Mobile Menu

Program of Study

Energy Track Requirements

An introductory gateway course provides exposure to a broad set of issues at the intersection of technology and society. Following the introductory course, students study both the technological and societal aspects of the provision and use of energy and natural resources.

The following requirements must be satisfied to earn the program certificate: one core course, two technology courses, two societal courses, one breadth course, one-semester independent research project, and the presentation of a project/thesis to faculty and program students at an annual symposium.  If a student is enrolled in more than one certificate program, no more than two courses may be used to satisfy the requirements of both programs.

Core Course

EGR/HIS/SOC 277 Technology and Society. This course provides students with the intellectual tools needed to approach the rest of the program–a “set of lenses” that will help them view the issues being addressed in their work. Ideally, this course is taken before the other required courses.

Technology Courses – Two Courses Required

These courses include those specifically designed for a wider campus audience (i.e., no or limited prerequisites). An advanced, one-time-only course may be used to replace one or both of these courses with the permission of the program adviser.

  • CEE 207/ENV 207 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 304/ENE 304/ENV 300 Environmental Engineering and Energy
  • CEE 305/GEO 375/ENE 305 Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • CEE 311/CHM 311/GEO 311/ENE 311 Global Air Pollution
  • CEE 334/WWS 452/ENV 334/ENE 334 Global Environmental Issues
  • CEE 477/ENE 477 Engineering Design for Sustainable Development
  • CEE 490/ENE 490 Mathematical Modeling of Energy and Environmental Systems
  • CHM 333/ENV 333/GEO 333 Oil to Ozone: Chemistry of the Environment
  • EGR 194 An Introduction to Engineering
  • EGR 251, 351, 451 Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS)
  • ENE 202/ ARC 208/ EGR 208/ ENV 206 Designing Sustainable Systems
  • ENE 267/MSE 287/CEE 267 Materials for Energy Technologies and Efficiency
  • ENE 273/ELE 273 Renewable Energy and Smart Grids
  • ENE 431/ELE 431/ENV 431/EGR 431 Solar Energy Conversion
  • ENV 302/CEE 302/EEB 302 Practical Models for Environmental Systems
  • FRS (Freshman Seminar) 159: Science, Technology & Public Policy
  • MAE 228/EGR 228/CBE 228/ENE 228 Energy Technologies for the 21st Century
  • MAE 328/EGR 328/ENV 328/ENE 328 Energy for a Greenhouse-Constrained World
  • ORF 455 Energy and Commodities Markets
  • ORF 474 Special Topics in Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Societal Courses – Two Courses Required

An advanced, one-time-only course may be used to replace one or both of these courses with the permission of the program adviser.

  • ANT 314/ENE 314/AFS 314 The Anthropology of Development
  • AMS 364/ENV 365 Environmental and Social Crisis
  • CHV 321/ENV 321/WWS 371 Ethical and Scientific Issues in Environmental Policy
  • CHV 472/POL 472 Ethical Dilemmas in a Global Society
  • COS 448/EGR 448 Innovating Across Technology, Business, and Marketplaces
  • ENV 305 Topics in Environmental Studies
  • ENV 306 Topics in Environmental Studies
  • ENE 475 Human Factors 2.0-Psychology for Engineering, Energy, and Environmental Decisions
  • HIS 295 Making America: Technology and History in the United States
  • HIS 431/ENV 433 Comparative Environmental History
  • HIS 491/ENV 491  History of Ecology and Environmentalism
  • HIS 507 Environmental History
  • MSE 407 Communicating Science and Technology in the Modern World
  • SOC 357 Sociology of Technology
  • URB 201/WWS 201/SOC 203/ARC 207 Introduction to Urban Studies
  • WWS 306/ECO 329/ENV 319 Environmental Economics
  • WWS 350 The Environment: Science and Policy
  • WWS 353/MAE 353 Science & Global Security
  • WWS 373/CHV 373 Welfare, Economics, & Climate Change and Mitigation Policy

Breadth Course – One Course Required

In addition to the technology and societal courses, each student is required to take one course that combines technology and society in an area outside their chosen track. Engineering/science students should take a course based in the societal disciplines, and humanities and social science students should take a course based in the science/technology disciplines.

