Courses and Capstone Projects

COURSES
 

The requirements for Energy Studies described below apply to enrolled students from the classes of 2017 and 2018. Starting with the enrollment period for this coming fall term, for students from the Class of 2019 that wish to apply to Energy Studies, admission to the program will include a “gateway course” to be taken in the spring term of sophomore year. Details of the Energy Studies gateway course will be published in the Fall. 

The course requirements for Energy Studies consist of six courses from a list approved by YCEI and the Energy Studies faculty advisory committee. There are no specific required courses for the program, but there are distributional requirements: Students must take at least one course in each of the three tracks of Energy Studies and can use no more than three courses from their majors to satisfy the six-course requirement. (Double majors can use three courses from each of their majors.) In addition, it is strongly recommended that three of the six courses be upper level courses (300 level or higher). The normal rule is that a student may not apply any course credit earned on the Credit/D/Fail basis toward satisfaction of the requirements in Energy Studies. Qualified courses that are completed before a student is accepted into the program can count toward satisfying the course requirements, as can pre-approved courses that are taken during summer sessions at Yale and other institutions. 

For students seeking introductions to the three tracks in Energy Studies, the following introductory to intermediate level courses are recommended:

I Energy Science and Technology

APHY 100a, Energy Technology and Society
ARCH 163b, Environment, Energy, Building

II Energy and the Environment

G&G 140a, Atmosphere, Ocean, and Environmental Change
CENG 120b, Introduction to Environmental Engineering

III Energy and Society: Economic, Political and Social Issues

ECON 330b, The Economics of Natural Resources|
EVST 247b, Politics of the Environment


CURRENT COURSES IN ENERGY STUDIES

**UNDER REVISION FOR 2016-2017** 
***TO BE COMPLETED AUGUST 24***

The following courses listed in Yale College Programs of Study 2016-2017 (YCPS) are accepted for meeting the requirements of Energy Studies in each of the three tracks. The lists below are not exhaustive. Many courses offered in previous years, but no longer listed in YCPS, have qualified for meeting the requirements of Energy Studies. In addition, many courses in the graduate and professional schools of Yale qualify for meeting the requirements of Energy Studies (undergraduates interested in such courses should always confirm, however, that such courses meet the requirements for a full course credit in Yale College). 

Students or faculty members wishing to have a particular course qualified for meeting the requirements of Energy Studies can send an e-mail to michael.oristaglio@yale.edu with ENERGY STUDIES on the subject line. 

To simplify the lists below, course numbers are given according to only one of the departmental listings. For the cross listings, see YCPS or the Yale Online Course Information (OCI) Database. [Courses in square brackets are listed in YCPS but are not being offered this academic year.]

I Energy Science and Technology

APHY 100a, Energy Technology and Society

ARCH 163b, Environment, Energy, Building  

CHEM 161a or b and CHEM 165b, General Chemistry I and II*
CHEM 163a and 167a or b, Comprehensive University Chemistry I and II*
CHEM 332a and 332b, Physical Chemistry with Applications in the Physical Sciences I and II*
CHEM 430a, Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics

CENG 300a, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 

EENG 406b, Photovoltaic Energy
EENG 412b, Energy Semiconductor Fundamentals

G&G 274a, Fossil Fuels and Energy Transitions
G&G 275b, Renewable Energy

MENG 211a, Thermodynamics for Mechanical Engineers
MENG 389b, Mechanical Engineering IV: Fluid and Thermal Energy Science

PHYS 180a and 181b, University Physics*
PHYS 200a and 201b, Fundamentals of Physics*
PHYS 260a and 261b, Intensive Introductory Physics*
PHYS 401a and 402b, Advanced Classical Physics from Newton to Einstein*
PHYS 420a, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

*These full-year courses covering a broad range of topics, in addition to basic energy science, count as only one course toward satisfying the requirements of Energy Studies.

