Starting with the Class of 2024, students wishing to complete the Energy Studies Interdisciplinary Certificate are required to complete two course credits in each of the three tracks of Energy Studies:
(1) Energy Science & Technology,
(2) Energy & Environment,
(3) Energy & Society.
One of the six courses can be taken Credit/D/Fail or Pass/Fail.
ENRG 300, Multidisciplinary Topics in World Energy, is normally required as one of the six course credits and normally counts toward the Energy & Society track (exceptions can be granted by the Certificate director). ENRG 300 should be taken during the junior or senior year.
A capstone project is no longer required to complete the Energy Studies certificate.
ENRG 400, Capstone Seminar, is still offered to students wishing to undertake a special energy-related project in senior year. ENRG 400 can count toward the six required course credits in any one of the 3 tracks, depending on the project’s topic.
Starting with the Fall 2023 term, courses approved for Energy Studies are searchable in Yale Course Search using the following course attributes accessible in the dropdown menu under ADVANCED SEARCH:
- YC ENRG: Energy Science & Tech
- YC ENRG: Energy & Environment
- YC ENRG: Energy & Society
COURSE INFORMATION returned by Yale Course Search for any course counting towards Energy Studies (again, going forward from the Fall 2023 term) should include one or more of the attributes listed above. Notify the Energy Studies director by email (email@example.com) if you believe that a course listing should include one of the ENRG attributes but currently does not.
RESTRICTIONS ON COURSE OVERLAPS AND DOUBLE COUNTING
No more than two course credits fulfilling the requirements of the Energy Studies certificate may overlap with a major, a simultaneous degree, a multidisciplinary academic program, or another certificate. Additionally, no course credit may be applied toward the requirements of more than two curricular programs. For example, the same course credit may not be used to fulfill the requirements of two certificates and a major.
Courses taken as pre-requisites for a major do NOT come under these restrictions.
RECOMMENDED INTRODUCTORY COURSES IN ENERGY STUDIES TRACKS
The following courses, which are normally part of the regular curriculum in their respective departments but are not offered every year, are recommended as introductory courses in the three tracks of Energy Studies:
- ENRG 300, Multidisciplinary Topics in World Energy, which is taught in the Fall semester, is normally required to complete Energy Studies (exceptions can be granted by the Certificate director). ENRG 300 takes a multidisciplinary took at a series of international, regional, and local topics related to the world’s energy transition and normally counts toward the Energy & Society track.
- Seniors are encouraged to take ENRG 400, Senior Capstone Project, which is taught in the Spring semester. ENRG 400 is a convenient vehicle for seniors to complete an energy-related project in a credited Yale College Course. ENRG 400 can count as one of the six course credits required for the Interdisiplinary Certificate, in any one of the three tracks of Energy Studies, depending on the project’s topics. See the program’s home page for a list of projects completed by the Class of 2024. ENRG 400 also features guest lectures from energy and climate experts around the world with an emphasis on sustainable finance.
- MENG 320/ENVE 320/ENRG 320, Energy, Engines, and Climate. The course aims to cover the fundamentals of a field central to the future of the world, emphasizing fundamentals from a physics perspective. Topics include key concepts of climate change; a shift in energy supply and technologies to wean humanity off fossil fuels; and carbon-free energy sources, with primary focus on solar, wind and associated needs for energy storage and grid upgrades.