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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)
MATSCI 155 Nanomaterials Synthesis The science of synthesis of nanometer scale materials. Examples including solution phase synthesis of nanoparticles, the vapor-liquid-solid approach to growing nanowires, formation of mesoporous... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
MATSCI 156 Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution (EE 293A, ENERGY 293A, 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... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
MATSCI 160 Nanomaterials Laboratory Preference to sophomores and juniors. Hands-on approach to synthesis and characterization of nanoscale materials. How to make, pattern, and analyze the latest nanotech materials, including... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
MATSCI 161 Nanocharacterization Laboratory (MATSCI 171) Students use optical microscopy, x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and other techniques to characterize recently discovered... GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-SMA
MATSCI 171 Nanocharacterization Laboratory (MATSCI 161) Students use optical microscopy, x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and other techniques to characterize recently discovered...
MATSCI 192 Materials Chemistry (MATSCI 202) An introduction to the fundamental physical chemical principles underlying materials properties. Beginning from basic quantum chemistry, students will learn how the electronic configuration of... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
MATSCI 199 Electronic and Optical Properties of Solids (MATSCI 209) The concepts of electronic energy bands and transports applied to metals, semiconductors, and insulators. The behavior of electronic and optical devices including p-n junctions, MOS-capacitors,... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
MATSCI 202 Materials Chemistry (MATSCI 192) An introduction to the fundamental physical chemical principles underlying materials properties. Beginning from basic quantum chemistry, students will learn how the electronic configuration of...
MATSCI 209 Electronic and Optical Properties of Solids (MATSCI 199) The concepts of electronic energy bands and transports applied to metals, semiconductors, and insulators. The behavior of electronic and optical devices including p-n junctions, MOS-capacitors,...
MATSCI 256 Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution (EE 293A, ENERGY 293A, MATSCI 156) 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...
MATSCI 302 Solar Cells This course takes a comprehensive view of solar cells and what will need to be done to enable them to substantially change how the world obtains its electricity. After covering the fundamentals (...
MATSCI 303 Principles, Materials and Devices of Batteries Thermodynamics and electrochemistry for batteries. Emphasis on lithium ion batteries, but also different types including lead acid, nickel metal hydride, metal air, sodium sulfur and redox flow....
MATSCI 316 Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology This course covers important aspects of nanotechnology in nanomaterials synthesis and fabrication, novel property at the nanoscale, tools and applications: a variety of nanostructures including...
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
MATSCI 196 Defects in Crystalline Solids (MATSCI 206) 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... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
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 25N Energy Sustainability and Climate Change One of the primary global challenges of the 21st century is providing the energy required to meet increasing demands due to population growth and economic development. A related challenge is...
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
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
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
ME 185 Electric Vehicle Design This project based class focuses on the design and prototyping of electric vehicles. Students learn the fundamentals of vehicle design in class and apply the knowledge as they form teams and work on...
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...
ME 227 Vehicle Dynamics and Control The application of dynamics, kinematics, and control theory to the analysis and design of ground vehicle behavior. Simplified models of ride, handling, and braking, their role in developing intuition...
ME 236 Tales to Design Cars By Students learn to tell personal narratives and make connections between popular and historic media using the automobile. Explores the meaning and impact of personal and preserved car histories....
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,...
ME 260 Fuel Cell Science and Technology Emphasis on proton exchange membrane (PEM) and solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), and principles of electrochemical energy conversion. Topics in materials science, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics....
ME 346C Advanced Techniques for Molecular Simulations Advanced methods for computer simulations of solids and molecules. Methods for long-range force calculation, including Ewald methods and fast multipole method. Methods for free energy calculation,...
ME 352A Radiative Heat Transfer The fundamentals of thermal radiation heat transfer; blackbody radiation laws; radiative properties of non-black surfaces; analysis of radiative exchange between surfaces and in enclosures; combined...
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...
ME 352C Convective Heat Transfer Prediction of heat and mass transfer rates based on analytical and numerical solutions of the governing partial differential equations. Heat transfer in fully developed pipe and channel flow, pipe...
ME 361 Turbulence The nature of turbulent flows, statistical and spectral description of turbulence, coherent structures, spatial and temporal scales of turbulent flows. Averaging, two-point correlations and governing...
ME 362A Physical Gas Dynamics Concepts and techniques for description of high-temperature and chemically reacting gases from a molecular point of view. Introductory kinetic theory, chemical thermodynamics, and statistical...
ME 362B Nonequilibrium Processes in High-Temperature Gases Chemical kinetics and energy transfer in high-temperature gases. Collision theory, transition state theory, and unimolecular reaction theory. Prerequisie: 362A or consent of instructor.
ME 370A Energy Systems I: Thermodynamics Thermodynamic analysis of energy systems emphasizing systematic methodology for and application of basic principles to generate quantitative understanding. Exergy, mixtures, reacting systems, phase...
ME 370B Energy Systems II: Modeling and Advanced Concepts Development of quantitative device models for complex energy systems, including fuel cells, reformers, combustion engines, and electrolyzers, using thermodynamic and transport analysis. Student...
ME 370C Energy Systems III: Projects Refinement and calibration of energy system models generated in ME 370B carrying the models to maturity and completion. Integration of device models into a larger model of energy systems....