Technology Breadth Courses

  • APC 199/MAT 199 Math Alive
  • ARC 203 Introduction to Architectural Thinking
  • CBE 260/EGR 260 Ethics and Technology: Engineering in the Real World
  • CEE 102A/B/EGR 102A/B/MAE 102A/B Engineering in the Modern World
  • CEE 262B/ARC 262B/EGR 262B/URB 262B Structures and the Urban Environment
  • COS 109/EGR 109 Computers in Our World
  • COS 126/EGR 126 General Computer Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach
  • EEB 211/MOL 211 Life on Earth: Chaos and Clockwork of Biological Design
  • PHY 115A/STC 115A or PHY 115B/STC 115B Physics for Future Leaders

Societal Breadth Courses

    • ANT 344 Science, Technology and Culture
    • EGR 200 Creativity, Innovation, and Design
    • EGR 201 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
    • EGR 491/ELE 491 High-Tech Entrepreneurship
    • EGR 492 Radical Innovation in Global Markets
    • EGR 494 Leadership Development for Business
    • EGR 495 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship
    • ENV 201A/STC 201A Fundamentals of Environmental Studies: Population, Land Use, Biodiversity, and Energy
    • FRE 338/COM 332/ENV 338 The Literature of Environmental Disaster
    • HIS 398 Technologies and Their Societies: Historical Perspectives
    • NES 201/HIS 223 Introduction to the Middle East
    • POL 351/WWS 311 The Politics of Development
    • WWS 333/SOC 326 Law, Institutions, and Public Policy
    • WWS 334/JRN 334 Media and Public Policy
    • WWS 340/PSY 321 The Psychology of Decision Making and Judgment

Independent Work

All students are required to undertake a one-semester independent research project in Energy. For A.B. students, this includes a junior paper. This may be substituted by a significant component in their senior thesis (at least a chapter). The project/thesis component requires preapproval of the student’s program advisor.

Annual Symposium

Students are required to present their projects/theses to faculty and program students at an annual symposium. This provides a mechanism for shared learning.

List of Courses Offered by Semester

RTC – Required Technology Course
RSC – Required Societal Course
BTC – Breadth Technology Course
BSC – Breadth Societal Course

Please note that if a course has two designations, i.e., RSC/BSC, this means there is an exception for that semester only. It does not apply to other semesters. Please see the “Requirements” tab for the regular course designation.

Fall 2017

CEE 207/ENV 207 Introduction to Environmental Engineering RTC
CEE 305/GEO 375/ENE 305 Environmental Fluid Mechanics RTC
CEE 334/WWS 452/ENV 334/ENE 334 Global Environmental Issues RTC
CEE 477/ENE 477 Engineering Design for Sustainable Development RTC
EGR 251, 351, 451 Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) RTC
ENE 273/ELE 273 Renewable Energy and Smart Grids RTC
ENE 431/ELE 431/ENV 431/EGR 431 Solar Energy Conversion RTC
MAE 228/EGR 228/CBE 228/ENE 228 Energy Technologies in the 21st Century RTC
ORF 455 Energy and Commodities Markets RTC

AMS 364 Environmental and Social Crisis RSC
ENV 305 Topics in Environmental Studies-Building American Style: Land Use Policies and Rules RSC
ENE 475/PSY 475 Human Factors 2.0-Psychology for Engineering, Energy, and Environmental Decisions RSC
WWS 306/ECO 329/ENV 319 Environmental Economics RSC

ARC 203 Introduction to Architectural Thinking BTC
CBE 260/EGR 260 Ethics and Technology: Engineering in the Real World BTC
CEE 102A/EGR 102A/MAE 102A or CEE 102B/EGR 102B/MAE 102B Engineering in the Modern World BTC
COS 109/EGR 109 Computers in Our World BTC
COS 126/EGR 126 Computer Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach BTC
EEB 211 Life on Earth: Chaos and Clockwork of Biological Design BTC
PHY 115A/STC 115A or PHY 115B/STC 115B Physics for Future Leaders BTC

