ENERGY STUDIES - Instructions for Applicants


The enrollment process for Energy Studies takes place during the Fall Term in coordination with the other multidisciplinary academic programs (MAPs) in Yale College. Applications are normally limited to students who are in their sophomore year at the time of application.

Students accepted into the program are expected to take APHY 100b, Energy Technology and Society, which is the gateway course for Energy Studies. This spring-term course includes both a lecture/seminar component and a “hands-on” component, in which students are encouraged to develop projects related to issues of energy management and sustainability on the Yale campus, in New Haven, or in their home communities. The course will be run in coordination with the Yale Office of Sustainability and will be team taught by members of the Energy Studies faculty advisory committee, including Dan Prober (Applied Physics), Michael Oristaglio (Geology & Geophysics), and Julie Paquette (Director of Energy Management, Yale Office of Facilities). The goal is that some of these projects will evolve into senior capstone projects for Energy Studies.


The next enrollment period for Energy Studies will be in the Fall Term 2017. Information about the application process and deadline will be posted at the start of the 2017-18 Academic Year. A sample application from the Fall 2016 enrollment can be found at the link below.

Students wishing to enroll in the program outside the regular enrollment period should contact program director Michael Oristaglio at with the subject line: ENERGY STUDIES.

Interested students are also encouraged to reach out to the undergraduate representatives on the Energy Studies advisory committee:

Annie Bui ‘17,
Eric Esposito ‘17,


Energy Studies Application Form