Courses in Energy Studies

The course lists below are based on Yale College Programs of Study Fall and Spring Terms 2014–2015 and will be updated as new listings become available during the Academic Year.


The course requirements for Energy Studies consist of three core courses and three electives. The three core courses must be distributed across the three tracks in Energy Studies:

[1] Energy Science, Technology, and Systems,

[2] Environmental Impact of Energy,

[3] Energy and Society: Political, Economic, and Social Issues.

The three elective courses can be chosen from any of the remaining course offerings in Energy Studies. There is an overall distribution requirement that three of the courses taken (whether core courses or electives) must be outside the department of the student’s major. For double majors, this requirement is modified as follows: three courses from each of the student’s two majors can be used to satisfy program requirements, provided that other distributional requirements are met (that is, that the student takes one core course in each of the three tracks).

The curriculum is flexible in allowing students to substitute equivalent courses for either CORE or ELECTIVE courses in the lists below. As a general rule, it will be allowable to substitute a high-level course for a lower level course on the same, or a closely related, topic. An example is the substitution of comprehensive yearlong introductory courses in physics (such as Fundamentals of Physics, PHYS 200 and 201) or chemistry (such as Comprehensive General Chemistry, CHEM 114 and 115), which cover basic concepts of energy and their applications, for the CORE course in track 1. Equivalent or related courses may be substituted with the approval of the student’s Energy Studies advisor, or with prior approval from YCEI. Courses successfully completed by the student at the time of admission to Energy Studies may count toward satisfying program requirements (this includes qualifying courses not currently listed in YCPS). Many graduate-level courses qualify for meeting the requirements. Courses taken in summer study programs may also qualify, but normally must be approved in advance by the director of Energy Studies. 

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.  

Questions about course substitution, requests for approval of summer courses, and requests for acceptance of courses taken on Credit/D/Fail basis, as well as questions about internships or capstone projects, can be sent to YCEI@yale.edu with the subject line: ENERGY STUDIES.


CORE COURSES

The core courses in Energy Studies consist of one course each from the three core areas. The following introductory level courses are recommended as the core courses, but as described above, higher level courses on similar topics can normally be substituted for these courses in meeting the distribution requirements. 

One of the following courses in Energy Science, Technology, and Systems

APHY 100a / ENAS 100a / EVST 100a / G&G 105a / PHYS 100a, Energy Technology and Society
ENAS 101b / ENVE 101b / EVST 105b / MENG 101b, Energy, Engines, and Environment

One of the following courses in the Environmental Impact of Energy

G&G 140a, Atmosphere, Ocean, and Environmental Change
G&G 205b, Natural Resources and Their Sustainability
ENAS 120b / CENG120b / ENVE 120b, Introduction to Environmental Engineering

One of the following courses in Energy and Society: Political, Economic, and Social Issues

ECON 330b / EVST 340b, The Economics of Natural Resources
ECON 331a, The Economics of Energy and Climate Change


ELECTIVE COURSES

The following lists are courses that are offered this year in YCPS and are accepted for meeting the requirements of Energy Studies. 

Energy Science, Technology, and Systems

APHY 100a / ENAS 100a / EVST 100a / G&G 105a / PHYS 100a, Energy Technology and Society
CENG 300a, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
CHEM 114ab and 115ab, Comprehensive General Chemistry I, II
CHEM 332a and 333b, Physical Chemistry I, II
CHEM 430b, Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics
ENAS 101b / ENVE 101b / EVST 105b / MENG 101b, Energy, Engines, and Environment
G&G 274a, Fossil Fuels and Energy Transitions
G&G 275b, Renewable Energy
MENG 211a, Thermodynamics for Mechanical Engineers
MENG 365a, Propulsion and Energy Conversion 
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 420a, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Environmental Impact of Energy

ANTH 409a / EVST 422a / F&ES 422a, Anthropology of Climate Change, Past and Present
ENAS 120b / CENG120b / ENVE 120b, Introduction to Environmental Engineering
ENVE 360b / ENAS 360b, Green Engineering and Sustainable Design
ENVE 373a / CENG 373a, Air Pollution Control
EVST 307a / F&ES 307a, Organic Pollutants in the Environment
EVST 473b / ANTH 473b / ARCG 473b, Abrupt Climate Change and Societal Collapse
G&G 010a / EVST 010a, Earth, Resources, Energy & the Environment
G&G 140a, Atmosphere, Ocean, and Environmental Change
G&G 205b, Natural Resources and Their Sustainability
G&G 215a, Global Warming: The Carbon Cycle [NEW]
G&G 322a, Physics of Weather and Climate
G&G 323b, Climate Dynamics
G&G 327a / ENVE 327a / F&ES 327a, Atmospheric Chemistry
PHYS 342a, Introduction to Earth and Environmental Physics

Energy and Society: Political, Economic, and Social Issues

ANTH 409a / EVST 422a / F&ES 422a, Anthropology of Climate Change, Past and Present
ECON 330b / EVST 340b, The Economics of Natural Resources
ECON 331a, The Economics of Energy and Climate Change
ECON 452b / EP&E 300b / GLBL 302b, Contemporary Issues in Energy Policy
EVST 120a / AMST 163a / HIST 120a / HSHM 204a, Introduction to Environmental History
EVST 255b / F&ES 255b / PLSC 215b, Environmental Politics and Law
EVST 345a / F&ES 384a / ANTH 382a, Environmental Anthropology
EVST 473b / ANTH 473b / ARCG 473b, Abrupt Climate Change and Societal Collapse
HIST 042a, Oil and Empire
HIST 180Jb / EVST 443b, Energy in American History