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Energy, Science & Technology

Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply fundamental engineering principles to assess how transformation of systems of energy production, distribution, and consumption can contribute to achieving greater energy sustainability.
  2. Use fundamental engineering principles—together with knowledge of economics, human behavior, energy infrastructure, and earth systems science—to assess and critique policy- and market-based solutions proposed to achieve greater energy sustainability.
  3. Apply written, visual, and oral presentation skills to communicate scientific, technological, and policy knowledge to expert and non-expert audiences.

Foundation & Breadth

  • BIO 81 or BIOHOPK 81 or BIO 83 or HUMBIO 2A and HUMBIO 2B or EARTHSYS 116 
  • CHEM 31A & 31B, or 31X
  • ECON 1
  • MATH 19, 20, 21 
  • CME 100 (preferred) or MATH 51
  • PHYSICS 43 and 45
  • STATS: BIO 174H or ECON 102A or STATS 101 or STATS 110 or 116 or 141 or CME 106
  • EARTHSYS 111
  • EARTHSYS 112
  • EARTHSYS 210A or B (Senior Capstone & Reflection)
  • EARTHSYS 210P (Capstone Project) or Honors Thesis
  • EARTHSYS 260 (Internship)
  • WIM: EARTHSYS 200, EARTHSYS 191, EARTHSYS 177C, EARTHSYS 149, EARTHSYS 135, BIOHOPK 47 or another designated WIM course in a related department- must be approved by an advisor. Your WIM course may not also count towards your track or electives, if counted as a WIM.
  • 1-unit Computer Science (unless CME 100 was completed) - see program staff for approved CS course list.

(These courses must be taken for a letter grade: EARTHSYS 10, 111, 112, 210 A/B, WIM)


All track courses and electives must be taken for a letter grade. This track requires: Three "Energy Fundamentals" track courses, five additional track courses (selected from three sub-categories below), and one elective (nine courses total).  Check Explore Courses for updates and availability. 

Energy Fundamentals (Required for all)*

  • ENGR 30: Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Choose one: CEE 272R, or ENERGY 120, or MATSCI 156 (ENERGY 293A)
  • Choose one: EARTHSYS 101 or 102 or 103

    *Courses taken to fulfill 'Energy Fundamentals' may not also count for the subcategories below.

Choose at least one course in each of the three sub-categories, total five required. Please note that many of these classes have recommended background or prerequisite coursework.

Energy Resources and Technology

  • EARTHSYS 101: Energy and the Environment
  • EARTHSYS 103: Understanding Energy
  • CEE 156: Building Systems
  • CEE 176A: Energy Efficient Buildings
  • ENERGY 120: Fundamentals of Petroleum Engineering
  • ENERGY 269: Geothermal Reservoir Engineering
  • ENERGY 293A: (MATSCI 156) Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution
  • ENERGY 293B: Fundamentals of Energy Processes 
  • ENERGY 293C: Energy from Wind, Waves and Tides
  • ME 250: Internal Combustion Engines
  • ME 260: Fuel Cell Science and Technology

Sustainable Energy & Development

  • EARTHSYS 102: Fundamentals of Renewable Power 
  • EARTHSYS 146A: Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: The Atmospheric Circulation
  • CEE 126A: Stanford Sustainable Living Lab I​ (3 units)
  • CEE 176B: Electric Power: Renewables and Efficiency
  • CEE 221A: Planning Tools and Methods in the Power Sector
  • CEE 226: Life Cycle Assessment for Complex Systems
  • ENERGY 153: Carbon Capture and Sequestration
  • ENERGY 293A: (MATSCI 156) Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution
  • URBANST 165: Sustainable Urban and Regional Transportation Planning (given every other year)

Energy Policy, Economics & Entrepreneurship

  • ENERGY 104: Sustainable Energy for 9 Billion
  • ENERGY 110: Engineering Economics
  • ENERGY 171: Energy Infrastructure, Technology & Economics
  • ENERGY 191: Energy Systems Optimiation 
  • MS&E 243: Energy and Environmental Policy Analysis
  • MS&E 294: Climate Policy Analysis
  • MS&E 295: Energy Policy Analysis
  • GSBGEN 336: Energy Markets and Policy
  • LAW 2503: Energy Law


ONE additional course at the 100-level or above is required. Electives allow students to personalize their Earth Systems curriculum by pursuing higher-level courses offered in their focus area, or by incorporating new academic perspectives. Each must be a minimum of 3 units. 3 units of approved energy seminars may count as one elective. See program staff for approved seminars list.

Track Updated 7/2018