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Energy, Science & Technology

Foundation & Breadth

  • BIO 81 or BIOHOPK 81 or BIO 83 or HUMBIO 2A and HUMBIO 2B or EARTHSYS 116 or BIOHOPK 47H
  • CHEM 31A & 31B or 31X
  • ECON 1
  • GS 1 or GS 4 or EARTHSYS 117 or EARTHSYS 128
  • MATH 19, 20, 21 
  • CME 100 (preferred) or MATH 51
  • PHYSICS 43 and 45
  • Statistics: BIO 174H or ECON 102A or STATS 101 or STATS 110 or 116 or 141
  • EARTHSYS 111
  • EARTHSYS 112
  • EARTHSYS 210A, B, or C (Senior Capstone & Reflection)
  • EARTHSYS 210P (Capstone Project)
  • EARTHSYS 260 (Internship)
  • WIM: EARTHSYS 200, EARTHSYS 191, EARTHSYS 177C, EARTHSYS 149, EARTHSYS 135, 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/C, 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).  

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 7/2017