Course Schedule

The courses below are those offered for the term. (To view the course description, class dates & times, touch on accordion tab by the title.)

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: We currently are not accepting applications to the online Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate from students who reside in Kansas. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.

  • Washington DC Center

    425.603.51 - Climate Change Policy Analysis

    $3782

    -STAFF-

    Tuesday 6:00 - 8:30; 8/29 - 12/12

    After a study of the historical development of climate change policy, this course analyzes current policy options for mitigate for and adapting to long-term climate change. The course will examine various approaches available in the U.S. for national-level policy, including the regulatory approach and the market-based approaches, particularly cap and trade and carbon taxation. Various models for designing a cap and trade system will be studied, including the European experience and regional programs in the United States. Special attention will be paid to methods for setting initial prices and accounting for discounts. The course will focus primarily on national-level carbon management policies, but international agreements w also be included, as well as equity considerations on a global le Offered online or on-site twice per year.

    425.604.51 - Energy & Climate Finance

    $3782

    Veronique Bugnion

    Monday 6:00 - 8:30; 8/28 - 12/11

    This course introduces students to environmental markets and the policies that create them, focusing mainly on emissions trading systems to mitigate climate change. The course also provides an introduction to attributes of the financial sector through its analysis of markets for environmental commodities Students learn the economic theory behind market-based environmental policy instruments, such as tradable renewable energy credits, carbon offsets, and water rights in a semester of lectures featuring presentations from practitioners, including state and federal government, private companies subject to market-based emissions regulation, commodity brokers, and representatives from international institutions. Offered online on-site twice per year.

    425.615.51 - Understanding Public Attitudes and Behaviors for the Communication of Climate and Energy Policy

    $3782

    Karen Akerlof

    Thursday 6:00 - 8:30; 8/31 - 12/14

    The enormous gains in environmental protection achieved in the latter half of the 20th century in the United States can primarily be credited to legal policy instruments that targeted point-source pollution through legislation such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. However, that successful framework has been ill-equipped to handle the myriad sources of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, and passing new national climate change legislation has remained frustratingly out of reach. To meet these challenges, citizens will need to make both political and consumer decisions about climate change and energy. Public attitudes influence what is believed to be politically possible in passing new legislation, and consumer decisions contribute to as much as 40% of national emissions. These conditions have generated renewed interests in low-cost, non-regulatory ?soft policy? approaches based on social science to inform public decision-making and behavior change. Communication? Whether in the form of information provision, participatory decision-making, or social marketing ?is among the foremost of these strategies. This course will introduce you to a growing literature on the use of social science research in informing and evaluating climate change and energy policies. Understanding some of the terms and concepts used in social science research will help you critically evaluate research commissioned by the organizations for which you work, or even just survey toplines reported by the media. The course will challenge you not only to think about the varied communication factors that influence human decision-making and behavior, but to use that information in designing and evaluating programs. Offered onsite, at least once every two years.

    425.640.51 - The Future of the US Electric System in a Carbon-Constrained World

    $3782

    Robert Means

    Wednesday 6:00 - 8:30; 8/30 - 12/13

    The course looks at the future of the U.S. electric system and the influence of climate change on it. The class will explore t increasing demands for low-carbon emissions, the need for increased quantity and quality of electric power, cybersecurity requirements, and other related issues. Class topics include constraints on the system, such as the need for reliability, affordability, and geographic differences in the system, and consumer’s requirements. The course will assess the strength and weaknesses of current and next-generation technologies expected to transform our nation’s electric infrastructure, e.g., smart grid, renewable and distributed systems, and superconductivity. Students will learn the complexity of renovating this 120-year-old system and the promise it holds the future. Offered on-site at least once every two years.

    425.800.51 - Capstone Project in Energy Policy and Climate

    $3782

    Daniel Zachary

    Sunday 12:00 - 12:01; 8/28 - 12/16

    The Capstone Project enables students to apply and synthesize the material learned in other courses, develop expertise on a specific topic related to climate change science or policy, work closely with experts in the field of study, and improve professional writing and presentation skills. In the semester prior to conducting the project, students must identify a proper topic and mentor who is both familiar with the chosen topic and willing to guide and oversee the project. The mentor m be a faculty member teaching in the program, a supervisor from the student’s place of work, or any expert with appropriate credentials. Formal proposals must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the project be completed. Prior to the enrollment in the course, the pro must be reviewed and accepted by the course instructor.