EGR 200 Creativity, Innovation, and Design BSC
EGR 201 Foundations of Entrepreneurship BSC
EGR 491/ELE 491 High-Tech Entrepreneurship BSC
EGR 494 Leadership Development for Business BSC
NES 201/HIS 223 Introduction to the Middle East BSC
POL 351/WWS 311 The Politics of Development BSC
WWS 340/PSY 321 The Psychology of Decision Making and Judgment BSC

Spring 2017

EGR 277/SOC 277/HIS 277 Technology and Society CORE

CEE 304/ENE 304/ENV 300 Environmental Engineering and Energy RTC
CEE 311/CHN 311/GEO 377/ENE 311 Global Air Pollution RTC
CHM 333/ENV 333 Oil to Ozone: Chemistry of the Environment RTC
EGR 194 An Introduction to Engineering RTC
EGR 251, 351, 451 Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) RTC
ENE 202/ARC 208/EGR 208/ENV 206 Designing Sustainable Systems RTC
MAE 328/EGR 328/ENV 328/ENE 328 Energy for a Greenhouse–Constrained World RTC
ORF 455 Energy and Commodities Markets RTC
ORF 474 Special Topics in Operations Research and Financial Engineering RTC

COS 448/EGR 448 Innovating Across Technology, Business, and Marketplaces RSC
ENV 305 Topics in Environmental Studies-American Land Use and Environmental Policy RSC
ENV 306 Topics in Environmental Studies-American Environmental History RSC
URB 201/WWS 201/SOC 203/ARC 207 Introduction to Urban Studies RSC
WWS 350 The Environment: Science and Policy RSC
WWS 353/MAE 353 Science and Global Security RSC

APC 199/MAT 199 Math Alive BTC
COS 126 General Computer Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach BTC

EGR 200 Creativity, Innovation, and Design BSC
EGR 201 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship BSC
EGR 491/ELE 491 High-Tech Entrepreneurship BSC
EGR 494 Leadership Development for Business BSC
WWS 333/SOC 326 Law, Institutions, and Public Policy BSC
WWS 334/JRN 334 Media and Public Policy BSC

Fall 2016

CEE 207/ENV 207Introduction to Environmental Engineering RTC
CEE 305/GEO 375/ENE 305 Environmental Fluid Mechanics RTC
CEE 334/WWS 452/ENV 334/ENE 334 Global Environmental Issues RTC
CEE 477/ENE 477 Engineering Design for Sustainable Development RTC
EGR 251, 351, 451 Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) RTC
ENE 267Materials for Energy Technologies and Efficiency RTC
FRS 159 Science, Technology and Public Policy RTC
MAE 228/EGR 228/CBE 228/ENE 228 Energy Technologies in the 21st Century RTC
ORF 455 Energy and Commodities Markets RTC

ANT 314/ENE 314/AFS 314 The Anthropology of Development RSC
ENV 305 Topics in Environmental Studies-Building American Style: Land Use Policies and Rules RSC
HIS 491/ENV 491 History of Ecology and Environmentalism RSC
WWS 306/ECO 329/ENV 319 Environmental Economics RSC

PHY 115A/STC 115A or PHY 115B/STC 115B Physics for Future Leaders BTC
CBE 260/EGR 260 Ethics and Technology: Engineering in the Real World BTC
CEE 102A/EGR 102A/MAE 102A or CEE 102B/EGR 102B/MAE 102B Engineering in the Modern World BTC
COS 109/EGR 109 Computers in Our World BTC
COS 126/EGR 126 Computer Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach BTC
EEB 211 Life on Earth: Chaos and Clockwork of Biological Design BTC

