current research. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor.
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...
COMM 339 Questionnaire Design for Surveys and Laboratory Experiments: Social and Cognitive Perspectives (POLISCI 421K, 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...
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
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...
EARTHSYS 18 Promoting Sustainability Behavior Change at Stanford Stanford Green Living Council training course. Strategies for designing and implementing effective behavior change programs for environmental sustainability on campus. Includes methods from community...
EARTHSYS 41N The Global Warming Paradox Preference to freshman. Focus is on the complex climate challenges posed by the substantial benefits of energy consumption, including the critical tension between the enormous global demand for... WAY-SMA
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
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
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
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...
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
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,...
EARTHSYS 155 Science of Soils (ESS 155) Physical, chemical, and biological processes within soil systems. Emphasis is on factors governing nutrient availability, plant growth and production, land-resource management, and pollution within... GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA
EARTHSYS 156M Marine Resource Economics and Conservation (ECON 156, HUMBIO 111M) 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 164 Introduction to Physical Oceanography (CEE 164, CEE 262D, ESS 148)

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

GER: DB-NatSci
EARTHSYS 175 California Coast: Science, Policy, and Law (CEE 175A, CEE 275A, EARTHSYS 275, PUBLPOL 175, PUBLPOL 275) This interdisciplinary course integrates the legal, scientific, and policy dimensions of how we characterize and manage resource use and allocation along the California coast. We will use this...
EARTHSYS 188 Social and Environmental Tradeoffs in Climate Decision-Making (EARTHSYS 288) How can we ensure that measures taken to mitigate global climate change don¿t create larger social and environmental problems? What metrics should be used to compare potential climate...
EARTHSYS 200 Sustaining Action: Research, Analysis and Writing for the Public Preference to graduate students and senior undergraduates in environmental, natural and social sciences, engineering, journalism. Students help produce and publish SAGE, an eco advice column, by... WAY-CE
EARTHSYS 246A Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: The Atmospheric Circulation (EARTHSYS 146A, 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,...
EARTHSYS 275 California Coast: Science, Policy, and Law (CEE 175A, CEE 275A, EARTHSYS 175, PUBLPOL 175, PUBLPOL 275) This interdisciplinary course integrates the legal, scientific, and policy dimensions of how we characterize and manage resource use and allocation along the California coast. We will use this...
EARTHSYS 288 Social and Environmental Tradeoffs in Climate Decision-Making (EARTHSYS 188) How can we ensure that measures taken to mitigate global climate change don¿t create larger social and environmental problems? What metrics should be used to compare potential climate...
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 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
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 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
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...
EARTHSYS 37N Climate Change: Science & Society Preference to freshmen. How and why do greenhouse gases cause climate to change? How will a changing climate affect humans and natural ecosystems? What can be done to prevent climate change and... GER: DB-NatSci
EARTHSYS 57Q Climate Change from the Past to the Future (ESS 57Q) Preference to sophomores. Numeric models to predict how climate responds to increase of greenhouse gases. Paleoclimate during times in Earth's history when greenhouse gas concentrations were elevated... WAY-SMA
ECON 17N Energy, the Environment, and the Economy Examines the intimate relationship between environmental quality and the production and consumption of energy. Assesses the economics efficiency and political economy implications of a number of... WAY-SI
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
ECON 155 Environmental Economics and Policy Economic sources of environmental problems and alternative policies for dealing with them (technology standards, emissions taxes, and marketable pollution permits). Evaluation of policies addressing... GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SI
ECON 156 Marine Resource Economics and Conservation (EARTHSYS 156M, HUMBIO 111M) 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
ECON 158 Regulatory Economics Economics 158 examines public policies for dealing with problems arising in markets in which competitive forces are weak. The focus is on monopolies, oligopolies, cartels, and other environments... WAY-SI
ECON 159 Economic, Legal, and Political Analysis of Climate-Change Policy This course will advance students understanding of economic, legal, and political approaches to avoiding or managing the problem of global climate change. Theoretical contributions as well as...
ECON 250 Environmental Economics Theoretical and empirical analysis of sources of and solutions to environmental problems, with application to local pollution challenges and global environmental issues such as climate change. Topics...
ECON 251 Natural Resource and Energy Economics Economic theory and empirical analysis of non-renewable and renewable natural resources, with considerable attention to energy provision and use. Topics include: exhaustible resources; renewable...
EE 41 Physics of Electrical Engineering (ENGR 40P) How everything from electrostatics to quantum mechanics is used in common high-technology products. Electrostatics are critical in micro-mechanical systems used in many sensors and displays, and... GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-FR, WAY-SMA
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...
EE 228 Basic Physics for Solid State Electronics Topics: energy band theory of solids, energy bandgap engineering, classical kinetic theory, statistical mechanics, and equilibrium and non-equilibrium semiconductor statistics. Prerequisite: course...
EE 237 Solar Energy Conversion Basics of solar energy conversion in photovoltaic devices. Solar cell device physics: electrical and optical. Crystalline silicon, thin film and multi-junction solar cells. Solar system issues...
EE 292K Intelligent Energy Projects Energy systems must have the intelligence to cope with rapid changes in energy supply, demand, distribution, and storage. This course is a project course focusing on a selected areas of intelligent...
EE 293B Fundamentals of Energy Processes (ENERGY 293B) For seniors and graduate students. Covers scientific and engineering fundamentals of renewable energy processes involving heat. Thermodynamics, heat engines, solar thermal, geothermal, biomass....