  • Online Courses

    425.601.81 - Principles and Applications of Energy Technology

    $3782

    Daniel Zachary

    Online 8/28 - 12/16

    The course examines energy supply and consumption, and how these activities impact the environment, with a focus on understanding the potential technology, market structure and policy implications for climate change. Students will gain a solid understanding of the science, economics, environmental impact associated with various electricity generation technologies, including renewable energy, conventional generation (existing and future), carbon storage and sequestration, and electricity storage. Transportation topics will address a variety of technologies, including hybrids and fuels cells, as well as the potential role for alternative fuels, including biofuels. Climate change and the potential impact and mitigation of carbon dioxide will be considered throughout the course. Offered online or onsite, twice per year.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    425.601.82 - Principles and Applications of Energy Technology

    $3782

    Jennifer da Rosa

    Online 8/28 - 12/16

    The course examines energy supply and consumption, and how these activities impact the environment, with a focus on understanding the potential technology, market structure and policy implications for climate change. Students will gain a solid understanding of the science, economics, environmental impact associated with various electricity generation technologies, including renewable energy, conventional generation (existing and future), carbon storage and sequestration, and electricity storage. Transportation topics will address a variety of technologies, including hybrids and fuels cells, as well as the potential role for alternative fuels, including biofuels. Climate change and the potential impact and mitigation of carbon dioxide will be considered throughout the course. Offered online or onsite, twice per year.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    425.604.81 - Energy & Climate Finance

    $3782

    Craig Hart

    Online 8/28 - 12/16

    This course introduces students to environmental markets and the policies that create them, focusing mainly on emissions trading systems to mitigate climate change. The course also provides an introduction to attributes of the financial sector through its analysis of markets for environmental commodities Students learn the economic theory behind market-based environmental policy instruments, such as tradable renewable energy credits, carbon offsets, and water rights in a semester of lectures featuring presentations from practitioners, including state and federal government, private companies subject to market-based emissions regulation, commodity brokers, and representatives from international institutions. Offered online on-site twice per year.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    425.634.81 - Climate Change and Health

    $3782

    -STAFF-

    Online 8/28 - 12/16

    This course examines the potential impacts on human health from global climate change and the possible responses to and adaptations for these impacts. Topics include impacts on health of climate extremes, climate change and infectious diseases, health and climate refugees, national assessments of health impacts of climate change, monitoring the health effects of climate change, and public health policies for climate change. Prerequisite: Science of Climate Change and Its Impacts.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    425.638.81 - Adaptation to Climate Change

    $3782

    Thomas Peterson

    Online 8/28 - 12/16

    Global climate change risks are increasingly complex and may ultimately affect virtually every facet of our economic, energy, community, and environmental systems. At the same time, policy and investment responses to climate resiliency needs are similarly complex, controversial, and high stakes. Perhaps no issue facing leaders of today and tomorrow is more cross- cutting in nature or in greater need of improved understanding and capability than climate change risk. This course will provide a comprehensive framework for understanding, assessing, and applying climate change risk, vulnerability, a hazard assessment for the development of risk reduction an adaptation response. In the process, it will examine the status, limitations, and strengths of current assessment and action planning approaches across varying sectors, scales, and impact areas. The course will also include a review of methods prioritizing actions and addressing feasibility, flexibility, and logistical needs as applied to specific facilities, such as military installations, as well broader communities and multistate regions. Individual and group learning exercises will be involved. Offered on-site at least once every two years.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    425.638.82 - Adaptation to Climate Change

    $3782

    Thomas Peterson

    Online 8/28 - 12/16

    Global climate change risks are increasingly complex and may ultimately affect virtually every facet of our economic, energy, community, and environmental systems. At the same time, policy and investment responses to climate resiliency needs are similarly complex, controversial, and high stakes. Perhaps no issue facing leaders of today and tomorrow is more cross- cutting in nature or in greater need of improved understanding and capability than climate change risk. This course will provide a comprehensive framework for understanding, assessing, and applying climate change risk, vulnerability, a hazard assessment for the development of risk reduction an adaptation response. In the process, it will examine the status, limitations, and strengths of current assessment and action planning approaches across varying sectors, scales, and impact areas. The course will also include a review of methods prioritizing actions and addressing feasibility, flexibility, and logistical needs as applied to specific facilities, such as military installations, as well broader communities and multistate regions. Individual and group learning exercises will be involved. Offered on-site at least once every two years.

    Technology Fee: $175.00