II Energy and the Environment

[G&G 010, Earth, Resources, Energy & the Environment]
G&G 140a, Atmosphere, Ocean, and Environmental Change
G&G 205b, Natural Resources and Their Sustainability
[G&G 215, Global Warming: The Carbon Cycle]
G&G 322a, Physics of Weather and Climate
[G&G 323, Climate Dynamics]

CENG 120b, Introduction to Environmental Engineering

ENVE 327a, Atmospheric Chemistry
ENVE 360b, Green Engineering and Sustainable Design
ENVE 373a, Air Pollution Control
ENVE 473b, Air Quality and Energy

III Energy and Society: Economic, Political and Social Issues

EVST 120a, Introduction to Environmental History

ANTH 382a, Environmental Anthropology
ANTH 438, Culture, Power, and Oil
ANTH 473b, Abrupt Climate Change and Societal Collapse

ECON 330b, The Economics of Natural Resources
ECON 331a, The Economics of Energy and Climate Change
ECON 452b, Contemporary Issues in Energy Policy

HIST 042a, Oil and Empire
HIST 120b, American Environmental History
 

COURSES IN THE GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS

Listed below are some of the courses in the graduate and professional schools that have qualified for satisfying the requirements of Energy Studies and have accepted undergraduates from the Energy Studies program. 

MGT 561a, Energy Technology Innovation
MGT 563a, Energy Systems Analysis

ENAS 609b, Nanotechnology for Energy

F&ES 825a, International Environmental Law

G&G 746b, Seminar in Climate and Energy
 


 
CAPSTONE PROJECTS
 

Capstone projects are normally due at the end of the Spring Term reading period:
May 5, 2016, for the 2015-16 Academic Year.

The capstone of the Energy Studies Special Academic Program is an essay or project in one or more of the curriculum’s three tracks: (i) energy science and technology; (ii) energy and the environmental; and (iii) energy and society: economic, political and social issues.

The capstone will normally take one of the following forms: (a) a senior essay in the student’s major, (b) a senior project in the student’s major, (c) a senior project undertaken independently in the senior year, (d) a group project undertaken in the senior year, or (e) a summer internship undertaken after completion of the junior year.

All capstone projects must be approved by the faculty advisory committee for Energy Studies and documented in a written report submitted during the final term of senior year. Recommended guidelines for the different forms of the capstone project are given below.

Note that an individual or group project in a credited course at Yale, or in a summer academic program credited by Yale, can serve as the capstone project for Energy Studies, but the course itself cannot also be used to satisfy the course requirements for Energy Studies. 
 

COVER PAGE (COVER SLIDE)

All capstone projects must include a cover page (or cover slide in the case of presentations) with the following:

Name of Student

Major

Residential College

Date

This {SELECT ONE: senior essay/project, independent study project, group project, internship project}
is submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the
Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Energy Studies at Yale College.

 

CAPSTONE PROJECT GUIDELINES
 

(a) A senior essay in the student’s major can serve as the capstone project provided that a topic from one of the three tracks in Energy Studies is an integral part of the essay. The guideline is that the Energy Studies topic should constitute at least 30% of the senior essay (or at least 4000 words, whichever is shorter). The senior essay itself can be submitted as the written report documenting the Energy Studies capstone project, after the student’s department has accepted the essay. 

(b) A senior project in the student’s major can serve as the capstone project provided that a topic from one of the three tracks in Energy Studies is an integral part of the project. Many departments require submission of a written report documenting the senior project. If the senior project for the student’s major culminates in a presentation, instead of a written report, the presentation file (PowerPoint or PDF) can be submitted as documentation of the capstone project, after the student’s department has accepted the presentation. The guidelines given above for senior essays also apply to the write‑up of a senior project intended to satisfy the capstone requirement: that is, about 30% of the project write-up or presentation should be devoted to a topic relevant to Energy Studies. 

(c) An individual independent study project undertaken in the senior year, and documented in a written report, can serve as the capstone project provided that the project treats a topic from one of the three tracks in Energy Studies. The guideline for the written report on an independent study project is an essay at least 4000 words in length, in the accepted style of a term essay for a credited independent study course in the department of the student’s major. 

(d) A group project undertaken in the senior year by no more than three students, and documented in a written report, can serve as the capstone project provided that the project treats a topic from one of the three tracks in Energy Studies. The guideline for the written report on a group project is an essay at least 6000 words in length, in the accepted style of a term essay for a credited independent study course in the department of the one of the students’ majors. 

(e) An internship undertaken after completion of the junior year, and documented in a written report, can serve as the capstone project provided that the internship is in a field closely related to one of the three tracks in Energy Studies. The guideline for the written report on an internship is an essay at least 4000 words in length, in the accepted style of a term essay for a credited independent study course in the department of the student’s major.