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Energy, Science & Technology

Foundations & Breadth:

BIO 41 or BIO 43 or BIO 43H or BIO 101 or EARTHSYS 30 (previously EARTHSYS 5) or      HUMBIO 2A & 2B or EARTHSYS 116
CHEM 31A & 31B or 31X
GES 1A, B, or C or GES 4 or EARTHSYS 117
MATH 19, 20, 21 or 41, 42
CME 100 (preferred) or MATH 51
PHYSICS 43 and 45
Statistics: BIO 174H or ECON 102A or STATS 110 or 116 or 141
EARTHSYS 210A, B, or C (Senior Seminar)
EARTHSYS 260 (Internship)
WIM: EARTHSYS 195, EARTHSYS 200, 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, 195/200)


Please note that many of these classes have recommended background or prerequisite coursework. Three "Energy Fundamentals" courses, five track courses and one elective (nine total) are required for the Energy track. All track courses and electives must be taken for a letter grade. 

Energy Fundamentals (Required for all)*:

ENGR 30: Engineering Thermodynamics
Choose one: CEE 272R, or ENERGY 120, or MATSCI 154, or MATSCI 156
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.

Energy Resources and Technology:

EARTHSYS 101: Energy and the Environment
EARTHSYS 103: Energy Resources
CEE 156: Building Systems
CEE 176A: Energy Efficient Buildings
ENERGY 120: Fundamentals of Petroleum Engineering
ENERGY 171: Energy Infrastructure, Technology & Economics
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: Renewable Energy Sources and Greener Energy Processes
CEE 176B: Electric Power: Renewables and Efficiency
CEE 215: Goals and Methods of Sustainable Building Projects
CEE 221A: Planning Tools and Methods in the Power Sector
CEE 226: Life Cycle Assessment for Complex Systems
CEE 272S: Technology and Business Strategies to Reduce GHG Emissions
ENERGY 153: Carbon Capture and Sequestration
MATSCI 154: Thermodynamics of Energy Conversions at the Nanoscale
MATSCI 156: Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution
ENERGY 146A: Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: The Atmospheric Circulation

Energy Policy, Economics & Entrepreneurship:

ENERGY 104: Transition to Sustainable Energy Systems
ENERGY 154: Energy in Transition
ENERGY 191: Energy Systems Optimiation 
MS&E 243: Energy and Environmental Policy Analysis
MS&E 264: Sustainable Product Development
MS&E 294: Climate Policy Analysis
MS&E 295: Energy Policy Analysis
GSBGEN 336: Business Models for Sustainable Energy
LAW 455: Energy Law

Electives: 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 8/2014