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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
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
URBANST 132 Concepts and Analytic Skills for the Social Sector How to create and grow innovative not-for-profit organizations and for-profit enterprises which have the primary goal of solving social and environmental problems. Topics include organizational... GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-SI
URBANST 165 Sustainable Urban and Regional Transportation Planning Environmental, economic, and equity aspects of urban transportation in 21st-century U.S. Expanded choices in urban and regional mobility that do not diminish resources for future generations.... GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-SI
HISTORY 103E The International History of Nuclear Weapons (POLISCI 116) An introduction to the history of nuclear weapons from World War II to the present. The focus is on politics, but the role of technology transfer ¿ whether legal or illicit ¿ in the... GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-SI
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
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
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
THINK 8 Sustainability and Collapse What does it mean to live sustainably? How do our different definitions of nature ¿ scientific, literary, cultural, and historical ¿ shape the way we answer that question?... THINK, WAY-A-II
THINK 40 Meeting the Global Sustainability Challenge What are the most critical sustainability challenges facing us in this century? How can natural and social sciences, humanities, and technology fields interact to contribute to their solution? How... THINK, WAY-SMA
ENERGY 104 Sustainable Energy for 9 Billion This course explores the transition to a sustainable energy system at large scales (national and global), and over long time periods (decades). Explores the drivers of global energy demand and the... WAY-AQR
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 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 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 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
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 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
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
HUMBIO 111M Marine Resource Economics and Conservation (EARTHSYS 156M, ECON 156) 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
POLISCI 19N Politics of Energy Efficiency We will examine the political context of energy efficiency and climate change. Why are some countries, such as Japan and France, able to achieve high levels of energy efficiency, while others, such... WAY-SI
POLISCI 215F Nuclear Weapons and International Politics (POLISCI 315F) Why do states develop nuclear weapons and why do some states, that have the technological capacity to build nuclear weapons, refrain from doing so? What are the strategic consequences of new states... WAY-SI
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
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
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
ESS 57Q Climate Change from the Past to the Future (EARTHSYS 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
PWR 1KD Writing & Rhetoric 1: The Feature Article: Writing and Change Rhetorical and contextual analysis of readings; research; and argument. Focus is on development of a substantive research-based argument using multiple sources. Individual conferences with instructor... Writing 1
PWR 2KM Writing & Rhetoric 2: Everyone Has a "Climate Thing": The Discourse of Sustainable Energy Prerequisite: PWR 1. Further work in developing skills in argument and research-based writing, with emphasis on both written and oral/multimedia presentation of research. Focus on the rhetoric and... Writing 2