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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 Titlesort icon Description General Education Requirement(s)
ENERGY 293B Fundamentals of Energy Processes (EE 293B) For seniors and graduate students. Covers scientific and engineering fundamentals of renewable energy processes involving heat. Thermodynamics, heat engines, solar thermal, geothermal, biomass....
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....
ME 352B Fundamentals of Heat Conduction Physical description of heat conduction in solids, liquids, and gases. The heat diffusion equation and its solution using analytical and numerical techniques. Data and microscopic models for the...
ENERGY 221 Fundamentals of Multiphase Flow (ENERGY 121) Multiphase flow in porous media. Wettability, capillary pressure, imbibition and drainage, Leverett J-function, transition zone, vertical equilibrium. Relative permeabilities, Darcy's law for...
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
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
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
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...
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...
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 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...
ENERGY 240 Geostatistics (GS 240) Geostatistical theory and practical methodologies for quantifying and simulating spatial and spatio-temporal patterns for the Earth Sciences. Real case development of models of spatial continuity,...
ENERGY 269 Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Conceptual models of heat and mass flows within geothermal reservoirs. The fundamentals of fluid/heat flow in porous media; convective/conductive regimes, dispersion of solutes, reactions in porous...
ENERGY 285G Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Research Seminar 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...
MSE 271 Global Entrepreneurial Marketing Skills needed to market new technology-based products to customers around the world. Case method discussions. Cases include startups and global high tech firms. Course themes: marketing toolkit,...
CEE 241C Global Infrastructure Projects Seminar (CEE 141C) Real infrastructure projects presented by industry guest speakers. Energy, transportation, water, public facilities and communications projects are featured. Course provides comparisons of project...
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...
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...
ENERGY 300 Graduate Directed Reading Independent studies under the direction of a faculty member for which academic credit may properly be allowed.
ME 221 Green Design Strategies and Metrics Foundation in sustainable product design principles, reinforced by conceptual design projects. Discuss what aspects of sustainability matter most for different products. Application of dozens of...
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 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....
CEE 272S Green House Gas Mitigation (CEE 172S) This course will introduce the main concepts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions measurement and management, and it will explore the main mitigation options for reducing emissions or sequestering...
CEE 172S Green House Gas Mitigation (CEE 272S) This course will introduce the main concepts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions measurement and management, and it will explore the main mitigation options for reducing emissions or sequestering...
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...
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
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
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...
OIT 258 Incentive Mechanisms for Societal Networks In many of the challenges faced by the modern world, from overcrowded road networks to overstretched healthcare systems, large benefits for society come about from small changes by very many...
CEE 278C Indoor Air Quality (CEE 172A) Factors affecting the levels of air pollutants in the built indoor environment. The influence of ventilation, office equipment, floor coverings, furnishings, cleaning practices, and human activities...
CEE 172A Indoor Air Quality (CEE 278C) Factors affecting the levels of air pollutants in the built indoor environment. The influence of ventilation, office equipment, floor coverings, furnishings, cleaning practices, and human activities...
CEE 241B Infrastructure Project Delivery (CEE 141B) 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 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 241A Infrastructure Project Development (CEE 141A) 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 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...
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...
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
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...
ME 250 Internal Combustion Engines Internal combustion engines including conventional and turbocharged spark ignition, and diesel engines. Lectures: basic engine cycles, engine components, methods of analysis of engine performance,...
LAW 605 International Environmental Law This course examines the legal, scientific, political, economic, and organizational issues associated with the creation of international environmental regimes. The principal emphasis will be on the...
MSE 92Q International Environmental Policy Preference to sophomores. Science, economics, and politics of international environmental policy. Current negotiations on global climate change, including actors and potential solutions. Sources...
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...
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...
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...
ENGR 20 Introduction to Chemical Engineering (CHEMENG 20) Overview of chemical engineering through discussion and engineering analysis of physical and chemical processes. Topics: overall staged separations, material and energy balances, concepts of rate... GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-AQR, WAY-SMA
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
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
PHIL 278M Introduction to Environmental Ethics (ETHICSOC 178M, ETHICSOC 278M, PHIL 178M, POLISCI 134L) 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...
PHIL 178M Introduction to Environmental Ethics (ETHICSOC 178M, ETHICSOC 278M, PHIL 278M, POLISCI 134L) 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 278M Introduction to Environmental Ethics (ETHICSOC 178M, PHIL 178M, PHIL 278M, POLISCI 134L) 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...
ETHICSOC 178M Introduction to Environmental Ethics (ETHICSOC 278M, PHIL 178M, PHIL 278M, POLISCI 134L) 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
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 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
PHIL 76 Introduction to Global Justice (ETHICSOC 136R, INTNLREL 136R, 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
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
ENGR 50E Introduction to Materials Science, Energy Emphasis Materials structure, bonding and atomic arrangements leading to their properties and applications. Topics include electronic, thermal and mechanical behavior; emphasizing energy related materials and... WAY-SMA
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...
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
CEE 262D Introduction to Physical Oceanography (CEE 164, 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...

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
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...
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....
CEE 271D Introduction to Wastewater Treatment Process Modeling The course will present a structured protocol for simulator application comprising project definition, data collection and reconciliation, model set-up, calibration and validation, and simulation and...
ME 70 Introductory Fluids Engineering Elements of fluid mechanics as applied to engineering problems. Equations of motion for incompressible ideal flow. Hydrostatics. Control volume laws for mass, momentum, and energy. Bernoulli equation... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
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...
ENERGY 201 Laboratory Measurement of Reservoir Rock Properties In this course, students will learn methods for measuring reservoir rock properties. Techniques covered include core preservation and sample preparation; Rock petrography; Interfacial tension of...
LAW 338 Land Use This course focuses on the pragmatic (rather than theoretical) aspects of contemporary land use law and policy, including: nuisance as a land use tool and foundation for modern land use law; use and...
URBANST 163 Land Use Control Methods of land use control related to the pattern and scale of development and the protection of land and water resources. Emphasis is on the relationship between the desired land use goal and... GER:DB-SocSci
LAW 488 Legal Aspects of Autonomous Driving Self-driving cars and trucks are rapidly entering the mainstream. They raise key legal and policy questions, which this seminar explores through source materials (from case law to treaties), academic...
CEE 226 Life Cycle Assessment for Complex Systems Life cycle modeling of products, industrial processes, and infrastructure/building systems; material and energy balances for large interdependent systems; environmental accounting; and life cycle...
PHYSICS 45 Light and Heat What is temperature? How do the elementary processes of mechanics, which are intrinsically reversible, result in phenomena that are clearly irreversible when applied to a very large number of... GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA
ENERGY 24 Making Molehills out of Mountains: Energy and Development in Appalachia Preparation for Alternative Spring Break trip to examine the past, present, and future role of energy in Appalachia. Positive and negative impacts of energy production; meetings with energy industry...
LAW 432 Managing Natural Resources In the Face of Climate Change and Other Stressors Workshop This workshop seminar will provide students with the opportunity to examine and critique cutting-edge research and work in the natural resources field, with a focus on how climate change and other...