Courses and Capstone Projects

 

The requirements for Energy Studies described below apply to enrolled students in the classes of 2017 and 2018. Starting with the enrollment period for the Fall 2016 term, for students in the class of 2019 applying 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 September. 

The course requirements for Energy Studies consist of six courses from a list approved by 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 AT YALE
 

The course lists below, based on Yale College Programs of Study 2016-2017 (YCPS) and the Yale Online Course Information (OCI) database, show courses offered this academic year that are accepted for meeting the requirements of Energy Studies, in the different tracks. These lists are not exhaustive. Many courses offered in previous years, but no longer listed in YCPS or OCI, have qualified for meeting the requirements of Energy Studies. In addition, courses in the graduate and professional schools of Yale can qualify for meeting the requirements (see the list below).

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, course numbers are given according to only one of the departmental listings. For cross listings, see YCPS or OCI. 

Courses in square brackets are listed in YCPS but are not being offered this academic yearfor example, [G&G 215, Global Warming: The Carbon Cycle].

Course marked with a hashtag are full-year courses covering a broad range of topics in addition to basic energy science, and will count as only one course toward satisfying the six course requirements of Energy Studies—for example, #CHEM 332, Physical Chemistry with Applications in the Physical Sciences I and II.

I Energy Science and Technology

APHY 100b, Energy Technology and Society

ARCH 163b, Environment, Energy, Building  

#CHEM 161 and 165, General Chemistry I and II
#CHEM 163 and 167, Comprehensive University Chemistry I and II
#CHEM 332, Physical Chemistry with Applications in the Physical Sciences I and II
CHEM 430a, Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics
CHEM 505a, Alternative Energy

CENG 315b, Transport Phenomena

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

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

MENG 211b, 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

II Energy and the Environment

CENG 120b, Introduction to Environmental Engineering

ENVE 360b, Green Engineering and Sustainable Design
ENVE 373a, Air Pollution Control
[ENVE 473, Air Quality and Energy]

G&G 010a, 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 216b, Global Warming: Climate Physics
G&G 322a, Physics of Weather and Climate
G&G 323b, Climate Dynamics

III Energy and Society

ANTH 382a, Environmental Anthropology
ANTH 438b, Culture, Power, and Oil

ECON 330b, The Economics of Natural Resources
ECON 452b, Contemporary Issues in Energy Policy

EVST 120a, Introduction to Environmental History
EVST 247b, Politics of the Environment
EVST 292a, Sustainability in the 21st Century
EVST
311a, Environmental Communication for Public Engagement & Policy
EVST 320a, International Environmental Law
EVST 422a, Climate and Society from Past to Present

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

PLSC 146b, Global Environmental Governance
PLSC 215b, Environmental Politics and Law


COURSES IN THE GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS

Listed below are some of the courses in the graduate and professional schools that may qualify for satisfying the requirements of Energy Studies. Undergraduates interested in one of these graduate courses should always confirm with the Dean’s Office that the course meets the requirements for a full course credit in Yale College.

CDE 547a, Climate Change & Public Health

ENAS 521b, Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics
ENAS 603a, Energy, Mass and Momentum Processes
ENAS 609b, Nanotechnology for Energy
ENAS 806b, Photovoltaic Energy
ENAS 930b, Energy Semiconductor Fundamentals

EPH 555b, Practicum in Climate Change, Sustainability, and Public Health

F&ES 658a, Global Resources, International Resource Exchanges, and the Environment
F&ES 682a, Multifunctional Carbon-Sequestering Agroforestry
F&ES 814a, Energy Systems Analysis
F&ES 818a, Energy Access Developing Countries
F&ES 825a, International Environmental Law
F&ES 847a, Decarbonizing the U.S. Power Sector: Driving U.S. Climate Policy under the Clean Air Act
F&ES 977a, Creating Science Narratives for Solutions

G&G 701b, The Warming Papers
G&G 746b, Seminar in Climate and Energy

GLBL 573a, Global Resources and the Environment

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

REL 902b, Ethics and the Climate Crisis


 
CAPSTONE PROJECTS
 

Capstone projects are normally due at the end of the Spring Term reading period:
May 5, 2017, for the 2016-17 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.