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Energy, Science & Technology

Foundations & Breadth:

BIO 41 or BIO 43 or BIO 43H or BIO 101 or EARTHSYS 30 or HUMBIO 2A & 2B or
    EARTHSYS 116
CHEM 31A & 31B or 31X
GS 1A, B, or C or GS 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 Capstone & Reflection)
EARTHSYS 210P (Capstone Project)
EARTHSYS 260 (Internship)
WIM: 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, 200)


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 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. 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: Renewable Energy Sources and Greener Energy Processes
EARTHSYS 146A: Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics: The Atmospheric Circulation
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
CEE 272S: Technology and Business Strategies to Reduce GHG Emissions
ENERGY 153: Carbon Capture and Sequestration
ENERGY 293A: (MATSCI 156) Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution
MATSCI 154: Thermodynamics of Energy Conversions at the Nanoscale

Energy Policy, Economics & Entrepreneurship:

ENERGY 104: Transition to Sustainable Energy Systems
ENERGY 171: Energy Infrastructure, Technology & Economics
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 8/2015