EGR 201 Foundations of Entrepreneurship BSC
EGR 491/ELE 491 High-Tech Entrepreneurship BSC
EGR 492 Radical Innovation in Global Markets BSC
NES 201/HIS 223 Introduction to the Middle East BSC
POL 351/WWS 311 The Politics of Development BSC
WWS 340/PSY 321 The Psychology of Decision Making and Judgment BSC

Spring 2016

EGR 277/HIS 277/SOC 277 Technology and Society – Core Course

ENV 300 Environmental Implications of Energy Technologies RTC
CHM 333/ENV 333 Oil to Ozone: Chemistry of the Environment RTC
EGR 194 An Introduction to Engineering RTC
EGR 251, 351, 451 Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) RTC
ENE 202/ARC 208/EGR 208/ENV 206 Designing Sustainable Systems: RTC
ENV 302/CEE 302/EEB 302 Practical Models: Environmental Systems RTC
MAE 328/EGR 328/ENV 328/ENE 328 Energy for a Greenhouse –Constrained World RTC
ORF 455 Energy and Commodities Markets RTC
ORF 474 Special Topics in Operations Research and Financial Engineering: Energy, Commodity, and Fixed Income Markets RTC

COS 448/EGR 448 Innovating Across Technology, Business, and Marketplaces RSC
ENV 305 Topics in Environmental Studies-American Land Use and Environmental Policy RSC
ENV 306 Topics in Environmental Studies-American Environmental History RSC
ENE 561 Psychology of Environmental Decision Making RSC
URB 201/WWS 201/SOC 203 Introduction to Urban Studies RSC
WWS 350 The Environment: Science and Policy RSC

CEE 262B/ARC 262B/EGR 262B/URB 262B Structures and the Urban Environment BTC
COS 126 General Computer Science BTC
APC 199/MAT 199 Math Alive BTC

EGR 392 Creativity, Innovation, and Design BSC
EGR 491/ELE 491 High-Tech Entrepreneurship BSC
EGR 495 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship BSC
POL 351/WWS 311 The Politics of Development BSC
WWS 333/SOC 326 Law, Institutions, and Public Policy BSC

Fall 2015

CEE 301/ENV 303/URB 303 Introduction to Environmental Engineering RTC
CEE 305/GEO 375/ENE 305 Environmental Fluid Mechanics RTC
CEE 477/ENE 477 Engineering Design for Sustainable Development RTC
CEE 490/ENE 490 Mathematical Modeling of Energy and Environmental Systems RTC
EGR 251, EGR 351, EGR 451 Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) RTC
FRS (Freshman Seminar) 159: Science, Technology & Public Policy RTC
MAE 228/EGR 228/CBE 228/ENE 228 Energy Solutions for the Next Century RTC

ENV 305 Topics in Environmental Studies-American Land Use and Environmental Policy RSC
HIS 507 Environmental History RSC
WWS 306/ECO 329/ENV 319 Environmental Economics RSC
WWS 353/MAE 353 Science & Global Security RSC

PHY 115A/STC 115A or PHY 115B/STC 115B Physics for Future Leaders BTC
ARC 203 Introduction to Architectural Thinking BTC
CBE 260/EGR 260 Ethics and Technology: Engineering in the Real World BTC
CEE 102A/EGR 102A/MAE 102A or CEE 102B/EGR 102B/MAE 102B Engineering in the Modern World BTC
COS 109/EGR 109 Computers in Our World BTC
COS 126 General Computer Science BTC
EEB 211 Life on Earth: Chaos and Clockwork of Biological Design BTC

EGR 201 Introduction to Entrepreneurship BSC
EGR 491/ELE 491 High-Tech Entrepreneurship BSC
EGR 492 Radical Innovation in Global Markets BSC
EGR 495 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship BSC
ENV 201A/STC 201A Fundamentals of Environmental Studies: Population, Land Use, Biodiversity, and Energy BSC
NES 201/HIS 223 Introduction to the Middle East BSC
WWS 340/PSY 321 The Psychology of Decision Making and Judgment BSC