ME 371 Combustion Fundamentals Heat of reaction, adiabatic flame temperature, and chemical composition of products of combustion; kinetics of combustion and pollutant formation reactions; conservation equations for multi-component...
ME 372 Combustion Applications The role of chemical and physical processes in combustion; ignition, flammability, and quenching of combustible gas mixtures; premixed turbulent flames; laminar and turbulent diffusion flames;...
ME 373 Nanomaterials Synthesis and Applications for Mechanical Engineers This course provides an introduction to both combustion synthesis of functional nanomaterials and nanotechnology. The first part of the course will introduce basic principles, synthesis/fabrication...
ME 399 Fuel Cell Seminar Interdisciplinary research in engineering, chemistry, and physics. Talks on fundamentals of fuel cells by speakers from Stanford, other academic and research institutions, and industry. The potential...
ME 420 Applied Electrochemistry at Micro- and Nanoscale Applied electrochemistry with a focus on energy conversion and storage. Basic concepts of thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and first principal calculations are presented, of which today's...
ME 451B Advanced Fluid Mechanics Flow Instability Waves in fluids: surface waves, internal waves, inertial and acoustic waves, dispersion and group velocity, wave trains, transport due to waves, propagation in slowly varying medium, wave steepening...
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...
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...
MGTECON 651 Natural Resource and Energy Economics Management and provision non-renewable and renewable natural resources, with considerable attention to energy provision and use. Topics include: fisheries problems and policy; energy industry market...
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...
MSE 243 Energy and Environmental Policy Analysis Concepts, methods, and applications. Energy/environmental policy issues such as automobile fuel economy regulation, global climate change, research and development policy, and environmental benefit...
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,...
MSE 294 Climate Policy Analysis Design and application of formal analytical methods in climate policy development. Issues include instrument design, technology development, resource management, multiparty negotiation, and dealing...
MSE 295 Energy Policy Analysis Design and application of formal analytical methods for policy and technology assessments of energy efficiency and renewable energy options. Emphasis is on integrated use of modeling tools from...
MSE 391 Doctoral Research Seminar in Energy-Environmental Systems Modeling and Analysis Restricted to PhD students, or by consent of instructor. Doctoral research seminar covering current topics in energy and environmental modeling and analysis. Current emphasis on approaches to...
MSE 453 Decision Analysis Applications: Business Strategy and Public Policy What are the most essential, efficient, and effective ways that important decisions are being made in the real world? Experienced practitioners provide insights from technically challenging 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...
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...
OIT 333 Design for Extreme Affordability This course is a Bass Seminar. Project course jointly offered by School of Engineering and Graduate School of Business. Students apply engineering and business skills to design product or service...
OIT 334 Design for Extreme Affordability This course is a Bass Seminar. Project course jointly offered by School of Engineering and Graduate School of Business. Students apply engineering and business skills to design product or service...
OIT 538 Environmental Science for Managers - Accelerated This course satisfies the MBA distribution requirement in Optimization and Simulation Modeling (OSM). It is challenging but doable for students without an undergraduate degree in science or...
OIT 539 Environmental Science for Managers - Advanced Fundamental science of ecosystems, climate and energy. Spreadsheet modeling, optimization, and Monte Carlo simulation applied to resource management and environmental policy. Similar to OIT 338, but...
OIT 540 Environmental Science for Managers II This course provides an introduction to renewable sources of electricity and fuel, and is required for the joint MBA-MS in Environment and Resources degree. nnnStudents are strongly encouraged, but...
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
OSPSANTG 29 Sustainable Cities: Comparative Transportation Systems in Latin America Energy and environmental challenges resulting from the growing size and complexity in Latin American cities. Key issues: way in which public authorities deal with the dynamics of urban growth and...
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
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
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...
PHYSICS 25 Modern Physics How do the discoveries since the dawn of the 20th century impact our understanding of 21st-century physics? This course introduces the foundations of modern physics: Einstein's theory of special... GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA
PHYSICS 41 Mechanics How are motions of objects in the physical world determined by laws of physics? Students learn to describe the motion of objects (kinematics) and then understand why motions have the form they do (... GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA
PHYSICS 43 Electricity and Magnetism What is electricity? What is magnetism? How are they related? How do these phenomena manifest themselves in the physical world? The theory of electricity and magnetism, as codified by Maxwell's... GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA
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
PHYSICS 61 Mechanics and Special Relativity (First in a three-part advanced freshman physics series: PHYSICS 61, PHYSICS 63, PHYSICS 65.) This course covers Einstein's special theory of relativity and Newtonian mechanics at a level appropriate... GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-FR, WAY-SMA
PHYSICS 63 Electricity, Magnetism, and Waves (Second in a three-part advanced freshman physics series: PHYSICS 61, PHYSICS 63, PHYSICS 65.) This course covers the foundations of electricity and magnetism for students with a strong high school... GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-FR, WAY-SMA
PHYSICS 65 Quantum and Thermal Physics (Third in a three-part advanced freshman physics series: PHYSICS 61, PHYSICS 63, PHYSICS 65.) This course introduces the foundations of quantum and statistical mechanics for students with a strong... GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-FR, WAY-SMA
PHYSICS 81N Science on the Back of the Envelope Understanding the complex world around us quantitatively, using order of magnitude estimates and dimensional analysis. Starting from a handful of fundamental constants of Nature, one can estimate...
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...
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...