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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
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
GES 50Q The Coastal Zone Environment Preference to sophomores. The oceanographic, geological, and biological character of coastal zone environments, including continental shelves, estuaries, and coastal wetlands, with emphasis on San... GER: DB-NatSci
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
GS 43Q Environmental Problems Preference to sophomores. Components of multidisciplinary environmental problems and ethical questions associated with decision making in the regulatory arena. Students lead discussions on... GER: DB-NatSci
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
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 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
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
BIO 15N Environmental Literacy Preference to freshmen. Lack of public understanding of the details of most environmental problems is cited as a cause of environmental deterioration. Good citizenship requires literacy about the... GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA
BIO 33N Conservation Science and Practice Preference to freshmen. This course will explore the potential for harmonizing people and nature, for achieving improved outcomes in the well-being of both as a result of conservation investments and... GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA
CEE 63 Weather and Storms (CEE 263C) Daily and severe weather and global climate. Topics: structure and composition of the atmosphere, fog and cloud formation, rainfall, local winds, wind energy, global circulation, jet streams, high... GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA
CEE 64 Air Pollution and Global Warming: History, Science, and Solutions (CEE 263D) Survey of Survey of air pollution and global warming and their renewable energy solutions. Topics: evolution of the Earth's atmosphere, history of discovery of chemicals in the air, bases and... GER: DB-NatSci, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
CEE 156 Building Systems (CEE 256) HVAC, lighting, and envelope systems for commercial and institutional buildings, with a focus on energy efficient design. Knowledge and skills required in the development of low-energy buildings that... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
CEE 161A Rivers, Streams, and Canals (CEE 264A) Introduction to the movement of water through natural and engineered channels, streams, and rivers. Basic equations and theory (mass, momentum, and energy equations) for steady and unsteady... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
CEE 171 Environmental Planning Methods Intended primarily for juniors and seniors; first year graduate students welcome. Course introduces key environmental policy design and implementation concepts and provides opportunities to work with... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
CEE 172 Air Quality Management Quantitative introduction to the engineering methods used to study and seek solutions to current air quality problems. Topics: global atmospheric changes, urban sources of air pollution, indoor air... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
CEE 176A Energy Efficient Buildings Quantitative evaluation of technologies and techniques for reducing energy demand of residential-scale buildings. Heating and cooling load calculations, financial analysis, passive-solar design... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
CEE 176B Electric Power: Renewables and Efficiency Renewable and efficient electric power systems emphasizing analysis and sizing of photovoltaic arrays and wind turbines. Basic electric power generation, transmission and distribution, distributed... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
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
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
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
ENERGY 167 Engineering Valuation and Appraisal of Oil and Gas Wells, Facilities, and Properties (ENERGY 267) Appraisal of development and remedial work on oil and gas wells; appraisal of producing properties; estimation of productive capacity, reserves; operating costs, depletion, and depreciation; value of... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
ENERGY 180 Oil and Gas Production Engineering (ENERGY 280) Design and analysis of production systems for oil and gas reservoirs. Topics: well completion, single-phase and multi-phase flow in wells and gathering systems, artificial lift and field processing,... GER:DB-EngrAppSci
ENGR 25E Energy: Chemical Transformations for Production, Storage, and Use (CHEMENG 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
CEE 70 Environmental Science and Technology (ENGR 90) Introduction to environmental quality and the technical background necessary for understanding environmental issues, controlling environmental degradation, and preserving air and water quality.... GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-AQR
ENGR 90 Environmental Science and Technology (CEE 70) Introduction to environmental quality and the technical background necessary for understanding environmental issues, controlling environmental degradation, and preserving air and water quality.... GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-AQR
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
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
ENGR 30 Engineering Thermodynamics The basic principles of thermodynamics are introduced in this course. Concepts of energy and entropy from elementary considerations of the microscopic nature of matter are discussed. The principles... GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-AQR, WAY-SMA
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
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
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 40P Physics of Electrical Engineering (EE 41) 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
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
APPPHYS 79N Energy Options for the 21st Century Preference to freshmen. Choices for meeting the future energy needs of the U.S. and the world. Basic physics of energy sources, technologies that might be employed, and related public policy issues.... GER:DB-EngrAppSci, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
HISTORY 163 A History of North American Wests The history, peoples, and natural systems of a region that has never been contained within a single empire or nation state, but has been united by the movement of peoples, species, and things. Topics... GER:DB-SocSci
HUMBIO 4B Environmental and Health Policy Analysis Connections among the life sciences, social sciences, public health, and public policy. The economic, social, and institutional factors that underlie environmental degradation, the incidence of... GER:DB-SocSci