ENERGY STUDIES Courses and Capstone Projects

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COURSE REQUIREMENTS

In December 2019, the faculty advisory committee approved the following change in the requirements for Energy Studies, which take effect for the Class of 2022: 

The course requirements for Energy Studies shall consist of six courses from a list of courses accepted for credit by Yale College and approved by the Energy Studies faculty advisory committee. The six courses must include at least two courses in each of the three tracks of Energy Studies (Energy Science & Technology, Energy & Environment, Energy & Society) and cannot include more than two courses from the list of required courses for a student’s major. (Students with double majors can use two required courses from each of their majors for Energy Studies.) One of a student’s six courses in Energy Studies can be taken as Pass/Fail or Credit/D/Fail; the remaining five courses must be taken for Letter Grade.

COURSES IN ENERGY STUDIES FOR THE 2020-21 ACADEMIC YEAR
A list of courses aaproved for credit in Energy Studies for the 2020-21 Academic Year is available for download from Yale Box Drive at the following link: COURSES. The list available at the link is not exhaustive: it was based on a search of the Yale course database in late July 2020. Courses and descriptions, especially for seminars and for the spring term, may still be in flux given the extraordinary circumstances that will hold for the upcoming terms. 

The following courses are recommended as introductions in the three tracks:

TRACK 1 - Energy Science and Technology
APHY 100, Energy Technology and Society
EPS 274, Fossil Fuels and World Energy

TRACK 2 - Energy and Environment
ENVE 120, Introduction to Environmental Engineering
EPS 140, Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Change

TRACK 3 - Energy and Society
EVST 212, Democracy and Sustainability
EVST 247, Politics of the Environment

Students or faculty members wishing to have a particular course approved for Energy Studies should send an e-mail to the director (michael.oristaglio@yale.edu), ideally with a copy of the course syllabus.

PROVISIONAL COURSES
Many courses with broad themes touching on science, technology, and society can count in Energy Studies, provided that the student does substantive work in the course on energy-related topics. “Substantive work” generally means assignments counting for at least 50% of the course’s standard requirements, such as in-term essays or problem sets or a final essay or presentation. Students are normally required to notify the director in advance of their intention to use a provisional course for Energy Studies and receive approval. 

Courses taken outside of Yale Collegefor example, in summer schools or during a year abroadand accepted by Yale College for full course credit towards a degree can count towards satisfying Energy Studies requirements. All such courses are considered provisional and acceptance for credit in Energy Studies should be approved in advance by the program director.

COURSES IN THE GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS
Many courses in the graduate and professional schools (500 level or higher) qualify for Energy Studies, provided that the course is accepted for full course credit in Yale College. Questions about whether a course’s content qualifies for Energy Studies can be submitted via e-mail to the program director, ideally with a copy of the course syllabus. 

CAPSTONE PROJECTS

Capstone projects are due at the end of the Spring Term.

The capstone of Energy Studies is an essay or project in one or more of the curriculum’s three tracks. The capstone will normally take one of the following forms: (a) a senior essay or project in the student’s major, (b) an individual or group independent-study project undertaken in the senior year, or (c) 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 senior year. Guidelines for the different forms of the capstone project are given below.

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. 

CAPSTONE PROJECT GUIDELINES
The following guidelines apply to the different forms of capstone projects:

  • (a) A senior essay or 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. The guideline is that the Energy Studies topic should constitute at least 30% of the project’s content, which is usually determined by the length of the relevant sections in the essay or project write-up compared to the document as a whole. The document submitted to the student’s department can be submitted as the Energy Studies capstone project after the department has accepted the work. Use of a senior essay or project as the capstone for Energy Studies requires the approval of the director of Energy Studies who will notify the director of undergraduate studies (DUS) in the student’s major, in case the department wishes to place additional requirments on the student’s dual use of the senior essay or project. 
     
  • (b) An individual or group 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. Such a project can be undertaken in a credited Yale course, but this will exclude the course itself from counting toward the six-course requirement of Energy Studies. The guideline for a written report on an independent study project is an essay about 4000 words in length, in the accepted style of a term essay for a credited course in the department of the student’s major. Group projects generally require longer write-ups, with the length approved in advance by the program director. The maximum number of students in a group project is normally limited to three. Students are encouraged to use ENRG 400 as the vehicle for independent student projects serving as the capstone.
     
  • (c) 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 about 4000 words in length, in the accepted style of a term essay for a credited course in the department of the student’s major.

COVER PAGE (COVER SLIDE)
Submissions of capstone projects must include a cover page (or cover slide in the case of presentations) with the following items:

  • Name of Student
  • Major
  • Residential College
  • Date
  • This {SELECT ONE: senior essay, senior project, independent study project, internship project} is submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Energy Studies at Yale College.